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Pixie Sticks are one of those candies that kids always love. They are sweet and sour at the same time. I loved them as a kid and now my kids love them. I wanted to try making some homemade pixie sticks with real fruit. We tried it out and had success!! It was fun and delicious.
To make homemade pixie sticks you just need 3 ingredients:
The original Pixie Sticks are full of artificial flavors and colors, so even though this recipe contains sugar, it is a huge improvement over the original!
(These are the ingredients of regular Pixie Sticks: Dextrose, Citric Acid, Flavors Artificial, Colors, Carmine, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 2, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake)
So, back to our recipe. Take your three ingredients and put them in a food processor to grind up. You could also pulse it in a blender or coffee grinder.
Once it is a fine powder, you will need to prepare your straws. If you are using paper straws, you can easily fold them over at the bottom, We added a tiny piece of tape to secure them. If using plastic, you would have to melt them to seal them closed.
Filling the straws is the trickiest & most time consuming part. You can make a paper funnel to put it in, but ours kept getting clogged. We found it was easiest to just spoon it in and tap it down. I put my kids to work on this one- child labor can be a great thing sometimes. 😉
These do have a tendency to harden up a bit, but they are tasty and my kids didn’t seem to mind that a bit. If they got clogged, they just peeled the paper bak and kept eating.
These would be SO great for gifts for friends, on Birthdays or various holidays, including Valentine’s Day!