Grilled Cheese Sandwich Candle

Is there anything that’s more simple and comforting than the creamy goodness of a crisply toasted grilled cheese sandwich? Although it may be served as a whole sandwich, in the United States, a grilled cheese is typically served at the bias and is cut diagonally from corner to corner. When slicing such a sandwich in real life, I always advise my culinary students to use a serrated (saw toothed) blade and to use a sawing motion. While forcing the blade down will split the sandwich in half, it will also crush the toasted bread and will give the grilled cheese a less than presentable squashed appearance.

I made this sandwich by using a plastic mold that I purchased from this Etsy vendor. To be candid, the only reason I bought this mold was because I liked the butter pats which I wanted to add for my corn on the cob and French toast candles.

After making my first molded bread slice, I wasn’t particularly impressed. The slice seemed a bit thin and the bread’s surface was well detailed. The only thing I really liked about this bread was the size which was slightly larger than a half slice of generic store bought sliced bread.

To make the slice thicker, I combined two bread slices and bonded them together with semi-cooled wax. This made the slice about as thick as a piece of Texas toast. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Texas toast, this culinary term refers to thick sliced bread. These bread slices originated with the Pig Stand restaurant in Beaumont, Texas. In 1941 the restaurant manager asked the local bakery for thickly sliced bread. This bread was needed for their barbequed pork sandwiches because regular sliced bread wasn’t thick enough to absorb the BBQ sauce without becoming a soggy mess.

Why did this thicker bread slice come to be known as Texas bread? There’s a popular saying that goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” This phrase was likely a reference to the sheer geographical vastness of the Lone Star State. Prior to 1959 when Alaska became a state, Texas was the biggest state in the country. Big oil originated in Texas. Big ranches like Burnett and Longfellow with well over a quarter of a million acres are found throughout Texas. Texas also has more BBQ restaurants and more commercial buildings and real estate than any other part of the United States.

Given how these thicker bread slices originated in the Lone Star State, this type of slice came to be known in the food service industry as “Texas toast.”

Since the surface of the wax bread wasn’t very distinct, I decided to obscure it by making it “toasted.” The toasted coloring which was made from different colors of melted wax along with a touch of acrylic paint would obscure the lack of detail.

After improvising a grilled cheese fragrance by combining oils from the nearly one hundred bottles that I keep in my workshop, I melted some Golden Wax 444 prior to stirring in 10% of its weight with this aroma. Since I planned to “toast” the bread, the soy wax was not dyed.

Although yellow wax was used to simulate melted cheese, the outer parts were made using a blend of soy wax and candle gel. The gel gives the simulated cheese a moist appearance. Since medium density candle gel only retains 4% of candle oil fragrance, I kept the fragrance for this candle strong by primarily using Golden Soy Wax 444 which can hold up to 10% of a candle fragrance.

Since this candle was not terribly difficult to produce, I have ordered additional molds so as to facilitate making more of these grilled cheese sandwich candles.

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