How to Make Pixie Sticks

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If you love pixie sticks, you can now learn the secret to making them yourself! Homemade pixie sticks are just as good as the store-bought ones. You can make them in any fruit flavor you like using only two ingredients!

Pixie sticks

What Are Pixie Sticks?

Pixie sticks (the store-bought ones are sold as Pixy Stix [paid link]) are a powdered sugary candy served in straws.

To eat one, you rip the straw open and pour the candy into your mouth.

Why Make Homemade Pixie Sticks?

Any homemade candy (like homemade salt water taffy, homemade jelly beans, and homemade sour patch kids) has advantages over its store-bought counterpart. Homemade pixie sticks are no exception:

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

How to Make Pixie Sticks

To make pixie sticks, you’ll need freeze-dried fruit powder in the flavor(s) of your choosing. You can buy many flavors of freeze-dried fruit and food process them to make powders – or even make homemade fruit powder.

Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Powder
Use a coffee grinder to combine fruit powder and sugar. You can also use a food processor, but the filling won’t be as finely ground.

Fold over the bottom of a paper straw and use a tiny funnel or a rolled up piece of paper to pour the mixture into the straw. Then, fold over the top of the straw.

That’s it!
Filling Pixie Sticks
Because you are using natural ingredients, your homemade pixie sticks won’t be as brightly colored as the store-bought ones. If this bothers you, you can experiment with adding a few drops of food coloring to the mix.

Pixie Sticks Flavor Ideas

The most popular Pixy Stix flavors are listed below. You can make homemade versions of all of them using real fruit. Keep in mind that the taste won’t be exactly the same because you are using natural flavors rather than artificial ones.

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Homemade Pixie Sticks

Homemade pixie sticks are just as good as the store-bought ones. You can make pixie sticks in any flavor you like using only two ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 pixy stix
Calories 14kcal
Author Stefani


  • 2 teaspoons fruit powder any flavor or combination of flavors
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • Whizz fruit powder and sugar together in a coffee grinder until fully combined. (You can also use a food processor, but it won't be as finely ground.)
  • Fold over the bottom of a paper straw.
  • 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, but you could also use a small funnel.
  • Fold over the top of the straw.
  • 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.
You can also add a drop or two of food coloring if you want brighter colors.


Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  2. Willowsays:

    5 stars
    I have never had a pixie stick and my friends have been driving me crazy with telling me I need to try them. So thank you for the recipe.

  3. Amysays:

    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!

  4. Vicki Bensingersays:

    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.

  5. Carol | a cup of mascarponesays:

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

  6. Holiday Baker Mansays:

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

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