I took a look at a few recipes for old fashioned sugar sticks. I mixed them up to fit the ingredients I had on hand and changed the citric acid to fruit pectin. They turned out wonderful! It really tastes exactly like pixy stix. It is all sugar BUT 6 tbsp makes 30+ straws so one straw isn't a huge amount of sugar.
6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp kool-aid (any flavor of drink mix we used pink lemonade)
1/8 tsp Fruit Pectin
Mix all ingredients and pour in plastic or paper straws (can make your own paper straws). I melted the straws shut in my food saver (hit only the seal button). The ends could be closed with tape or twisted close.