Dragon's Beard Candy? Sounds royal...
Posted on 15 May 2018
Dragon's Beard Candy?
Similar to Cotton Candy, a favourite for carnival-goers from all over the world, Dragon’s Beard Candy is an ancient Chinese floss-like confection first enjoyed over 1800 years ago.
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Shaped like a pillow, typically wrapped around a filling of crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, crunched chocolate, or cocunut. This intriguing candy is a chewy, rich and sweet delicacy, fit for a King!
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Origins of its name
Created by a Han dynasty imperial court chef, that entertained the Emperor by displaying the processes of making the candy.
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The Dragon’s Beard Candy was given its name by the Emperor for its hair like appearance which reminded the Emperor of a dragon’s beard.
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A historic comeback
Reserved only for the ruling class of China for many centuries, the candy was rejected by Communist China for its historic symbolism of social stratification.
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However, the art of making Dragon’s Beard Candy has resurfaced, with it gaining popularity in many East Asian countries.
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Watch as this South Korean man makes an ancient Chinese confection:
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Visit East Asia
The candy was first made over 1800 years ago, with its artform now being shared all over the world, this historic, royally tasty candy is a must-try for anyone exploring East Asia.
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