The legend about the sugar melon
Candy melon is a very sticky candy made from yellow rice and malt. It is drawn into a long candy stick called “Kanto Candy”, and when it is drawn into an oblate shape, it is called “Candy Melon”. Put it outside the house in winter, because the weather is cold, the candied melon is solidified and there are some tiny bubbles inside, it tastes crispy, sweet, crispy, and has a unique flavor.
“Twenty-three, sticky candied melons” refers to what custom on the twenty-third day of the twelfth lunar month? The answer is: eat stove candy.
“Twenty-three sacrifices to the kitchen king, a bowl of tea and a plate of lax”. “Twenty-three, the candied melons are sticky, and the master chef wants to go to heaven.”
In the old days, when the 20th day of the twelfth lunar month passed, the children sang the above songs and hoped that the adults would buy candied melons soon.
But when it gets hot in the house it turns into sticky, hard candy lumps. This very viscous maltose was recorded in the “Jingchu Suishui Ji” of the Jin Dynasty, and it was called “Jiaoya” (sound shape) at that time. Bai Juyi, a great poet in the Tang Dynasty, also wrote in a poem: “After the year, the orchid tail wine will be pushed, and the spring dish will be persuaded to have gummy teeth first.”
It can be seen that in the Tang Dynasty, it has become a must-have product during the Spring Festival, just like fine wine. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, maltose was put into a new use and became a sticky weapon when offering sacrifices to the Lord of the Stove.
According to folklore, the Kitchen Lord was originally a constellation in the sky, but because of a mistake, he was banished to the world by the Jade Emperor and became the “East Chef’s Life”. It sits in the middle of the kitchen stoves of various households, watching how people live and act, and records all good and bad things in detail.
On the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month, it will return to the heaven and report to the Jade Emperor the good and evil of each household. condition. On the 30th night of the twelfth lunar month, he returned to the human world to punish evil and promote good according to the will of the Jade Emperor.
Therefore, people will sacrifice to the stove on the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month, and offer sticky and sweet candied melons to the kitchen king, sticking to the kitchen king’s mouth, so that he “speaks good things from heaven, and goes down to earth to ensure peace.” Children regard this day as the prelude and “dress rehearsal” of the Spring Festival.
As soon as it got dark, firecrackers were set off. Amidst the sound of firecrackers, the man in the house offered a plate of candied melons and a bowl of clear tea in front of the statue of the Kitchen King, and lit candles and incense sticks. Like peeling it off the wall and burning it, then pouring tea on the paper ashes, the candied melons are eaten by the children.
On the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month, the sugar melon sacrifice is lively, grand and humorous, so this day is called “New Year’s Eve”.
Chen Lou Candied Melon
Chenlou Tanggua began in the Tongzhi period of the Qing Dynasty and has a production history of more than 100 years. Making candied melon starts with making yellow rice jelly, and then finishing it. Chenlou caramel candy is made by mixing yellow rice (millet rice, also called big yellow rice; sticky rice, also called small yellow rice.) and barley malt in a certain proportion. This kind of caramel has been processed into many varieties by “Qiaoren Huichun”.
The shape of the melon is called candied melon (the big one weighs five or six pounds), and there is a thin layer of sesame on the surface, which can be eaten in the mouth. Sticky, sweet and fragrant. In the past every year on the 23rd night of the twelfth lunar month of the ancient lunar calendar, every household would buy a few candied melons to send me to the stove (Stove Lord), in order to use the candied melons to stick to the “Stove Lord” and call him “God says good things”, so that ” The lower world is safe.”
Today, chenlou candied melon has become a delicious food for people’s nutrition, health care, and gifts to relatives and friends.