How Chinese Words Get Embedded Into Candy




This factory in China’s Anhui province makes good luck candy. Each cube has a Chinese character with meanings like fortune and happiness. The ingredients are simple: soybean, black sesame, and a touch of maltose. But making it is harder than it looks, and candy maker Jin Huimin tells us how he learned the ropes 50 years ago.

*Product details: 徽祥里祁門字豆糖, available online

This is the new episode of our series about established mom-and-pop eateries in China, candy edition. In the next episode, we visit a family in Guangdong who makes hand-pulled candies that look just like scallions.

Don’t miss our stories, what’s buzzing around the web, and bonus material. Sign up for the GT NEWSLETTER:

If you liked this video, we have more stories featuring candy makers across China:

Dragon’s Beard Candy: Million-Strand “Candy Floss” that Melts in Your Mouth

Handmade Peanut Brittle: Chewy, Toasted Perfection

Follow us on Instagram for behind-the-scenes moments:
Stay updated on Twitter:
Join the conversation on Facebook:
Have story ideas? Send them to us at

Producer: Yoyo Chow
Videographer: Wu Congwen
Animation: Stella Yoo
Editor: César del Giudice
Mastering: Victor Peña

#Chinese #worded #candy #handmade #sweets