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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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April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
What a lovely idea! The ‘candles’ must smell gorgeous when they are burning too. This week I’ve shared an old family recipe for classic Sugar Cookies. Thank you for hosting. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas! x
I needed a recipe for classic sugar cookies! My daughter is hosting a party this weekend and wants to decorate them with friends. Thanks for sharing your goodness with us!
I’ve never seen such a thing! I’ll be trying this with the girls, Ann.
Hazel Moon says
This sounds like great fun for the family and I love the idea.
Megan Willome says
Beauty from something only good for trash (or compost). Only you!
Merry Christmas, Ann.
THE TUTORIAL USES CLOVES, TOO! Just ridiculously happy-making. I’m going to go make one right now, and eat the clementine, too.
Nu-uh! Wow. What a terrifical idea and wonderful tutorial.
I wonder if it works with bananas! Ha. (or is it whooooheeehhheeee)
It’s crazy, isn’t it? A banana candle would be fun–would that tiny little “wick” be enough? It might burn for a couple of minutes. 🙂