Winter Tanghulu

Who’s in for fruit candy? Some may call it a Fruit Brulee? The crackly, sugary shell coats the bright, fresh fruits. Tanghulu is another one of those recipes made more popular on TikTok, so we thought we would try out this viral recipe, probably because it is so easy to make! The original Tanghulu is a Chinese snack, traditionally using Hawthorn (a fruit).  Whilst many videos use strawberries, we’re all in for the fresh winter fruits! This winter fruit Tanghulu uses seasonal fruits like oranges, naartjies and guavas, which are coated in sugar syrup. Have putting together this easy, sweet snack.

For those who have a sweet tooth, this recipe is just the thing to satisfy that!


Prep Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes


  • 250 ml (1 cup) sugar
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 1 naartjie peeled and broken into segments
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into 6
  • 1 guava, peeled and cut into 6


  1. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan on a low-medium heat. You are able to stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved do not stir, this will cause crystals to form.
  2. Boil the sugar mixture for about 12-15 minutes. Or until the colour has changed to a golden-brown syrup or reached about 150°C. Remove from the heat once the syrup reaches the right temperature. (*See notes below)
  3. While the syrup is cooking place one of each fruit on a wooden skewer. And set aside until needed.
  4. Once the sugar syrup is ready dip each fruit skewer into the sugar mixture and place on a baking sheet to set.


What if I do not have a sugar thermometer?

*TIP – If you do not have a sugar thermometer and would like to check if the sugar has reached the correct temperature, dip a wooden skewer into the sugar syrup and then dip into a bowl of ice water, if the sugar sets and cracks when pressed you know it’s ready.