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With giddy delight, I recall eating a lemon stick as a child. This delightfully sweet and sour treat is also called lemon peppermint stick, Baltimore lemon stick, and lemon and peppermint stick. The locals lovingly call them lemon sticks. 

I remember eating them at the National Mall during summer celebrations, so I thought everyone knew what they were.


I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, while attending culinary school. The Baltimore Flower Mart hosted by the women’s civic league(you can read more about it in The Baltimore Sun) is held in Mount Vernon every May Day. It marks the beginning of the growing season.

You will find ladies donning fancy hats (hoping to win the grand hat contest), glorious flowers, and lemon peppermint sticks.

The eating, licking, sucking, and slurping of the peppermint candy stick will herald in spring and flower planting. 

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Lemon Sticks

Lemon Sticks

How to Make Baltimore Lemon Stick

I moved away from the area and had a tough time finding the right type of peppermint stick for this treat. I searched for a peppermint stick I could use to make this treat for my family, and I finally find them.


Peppermint and lemons

Peppermint and lemons


Note: Candy canes do not work for the straw since they are not soft peppermint sticks.



This recipe takes only minutes to prepare.

Gather a cutting board and lemons

Gather a cutting board and lemons

Cut your lemons in half width-wise.

Cut lemons in half

Cut lemons in half

Next, cut a cross in the center of the cut side of the lemons. This is to make space for the peppermint stick.

Cut a cross in the lemon

Cut a tiny cross in the center

Place a peppermint stick in each lemon half.

Trim off the end of the lemon

Trim off the end of the ends

Lemon Peppermint Stick

Lemon Stick

The best summer sweet and sour treat. The mix of sweet peppermint and sour lemon is refreshing and delicious.
4.82 from 16 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baltimore lemon stick, Lemon stick, Peppermint lemon stick
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 4kcal


  • 3 each lemon
  • 6 each peppermint stick


  • Wash and dry 3 large lemons.
  • Cut lemons in half width-wise.
  • Cut a small cross in the center of the cut section to insert the peppermint stick.
  • Insert the peppermint stick in the center of each lemon half.


Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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Lemon Peppermint Stick

Peppermint Stick

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Thursday 8th of December 2022

It's better to leave the lemon whole. Just roll it on a board with some press first to break up the pulp inside and get the juices flowing, and just cut off the tip and make an x.


Thursday 30th of June 2022

I love your blog!

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

peppermint sticks and lemons look tasty

Kate @ Rooted + Free

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

WOW! I have never heard of these but can't wait to try! I love all things lemon so my mouth was watering this whole post. =)


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Thanks sharing this article

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