Pixy Stix

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A packet of small Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix is a powdered candy packaged in a wrapper that resembles a drinking straw.

The candy is usually poured into the mouth from the wrapper, which is made out of plastic (Large Size) or paper (Small Size). The ingredients in Pixy Stix are as follows: Dextrose, Citric Acid, less than 2% artificial and natural flavors. Pixy Stix do not contain protein or essential vitamins or minerals. Pixy Stix come in two different sizes: large and small. Pixy Stix is a registered trademark of Societe des Produits Nestlé S.A. Vevey, Switzerland.

Pixy Stix was invented by Sunline Inc. which started in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri. Originally it was a drink mix in the late 1930s, sold as Frutola, but J. Fish Smith found that kids were eating the sweet & sour powder right from the package. He shifted the name to Fruzola and added a spoon. Later it was repackaged with a dipping candy stick as Lik-m-Aid and also sold in little straws as Pixy Stix. The non-resealable straw pouring loose candy powder in the hands of children led to routine objections from parents. During the 1960s a solid version of the confection formula was created from Pixy Stix named SweeTarts and grew in popularity with other hard packed candies, which caused Pixy Stix to become almost extinct.[1]

Sunline was sold to Rowntree Mackintosh of the UK, which was then bought by Nestle and integrated into the Wonka brand.


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In popular culture[edit]

Pixy Stix is one of the ingredients used by Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to make her sandwich in the lunchroom scene of the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.

See also[edit]

  • Sherbet - a fizzy powder similar to that found in Pixy Stix
  • Fun Dip - similar to pixy stix, but sold in a pouch