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 door and saw the sticks, I knew I needed to try 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 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 sticks worked better than others.
Materials Needed: Candy Sticks, Lemons (worked the best), knife, and I used a 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. Then, 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.
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.