Dragon Wisker Candy

龙 须 糖

Long, long time ago...

There was an emperor named Zheng De who lived in the land of China. At that time, China was under the reign of the Great Ming Dynasty. Ming Dynasty was the second dynasty in Chinese history using "Great" as their dynastic name, and the last dynasty governed by ethic Han Chinese.

Zheng De Emperor ascended the throne at the age of 14. He died at the age of 31. During his 15 years of reign, he took a lavish life style and indulged in women. He neglected his duties as an emperor to pursue his gratification. As a result, eunuchs arose and gradually took his power.

The legends

What an emperor has to do with candies?

One day, Zheng De Emperor traveled to the southeast part of China, and found this candy. He was so fascinated by this cocoon shaped, with fine thin strands confection. Therefore, he ordered his chef to take this candy back to the palace.

Another legend occurred in Qing Dynasty. The chief chef of the Yong Zheng Emperor traveled all across the country to find unique food for the emperor. He found this candy and brought it back to the palace. One day after the feast of the Manchu Han courses, this chef presented the candy to the emperor. Yong Zheng Emperor was very pleased with this discovery. He ate some and gave some of them to his officials and families.

The name was given

The candy had a unique taste. It melted once it entered the emperor's mouth and the fine strands were sticky enough to adhere to the emperor's face. Therefore, the cocoon shaped candy was named as "Dragon Beard". Dragon is the symbol of emperors.

The legends of Dragon beard Candy are many, even though they occurred in different dynasties, they all have one thing in common. This dessert was first found among common people outside of the palaces and it was once reserved only to the emperors.

The preparation process

Dragon Beard is a handmade sweet treat. It consists of many very fine strands of sugar, and repetitive stretching and kneading until the sugar presents as hair like fine strands.

Try it yourself


  1. 75g fine white sugar
  2. 75g peanuts
  3. 150g corn syrup
  4. glutinous rice flour (you are using it to coat the silk to prevent them from sticking to each other)


  1. Bring corn syrup to boil over mild heat for 5 mins until thick.
  2. Put into refrigerator for 4 hours.
  3. Dig a hole in the middle of corn syrup& coat with glutinous rice flour.
  4. Stretch along the hole, when it becomes a big ring and make it to 8 shape like 2 small rings and put 2 rings together.
  5. Repeat till it like silk.
  6. Finely ground the peanuts, mix it with sugar.
  7. Cut the silk sugar into 6- 8 pieces, wrap it with peanut mixture.
  8. Keep covered as it will clump once it is exposed to moisture.

See The Pro Do It

Dragon's Beard Candy for The Year of the Dragon

Credits to the following resources

1. Wikipedia: Dragon beard candy

2. Wikipedia: Zheng De Emperor

3. Pictures from Google images

4. Recipe from Food.com

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