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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 the 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 was (now out of print) a gorgeous recipe book by the people who produce Frankie magazine. 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’ .

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 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.

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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