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How to Make Fun Dip Powder at Home


If you’re wondering how to make Fun Dip powder, you’re going to freak out at how easy it is!

It’s super simple to make and makes a ton. It would be great to serve at a party so the kids could put their own favor together. I love figuring out copycat recipes and this one is really similar to the original. You’ve got to give it a try!

A small white bowl on a counter full of pink powder candy.
Let’s make Fun Dip Powder at home!

Our family loves Fun Dip candy so figuring out how to make it at home was really, well, fun. And once I figured out how to make Cherry Fun Dip flavored whipped cream, I knew I could use it in all kinds of recipes. So making a homemade version just made sense!

Homemade Fun Dip is So Easy

Fun Dip is one of my favorite childhood candies and one that my kids love too. It’s a very sweet, flavored powder that comes in a paper pouch that is easy to tear and use as well as with a candy stick!

You wet the stick, dip it in the powder, and lick it off. And then you eat the stick.

I wondered if you could make homemade Fun Dip. And you can!

There are a few recipes online for it, but I decided to give it a try on my own. I made a few varieties and in the end, found that Jello creates a flavor closest to the original.

Related: Cherry Fun Dip Whipped Cream

Growing up, my mom used to always make Homemade Cinnamon Candy for Christmas. But that needs a candy thermometer and I’m just too lazy for that. Also, I’m afraid of boiling sugar.

I was right, Jello is the best way to make copycat Fun Dip.

And then you can use this DIY candy to make a tasty Fun Dip Kid’s Drink or a Cherry Fun Dip cocktail!


A box of cherry Jello next to a box of berry blue Jello.
Jello is a great base for homemade Fun Dip.
A package of citric acid for making homemade fun dip.
But citric acid adds the perfect punch!
  • Jello
  • Citric Acid

Since cherry Fun Dip is my favorite flavor I decided to use that as the baseline. And cherry Jello is super similar. You’ll want a 3 ounce package.

You can use other Jello flavors and create your own custom candy flavors. If you buy a larger package, you may need to measure it out.

Don’t get sugar free Jello. You’re making candy for goodness sake.

Citric acid is easy to find online and is what makes the candy go from sweet to tart. You’ll only need a small amount. But luckily you can use any leftover for making bath fizzies or homemade cleaning products or even hair care treatments.

How to Make Fun Dip

An open box of cherry Jello next to a white bowl with the Jello powder and a small glass bowl with Citric acid.
  1. Add the Jello powder and citric acid to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Grab something to dip with and enjoy!

I tried Kool-aid but it was SUPER tart on its own. Like, TOO tart.

You would have to add a ton of sugar to make it edible.

Adding the citric acid to the Jello, which has a similar flavor on its own, gives it the bite or tang it needs to mimic the Cherry Fun Dip.

How much does this DIY Fun Dip recipe make?

3 ounces. Which is WAY more than a standard serving of Fun Dip.

That’s what makes this recipe good for a party. Or you could use it for my other Fun Dip recipes such as a Fun Dip Cocktail or my Cherry Fun Dip Flavored Whipped Cream.

A small bowl of blue Jello powder on a counter next to the Jello box.

How can I make other flavors of Fun Dip?

To make other flavors, just use some different Jello! This Berry Blue was as close as I could find to the Raspberry Apple flavor (which is one of the basic Fun Dip flavors).

Try experimenting with different Jello flavors and see what you like!

A package of candy cigarettes.

How to Make Fun Dip Sticks

I can’t, for the life of me, find a Fun Dip Sticks recipe. I’m a novice candy maker so I have no idea how to create this sugary, hard, chalky candy stick at home.

But I did try to find alternates that you could use along with the DIY Fun Dip.

My top choice for a DIY Fun Dip Stick is candy cigarettes. The flavor is not exactly the same, but it’s pretty close.

They have just a touch of vanilla flavor like the Lik a Stix, but it’s much more subtle. These are also way skinnier so it would pick up less Fun Dip each time.

Also, make sure you aren’t buying candy cigarettes that are gum. That would be gross. Maybe…

Oriental Trading Company also has a white candy stick but I haven’t tested it yet.

Since I have other Fun Dip recipes where I didn’t need the sticks, I just used them here.

A kid tasting the homemade Fun Dip candy options.

I had my kids come in and do a taste test too, to make sure I was on the right track.

The Kool Aid had big flavor, but you would need to add SO much sugar in order to make it sweet enough to actually enjoy.

The Jello already has the sweetness figured out so it’s the best ingredient to start with.

Of course, you can skip the citric acid. But I really do think that it helps the powder taste closer to the real Fun Dip.

A white bowl with pink candy powder which is a DIY version of Cherry Fun Dip candy.

Don’t want to make your own??

Just buy your Fun Dip here.

Now you know how to make Fun Dip – it’s so good and really takes you back to that childhood candy you’ve always loved!

A box of jello next to a bowl with the Jello powder, a packet of KoolAid next to a bowl with the powder and a pack of Fun Dip candy next to a bowl of powder.

I read that Fun Dip was creating to rival Kool Aid so I wanted to give that a try. But thought Jello might work too.

Other candies I could have tried as a base are Pixy Stix and SweetTarts. Both sounded like a lot of work.

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Close up of a white bowl holding homemade Fun Dip candy.

Homemade Fun Dip Recipe

This easy Homemade Fun Dip is a total copycat recipe. You'll love the flavor plus you'll enjoy how much it makes at one time! This is a really fun treat for kids.
4.56 from 9 votes
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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Calories: 28kcal
Servings: 12 servings


  • 3 ounces cherry jello mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon citric acid


  • Add both ingredients to a small or medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Grab something to dip with and enjoy!


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I think homemade fun dip would be so fun to make with my sisters! They’re younger kids and I know we would all enjoy the snack :)

  2. My boys love fun dip. This will be a fun activity for them to help me with. I think they will love getting to pick their own flavors!

  3. What a blast from the past! Even though it was one of my favorite childhood candies, I never thought about making homemade fun dip. I’m doing it this weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    How funny! I was just thinking about this the other day and tried explaining it to my teen who was all, “let me get this straight–you used to eat sticks of sugar dipped in sugar?!” (Yes. Yes, 80’s and 90’s babies did! LOL!) I am so excited to make homemade fun dip with her, and I am totally going to make this an Easter activity for us to share this year. Thanks for the idea!

  5. I’m amazed that it is so cheap and easy to make fun dip at home! My kids are going to be asking for this treat all of the time, lol!

  6. We did a mix and match homemade fun dip bar at my child’s Valentine’s day party. The group had a great time blending their own creations!

  7. One Crazy House says:

    WHOA, this brings back memories! Making homemade fun dip is such a cool bonding activitiy to do with the kids! I can show them pictures of me from back in the day and take a trip down memory lane while we enjoy a sweet treat!

  8. I had no idea it would be so easy to make fun dip at home! My kids are going to have a blast making all of the different flavor combinations.

  9. My son is thrilled to try making homemade fun dip! It’ll be a wonderful chance for him to experiment in the kitchen with different flavors!

  10. 4 stars
    The kool-aid method is 2 cups of sugar to one package if kool-aid. I used to do that as a child. I recently learned the recipe for fun dip, pixie stix and sweethearts are exactly the same. The only difference is the packaging. Lol. Good recipe for those not in the know.

  11. An alternative for vegetarians/vegans: 1/2 cup sugar and one packet of Kool Aid is perfectly sweet and sour and no gelatin.

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