Sugar figurine is a typical Chinese dessert which has become popular more than six hundred years ago.


Making sugar figurine is a traditional Chinese craftsmanship: all the craftsmen pick a box which contains the heating stove, the sugar and tools. The sugar is made of sucrose and maltose and they are heated together to being suitable for the craftsman to use them.

The color of sugar figurine is mainly brown, but sometimes the producer adds pigment to make it more enjoyable. The tools used are very simple, mostly they have scoop and spade shape.
Drawing a figurine is quite simple, but it requires person’s manual agility.

First of all, sugar should be heated in order to obtain syrup, then rubbing on the marble board with oil, the next step is using a small copper spoon to get litter syrup and draw on the marble board the object desired, wait few seconds till the syrup is cold and the last move to do is keeping up the work with a bamboo stick.

The craftsman makes sugar figure shape according to the clients’ requests and the most popular ones are animals, flowers and characters.

The sugar figurine has been children’s favorite plaything for long time, but it is not suitable for conservation; so, people have to eat it as soon as possible.

Nowadays, it is very rare to see craftsmen along the road while making the sugar figurine, they are traceable only on some festival occasions, like temple fair in Beijing.

The sugar figurine has been children’s favorite plaything for long time, but it is not suitable for conservation; so, people have to eat it as soon as possible.

Nowadays, it is very rare to see craftsmen along the road while making the sugar figurine, they are traceable only on some festival occasions, like temple fair in Beijing.

by Chenyan Zhou

Categories: Cultural Post

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