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Food on Fridays with Ann
On Pinterest, I clicked through to this tutorial for making clementine candles.
I stared in disbelief. A candle? From a clementine?
I showed the link to my daughters, who said they’d seen the same thing.
“I’m having such a hard time imagining that white part working as a wick,” I said. “And olive oil? Really?”
“Let’s try it!” one of them exclaimed.
Next thing you know, she was slicing a clementine in half and pulling it apart gently, running her fingers along the edge to work the fruit out without tearing the peel.
She trimmed the “wick” with scissors so that it wasn’t so scraggly and then cut a hole in the top half to serve as a kind of lid.
She poured in olive oil, setting the little clementine cup on a plate to see how much more to add.
After a few minutes, the olive oil seemed to soak into the wick enough to give it a try. My daughter tracked down the lighter and held the flame in place until the wick lit.
And then, much to my surprise, the candle glowed softly, burning olive oil as fuel.
Despite my doubt, we ended up with a functioning clementine candle, a beautiful way to reuse the peels.
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