By Dale Anne Scogings
Whether you’re eating cinnamon or smelling it, I’d have to say that it’s decidedly one of the smelliest (in a good way) and tastiest spices. If you’re a fan of the spice, or you know of someone else who is, why not try make a scented candle for yourself, or for the afore mentioned ‘someone else.’
Raid your spice cupboard for your cinnamon sticks. Grab a candle or two – make sure it’s a fairly tall and thick candle. Find some craft glue or super glue. Ordinary glue stick won’t do the trick and super glue can get a bit dangerous, what with the chance of gluing your fingers to the candle in the blink of an eye, so I’d suggest plain old craft glue. Grab some twine, rope, ribbon or any other thin, lengthy piece of somethin’ somethin’ – and you’re good to go. And some newspaper, to avoid getting glue all over your work space.
First, wipe down your candle of choice (preferably a neutral colour). Next spread a layer of glue onto an area of the side of the candle, and begin sticking cinnamon sticks, side by side, onto the candle. Do it in bits and allow each section to dry before adding more sticks. You might have to break up your cinnamon sticks if they’re too thick, or if you need a slither or two to fill in some gaps. Place cinnamon sticks around the entire candle and once they have dried in place, tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the candle to complete it.
Cinnamon is probably the most dynamic spice, so don’t despair if you have some leftover sticks. It works well on top of cappuccinos, use a stick as a swizzle stick in hot chocolate, sprinkle it on pancakes, add it to curry or mashed butternut, or just make another scented candle.