How To: Make a Clementine Candle

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• 1 clementine
• olive oil
• 1 sharp paring knife
• many matches

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A number of years ago, when I taught school, I used to visit my students at home once a year. One of my students was European and this was something they did at home every clementine season. His mother showed me how to do it exactly as you see here...

Turns out that clementines are also a hugely popular fruit in Japan and are given as meaningful gifts during the winter season. When a local Japanese production company saw this post last year, they asked me to show it to their viewers on television. So, Sara and I posed for the cameras last December, and then they went in for their closeup on the clementine. I made nearly half a dozen for their cameras before we were done.

We realize that many people still may not have heard about the beautiful Clementine Candle and that others may wonder how it's done. Since making one is easier shown than written, we went home last night and photographed the process.

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NOTE: The tough part is getting the "wick" to light. You really need a nice bit of clementine "flesh" sticking up in the middle, which you then soak for a minute in the olive oil. If your clementine doesn't have any flesh in the middle OR if you rip it, you'll need to start with another one.

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(ReEdited from 2007-12-14 - MGR)
(ReEdited from 2004-11-16 - MGR)