I recently found out that Food Network started a line of candles, all food related of course. My first thought was, “Why is Food Network making candles?” But then I realized that we trust the Network for its recipes, food education, and entertaining cooking shows, so why not for its scents? Sometimes, when the air is feeling a little too boring, opting for a scented candle is a great way to spice up the room (pun intended). Everyone who loves food loves the smell of food, so I decided to give some of these candles a try. Here are some of the hits and misses of Food Network’s line of candles.

Sunday Morning Pancakes

I love pancakes any day, any time. However, I was not at all pleased with this scent. It was like breathing in pure butter, and entirely unpleasant.


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If you want your house to actually smell like pancakes (who wouldn’t), make the real thing, like this blueberry filled recipe or birthday cake pancakes, they’re the only way to guarantee that beautiful pancake aroma.

Boysenberry Butterscotch Blondie

This sounds good in theory, but when I smelled it all I could think of was grape cough medicine and something burning on the stove. While it had good potential, it did not turn out the way I had hoped it would. What did turn out the way I hope was this easy recipe for blondies, which I can personally vouch for smelling amazing.

Cedar Roasted Plums

I’ve never eaten, seen, or smelled a cedar roasted plum before, or any cedar roasted fruit for that matter, so I didn’t know what to expect with this one. All I can say is that it smells exactly like it suggests: burning firewood and sweet fruit. Also, I need a recipe for cedar roasted plums ASAP.


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Eggnog Waffle Sundae

I was surprised that I liked this one. It wasn’t too overbearing even though eggnog-scented things can be pretty strong. Smelling this candle reminded me of walking into an ice cream shop with the smell of freshly made waffle cones hitting you before you even walk in the door.

Chocolate Banana Bread

It never occurred to me before to find a banana bread-scented candle, but now that I’ve found this one, I’m set for life. This candle definitely has the warmth of banana bread, but spices it up by adding a subtle, not too sweet chocolate scent. I’m impressed.

Farmstand Apple Cider Doughnut

Every Hamilton student who has cider donut withdrawal should own this candle. It smells like cinnamon and freshly baked heaven in donut form, and is making me drool just thinking about it.


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Overall, I was impressed with Food Network’s candles. Their food expertise translates rather delightfully into candle-making, although I’ll probably be sad about the pancake disappointment forever. If you’re looking to buy one of these candles, check them out at the Food Network store

And for more scented fun, check out this other candle related article: