These Bao Candles Look Good Enough to Eat

published Jun 5, 2021
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Credit: Gong Cheng

New York-based bakery Bao Tea House and candle artist Elaine Tran have teamed up to memorialize your love of Chinese baos in sculptural candle form. You could now devour baos from your local Chinatown restaurant and display them as home decor, too, with the Classic Bao Candle and Rice Bao Candle, Bao Tea House’s delectable collaboration with Tran’s Asian snack shop-centered candle brand Đèn Cầy, which roughly translates to “candle” in Vietnamese. 

To coincide with the launch of Bao Tea Lab, the bakery’s new e-commerce brand with a selection of loose leaf teas, handmade teawares, and bao kits that can be cooked at home, Tran created two limited-edition candles modeled after Bao Tea House’s classic crunchy bao and the onigiri bao, retailing at $28 each. The candles are packaged in takeout boxes to mirror that snack shop theme — and the attention to detail is delicious: both candles evoke the grains and pores of the original bao snacks.

Credit: Gong Cheng

The collaboration is right up Đèn Cầy’s alley; described as a “nod to Asian snacking culture” — the “kind involving nondescript alleyways, all times of the day, and good company” —  the Brooklyn-based candle brand is famed for its Youtiao Candle, $36, sculpted after the classic fried Chinese donut, mostly enjoyed for breakfast or as a side dish with a bowl of hot congee. Other delectable products from Đèn Cầy’s collection include the Sesame Ball Candle, $26, and Steamed Bun Candle, $34. All candles are made from all-natural beeswax and contain the faint scent of honey. 

Of the collaboration with Bao Tea House, Tran wrote on Instagram, “One of the things I absolutely adore about NYC is its constant energy — energy that fuels new ideas and opportunities for connection. I am so thrilled that local small businesses can get together and create magic that truly reflects us!” Tran added, “Every time I visit, I personally relive my high school days of afterschool hangs with friends at milk tea shops.”

Check out teas, teawares, and bao kits at Bao Tea Lab. And for more Asian snack candles, visit Đèn Cầy. Home decor never looked so delicious.