“ Brand: Fidde / Misc House Type: Party Supplies „
I bought these candles last year when I was looking for a number 1 candle for my youngest daughter and couldn't find one, I decided to buy these just in case I didn't get hold of a number 1 candle in time as I thought they were quite cute.
The candles cost about £1.50 and they are available in other shops rather than being linked to one particular shop. The candles come packaged in a plastic box which opens at either end but is held in place with a little bit of sellotape. Once the box has been opened it does flatten and mis-shape quite easily so you have to handle it quite gently.
The set comprises of 5 candles, one monkey, two tigers and two zebras were in mine but on the shelves there were other combinations so really it's just a case of which one is your least favourite to select to only have one of them. The candles are on a cocktail stick and the head sits at the top of the stick with a wick at the top of the head.
We actually managed to get a number 1 candle in time for our daughters birthday but I decided to put extra candles on anyway as I thought they were rather cute. The candles weren't actually so nice looking when you take them from the box I found that they were actually a little bit dull. The animal heads were simple and only a couple of colours were used on each one, the candles were easy to light as the wick was a decent size and they didn't blow out until they were purposely blown out.
The candles barely burnt down at all and they still remain in our drawer for when we want to use them again but personally although the animals are cute I prefer brighter colours. The candles are pretty sturdy and even though the plastic box is pretty flat the candles haven't broke in any way and still hold all their detailing.
Of course there are a couple of warnings when it comes to candles, you should never leave a child unattended with candles and you should never leave a lit candle unsupervised.
Fiddes Payne was a new name to me but when I was wandering around Sainsbury's with my niece it all became crystal clear. A lot of those handy home baking products that we all use, including those brilliant little cup cake kits for children to bake are manufactured by Fiddes Payne.
Last year my niece had her little boys birthday party in an indoor activity centre, it was really good fun for the kids, they ate well and were entertained and all that was left for the grown ups to do was to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and have a natter.
These type of parties are marvellous, no mess, little work and minimal supervision but they do come at a price, so this year they decided to revert back to the old fashioned way. The birthday party was going to be held at home, it would be all hands to the pump and the adults would be in charge of organising the games.
The birthday cake is always the talking point whether the party boy is three or thirty three and it was mulled over at length until the right theme was found.
I agree, my niece could have bought a cake in any of the leading supermarkets and it would have sufficed but she wanted to do it her way and who could blame her.
As we were looking at the range of fabulous birthday cake candles in Sainsbury's we spotted the new range of High School Musical mini muffin kits and just had to buy one for big sister.
It was already decided that the cake should have a jungle theme, so when we spotted the `Jungle animal candles` it made our day. The candles come in a set of five, a zebra, two monkeys and two tigers and at £1.75 for the set they were good value.
Our birthday boy was only three so a large Victoria sponge was the order of the day, topped with grass green butter icing, some plastic trees courtesy of the local Poundland and for good measure I managed to make a couple of fondant icing snakes complete with red forked tongues and a turtle.
The Fiddes Payne candles just added the finishing touches.
Any candles come with a list of warnings and quite rightly so. The packet states that children should not be allowed to play with the candles and also that the candles need to be blown out within a short time after they have been lit.
Each animals head is set on the top of a sharp ended cocktail stick and the small wick sits on top of the animals head.
For all the cake was a home-made effort it looked pretty spectacular and it was interesting, the Jungle animal candles looked good and the wicks lit easily. As instructed Mum lit them and then the birthday boy blew them out soon after. As soon as the candles had cooled off we removed them from the cake, out of harms way. The heads of the animals had hardly melted at all and it was tempting to keep them for another occasion.
Fiddes Payne have a whole range of birthday cake candles, I know that I have seen the Disney candles in Asda and I though that they were lovely.
Most of the leading supermarkets stock the range of Fiddes Payne candles, cake kits and tray bake kits, I thought that the cake was fun and so did the kids.
As it was my Dad's 58th birthday on Friday I decided to throw him a little dinner party, when I say dinner party I mean a Sunday roast and a cake the kids have made, and oh how excited he will be!
My parents are those really lovely people who treasure anything that my babies make, whether it is a "Grandads hot box" which translates as an old strawberry tub, decorated with tissue paper and filled with jars of chilli's or a homemade birthday cake, complete with icing and candles, these being the subject of this review.
The candles I will now review are - "Fiddes Payne jungle animal candles"
Ok first let me say that I would not really have chose these myself, but due to the fact my 4 year old son Connor was in charge of decorations he of course jumped at these!
Fiddes Payne, if you are not aware, are one of the better known cake decorating brands, most of the sets of sprinkles and edible decorations that I buy for my children's many projects are thus branded.
In a box you get five candles, two monkeys, two tigers and one zebra.
These are the head only of each animal, these around ¾" and set on top of a cocktail stick. Each candle is detailed and colourful, with the obligatory wick on the top, of course or else it would just be a head on a stick and that would be daft!
Instructions for use are simple, remove the cardboard block that the candles are spiked into from the plastic sleeve, pull the candles out and spike firmly into your cake.
Gently pull the wicks upright for ease of lighting and away you go!
There are very few do's and don'ts with these candles, most of which are common sense issues. Don't let little children place with these candles, not only are they dangerous when actually lit, but due to the fact that they are mounted on tooth pick sticks, there would be able to cause injury very quickly, my son only took one out to move it across a little and tried to give his big sister a crafty stab!
Another issue is the burning and melting times. It states that to avoid excessive amounts of melted wax falling onto the cake you must ensure the candle is lit and then blew out less than 1-½ minutes after lighting.
I lit the candles for my dad's cake and even though it was little more than the stated burning time before they were blew out there was very little dripping going on!
The candles have barely melted at all, and I am pleased to say these can and will be re-used for the next birthday we will be having.
Price wise these cost around the £1.80 mark, this is much more than usually pay for the generic candles and spiky stands, but ten times nicer.
For more information visit - www.fiddespayne.co.uk
Thanks for reading x