A Tale of Two Cobblers

Aristotle once observed that things happen for a reason. Years ago when I first started making candles, I bought several cases of glass containers that I never used because my interest took me off on a tangent and led me to produce candles that look and smell like real food.

These cases of glass containers have followed me through three states and seven moves over a period of some fifteen years. Having recently purchased a 50 lb. case of Golden Soy 402 having misread it as the 444 that I normally purchase, I have now turned my hand towards making some container candles. Pictured above was the proof of design concept model that I created just to see if I could do this.

Since medium density candle gel can only hold 4% of its weight in candle fragrance oil, most of the fragrance for this candle came from the other wax components; the whipped cream topping, the crust, and the blueberries.

Since each candle was hand assembled, each one was quite distinct. I used the upper part of this crepe cake to simulate the crust for each cobbler. To create an oven baked impression, I painted the crust with yellow brown wax. I then broke it into pieces to simulate what happens when cobbler is portioned and served.

By way of adding extra eye appeal, I added some blueberries to the tops of some cobblers. I also spooned some gel over the crust to simulate cobbler juice that had broken through the crust.

After making these candles, I turned my hand towards the production of some apple cobbler. Since apple cobbler filling isn’t that different from the shade of the cobbler’s crust, I added a couple of simulated toasted pecans to each candle to help with making this candle look more interesting.

While the blueberry cobbler candles smell of juicy blueberries, sugar cookies, and vanilla, the apple cobbler smells of apples, cinnamon, sugar cookies, vanilla, and buttered pecans.

Although I plan on using all of the glass containers I have for an initial production run of cobbler candles, customer orders and feedback will ultimately determine whether or not these candles will continue to be made.

EDIT: Shortly after making these candles, I received a supply of cinnamon-sugar colored glitter. I used a mesh strainer to sift this glitter. This is what the apple cobbler candles now look like.

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