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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


Jacican Musk Sticks recipe

My nine-year-old niece told me about this recipe, asking if I could get her some musk flavor.  You can't really make musk sticks without musk flavor, can you now?  Last time she visited, she brought along her copy of Donna Hay's Cooking with Kids magazine so, together, we could make the musk sticks.       

In the past, we have made musk sticks in both Kids in the Kitchen and in my Lollies for Grown-ups cooking classes. If you would like to know when the next cooking classes are on, please subscribe to the Jacican newsletter. 


  • 640 grams of icing sugar, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon gelatine
  • 1 teaspoon glucose
  • 75 ml water
  • 1 ml of musk flavor
  • pink food coloring

 The ingredients for Jacican's Musk Sticks


Combine water, glucose, and gelatine in a small saucepan and heat until gelatin has dissolved.  You may want to mix it as it heats up.

Dissolving the gelatin when making Musk Sticks

Put the icing sugar in the bowl of a Mix-master with a K beater. Add the water. Mix in three stages, mixing well between stages.

Beat until very well combined, then add your musk flavor and your desired amount of pink food coloring.

Adding the musk flavour

Transfer to a piping bag with a nozzle.  I use a 7mm star nozzle. Pipe onto baking paper-lined trays.

Pipping out the musk sticks 

Pipping the musk sticks

Leave in a cool spot to dry out, away from hungry hands and mouths.  The original recipe said to dry for 22 hours, but the last lot I made took five days to dry out completely. It depends on the temperature and humidity.

Now I make musk sticks in many flavors - bubblegum, orange, strawberry, peppermint and don't forget musk. You can sample my musk sticks at as part of a Jacican High Tea or pick a bag or stick next time you drop by Jacican or my online store.

Finished musk sticks air drying

See you soon.





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