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How to make musk sticks

A little while ago now I participated in a “Sweet Swap” because, well…I love sugar. Given my lack of self control with all things sugary I should not really have signed up at all, but I did. And I ate sweets and I didn’t share them. In fairness…it was also to raise money for a most excellent cause, Child Fund Australia so don’t judge me purely on my sugar consumption and lack of sharing ability.


The idea of a sweet swap is that you are given the names and addresses of three sweet swappers and you make, package and post them a sweet treat. Your name is also given to three people and you end up with some mighty tasty mail.  Far better than bills.

The treats I made all came from my much loved and much used ‘Sweet Treats’ which is a gorgeous recipe book by the people who produce Frankie magazine. I also love their book ‘Afternoon Tea, and even if you never actually cook from either of these books they can just sit in your house looking all fabulously retro glam. Despite being slightly depressed that I am now out of their target market, I have a fondness for all things Frankie; and Pud also rather loves the pages of this magazine, recently using a back issue to re-decorate her ‘art studio’ (cubbyhouse!).



For ‘The Sweet Swap’, I made caramel fudge from ‘Sweet Treats’ and wrapped it up in paper from an old copy of ‘Great Expectations’ because let’s face it, I am a book blogger not a food blogger and I had to tie it in somehow with books! I also made rocky road but didn’t use a recipe as I’ve made it so many times before. Cards and confetti are from Typo.


The sweet I was most excited about making was musk sticks. Did you even know you could MAKE musk sticks?! Dan’s comment was, ‘ummm…Megan…you do realise you can buy musk sticks for a $1 a bag. Why would you make them?’. I didn’t even answer him. Shesh. Men. No idea.

Musk Sticks

Musk Sticks

(fromSweet Treats’)


  • 1 teaspoon gelatine (I used agar agar)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon glucose syrup
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon musk flavouring
  • Few drops of pink food colouring
  • Piping bag with 1cm star nozzle


In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the glucose syrup, water and gelatine until the gelatine has dissolved.

Take the pan off the heat and stir mixture.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl or stand mixer and add in 1/3 of the icing sugar and mix on low speed until combined.

Add another 1/3 of the icing sugar and continue mixing. Add remaining sugar, flavouring and colouring. Beat until combined.

Transfer this fabulous mixture to a piping bag with star nozzle fitted and pipe your musk sticks onto a tray lined with baking paper.  Allow musk sticks to air dry for 6 to 8 hours.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

packaged musk sticks

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  1. Cassie | Journey from Within on Sep 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    oh your packaging is fabulous!! Love how you link it to your blog that way 😉 very thoughtful
    but the musks also look amazing, and yes, men … they won’t understand !

    • Megan Daley on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Well Cassie I signed up and then realised everyone but me was a food blogger!!! So I thought I best be making it a bit literary!!!!!!!

  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Wow my favourite lolly when I was little were musk sticks. I love how you made your own. I’m definitely going to have a go making my own! xx

    • Megan Daley on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      They were SOOOOOOOOO good.

  3. Amanda@ChewTown on Sep 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Arrgghh!! Musk sticks!! Love it. Yours look perfect – and I agree re your partner’s comment, sometimes they don’t get it do they? Thanks for taking part this year.

    • Megan Daley on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Men. NO IDEA.

  4. Dannielle @ Zamamabakes on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I have never thought to look for a homemade musk stick recipes and I absolutely love musk sticks, so does my mum, will have to give them a whirl!
    Those 2 Frankie recipe books looks fantastic.
    Thanks for joining in with our Fabulous Foodie Friday fun.
    Have a beautiful weekend xx

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  6. Maxabella on Jul 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Oh stop, that’s so fabulous I can’t even.

    Oh and I loved that you wrapped the sweeties in GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I totally get that. I love it. x

    • Megan Daley on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Ha! No one else noticed that Bron…yay for YOU!

    • Megan Daley on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Oh YAY you for noticing the wrapping!

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