There’s something wonderful about waking up on a lazy Saturday morning to the glorious smell of bacon. It is perfection! (Well, at least it is if you’re the type that enjoys the sweet meat candy that is bacon.) Sometimes you can’t have it and it’s a shame. A sad, sad shame. Luckily, you can have the next best thing: the lovely scent of bacon in a super easy to make candle.
Yep. I said it – a bacon-scented candle. It’s amazing. And not just for those men folk. [ I mean come on, am I the only one who gets annoyed when bold scents like bacon are deemed ‘too manly’ and must then be referred to as mandles. I enjoy scents such as bacon, new car smell, and fresh-cut grass… and last I checked I didn’t have a Y chromosome. Dear companies, for the love the FSM, can we stop on the sexist branding?]
This candle is easy to replicate and uses a combination of soy wax, beeswax, and filtered bacon grease (for the lovely aroma). If it’s one thing I’ve always hated about cooking bacon (aside from the inevitable splattering of grease somewhere on my person) is how to dispose of said grease. Up until this past year I just let it cool and then scooped it out. Now I save the grease for better things – like flippin’ sweet candles or kicking my cooking up a notch. I have a lovely jar that lives in my kitchen that collects all of the grease any time I cook bacon. Pro tip: Just be sure that if you’re storing your glass container somewhere cold that you let it come to room temperature before you go putting hot grease in it – otherwise it will crack and you will have a potentially dangerous situation on your hands.
I did some research around the internet about the infamous bacon candles. Some have used pure bacon grease but to me that just sounds like a risky situation just waiting to happen.
Sure, if you’re camping or something and that’s all you have lying around that’s great – but for now we’re going to cut that fat with something else. Something that will also help prolong it’s burn time. Today we’re using a combo of both soy and beeswax for the candle. Both have nice burn times and the beeswax comes with a slightly sweet aroma which is a bonus to our bacon candle. If you don’t have one or the other just double the amount. Or if you would like to have a VERY bacon-y smelling candle (Like “HOLY FRAK IT SMELLS LIKE THIS WHOLE HOUSE IS MADE OUT OF BACON“) then do a 2:1:1 ratio of bacon grease to the other waxes.
All-in-all I had about 2 cups worth of bacon grease and used equal parts of both kinds of wax as well as just a teeny bit of coloring which gave me 36 ounces of waxy, candle-y, bacon-y goodness. I divided that into a 5 – 4oz candle tins and a larger 16oz mason jar (seen in the pictures). If you are curious, 1 lb of bacon cooked until the bacon is completely crispy will give you about one to two-thirds of a cup of bacon grease.
One of the key steps to helping the candle burn longer and not smell like you’ve burned something in the oven is to filter your bacon grease a few times to make sure and get all the particulates out. Particulates smell REALLY bad when you’re burning candles. It’s like when you accidentally singe your hair. No bueno, Nerdship! Luckily, all you need for that is some coffee filters, a mesh strainer and something to catch your grease in. Do that a few times and you will have a beautiful, golden liquid that can make all of your dreams come true. (Note: Not really, but I liked how that sounded.)
Enough of me blabbing… let’s Boo Boo!
DIY: Bacon CandleIt's a thing and it is magical!
- Equal parts of bacon grease (warmed up so that it is liquefied and filtered), soy wax, and organic beeswax.
- Optional: Colorants like candle coloring blocks, micas, etc.
- A wick and vessel for containing the finished candle.
- A pot filled half way with water, on a low boil
- A 1-cup measuring cup
- Something to filter your bacon grease if you haven’t done so already (coffee filters and a mesh strainer)
- 2 pyrex (or heat-safe) measuring containers that have at least a 4 cup capacity.
- Something to stir with – I like using disposable chopsticks.
Note: I don’t have any in-progress shots other than 1 or two, but that’s because this is fairly straight forward. If you have any questions, just ask me in the comments.
- Prep your candle jar(s). Make sure they are clean and have a wick already placed in the center. I use a dab of high-temp hot glue to secure the wick to the base of the jar that way it doesn’t go squirming around.
- Make sure that your bacon grease is filtered and completely liquefied. I warm my grease up by submerging half the container in some simmering water for about 30 minutes and that seems to do the trick. Keep the bacon grease in a separate container while we’re doing the next step.
- Before your water starts to boil, set your Pyrex dish along the edge with the handle hanging over the side of your pot (This also requires you to have a not-so-high pot you’re boiling water in). This is my version of a double boiler and it works pretty well. If you’re just doing a small batch (i.e. enough candle for a lb of bacon) you can get away with doing this in a small sauce pan.
- Once your water starts to have a nice low boil, go ahead and add in your beeswax and let that melt completely. It will take about 5 minutes or more depending on how many candles you’re making.
- When your beeswax is melted completely add in any colorants if you’re wanting colored candles. If you don’t add this your candles will be a yellowish cream color. Stir till homogeneous. Pro Tip: When adding colorants to candles, keep in mind that the color will lighten up as it solidifies. If you want to test your color – grab some wax paper and put a little dot on it to cool. Once it has finished cooling that will be your candles final color.
- Add in your soy wax flakes and wait for them to melt.
- After everything has melted carefully remove your vessel from the water and pour the melted waxes into the container with the grease. It should not splatter or anything but since both are melted liquids – they will be hot!
- Mix completely and then pour into your candle jars. Pro Tip: If your wicks are being stupid and bending all over the place, use some tape to secure them so that they stand upright while the wax solidifies.
- Let your candles cool for at least 5 hours.
- ENJOY your awesome bacon-scented candles!
Voila’ – you have braved the fires of Mount Doom and have created a vessel to hold FIRE in! Your caveman ancestors will be very proud.
If you make your own candle, we would love to see the finished product. Tag #nerdsandnomsense on any of your various social medias and we’ll take a gander.
Be sure to stay tuned this week more Bacon and Beer awesomeness and as always, Long Live the Nerdship!