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Feb 21, 2013 08:22 PM

Is there a kosher equivalent to pixy stix?

As usual, my shalach monos muse waited till the last minute to strike me.

First it came up with "Beer and Skittles™" but the rumours that Skittles were going kosher turned out to be false, and any substitute, even if it looked exactly the same, wouldn't have that name, so the plan won't work. Maybe in the future, if they ever go kosher.

So it came up with a second plan: "Ring, sceptre, and crown." Specifically, a Ring Pop, a Pixy Stix, and a little bottle of Crown Royal. Pixy Stix™ are not kosher, but this time it's the shape, not the name, that I need, so any kosher equivalent would do. Any ideas, or should I just go out to Borough Park tomorrow and see what I can find?

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  1. I guess it's a bit late for you to make your own, but for anyone that should ever want to try, there are instructions on many sites. Here's one I found:

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    1. re: queenscook

      Nice link, simple recipe. Though I haven't got a coffee grinder, and some people won't eat anything home made.

      But citric acid isn't that hard to source; you just have to know that in America it's called "sour salt". Under that name it's in the spice section in every supermarket. The writer seems not to have known that.

      1. re: zsero

        LOL. Not every supermarket. Very tough to find here where there's not a large Jewish population. However, it is easy to find if you have a nearby brew supply shop or a well stocked home baking/candymaking shop.

        1. re: rockycat

          I've seen sour salt in Walmart

          Re pixie stix I've definitely seen them in the boro park stores

          1. re: rockycat

            There's something Jewish about citric acid / sour salt?!

      2. There are kosher stick-shape things. Plastic straws filled with honey. And chocolate sticks, albeit not individually wrapped.

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        1. re: AdinaA

          Bogdon's Reception Sticks, Chocolate, OU-D are available individually wrapped. They're my 16 yo's favorite candy. So, if the Shalach Manot can be dairy, it works

        2. Twizzlers? You can get them individually wrapped.

          1. YES! Just like pixy stix. Made by Paskesz. Called Funtime Fizzy Straws !!!

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            1. re: jayneandshayna

              Funtime Fizzy Straws. Who knew? Thank you for posting.

              1. re: jayneandshayna

                Thank you. I didn't see them at Landau's today. But I've had Another Idea, which leads me to another quick question (I won't see the answer till after Shabbos):

                Which is more evocative of a golden sceptre: a banana or a carrot? If you got a carrot in your shalach monos, would you think "golden sceptre"? What about if there was a note that mentioned sceptres?

                Of course if I were in Philadelphia I'd include a SEPTA token. But I'm not.

                1. re: zsero

                  Of the two, a banana, but truthfully, I'd only think that if there were a very clear note. And even then, I'd probably think it was quite a stretch. Sorry.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Well, I ended up with celery. My finished shalach monos is: onion rings, pretzel rings, a "pixy-stick"-like object (it's a clear plastic straw filled with sprinkles), celery, and Crown Royal.

              2. Was the first theme idea a nod to Tom Lehrer? I found out last spring that the skittles in the song refers to a game and not the candy. Sadly, this was not before I learned that beer and mike n ikes (the closest kosher candy to skittle) is a revolting combination when enjoying a lovely spring day in the park.

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                1. re: CloggieGirl

                  No, it's not a reference to Lehrer, but to the well-known proverb that he was playing off: "Life is not all beer and skittles". And yes, of course it's the game, but I always thought it was the outdoor game, which is an ancestor of bowling. Last night someone informed me that there is in fact a similar pub game, with miniature skittles and ball, which is played to determine who buys the next round. That would be a more likely origin for the proverb than the outdoor game.