China‘s (冰)糖葫芦 (bīng)tánghúlu are what you offer to someone who has grown tired of toothbrushes, floss and inevitably, having teeth. Then again, if that person didn’t have teeth, how would he or she get these sugar fruit skewers down in the first place? We aren’t snakes, after all. Literally, that is.
This street food is more popular in northern China, and as it is a snack in the mainland, pretty much any fruit (botanically or not) can become impaled on the bamboo stick. Thus, cherry tomatoes, plums, melon, kumquat, bananas, strawberries, haw, smoked duck necks – most of those, anyhow – will do. Personally, I’ll take them next time without the sugar, or I’ll have some mutton skewers.
Have you tried similar pancreatic nightmares before?