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How to Make Pixy Stix (Pixie Sticks)

Pixy Stix

Once you’ve made fruit powder (get the recipe in my post on fruit powder), the next logical step is learning how to make pixy stix (a.k.a. pixie sticks).  Homemade pixy stix are straws filled with fruit powder and sugar (I’ll suggest a proportion, but it’s ultimately your call on how much sugar you choose to add).

Making your own pixy stix gives you several clear advantages over store-bought pixy stix:

  • You control the sugar amount.  You could even use artificial sweeteners if you prefer.
  • You control the flavor.  You can make pixy stix in any fruit flavor or combination of flavors that you like.  The ones shown above are strawberry rhubarb.
  • By using cute paper straws, your pixy stix can match your party decor.

How to Make Pixy Stix

Filling Pixy Stix

I’m certainly not the first to make homemade pixy stix.  You can find another tutorial over on Love & Olive Oil which she adapted from a recipe on NPR.  Mine have the distinction of being strawberry rhubarb flavored and, of course, they’ll soon be gracing a cupcake with their presence.

How to Make Pixy Stix

Yield: 5 pixy stix

How to Make Pixy Stix



  1. Whizz fruit powder and sugar together in a coffee grinder or food processor until fully combined.
  2. Fold over the bottom of a paper straw.
  3. Pour powder into the straw until almost full, leaving room to fold over the top. I used a rolled up piece of paper to do this, as shown in the photo above.
  4. Fold over the top of the straw.
  5. Hand to someone and wait for their smile!


You can adjust the ratio of sugar to fruit powder to whatever sweetness level you are comfortable with.
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10 Responses to How to Make Pixy Stix (Pixie Sticks)

  1. Holiday Baker Man April 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    It’s been eons since I had one of these!

  2. Carol | a cup of mascarpone April 24, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    These are just TOO much fun…can’t wait to make them for my grandchildren! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Vicki Bensinger April 24, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Pixie Sticks and Lik-A-Maid were my favorite candy as a kid. Your son is so lucky to have a mommy that makes him the best vintage candy around.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just saved it to my ZipList.

  4. Amy April 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    After one of my 6-year-old softball games, I begged my mom to buy me one of those EXTRA big strawberry pixie sticks from the concession stand. It tasted so good when I ate it, but because I probably bounced off the walls for hours afterward, Mom never gave me another one… Oops!


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