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How to Make a Jelly Bean Candle

Updated on August 17, 2014

Jelly Beans Aren't Just for Eating!

Jelly bean candles are seasonally festive and glow like stained glass when lit. They're easy to make with a few basic candle making supplies. As for the candy, the good news is the best beans for these candles are cheap - and stale ones work even better!

When I got my first insert mold, I began experimenting with all sorts of decorated candles. The jelly bean candles are some of the easiest insert candles to make. They've been very popular among my friends. I usually make a couple each Spring, as gifts. However, they're fun to keep burning year round! Check out the tip, down below, for a way to keep enjoying the candle even after it's burned down.

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Now days, jelly beans come in a bazillion flavors. The flavors in the bag I used to make my candle are listed below but feel free to tell us your exotic favorites in the comments section.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Here's what you'll need:

Candle pot in a "double boiler" for melting your wax. (The double boiler is simply the pot of water into which you set your craft pot, for safe melting.)

At least three pounds of paraffin wax. (Paraffin -- rather than soy or beeswax -- has superior translucence to show off the jelly beans.)

Candle mold with insert. (These are often sold separately. Just make sure the insert fits into the mold with at least 3/4 inch space for the beans.)

2 feet of primed candle wick. (Most commercial wick is primed. If yours isn't, just dip the wick into melted wax for about 5 minutes to prime it.)

Mold sealer (optional). (Mold sealer is used to seal the mold at the hole where the wick is inserted. I rarely use it.)

1 bag of regular sized jelly beans

Craft stick or skewer that's longer than your mold is wide. (The stick will hold the wick taut while your candle cools.)

Step 2: Melt the Wax

Place the wax in the candle pot and put the pot in a pot of water. Heat the wax over low heat.

Use low to medium low heat to melt the wax. It is always safer to start out at the lowest setting when heating wax. Be patient!

Just as you shouldn't leave a burning candle unattended, you don't want to leave your pot of wax unattended.

Take care when working with hot paraffin wax. Always allow the wax to cool thoroughly before handling a full mold.

Keep a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby when making candles. (I've never had to use mine, but better safe than sorry!)

Step 3: Wick the Candle Mold

Most molds come with directions for wicking and it's best to follow the manufacturer's instructions. If your mold doesn't have directions, here are the basics for the metal mold shown in these pictures:

Remember, the bottom of the mold will actually be the top of your candle.

Thread the primed wick through the hole in the bottom of the mold, leaving about an inch of wick sticking out of the bottom of the mold.

Insert the included screw into the hole in the bottom of the mold, next to the wick.

Finger tighten the screw part way.

When the head of the screw is about 1/4 of an inch from the base of the mold, wrap the tail of wick around the threaded screw stem.

Finish tightening the screw. You may need to gently use a screwdriver, but be careful not to damage the mold.

I find wrapping the wick around the screw keeps me from having to use sealer, but if you wish, you may apply mold sealer at this point.

Yaley Professional Candle Mold Metal Cylinder
Yaley Professional Candle Mold Metal Cylinder

Every candle maker needs at least one of these.

 
Candlewic 3" X 6 1/2" Round Pillar Candle Mold
Candlewic 3" X 6 1/2" Round Pillar Candle Mold

Always make sure your insert is taller than your mold and that there's at least 3/4 inch between the insert wall and the candle mold wall.

 

Step 4: Add the Mold Insert

Pull the wick up through the insert mold as you center the insert in the mold. Allow the wick to hang outside the insert and mold, for now.

Step 5: Add the Jelly Beans

Fill the cavity between the insert mold and the candle mold with jelly beans. Depending on the depth of your mold and the amount of wax you choose to use, you may wish to fill the mold half to three-quarters full of candy. Holding the insert with one hand and the candle mold with the other, shake the mold to settle the beans evenly.

Bean Bias

I remove any very dark (dark purple, black) candy before I add the beans to the candle mold.

They don't glow nicely in the finished candle.

Step 6: Pour the Melted Wax

When the wax has melted, pour the hot wax into the center of the insert mold. The wax will rise (through osmosis) in the main candle mold, up through the jelly beans. Pause before adding more wax, and check the level of the wax as it rises. Stop pouring when the wax just reaches the top layer of candy.

Step 7: ATTENTION: Keep the Insert Loose!

Twist the insert mold to loosen it from the jelly beans and cooling wax. Continue to twist the insert mold every few minutes as the wax cools and begins to harden. (The frequency of twisting will depend on room temperature and the temperature and amount of wax used.) This is an important step! If the insert hardens into the candle, there is no way to salvage the ruined candle. (Trust me -- I speak from experience!)

Step 8: Remove the Insert

When the mold insert becomes difficult to twist, gently pull the insert mold up and out of the wax. Wrap the remaining wick around a craft stick or skewer rested across the top of the candle mold. This will keep the wick straight and taut as the wax cools and hardens.

Step 9: Backfill the Candle

Most wax shrinks as it cools, leaving a concave impression in the base of the jelly bean candle. When wax has cooled thoroughly (you may wish to wait overnight), reheat the wax in the candle pot and pour it into the candle mold to backfill the depression. This is also the time to cover up any beans that may be showing above the wax.

Step 10: Unmold the Candle

Allow the jelly bean candle to cool thoroughly before removing from the mold. (I usually wait at least 6 hours or overnight.) Invert the mold and remove the screw from the base of the candle mold. If the candle does not slip out easily, tug gently on the wick tail (at the open mouth of the mold). If the candle is particularly stubborn, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and then remove the candle from the mold.

Step 11: Finish The Candle

Trim the wick tail on the bottom of the candle flush with the wax. (Remember, the bottom of the candle is the part that was at the open end of the mold.) Trim the top wick to one half inch.

Burning Tips

Make sure the wick on the candle is trimmed to about 1/2 inch before burning. Any longer and the flame may get out of control or the candle may burn itself out.

You know the drill: don't leave your burning candle unattended. It's even more important with this candle because a jelly bean may dislodge and roll into the flame. Sugar burns and can cause a flare up.

If your candle has burned down the center nicely, you can prolong the enjoyment by putting a votive or tea light candle in remaining shell.

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      Debi M. 2 years ago

      I am ready to try this cute project. However I can not find the open at both ends mold insert. Any suggestions? I have tried the local craft stores and some on line suppliers.

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      Charlotte Realtor 3 years ago

      What a great project idea for the upcoming spring! I've never tried this before but, you've given me some great ideas! Thanks for the lens (great detail too).

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      Rowan Chisholm 3 years ago from Washington state

      Sounds lovely! My mother made candles with bits of ice that came out to leave fancy holes and one of my neighbors had candles that had semi-precious stones in them which glowed as well.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Your jelly bean candy candles are delightfully done! I enjoy candles, too, but not making them, so I will leave that to you.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      What a cool idea, I'm pinning this to my DIY Décor board. The candles are so colorful!

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      I love these candles! What a great idea.

      Thanks!

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These candles are very lovely. Very creative lens. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These candles are very lovely. Very creative lens. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      Nice looking candles.

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      vuhuyhnvn 4 years ago

      I think I will buy it soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think its epic

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      JayRockins 4 years ago

      Haa cool idea :)

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      Pinasheart 4 years ago

      I these are super cute! I've never seen this before! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Wow! Candle is looking awesome and I love it.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      They are fabulous! A great idea as I've some expired Jelly Beans at home. This is also a wonderful "recycle" production :) Thanks so much!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Can you ever smell the sugar cooking from the candy, or does it generally remain odorless? The finished product is so beautiful! Great instructions. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a creative idea! Jelly Bean Candles sound fun to make.

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      Netlexis LM 4 years ago

      Wow, these candles look like so much fun... the making and the burning. Thank you for sharing.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing these cool candles with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Aw, nice to see this on the home page, I love your tutorial on how to make these candles, and they sure do smell good. :)

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      Sharon Stajda 4 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      I love jelly bean candles! What a great idea...

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      Sharon Stajda 4 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      I love jelly bean candles! What a great idea...

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      This is so cool! I've never heard of or seen them before. Thanks for showing us!

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      pshinde2109 lm 4 years ago

      candle making is the art which I wanted to learn from childhood but never got a chance, but this lense motivated me again;-)

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      alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

      I haven't made such candles but it sounds awesome. Good lens.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      What a cute idea. I haven't made candles in a long time. Looks fun.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      These candles look amazing and the jelly beans add flair! I would have to buy an extra bag of jelly beans to eat while making the candles :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think they are brilliant - and a great way to use jelly beans! I'm not a huge fan of eating them ;) I really want to try making my own candles sometime.

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      What a fun idea :o) Love it!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      So interesting, I love the look of the jelly beans in the candles.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      What happens to the jelly beans? Does the sugar make it messy? I'd like to try this with something like shells or beads. Do you think it would work?

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I really thought it was something I could eat.

      My mother and I have been searching for information on how to make candles.

      Your lens has given us the direction.Thanks for the tutorial.

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      NicDoylex 4 years ago

      This is a very delicious candle! Nice work

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      Ana Dilber 4 years ago

      Great lens, I just love the idea, and I just love these do it yourself projects.

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      CarrieLee2 4 years ago

      What an absolutely cool lens, and idea! I haven't made candles since I was a kid, but this looks like loads of fun, during and after the candle making process. Thanks much for a great idea!

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      Looks interesting.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      If you are not burning the rainbow you are eating the rainbow!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      I love this idea! So cool. And I love jelly beans. One day I'll make one of these for sure. Thank you so much for sharing and blessed!

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      Neat idea! I love colourful candles. Jellybeans makes them look so pretty.

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      Myreda Johnson 4 years ago from Ohio USA

      Lovely! Looks like they would be fun to make too.

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      mindtrip88 4 years ago

      I love it! Great idea.

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      husky199714 4 years ago

      awesome! id love to make thease!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Really cute. But I might want to take a bite!

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      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Nicely original idea ! Not sure I would make one, but would make a great decoration

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Jelly Bean Candles are such a cool idea but I don't think I could ever get one done in my house I have little girls that love to gobble up jelly beans!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for the directions on how to 'make-a-jelly-bean-candle', itâs very helpful! I like your lens, itâs done so well.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Very nice candle - one I would love to make. Pinned to my board "Crafts I Love" and out by digg.

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      WhiteIsland 4 years ago

      These are cute and pretty... I've never made candles before, but it looks like fun. :)

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      Psycho Free Zone 4 years ago from USA

      Very cool.

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      KatBar 4 years ago

      Such a great idea for spring

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      They look very colorful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stopping over to do the your on the Squidoo home page dance of joy, congratulations...what fun! :)

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      penepenep 4 years ago

      I love the look but I'm not a candle maker. Do you sell your jelly bean candles?

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Those candles look so cool. What a neat idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think they are really nice to look at and easy to make. Think I will make my kids one for Easter!! Thanks for the great idea...

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      They look lovely

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      I love these, what a great idea. I think I might try them with ref & green beans coming up to the holidays as well. Many thanks for the inspiration.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Those are really unique.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      This could be one project that fits my tastebuds since you remove the black jellybeans! Thanks for the excellent "how to".

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Great idea! A lot healthier too than eating all those jelly beans..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      OMG these look amazing! Excellent lens!

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      What a festive idea! Blessed!

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      I would be so tempted to take a bite out of one! Yum? Great lens.

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      Jeanette 4 years ago from Australia

      Ooh. Lovely. These look so effective :-)

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      These look like a great arts and crafts idea to do with my kids. Thank you for sharing this lens.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Looks like a lot of work, but I love the way the candles turned out! Sharing the lens on my Easter Pinboard on Pinterest.

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      Janet2221 4 years ago

      Not a project I would ever take on, but the finished candle is so beautiful. Maybe add a larger photo of the completed candle at the bottom of the lens. I would love to see the details more closely. Great lens. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are really great. So very cute. When I first started reading I thought I was going to have to mold wax jelly beans, I got really enthused when I found out I could just put ready mades in the mix.

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      lilblackdress lm 4 years ago

      Oh my gosh, I have never heard of this. Very cool!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      You are very clever. These jelly bean candles are really special!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So much fun to come back to visit this cool jelly bean candle making lens, love it. :)

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      flowski lm 4 years ago

      These are some lovely candles.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are really cool.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      These candles are really cute, I'm going to try making a few. :-)

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      ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

      Wow these look amazing, I definitely want to give one of these a try! :) I wonder if the lovely smells of the jelly beans will give the candle a great scent while it burns!

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      nice

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Cute idea!!

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      JennyBentle 4 years ago

      Wow this is really cool!!!!

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      EdmondHoggeJr 4 years ago

      Nice work adding this to featured Lenses in my new Lens on Awareness or Purple Ribbon should be up later =)

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      Alana-r 4 years ago

      I have never tried to make a candle, but i really want to give it a go now, thanks for the great idea and all the helpful info.

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      This has got to be the coolest craft lens ever. Great Job.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      I have never seen or heard of a jelly bean candle, but am so happy to have now come across one!

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      Edit Photos 4 years ago from Earth

      Finally, a way that I can have jelly beans around me and I don't eat them all!!!!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Very cute idea! I love the colors.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Such a cute idea, and now officially on my list of things to do.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      This is so creative and such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      I really want to have a go at making a jelly bean candle now - brilliant

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @anonymous: The jelly beans don't go bad, as near as I can tell. I've had some beans for 2 years before I use them in a candle.

      My jelly bean candles burn for a long time. I usually only burn them for an hour or two at a time, but they last at least 14 hours, sometimes more.

      Hope that answers your questions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just curious, because this is way too cool, my daughter and I will be making some as soon as I go shopping.

      How long is the jelly bean candle good for? does the jelly beans go bad?

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Cool crafts! Thanks for sharing

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      I want to eat it, though I know it would taste foul.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      These are soooo cool. I never would have thought to use jelly beans!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      "Squid Angel blessed."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never seen jelly bean candles before and love this charming idea of making candles with them...and not just for Easter since jelly beans are now a very popular year around candy and jelly bean lovers would love a jelly bean candle! Guess we would have to make sure they don't run out and eat their candles in a jelly bean emergency!...*

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      They look wonderful. I love any type of candles. Thanks for the information

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      gamesngames 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Part of me thinks it's a waste of jelly beans that could be in my tummy, but the look is great and it would be a fun craft to do.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      The candles look great.