Work of Art – Dragon’s Beard Candy

The moment it meets one’s tongue, thousands of maltose filaments melt away in one’s mouth. One of the most distinctive snacks in Taiwan, dragon’s beard candy(龍鬚糖), looks like a small ball of yarn and is primarily made of maltose. Due to the pain-staking process of handmaking this delightful dessert, dragon’s beard candy is a nearly lost art. In Taiwan, the number of people who have mastered this handicraft has steadily declined. Hao-Chen Lo is one of the few craftsmen who continues this legacy.

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Maltose – Flavor of Time

With its saccharine aroma, golden and sticky maltose can be said to be a childhood memory for many Taiwanese. To the older generations, maltose is a nostalgic candy regarded as a semblance of youth. Even today, its sweet, tantalizing flavor can still be recollected. Zhu Bo Yuan, a factory that preserves maltose through traditional craftsmanship, hopes to reproduce this flavor of childhood. 

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