The chill of winter is in the air, and the holidays are just around the corner. When I think of winter, the first thing that comes to mind is cozying up with a hot cup of hot cocoa. There is nothing as welcoming as the smell of hot cocoa. What if you could have that smell all the time? What if you were a candle junkie like me? Well, I have the perfect DIY for you! Today, we will be making these super cute hot cocoa candles. These would make the perfect gift or just be perfect as room decor. This is a simple DIY that uses materials that most of you have in your kitchens! Let’s get started, shall we?…
First off are some supplies. You will need the following(The following links are Amazon affiliate links, but you can also find these supplies locally in your craft stores.):
First, you will need some containers for your candles as well as candle wicks. Because we are going to be making candles out of shortening, hey need to be held in a container. I prefer using cute holiday themed mugs, but you can also use mason jars or reuse other candle containers. You want to make sure you are using something that is heat safe. With wicks, the standard zinc core wicks work perfect. If you are using shortening to make your candles, I recommend either getting a thick wick or doubling up the wicks by twisting them together. This will ensure a decent flame.
Next, you will need the fuel. I am using Crisco as the base material and soy wax as the marshmallow topping. Crisco is an interesting candle base that many have in their cupboards. Did you know that if you stuck a candle wick in a can of Crisco that it could burn constantly for up to 48 days? It is a great candle base for colder climates and burns longer then wax. In a warmer climate, I would recommend sticking with either all wax or a wax and shorting blend.
You will also need crayons(to use as coloring), or food coloring. Finally, you will need some essential oils for the scent. Here, I used a butter cream scent. It smells so good!
Ok, so first step. My mug holds a little bit more then one cup of liquid, so I measured out one cup of shortening and added a brown crayon for the chocolate color and then half a black crayon to richen up the color a bit. Use a microwave safe pyres container or melt the combination on a double boiler. Heat it until melted and then mix well. Be careful, the container can get very hot!
After melting and mixing, pour in your essential oil. For the strongest smell, use 1 part scent to every 10 parts candle base. I didn’t want an overpowering smell, so I used half a part to 10 parts base.
Ok, prepare your candle wick. This is super important if you are using standard thickness wicks with a shortening base. Vegetable and animal shortening is a dense fuel for candles, but does not have a high oxygen content like candle wax does. If you use a single thin wick, you will have a tiny flame that looks like it will die out. To prevent that, either buy a thicker wick or make it yourself with natural fiber rope. If that is not an option, twist 2-3 wicks together like so. Doing this will ensure a usable flame.
I like to glue my wick to the bottom of the up to prevent it from floating up. After attaching your wick, slowly and carefully pour in your candle base. Let it cool in the refrigerator or at room temperature until it solidifies.
While the candle is cooling, lets work on the frosting! Start by melting some of your soy wax in either the microwave or a double boiler. Only melt it enough to liquify a portion of the wax.
Pour the partially liquified wax on top of your candle. Looks like whipped cream!
If you want to make marshmallows, melt soy wax and pour it into a rectangular mold like so.
Have fun and stay creative!