Candles are a great way to add some ambiance to any room—especially when that candle smells like pancakes. The next time you're planning a special evening, with yourself or someone else, consider these options.
1. Fruit-Shaped Candles
Your favorite fruit can now be your favorite candle, too. These surprisingly lifelike avocado-shaped candles burn for five to six hours and come in a set of three. We can't guarantee that they smell like fresh avocados, though. If fruit-shaped candles are your jam, you can also find them in the shape of lemons, grapes, strawberries, peaches, and more, but we find the avocado version the most charming. (If vegetables are more your style, there are also carrot-shaped candles.)
Buy it on Amazon for $16 for three.
2. 60-Hour Coiled Candles
This long-lasting candle features a coiled design that promises 60 hours of burn time—20 minutes for every inch of wax. Simply pull the candle through the clip to burn more. The candle self-extinguishes when it burns down to the clip, allowing you to use it as a timer. It comes in vertical and horizontal coil designs, and can be refilled when you reach the end.
3. Skunk- and B.O.-Scented Candles
If fresh pine isn’t your thing, may we suggest nacho cheese? The Stinky Candle Company specializes in candles boasting unorthodox odors. Choose from off-putting scents like chlorine, onion, skunk, and body odor, or go for some more delightful scents, like clean puppy and pizza. While we don’t recommend the fart or skunk candles, the money candle definitely has some potential.
4. Book-Scented Candles
Perfect for curling up with a good book, these candle scents were inspired by classic literature. Pick from “Sherlock’s Study,” “Oxford Library,” or “Halfling Hills,” or channel the smell of your favorite collection with scents like “Old Books” and “Reading at the Cafe.”
Buy it on Amazon for $22.
5. Cat Skeleton Candles
These geometric cat candles—first featured on Kickstarter in 2013—hold a (slightly morbid) surprise inside. Once lit, a skeleton cat emerges, which almost makes you feel bad for setting it on fire in the first place. If the cat's not your style, the candle also comes in the form of a bird, dragon, deer, and more.
6. Roman Candles
The packaging on these punny Roman-numeral-shaped candles from Fred promises they'll help you party like it's MCMXCIX.
Buy it on Amazon for $10.
7. Cactus-Shaped Candles
These realistic cacti candles might fool your friends—until you light them. The wax candles come in sets of six.
Buy it on Amazon for $9.
8. Pancake-Scented Candles
Here’s another unusually scented candle for your enjoyment. Created by the Beaver Creek Candle Company, the ManCan Flapjacks candle is designed to smell like breakfast. As the name implies, it comes in a metal can. Fancy!
Buy it from Beaver Creek Candle Company starting at $4.
9. Candles With Plantable Packaging
These candles smell like a blooming garden filled with poppies and sunflowers. If the floral candles make you long for the real deal, simply soak the seed-infused boxes in water and plant them in the ground.
Buy it on UncommonGoods for $28.
10. Chocolate Egg Cream-Scented Candles
You may know that Katz’s Deli has its own beer, but did you know it sells a candle, too? Made in New York City, these wax creations evoke the restaurant’s famous chocolate egg creams. Light one and be transported to the Lower East Side, no matter how far away you actually are.
11. Crackling Fire Candles
The next best thing to a real fireplace? These candles, which boast wooden wicks that crackle as though you'd thrown another log on the pile. Inspired by the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," the candle smells like vanilla, cinnamon, and clove—the scents of a long winter's nap, according to the creators.
Buy it on UncommonGoods for $30.
12. Edible Candles
These birthday candles are designed to both adorn your dessert and be your dessert. Available in dark or milk chocolate and five different designs, Let Them Eat Candles feature a wick that you can remove after the singing ends, allowing you to eat the delicious chocolate sticks.
Buy it on The Grommet for $12 for three.
13. Terrarium Candles
Hand-made by Canadian designer Zoe Tang, these terrarium candles contain incredibly detailed plants made out of wax. The candles come in two varieties: either jasmine-scented poppy on a white-tea-scented base or pine-scented cactus on a vanilla base. They’re so beautiful, you probably won’t even want to light them.
Buy it from UncommonGoods for $20.
14. Hatching Dinosaur Candle
This is one candle you’ll be excited to finish. The egg-shaped candle melts down to reveal a delightful surprise—a tiny porcelain raptor.
15. Glacier-Shaped Candles
Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson's creations have a message behind them: Global warming can only be ignored for so long. Just like real ice, these wax designs melt when they get hot—and just like real glaciers, they're increasingly rare. Since their creation in 2015, they've sold out at most retailers, but you can still get them (albeit for a higher price) from Pamono.
Buy it from Pamono for $82.
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A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect current availability.