Musk sticks candy is a sweet smelling confection that would get your taste buds wanting more, especially your kids who would be all over you screaming for more musk stick and loving you more too. However, you might really do yourself some good in remembering the kids and sugar cause and effect rule, for fear that your home start looking like a wreck – you won’t love a clean up session.
Musk candies are one of the Australian favorite candies, and everyone in the country absolutely loves them. Literally, every one child in the country has eaten this candy and for the older folks, musk flavored candy sticks bring back the best party memories of their childhood. As a country bonus, the people of New Zealand also cherish this candy.
Musk sticks are predominantly pink in colour, well, unless you add some coloring. These pink candy sticks have musk as their major flavour and yes, they smell so good that you might not want to eat them but do eat them because they are definitely as delicious as they smell.
While the Australians and many other non-Australians are going nuts over these pink candy sticks, a few persons however are absolutely against the idea of eating musk flavored sticks. Why? Well, they are of the opinion that its strong smell is reminiscent of perfumes especially the musk perfumes but before you conclude that they aren’t worth eating for smelling so good, try out a batch.
What is a Musk Stick?
Musk stick is a musk flavoured stick that’s made with musk essence, icing sugar, gelatine and colouring. It’s very easy to make so there’s no need worrying about getting the recipe right. Musk flavoured sticks are small sized pink sticks with extruded ends that can take up a star shape (when sliced) if a star-shaped nozzle is used, this is the most preferred look the musk candies get. Want a different shape? Then get a different nozzle shape, there’s great fun in variety.
They are also known as musk lollies or musk sweets. And have sister confection products which include the musk pencils, mini musks and musk lifesavers. The musk pencils is a really tinier modified version of the musk candies. Mini musk, on the other hand, are shorter cylindrical confections that can serve as decoration for cakes.
Musk candy is a musk flavoured candy so yes, it definitely has a strong sweet smelling fragrance (reminds you of musk perfumes?). This candy is the Australian kids favourite and it will be quite surprising to not find it in a children’s party. Though it has been described as tasting like soap or smelling like an old woman, musk candies still rock the candy world of candy-people especially kids.
These pink candy sticks can also stand on your cake, just make sure you cut them into smaller lengths.
Musk sticks ingredient list
To make this semi-soft candy, all you need to do is to provide yourself with the ingredients below:
- 500 grams of icing sugar.
- 50 grams of liquid glucose (glucose syrup).
- 1 teaspoon of musk essence.
- 3 sheets of gelatine or two teaspoon of gelatine.
- 1 beetroot.
What to Know Before Making Musk Flavoured Sticks
Now that you have your ingredients, what exactly are you going to do with them? If you don’t have all the ingredients listed, this section also provides you with excellent alternatives that will still produce your perfect batch of musk candies.
First off, your icing sugar should be well sifted. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to use it if it isn’t sifted. If you use your icing sugar without sifting, you will end up having a grainy and sandy mixture as opposed to a smooth mixture. I recommend you have at most an extra 150 gram of icing sugar just in case your mixture is not thick enough. So all you have to do is scoop from your extra icing sugar and your desire thickness will be reached.
Your musk essence serves as your flavour. If you’re strongly appalled by strong smells, you might want to consider reducing the quantity of musk essence only by a little measure. If you reduced the amount too much, your musk sticks might end up being something else. What are musk flavoured candies without the musk essence? Erm, definitely not musk sticks.
And don’t be tempted to add extra too! Moderation is the key.
For extra flavouring, you can add a few drops of vanilla flavour. You’ll surely enjoy the extra effect they bring to your Australian musk candy.
If you are out of liquid glucose, you can use your powder glucose. They both make good musk sticks, however, with your liquid glucose, you will get crispy delicious musk sticks when they are well dried. While your powder glucose yields softer musk candies.
Of course, your beetroot is for coloring. If you intend to make pink candy sticks, then coloring is as important as every other ingredient. I prefer natural coloring so I use beetroot to bring out the pink color since musk sticks are originally pink in color. But then you can opt for artificial coloring, use a few drops of pink food coloring or you can decide to get really creative with the colors.
Purple, green, blue look awesome if you decide a little color experimenting wouldn’t hurt. The kids would love them more if you’re making these musk flavored candies for them.
Having readied your ingredients, you should check your kitchen for the following accessories that will be useful in your quest to make musk flavoured sticks.
- piping bag.
- nozzle, preferably a 1cm star shaped nozzle.
- spatula, this is for removing your dried musk sticks from the baking paper.
- baking paper. These will be lined later on a smooth surface, better to use a baking tray.
Musk Sticks Recipe
This recipe is quite easy to follow and it takes only about 30 minutes or an hour to make, that depends on how many batches you intend to make. Here comes the recipe for the amazing sweet smelling, soft chewy delicious musk sticks.
- Put the three sheets of gelatine in a bowl and pour in cold water. This will make them soft.
- Peel your beetroot before grating the beetroot. Pour your grated beetroot into another bowl and then, add hot water to the grated beetroot.
- Wait for about 30 seconds before sieving the coloured liquid into a sauce pan or a bowl you can use. Sieve about 60 ml of the coloured liquid. A measuring cup will aid for accurate measurement. The amount of liquid used is important, using too much will not make your mixture thick enough.
- Add your musk essence to the coloured liquid.
- Add the liquid glucose too.
- Going back to your gelatine which are soft by now, squeeze them out of the water and add the gelatine to your mixture.
- Mix the mixture in your sauce pan and pour into a bowl. Add one-third of your sifted icing sugar and whisk together for three minutes.
You can use a mixer to fasten the process and to make sure that your mixture is mixed perfectly.
- Add one-third of the sifted icing sugar to the mixture again and whisk the mixture together for another three minutes. Do this again one more time with the last portion of sugar until the desired thickness level is obtained. Again, use a mixer if you have one.
- After that, scoop some of the mixture into a piping bag and off you go piping your musk sticks onto a baking paper. Your sticks can be as long as you want them to or shorter than usual if you so desire, but 10cm is actually fine for me.
- Leave them to dry overnight in a cool dark place. They should be ready in the morning. If they are not dry by daybreak, it is because of the weather. The temperature and humidity can influence how fast your Australian musk candy will get dried and ready to be munched. More humid weather delays the drying process, that’s all the more reason to keep them in a cool dry place.
Whoa, that is 10 steps, I had no idea it would get to 10. So, there you have it your recipe for musk flavoured sticks.
More on Musk and Musk Sticks
The musk flavour (or essence) was originally gotten from the musk deer, it is a sweet-smelling substance that was secreted by the musk deer. Musk essence is not limited to the musk deer alone, some plants were also capable of secreting musk or musk-like secretions.
However, musk essence now available for use is almost exclusively synthetic and the musk still smells great. Musk is also used in the making of perfumes and this is probably a reason why some persons do not fancy eating these pink candy sticks.
If you made way too many musk flavored sticks and your stomach just can’t take in any more of them and you can’t bear to throw them away, then don’t. They can serve other purposes and this will make you love them more.
- Musk sticks can be dissolved in vodka. This is a bit strange but there is no harm in adding it to vodka. All you need to do is add a few musk flavored sticks to the vodka, the amount you add depends on the quantity of vodka though. After adding them, you leave it for a few days to dissolve in the vodka, after which you shake to mix well and drink up!
- The pink candy sticks can also serve as a fine way to make your cake more attractive, all you have to do is stick it in. It might interest you to know that you can also make a musk stick mushroom which is essentially like a musk stick stuck on a cupcake.
- You can make a musk pot pourri with it or alongside with its sister confections. Your musk pot pourri is a mix of tiny pieces of musk pencils (or musk sticks), mini musks, smarties, black bean jelly and jelly bellies.
- With their strong pleasant odor, you can keep them as a fragrance for your work desk or the worktop of your kitchen. Weird but definitely worth it. So while working or cooking, you get to inhale this really smell and your activity goes on pleasantly.
The only reason you have not to try out these pink candy sticks is because you are a vegetarian. These Australian candy sticks have gelatine and that’s not a great option for a vegetarian but if you happen to have found a perfect replacement for gelatine which I’m hoping you do, then, by all means, try out this candy.
If you haven’t, you can do your non-vegetarian friends a huge favor by making a batch for them, for the spirit of friendship and for the love of candies. These Australian pink candies are one candies that you should absolutely try, they don’t just smell good, they also taste good. And considering the fact that these musk flavored sticks are not easy to get, your best bet seems to be homemade musk sticks and with the recipe above, you are going to make a delicious batch of musk flavored sticks.
Off you go now, those musk sticks are not having any plans of making themselves, they need you and you deserve to munch some!