Yes, Crab apples. Those tiny red apples most of us only eat in the form of jelly. Leave it to China to turn such a tiny fruit into a complete snack food industry. The Chinese name is Shan Zha.
Everywhere you go, in the city outside the shopping mall, at truck stops and in the country side you see vendors on bike, or food stalls selling this delicious treat on a stick.
Usually eight of these sour Manchurian Crab apples are cored and covered in a coat of caramel. Possibly the best chocolate replacement I have ever tasted. Yes, I am a chocoholic, but the selection in China is not all that good. So this fruity treat is my balance to all the salt and spice I have to eat when there.
Lately I have seen more candied fruits in city locations, such as Strawberries and Kiwi. Some of the apples are filled with colorful creamy fruit pastes, still all Gluten Free.
That just might be a good idea for Stampede vendors next year. Fifty cents is the most I paid for a stick in China......BARGAIN!