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Classic orange Pixy Stix are both sweet and tart at the same time. Our updated take on the flavor uses tamarind paste and cayenne pepper for a sour-sweet combo that’s got a little kick. Try this spicy sugar on the rim of a Tamarindo Borracho cocktail for an extra burst of tamarind flavor.
Special equipment: You will need a very clean coffee or spice grinder for this recipe.
You will also need about 20 (8-inch) paper straws.
To fill the paper straws, you will need a couple of pieces of paper, to cover your work surface and make a funnel with—any kind of paper will do. Alternatives to a paper funnel are a No. 16 Open Star or No. 5 Round piping tip. You will also need a toothpick.
What to buy: Tamarind concentrate, sometimes labeled as tamarind paste, is a tangy, prunelike, seedless paste that is popular in Southeast Asian and Latin American cooking. It can be found in Latin and Asian markets or online. Avoid tamarind pulp, which contains large pitlike seeds.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Trixy Stix project for Halloween.