A container candle such as the one pictured above is the easiest type of candle to make. All you really need to make a container candle is wax, a heat resistant container, and a wick. Colorant from a dye block or from liquid dye will add color. A candle fragrance oil will also provide a pleasing aroma.
A pure soy wax like Golden Soy 402 is perfect for making a container candle. This wax is really soft. Although it’s shipped in a flaked form, the summer’s heat and the wax’s low melting point conspired to give me a 50 pound case of wax that looked and felt like shortening.
Unlike Golden Soy 444 which is what I used to make most of my food themed candles, GS-402 only holds up to 8% of its weight in candle fragrance oil. In other words, 10 ounces of this wax can only hold .8 of an ounce of any fragrance oil. Adding too much oil will result in smoke because any excess product that couldn’t bond with the wax will burn off.
Online e-commerce platforms like Etsy are filled with candle shops that sell nothing but colorfully displayed container candles. These shops are competing with much larger commercial companies like Yankee Candle for a slice of the international scented candle market that Zion Market Research anticipates will reach $13.72 billion by 2026.
To help differentiate my container candles from the competition, my first melt and pour candle was the strawberry shortcake pictured below. To create the illusion of shortcake, I used a popsicle stick to smear different shades of yellow-brown wax against the internal sides of the container to provide contrasting colors and some degree of texture. I then poured wax into the container and filled it to the top level of the simulated shortcake.
After the wax had set, I poured red dyed medium candle gel over the cake. Since medium gel cannot hold as much of a fragrance load as GS-402, this wax was not as strongly scented because only 4% of its weight could be used for a candle fragrance.
The gel was topped with wax strawberry halves. It was then garnished with “whipped cream” that I made using GS-444 that had been poured into an icing mold. As a colorful accent, I topped the whipped cream with a glazed strawberry.
Another food product that lends itself to making a realistic looking container candle is cobbler. I made this blueberry cobbler by placing a layer of GS-444 wax blueberries in a container prior to pouring blueberry scented and colored melted gel over the fruit. I did this little by little allowing each layer to cool prior to adding the next layer.
Since candle gel has a melting point of 275° Fahrenheit, to avoid melting the wax blueberries, I had to wait for the gel to cool. I needed the gel warm enough to pour but cool enough not to melt the blueberries.
After finishing the top layer, I added some broken wax pastry crust from the crepe cake below.
The cobbler candle was topped with some whipped cream. Some leftover blueberry candle gel was then poured over some of the crust to help with creating the illusion of a cobbler’s surface.
I look forward to turning my hand to a peach cobbler. I recently acquired some glitter to simulate the use of cinnamon-sugar.