Lemons with Candy Stick Straws

Lemon and Candy Stick Straws

Do you want a special treat for your kids that tastes sweet, fresh and fun? These lemons with candy stick straws will delight them. It had been years since I had this snack that takes me back to a certain fair in the town where I grew up. I wanted to re-create this memory with my own kids.

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lemon candy straw fair treat

When I was little, we always went to a certain carnival every summer. At this carnival one of the things I looked forward to most was buying the lemon or orange with the candy stick straw. It’s funny. When I mentioned this to my sisters both lit up with excitement. Their memories of this treat was as nostalgic and wonderful as my own. My younger sister had actually tried to do it and didn’t have success. When I walked into a unique grocery the other day and saw the candy sticks, I knew I needed to try it too. I had more success.

I do have a couple tips: the lemons seemed to work better than the oranges. I think the acidity from the lemon may have contributed to breaking down the sugar in the candy stick more. The heavy pulp in the orange also may have gotten in the way. It still worked, but the lemon was way better – both in taste and experience. We also found that some candy sticks worked better than others.

lemon and orange candy stick treat

Materials Needed to Make Lemon and Orange Candy Stick Treats

  • Candy Sticks
  • Lemons (works best) or Oranges
  • Knife
  • Decorating Tip (optional)

 

First, you want to roll the fruit on the table, putting pressure on it. This will loosen the juice within the lemon. It’s a great thing to do before you need to get a juice out of a lemon for cooking or baking too. Next, poke a hole in the lemon the size of your stick. I used a decorating tip to make the perfect sized hole. I then stuck a knife in a little bit more to create the room for the stick.

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Time to drink. I don’t know if it helped, but I cut the top and bottom off the stick thinking it might help the juice to flow through better. You need to suck really hard at first, but then the juice will start flowing through the stick. If it is working, but the juice stops flowing after a bit, you can move the stick around to loosen up the inside of the fruit. My kids loved it as much as I did when I was a girl. You could do this just for fun, or it would be a wonderful addition to your next party. 

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  1. Darlene says

    I am from Baltimore and it is our tradition to have lemons with peppermint sticks. The peppermint and lemon are so great!

  2. says

    Wow – I have never seen this before! So, does the sugar from the straw help the lemon one from being so tart? The orange one sounds great!

  3. Anonymous says

    I am seventy plus years old and I remember like it was yesterday that my grandmother, who was born and lived in New York for many years, so don’t know if this is a NewYork thing, used to give us lemons and peppermint sticks. It would take a long time to “get them started” (sucking the juice up and hollowing out tracks in the candy) but
    it kept us busy and happy for hours. If one is successful and patient, after sucking the lemon juice dry, the candy stick is delicious to finish off in a couple of bites and it is crumbly and lemon flavored. Delicious and fun ! My lemon tree is bare, the lemons have fallen off in the excessive heat, but when the new crop appears, I will have to try this with my grandkids. It is a good memory on so many levels.
    I’ve seen the candy sticks at my favorite place….Walmart!

  4. Grandma Tara says

    I have never heard of this before but I can’t wait to give it a try.
    I have several flavors of candy canes left over from Christmas. I’m going to try breaking the hook off them and using the straight part. Hope it works.
    Thanks for the idea!

  5. Sunny's Citrus Sippers says

    IN ORDER FOR THE JUICE TO FLOW FROM THE ORANGE OR LEMON IT IS BEST THAT YOU USE SOFT – POROUS CANDY STICKS NOT HARD CANDY STICKS OR REGULAR CANDY CANES. YOU CAN FIND SOFT PEPPERMINT STICKS AT CRACKER BARREL (BOB’S) OR ON THE INTERNET – RED BIRD, KING LEO, AUNT MAHALIA’S OR BOB’S. THE PEPPERMINT STICKS ARE SIMILAR TO PEPPERMINT PUFFS BUT IN STICK FORM. YOU CAN ALSO TRY SEARCHING “SOFT CANDY STICK OR SOFT SUGAR STICK.”

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