12 Food-Scented Candles We're Obsessed With

Bye-bye winter!

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February 13, 2020
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In case you missed it, this year Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring would come early. Though the news was music to our ears, we still can’t help but wish for warmer temperatures right this minute.

If you're also ready to leave winter behind, we suggest lighting a spring-inspired candle and cozying up until the warmer weather arrives. Whether you prefer light and fresh scents or ones that are bold and energetic, food-based candles are our favorite remedy to banish the winter blues and trick our minds into thinking spring is just around the corner.

We smelled and burned dozens of candles over the course of a couple months, and we have to admit, we think we found something for everyone. Here are all our favorite we-wish-spring-would-just-get-here scents.

Although grapefruit is seasonal in the colder months, you won't feel a chill when you light this hand-poured candle from Brooklyn-based Apotheke Co. Pairing freshly peeled grapefruit with sharp grated black pepper and crisp coarse sea salt, it's the perfect cure for anything the remaining days of winter throw your way — even three feet of snow!

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$29.95

Ever wish you could bottle the scent of a freshly baked pie or tray of cookies and smell it again whenever you wanted? Homesick does one better with this candle. With hints of warming cinnamon, robust clove, smoky vanilla and juicy apple, it's sure to remind you of days spent in the kitchen with all your favorite people, including grandma. Light it the next time you're feeling nostalgic for an instant trip down memory lane.

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You won't be able to resist falling under this sugary candle's spell. From its whimsical and bright design to its super sweet cotton candy scent, it's a great gift for your best friend and beyond.

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There's nothing more comforting than that very first sip of hot coffee in the morning. Unless, of course, that coffee is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Whether you prefer your espresso plain or with an extra touch of sweetness, this affogato-scented candle is sure to give you a pleasant jolt. Follow our lead and light it while you’re sipping on your own caffeinated beverage — it’ll awaken all your senses!

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We couldn't help but picture a dripping ice cream cone when we first sniffed this elegant candle from Voluspa. With hints of tart raspberries, sticky marshmallows and warm vanilla, its sure to have you cozying up. Plus, just think of all the ways you can use the mesmerizing metallic holder after the candle burns out!

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If you have a green thumb and miss being able to burrow around in your very own garden during colder months, you'll want to add this fragrant candle to your shopping cart right now! We were pleasantly surprised by its earthy, fresh-from-the-vine scent, so much so that we wanted one in every room!

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If you’re looking for a delightful and easy way to clear your kitchen of any lingering winter chili or stew aromas, this zesty candle works absolute wonders. With notes of crushed ginger, mint and zingy lemon, it’ll have you daydreaming of lazy summer afternoons, while simultaneously infusing every corner of your kitchen with a delightfully fresh smell.

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$29.95

If you're one of the few people whose birthday falls on February 29th or if you just want an excuse to celebrate this year's leap day, this magical candle is a literal wish come true. It smells exactly like a freshly-sliced piece of buttercream-frosted birthday cake, so be prepared for your stomach to start rumbling.

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If you're looking for a candle that smells exactly like what its name suggests, this cinnamon doughnut-scented one from Bath & Body Works is the one for you! Just trust us and order a dozen.

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Though fig season doesn't officially begin until June, there's no reason why you can't enjoy its honey-like sweetness and subtle berry smell year-round with this this best-selling candle from Diptyque.

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Bakers and dessert lovers alike won't be able to stop smelling this oatmeal cookie-scented candle from Anthropologie. Not only did it instantly remind us of a bakery when we lit it, it even looks like an actual cookie jar when placed on a kitchen counter.

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If you're looking for an effortless way to escape the remaining days of winter, but can't afford to take time off from work or school, give this exotic candle a try. Pairing the robust richness of freshly roasted coffee beans with the light vanilla of pillowy baked brioche bread, it'll make you feel miles away with just one breath.

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