Although I had never heard of these in my childhood (sad) I certainly made up for it when I was buying my own sweets and lollies, when newly married and emigrated to Australia. I now have a grand daughter I can make them for and sneak a few in to myself. (Ha ha ha ha)
1 teaspoon unflavoured GELATINE
1/3 cup WATER.
1 teaspoon GLUCOSE SYRUP.
500g ICING SUGAR.
1-2 teaspoons MUSK STICK FLAVOURING. (or mint essence for mint twigs)
Few drops PINK food colouring (or green for mint twigs)
Piping bag with 1cm star nozzle.
Line a couple of trays with baking paper. In a small saucepan over a low heat, heat the glucose syrup, water and gelatine, until the gelatine has dissolved.
Take pan off the heat and stir the mixture. Get a large bowl and your electric hand mixer. Transfer the mix into the bowl with 1/3 icing sugar, mix on low speed until combined.
Add another 1/3 icing sugar and mix until combined.
Add the remaining icing sugar, colour and flavouring and mix until well combined.
Transfer to the piping bag with the nozzle in and pipe 4cm sticks on to the baking trays.
Allow to air dry for 6-8 hours (mine took 12 hours, if you did them thinner it won't take as long)
Store in a airtight container at room temperature.
The musk essence (oil based) can be got from here...