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Sugar mice are a traditional sugar candy popular in the United Kingdom, especially during the Christmas season.[1] They traditionally consist of a boiled fondant formed from sugar and water. A modern non-cooked variation for children to make at home involves instead using icing sugar, egg whites and golden syrup. Various flavours and matching food dyes can be added (such as pink for strawberry or raspberry flavour, yellow or green for lemon, yellow or white for vanilla, orange for orange flavour, etc.). Small portions of the mass are formed into a mouse-like shape and decorated with a "tail" (traditionally cotton, although edible materials such as licorice may be used). The mice may be decorated (faces, messages) with additional fondant, icing sugar, chocolate, etc. Finally, they are left to dry for one or two days until they develop their typical, somewhat fudge-like dry and crumbly texture.[2]

Sugar mice
Sugar Mice.jpg
Pink sugar mice, probably strawberry or raspberry flavoured
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Main ingredientsSugar, flavouring, food colouring


  1. ^ "A CHILDREN'S "PINK AND WHITE" PARTY". The Mcivor Times And Rodney Advertiser (2536). Victoria, Australia. 21 December 1911. p. 24 (Christmas SUPPLEMENT The McIvor Times.). Retrieved 25 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia., ... and pink and white sugar mice were arranged in alternate colors round the edge of the cake...
  2. ^ Juliana Foster The Girls Book: How To Be The Best At Everything 1843177293 2011 "Sugar mice are delicious and very easy to make. If you don't eat them all yourself, put some in a decorated box and give them to a friend. 1. Separate the white of an egg from the yolk. To do this, crack the egg carefully over a cup. Tip the yolk ..."