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My coworker went to China and brought back what he thought was candy. Started as a square but turned to flour like powder once touched

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Not sure what it is from your description, have you got any pictures of it or of the packet?

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Sounds like this to me. I got it in Hangzhou when I first came out. My wife said if you google the name lots of different types will come up, but in Hangzhou this is what it is called: 芝麻酥. 






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