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Tangerine Tanghulu

Author: Gail Ng
Juicy tangerine slices coated in a hard shell of candied sugar
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Yield 6 skewers
Category Desserts
Cuisine Chinese


  • 2-3 tangerines or mandarin oranges, peeled & sectioned
  • 300 g granulated sugar
  • 150 g water


  • Add 3 tangerine slices to the end of each skewer and set aside.
  • In a small pot, stir together the sugar and water on low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Turn it up to medium heat and boil the syrup until it reaches 300°F or 150°C, about 8-10 minutes. The bubbles will noticeably become larger and slower as the mixture thickens. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can dip a chopstick into the syrup and immediately into cold water. Bite the chopstick and if it crunches, it's ready.
  • Tilt the pot so that the sugar pools in a corner and quickly swirl a tangerine skewer in the syrup to coat.
  • Place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let cool for 5-10 minutes until the sugar has hardened. Enjoy right away.


  • I highly recommend using a candy thermometer to make sure the syrup is at the correct candy stage. If you try to use it before it reaches the correct temperature, it will not harden properly.
  • Once it reaches the correct temperature, you'll want to work quickly with the skewers. The sugar may crystallize once too much of the water has evaporated and it will be impossible to work with.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords candied fruit, candied mandarin oranges, candied tangerines, fruit tanghulu, mandarin orange tanghulu, sugared tangerines, tangerine tanghulu
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