Pixy Stix

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A packet of small Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix is a sweet and sour powdered candy usually packaged in a wrapper that resembles a drinking straw. Pixy Stix is a registered trademark of Societe des Produits Nestlé S.A. Vevey, Switzerland.

The candy is usually poured into the mouth from the wrapper, which is made out of plastic or paper. Pixy Stix contain dextrose, citric acid, and artificial and natural flavors.


Pixy Stix was invented by Sunline Inc. which was founded in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri. The candy originated in the 1930s as a drink mix sold as Frutola. When J. Fish Smith found that kids were eating the sweet and sour powder straight from the package, he changed the name to Fruzola and added a spoon.[citation needed]

Later it was repackaged with a dipping candy stick as Lik-m-Aid and also sold in straws as Pixy Stix. The non-resealable straw pouring loose candy powder in the hands of children led to routine objections from parents.[citation needed] During the 1960s a solid version of the confection named SweeTarts was created from Pixy Stix. It 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 Nestlé 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