EASY DESSERT RECIPES – Soft Ginger Candy Chews (Chinese) [ 姜汁软糖]

Today’s recipe is very simple and also special for me. It is ginger sugar. I have very serious Arthritis. My Knee joint and wrist hurts almost every single day. When it is raining or the weather gets cold, it hurts even worse and I had it for over 10 years. I know, I look so young. I got some questions about why I moved to Ecuador. This is one of the reasons because Ecuador is on the equator. It is warm all the time. Anyway, In order to deal with my pain, I created this recipe because ginger is something hot, and I need heat to warm myself up. The ginger is very powerful. If I eat a lot at one time, I will feel that the heat is coming out from the inside of me, which makes feel good. And it is very tasty. It is soft, gooey, kind of like gummy bear except it is ginger flavor. This is my handy little snack, I just keep eating it while I watch movie or reading book.


– 180 grams of ginger
– 150 grams of glutinous rice flour
– 150 grams of brown sugar
– 30 grams of water
– shredded coconut or sugar powder


– First, let’s deal with the ginger. Rinse it under running water. Make sure you wash off the mud. You don’t need to peel the skin because it doesn’t matter if the skin on or not. You can peel it if you want but its just more work to me.

– Roughly cut it into slices. Put it in a cup. I didn’t add any water to it so it will be a bit difficult to use a blender. That is why I am going to use a hand blender. You can also use a food processor to blend it.

– Use a sieve and put a cheesecloth to cover it. Squeeze the juice out of the ginger. Make sure you get the last drip. For 180 grams of ginger, we get about a little bit more than a 1/2 cup of 100% pure ginger juice.

– Pour the ginger juice into the glutinous rice flour. Use a fork to cooperate with it. It will look a bit messy in the beginning. But soon you should be able to make it into a dough. Cover it and let it sit for 15 minutes.

– While waiting, we can move on to next step. In a sauce pot, add 150 grams of brown sugar and 30 grams of water. Stir this on low heat. Adding water will thin the sugar a little bit and lower the chance of burning. You just keep stirring it so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Once you see it start bubbling a lot. Let it cook for another 40 seconds and then turn off the heat. Let it cool down for just 5 minutes. You don’t want it to be completely cold or else the sugar will start setting.

– Pour the melted brown sugar into the glutinous rice dough. It might look like it is impossible to mix it well. Don’t worry. You just use a fork to break the dough into smaller pieces. Then use a whisk to stir it. Within 2 or 3 minutes, it will be completely well combined.

– Next, get a flat pan. I use an 8 inches non-stick cake pan. If your pan is not non-stick, make sure to apply some oil or put a parchment paper on the bottom so it will be easier to take out later. For better texture, I will let it go through a sieve. Just pour that in. a very important note here. Make sure your pan is flat and the batter is about 1/3 inch thick. If it is too thick or the batter is no evenly flat, it won’t be cooked completely.

– Put this in a steamer. Steam it for 40 minutes.

– This is how I check if it is completely cooked. Put a stick into a check the consistency. If you see the batter that attached to the stick is a little bit transparent, that means you are good to go.

– Take it out. Cover it and set it in the fridge overnight.

– This is the next day. Because it is a non-stick pan so it should be easy to take it out. Then cut it into long strips. You can wet the knife with cold water so it doesn’t stick to the knife. Sprinkle some shredded coconut so it won’t be too sticky. Then coat it with the coconut completely. You can also use sugar powder if you have it. Once all the sugar strips are coated well, pile them up and cut it into short pieces. Put this into the shredded coconut. If you see 2 pieces sticking together, just break that apart. Toss everything until they are coated well and you are done.

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  • I had no idea you live in Ecuador. How long? Where in Ecuador? My husband is from there

  • I was just eating a chewy ginger candy I bought from a nearby store to soothe my throat. It was so good, I had to look up a recipe for it.
    By the way, you used glutinous rice flour for it, but in the ingredients list of the candy I bought said they used tapioca. Will the texture be different if I use your recipe instead?
    I will definitely try this out, though. 🙂

  • That's the best recipe demo for ginger chews I have ever seen. Awesome! Thank you!

  • Hey Mandy! Regarding your arthritis – check out mikhailapeterson.com. The blogger shares her journey of how she recovered from serious arthritis (had hip surgery and ankle surgery to replace them from the arthritis). You may want to look into figuring out what you are eating specifically that causes your inflammations. I know you love cooking, and it is probably the worst problem to have as a talented cook to hear the cure to your disease might be to limit your foods. But I frequent the blog a lot and it helped me identify that I have some candida overgrowth problem. She went on an elimination diet to only eating vegetables and meat (cutting out carbs / gluten) and within 4 weeks very serious symptons subsided. The blogger now eats beef and has been in remission for arthritis.

    Check to make sure what in your gut microbiome is causing you to get those allergic reactions to food that might be affecting the inflammation of your joints!

  • A fantastic recipe. I will definitely try it.

  • check out reducing sugar for less inflamation – arthritis…..but i love the recipe!

  • Oh, girl, I can understand you totally. I eat a lot but I never gain weight. When I was small, I used to think that I was sick because I could eat 2 whole hamburgers and my friends would still struggle with a bowl of salad!!! But to be honest, I feel lucky. Afterall, I love eating with a serious passion!!!!🤗🤗😄😄😊😊

  • This is wonderful. I make candy all the time, and ginger candy as well, but with the ginger pieces sliced and cooked for use more in a medicinal way. If you want to know how, go ahead and contact me. I am making these tomorrow. 🙂

  • Lovely tutorial of a lovely person ! Thank you very much Mandy ! Keep up the wonderful work. Blessings your way..

  • Boron will help you. Please check out Eric Berg on YouTube who will help you with the wisdom that you need to stay well, healthy, and wise. Dr. Berg is such a blessing like you are.

  • I love all your videos. You're beautiful and sweet.

  • hey Mandy, if you want to heal your Arthritis completely, you need to eat more animal fat and protein (like fat and particles in a Beef stock or pig skin), your Body needs the amino acids and the fat for your bones and cartilage… and most important eat as less sugar as you can ! Sugar makes your Arthritis worse and makes inflamation in your Body, so your Arthritis will then never go away… but if you eat less sugar, flour products and sweet Drinks, and instead eat more vegetables, animal fat and tissue and drink a lot of water or tea, your Arthritis will go better in a few months and will be gone in a year

  • you are so cute, i think i love you ! 😀

  • Looks delicious , i want to try making this dessert..your personality is cute ..

  • This is the most exciting desert video I've seen on Youtube. I LOVE ginger candy. Thank you for making this.

  • Hi Mandy. I’m sorry to hear about your arthritis. I suffer from it also. I was wondering. If you dehydrate the ginger pulp after extracting the juice can You use that as ginger powder?

  • Love your video's. Would it be possible to make a video once about the ultimate ingredients shopping list to make your recipe's? Just all the basics needed to create these awesome Chinese dishes. That would be great.