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Lemon Sticks

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Serves 2


This classic treat from Baltimore’s Flowermart festival is nothing more than a fresh lemon paired with a peppermint stick.


1 lemon, cut in half along the equator (or 2 smaller lemons with the top ends cut off)
2 soft cane-sugar peppermint sticks (often labeled “old-fashioned peppermint sticks” — see Note)


  1. Place one peppermint stick in the middle of one lemon half. Repeat.
  2. Suck the lemon juice through the peppermint stick (as you would a straw) while squeezing the lemon gently.


A good source of old-fashioned peppermint sticks is Bobs. Be sure to order the Sweet Stripes Mint Sticks.

This content is from the Rachel Rappaport collection.

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1. by anonymous on Jul 22, 2007 at 6:32 AM PDT

I was looking for a recipe for Old fashioned peppermint sticks and came across your recipe & photo. I am from Philadelphia and we use to make these in the summer as a treat in the 1970’s! People look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about how good this combination of Lemon & mint is and you are the first person I’ve ever heard of outside of Philly that knows about it. I live in Texas presently and you can just imagine the looks I get eating one of these now as an adult!
Have a great day!
P.S. We called them Lemon-Twists then.

Dana from Texas

2. by anonymous on May 19, 2008 at 8:07 AM PDT

Yum, I live in Delaware and lemon sticks are one of the most popular treats at our “Hospital Fair” My 4 year old just had his first one this past weekend and I am now on the hunt for peppermint sticks so that we can make our own at home. He loved it!!

3. by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM PDT

I lived in Baltimore when I was young, in the early 70’s. I remembered going to school carnivals and getting these lemons with pepperment sticks in them, they were so good. Everyone in my family said they did’nt remember them and I am the youngest. So I thought I was crazy until I came across this recipe. Now I know it is real. Thanks, I can’t wait to try them again.

4. by anonymous on May 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM PDT
Rating: five

get a sweet candy stick in stead of peppermint. that’ll work, to.

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