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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.

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How to Make Pixy Stix

Once you've made fruit powder, the next logical step is learning how to make pixy stix. Homemade pixy stix are straws filled with fruit powder and sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade pixie stix, how to make pixie stix
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 pixy stix
Calories 12kcal
Author Stef


  • 2 teaspoons fruit powder (get the recipe in my post about fruit powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • Whizz fruit powder and sugar together in a coffee grinder or food processor until fully combined.
  • 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, as shown in the photo above.
  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
How to Make Pixy Stix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 comments on “How to Make Pixy Stix (Pixie Sticks)”

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

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

  3. 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. 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!

  5. 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.

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