34 Candles that Smell Like Food and Drink

With the launch of new candles from Junior’s Cheesecake, Shake Shack and Katz’s Deli, we take a look at the whole market of scented candles.

Humans have been creating candles that smell like food for thousands of years. Some researchers say the Romans used tallow wax — derived from the meat of cows and sheep — and twine in 500 BC. Others go back farther pointing to the ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago. Over the last few months, with the release of several new scented candles from restaurateurs, it’s safe to say we’ve hit peak smelly candles.

An article in Eater recently drew attention to the latest wave of candles, those that smell like dishes you can order at beloved restaurants and fast-food chains, including Junior’s cheesecake, Katz’s egg cream, and Shake Shack’s burger. We’ve covered the topic before (as in the White Castle burger candle from 2010), but not the big picture. 

The global scented candle market was valued at $533.5 million in 2020. Pumpkin, vanilla, and citrus are the best-selling scents, in that order. Companies that offer a wide range of smelly candles include Magic Candle Company, GooseCreek Candles, Beaver Creek, OverSoyed, H-E-B and The Bath & Wick Shop. And then there’s always Etsy.

Below, we spotlight 34 food-forward candles you can buy today. We’ve also organized them into four conceptual categories: highbrow delicious, highbrow gross, lowbrow delicious and lowbrow gross (these are often gimmicks and products you give others).

Full disclosure: Just because a candle can smell like something doesn’t mean it should. We approach this topic with optimistic skepticism. And for the record; we did not purchase or test any of these products. Yes, it’s possible that, say, a canned tuna candle could actually blanket a room with an intoxicatingly pleasing fragrance. But we doubt it.


Highbrow – Delicious

Creme Brulee Candle
Creme Brulee Candle 2

Champagne Candle
Champagne Candle


Peeled Tangerines Candle
24.99 (Euros)


Bourbon Whiskey Candle
Whiskey candle

Dark Chocolate Candle
Dark Chocolate Candle


Highbrow – Gross


Orange Salmon Candle
$27 (Ok, it doesn’t actually smell like fish; it has an orange scent.)
Orange Salmon Candle

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Grass Fed Tallow Candle

Hoppy IPA Candle
Hoppy IPA Candle


Lowbrow – Delicious

Waffle Cone Candle
Waffle Cone Candle

Churro Candle


Pineapple Whip Candle

Apple pie
Apple Pie Candle

Merlot Candle
Merlot candle

Angel Food Cake Candle
Angel Food Cake Candle 2


Cereal Candle: Fruit Loops & Cinnamon Crunch Crunch
Cereal Candle Fruit Loops

Apple Cheesecake Candle
apple-cheesecake-cupcake candle

Buttered Maple Syrup Candle
Buttered Maple Syrup Candle

Honey Horchata Soy Candle
Honey Horchata 9oz.Soy Candle

Junior’s Strawberry Cheesecake Candle
Juniors Cheesecake Candle 2

Katz’s Chocolate Egg Cream Candle
Katzs egg cream candle


Lowbrow – Gross

Burrito Candle
Burrito Candle


Fried Chicken
fried chicken candle

Lucali & Joya Brooklyn Pizza Candle
Lucali Pizza Candle


Burger in the Park & Shake ‘n’ Fries Candle
Shake Shack Candle

BLT Club Sandwich Candle
BLT Sandwich Candle

​​Bud Backyard BBQ Candle
Budweiser Candle

Crawfish Boil Candle
Crawfish Boil Candle


French Fries Candle
French Fries Candle

Ramen Noodle Candle


Butter Tortilla Candle
Butter Tortilla Candle


Smoked Brisket Candle
Smoked Brisket Candle

Nacho Cheese Candle
Nacho Cheese Candle

Bacon Candle
BACON Candle

Canned Tuna Candle
Canned tuna candle


Amazon Kitchen Deals for Prime Day and Beyond

Best kitchenware deals on Amazon? We spotted a coffeemaker, cast-iron pan, air fryer, Vitamix blender, espresso machine, and instant pot.

Should you finally buy that kitchen gadget you’ve been eyeing for months —now that the price has been cut for Amazon Prime Day? There are two schools of thought on this.


No, don’t buy it.

Just because the price has been cut on Amazon doesn’t mean this is the lowest price you can find; other shops (Walmart, Target, Best Buy) are offering their own bonanzas now and Amazon will have more deals around Labor Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


Yes, you should buy it!

You waited to see if it would ever be affordable. Now it is. End of story: Pounce!


Here are the details that might help you make an informed decision: Amazon Prime Day takes place from Tuesday, July 12 at 12 a.m. PST to the end of the day Wednesday, July 13. Don’t forget that you can activate AmazonSmile, which will designate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charity of your choice (they support over a million public organizations).

What did we find? We spotted a coffee maker, cast-iron pan, air fryer, blender, Vitamix blender, Dutch oven, espresso machine, instant pot, and Sodastream system, among other things. The deals we found will save shoppers anywhere from $12 to $100 per item. Ready, set, shop!


Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker

Prime Day Deal: $89.99
Original Price: $109.99

Keurig-K-Cup-Single Serve


Lodge Cast Iron Dual Handle Pan

Prime Day Deal: $24.90
Original Price: $37.35

Lodge Cast Iron Dual Handle Pan

Phillips Premium Airfryer XXL

Prime Day Deal: $250.01
Original Price: $349.95


Ninja NJ601AMZ Professional Blender

Prime Day Deal: $69.95
Original Price: $99.99



All-Clad HA1 Nonstick 2-Piece Fry Pan Set

Prime Day Deal: $69.85
Original Price: $109.98


Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Prime Day Deal: $289
Original Price: $349.95


Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Prime Day Deal: $44.90
Original Price: $67.35

Dutch Oven

Sodastream Fizzi One Touch


Prime Day Deal: $91.99
Original Price: $129.99


De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine

Prime Day Deal: $99.95
Original Price: $129.95


Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer

Prime Day Deal: $74.95
Original Price: $99.99


The Oreo x Ritz Cracker Mashup: Make Your Own or Pay this Crazy Ebay Price

The Oreo cookie and Ritz cracker combo has taken the Internet by storm. We found a video that shows how to make your ow, plus an ebay auction for a single box.

In late May, the Internet nearly blew up upon seeing the latest Oreo collab. In case you missed it, this was a sweet-n-savory mashup that paired regular Oreos with Ritz crackers and peanut butter.

The product was released in limited quantities on May 26 (free with $3.95 shipping fee), immediately sold out, and regular folks like you were left with two options if you wanted a taste: Make your own or pay auction price — which was $600 on Ebay recently.

Oreo & Ritz

It’s possible that the parent company of both products, Mendelez International, will do it again. Or will offer other creative collaborations; they also own Chips Ahoy, Triscuits, Tate’s Bake Shop, Sour Patch Kids, Wheat Thins, and Toblerone. Can you think up a mashup worth doing with any of these products?

Meantime, we leave you with this video of @alexawhatsfordinner making her own Oreo-Ritz goodness on Instagram.