Orange Cream Pie Candles

I seem to have become fixated on the production of pies. In recent days, I have made blueberry, cherry, and banana cream pie slice candles. Last night I made a couple of orange cream candles.

Oranges have been around seemingly forever. Citrus fruits are known to have existed as far as eight million years ago. The first written reference to oranges dates back to 314 when this fruit was first mentioned on a scroll in China. By the 700’s, the orange was being grown throughout the Middle East. It was also during the 700’s that the Moors invaded Spain. Since they occupied 2/3rds of the Spain for 375 years, they had plenty of time to plant orange groves throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

When Christopher Columbus first ventured across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 in search of a shorter route to China, his ships carried survival kits that included dried rations, tools, and seeds that could have been used to build a colony in the event of a ship wreck. Included among these supplies were orange seeds. After discovering the island of Hispaniola (Haiti), he ordered these seeds planted with the expectation that future visits would be able to harvest oranges for their ship’s crews.

Spanish missionaries brought oranges to the New World. The first orange trees were brought to Arizona in 1707 and to San Diego in 1769. In 1840, William Wolfskill planted the first commercial orange orchard outside what is now Los Angeles. The fortune that he made during the California Gold Rush of 1849 allowed him to plant additional orchards.

Since I have some orange sherbet candle oil that I’ve been wanting to use, I decided to make some orange cream pies by blending the orange sherbet with butter cream and vanilla fragrances.

In real life, an orange cream pie can be easily made. You start by following the directions for making a small box of orange gelatin. After the gelatin is made, stir in a small container of Cool Whip or cream cheese. Once the ingredients have been mixed, pour the filling into a baked pie shell and refrigerate it until it has set. The cooled pie can then be topped with a whipped coating.

To make this candle, I used a pie slice mold. After pouring in the bottom crust and allowing it to dry, I used a butter knife to spread additional pastry crust colored wax up the side to form the exterior crust of the pie. Once this crust had cooled, I added the orange cream filling. After the filling cooled, I added the whipped topping and the orange garnish that was made using a plastic mold. The completed candle was then popped out of the mold. Holes for the wicks were melted using the tip of a metal thermometer that was heated over a gas flame.

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