Behold the Mac and Cheese (with Hot Dog) Candle

Macaroni and Cheese produced by one of my 8th grade culinary classes

Macaroni and cheese which was popularized in the United States after Kraft began boxing this in 1937 has its origins in Europe. Although the Italians have been producing pasta and cheese since the 14th century, the earliest known recipe for macaroni and cheese is dated to 1769.

Homemade macaroni and cheese was introduced to America by Thomas Jefferson. During a three week tour of Italy in 1787, the future 3rd President of the United States (1801-1809) discovered this dish while touring northern Italy. He liked it so much that he brought the recipe back to the United States along with a hand cranked mechanical pasta maker.

Like many Americans, I grew up eating macaroni and cheese. Since my mother was not an accomplished cook, she never made this from scratch. During the 1960’s a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese cost 39 cents. After boiling and draining the pasta, she’d make the cheese sauce by mixing the dried cheese powder with milk and butter. She always served the mac and cheese with hotdogs.

To make a mac and cheese candle, I had to make my own silicone mold. I then had to combine different candle oil fragrances to simulate the aroma of macaroni and cheese. Since my mother always served a mac and cheese lunch with hot dogs, I added a hot dog to my candle. While the pasta was made using Golden Soy Wax 444, the cheese sauce was made with container wax (GS 402).

Since the macaroni kept breaking each time I took it out of the mold and had to laboriously be “glued” back together using warm wax, it’s unlikely that I will ever make very many of these unless I can design and produce a less time consuming method of making wax macaroni.

After assembling this container candle, I sprayed it with gloss enamel to give it a moist appearance. I then dusted it with real paprika. Although mother never garnished her meals, I added a basil leaf for color.

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