As well as offering a range of delicious home baking essentials, Betty Crocker also produce a few different scented candles. One scent available is Cinnamon Buns. I am reviewing the small candle which has an approximate burning time of 25hours. Other scents available include Strawberry Shortcake.
The wax is presented in a round, clear glass container and has a single wick. The container has no lid but is simply presented in a partially open top cardboard box which a cinnamon bun design on it.
Cinnamon Buns candle can be bought from Amazon priced at £1.19. It is also available in Poundworld stores throughout the UK.
Whilst I favour Yankee Candle product, I am happy to try out cheaper candle products too. A short while ago I made a purchase of each Betty Crocker scent on offer in my local Poundworld store. I am a big fan of Betty Crocker cake mixes and the icing so hoped the quality of the candles would of a good quality.
Presentation wise, the glass container is practical and holds the brown lump of wax well. The glass isn't particularly thick and isn't visually attractive but I have had no issues with breakages or any wax leaking from the glass. The wick is easy to light using my long candle lighter and the wick is easy to trim down to avoid a high flame or smoke damage. Care should be taken to avoid any incidents and it is worth noting that the glass container becomes quite warm whilst the wick is lit.
The candle is quite wide and the wax melts neatly forming a glossy, golden pool of wax around the wick. The candle burns down fairly evenly and doesn't seem to tunnel as badly as other cheap candles which means less wastage. The scent from this candle when solid is quite subtle but the cinnamon aroma can definitely be detected. When the surface of the wax has melted, the scent starts to filter around my livingroom at a steady pace but doesn't have as much impact as a Yankee candle. I can't say I notice the scent outwith the immediate burning area.
I chose to burn this candle in my livingroom area in the evenings as I find cinnamon to be a warm, cosy scent. I was able to witness a pleasant aroma which was welcoming and warming. The cinnamon scent is no where near as prominent as most cinnamon candles I have used but comes across as being completely natural. This would suit those who like a mild cinnamon scent rather than a full on, spicy burst of scent. I find that whilst the warm, spiciness of the cinnamon is evident, it is tamed by a beautiful sweet undertone which reminds me of vanilla frosting. As you can imagine, the overall scent is very foody and carries a 'freshly baked' edge. This definitely appeals to me as I can enjoy a sweet, home baking aroma without the mess or calories!
Whilst I would appreciate a stronger level of scent from this candle, I find that for the price, it is very pleasant to use. The scent disappears quickly after the wick has been blown out but I did notice that the scent did last until the wax was almost finished. I would say 25hours is accurate though I didn't keep track. For £1.00, this is a bargain and it is definitely one of the better cheap candles available so I can recommend it. I do still prefer Yankee Candle but this is fine as a cheap alternative. It would make a good stocking filler.
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Whilst probably more widely associated with home baking and cake mixes the Betty Crocker brand also lends its name to a range of fragranced candles, Cinnamon Bun being one of the ones available and one that I bought a couple of months ago when they were available online at a low price from a discount retailler. As far as I am aware the candles are available to buy in 2 different sized glass jars, a small one as shown in the picture above and a larger 18oz (510g) being the one I ended up with when I bought mine. I use a lot of fragranced candles around my home as my past reviews will demonstrate, I live with my pet dog and I smoke so am aware that my home doesn't always smell as fresh and clean as it could do so tend to use candles as a means of keeping it a pleasant place to live whilst getting rid of any erroneous smells that may be lingering. I usually buy my candles from either Yankee or Kringle so Betty Crocker had a lot to live up to if she was going to match those two in terms of both the candle's longevity and its authentic-smelling fragrance. So how does she fare?
My glass-jarred candle is made from decent quality glass, I say 'decent' as it isn't quite as thick as a Yankee 'Homewarmer' candle but nevertheless it does the job of holding the wax in place, similarly the glass stopper holds firmly in place when attached to the glass jar but doesn't have the weight of a similar Yankee one but is fine all the same (the smaller jars have a screw top, metal lid). The Cinnamon Bun wax is brown in colour and has a single wick which runs through the middle of the wax, it catches easily when a naked flame is presented to it and the wax does burn evenly down the jar rather than tunnelling or leaving any excess stuck to the sides. A single sticker sits in place on the trunk of the glass which depicts the product's name and an illustration of a sliced cinnamon bun and on the underside of the glass a smaller sticker tells you the weight of the candle and the manufacturers details.
Once the wick has been lit and the wax given time to melt a little its fragrance starts to become noticeable, Cinnamon is quite an easy smell to recognise I think and here it is replicated well. It's a deep, spicy fragrance with connotations of home baking and it does bring to mind scenes of Autumn and Winter baking, particularly Christmas, and for me is a reassuring scent to have in my home. It's not quite as pungent or as strong as either of the two Yankee Cinammon fragrances I've had before ("sparkling" and "stick") which is a positive point for me as the two I had from Yankee were a little too overpowering I thought and ended up being a little too heady. Here Cinnamon Bun releases a pleasant amount of fragrance that is noticeable but not too in-your-face and placing the candle in my kitchen allows its fragrance to gently work its way round my home adding a bit of warmth and comfort, ideal for the colder months of the year.
It's not a newly found favourite I have to admit, Cinammon can get a little 'samey' if burned too often I think so I've been burning my candle for a couple of months now as it's not something I have on the go every day however in the times between burning other-fragranced Yankee tarts I light mine for a couple of hours at a time and have found it to be a long lasting candle with a wick which has withstood multiple burns and extinguishes. Its fragrance has remained consistant throughout its burning time, I've got about a third of a jar left of mine and it still produces enough of am aroma to be noticeable around my home and overall I have to say that I'm rather impressed with this candle from Betty Crocker as I wasn't expecting that much from it when I bought it.
I don't think it matches Yankee in terms of overall quality though but I paid less than half of the price of what a large Yankee jar costs for mine and for £8.00 I can't fault it for its longevity or true to life fragrance. My candle has been a very good buy I think and anyone looking for a starting point for fragranced candles but doesn't fancy paying upwards of £18.00 for a similar one from Yankee should definitely consider one of these if they ever spot them for sale somewhere.
I don't know how widely available they are on the high street as I've never seen them in the Candle places I buy my Yankee products from but Cinammon Bun along with a few others are available online. Prices will vary depending where you buy them from but there are bargains to be had, I'd definitely buy another Betty Crocker candle again, probably in a different fragrance though, as I've been impressed with mine so far and my four star rating for it here goes to show that there are decent alternatives to Yankee out there if you can find them.
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My husband would say that I'm obsessed with candles, and I guess that he's probably right. I always like to have candles lit up in the house every evening, and I go through vast quantities of them. I especially like using scented candles and tealights to fragrance each room. I usually end up bringing back some scented candles whenever we go on holiday, and that's where I first discovered the Betty Crocker range of scented candles - on holiday in the US.
I bought half a dozen of the Betty Crocker scented candles, as I'd found them in a dollar store for just a dollar each plus tax. They had a huge range of fragrances available, I bought one each of the following fragrances; cinnamon buns, strawberry shortcake, candy cane, gingerbread cookie, coconut cream pie, and blueberry pie. I'd have bought more if the weight hadn't been an issue! I've not seen these in the shops here in the UK, but they do have them for sale on amazon and ebay, where they seem to be around the £1.19 mark.
So this review is for the cinnamon buns fragrance, which definitely turned out to be one of my favourite fragrances, and one which I have re-purchased a number of times now from amazon. This smells absolutely divine, good enough to eat basically! This smells just like delicious warm and spicy cinnamon buns straight from the oven, a sweet yet kind of spicy fragrance, sugary yet heady with cinnamon at the same time. It also has that melting sweet and sugary icing undertone to it as well. This is a perfect wintery, christmassy fragranced candle as it is a really warming fragrance. The candle itself is a mid brown coloured candle.
The Betty Crocker candles state that you should get 25 hours burning time from them, and I would say this is roughly spot on. The candles burn down evenly, which I have occasionally found to be a problem with other scented candles in a glass. I find that sometimes they don't burn evenly from around a third of the way down the candle, and so I'm always left with lots of unburnt candle wax around the edges of the jar. I'm happy to report though that this doesn't happen with the Betty Crocker candles.
The cinnamon buns fragrance in this candle is just as strong once the candle is lit, as it is in the jar. It fragrances the whole room, and it's instantly recognisable as to what the fragrance is. I like this burning in my large kitchen diner as it's a 'foody' type smell, and it always makes any guests think that I have batch of cinnamon buns baking in the oven! If I leave the door to my kitchen diner open, then the fragrance in this candle is actually strong enough to also subtley fragrance my hallway as well.
When the candle has burnt itself out on these Betty Crocker candles then the rounded glass jar can then be reused as a tealight holder. I also reuse the glass jars as small serving dishes or small dessert dishes. I put the glass jars in the dishwasher all the time with no problems whatsoever.
I have continued to buy the Betty Crocker cinnamon buns fragranced candles since coming back from the US with that first one, and I will continue to do so. I think that the quality of these scented candles is excellent for just £1.19 each, which is what I normally pay for them on amazon. Especially as once the candle has burnt down you are also left with a reusable glass jar.
As a big fan of scented candles, and generally making my home smell nice, I snapped up several of these when I spotted them on sale at my local Discount UK store for just 99p apiece. Bakery scents are probably my favourite anyway, and as I like eating Betty Crocker products I figured I couldn't go far wrong at that price!
Cinnamon Bun is actually one of the most recent acquisitions from the range, having not bought it on my first trip and kicked myself, only for it not to be there again on previous visits until last week when I grabbed the last on the shelf. Out of the 7 candles from the range I have now amassed, I would say that it is probably my second favourite, behind chocolate fudge brownie which isn't yet available to review.
If you're not familiar with Betty Crocker, the brand specialises mainly in hassle-free baked goods - eg the boxed type that you add water, an egg etc to and pop into the oven. They are long-established in America and over the past couple of years have grown in popularity in this country too. I have personally only tried the chocolate fudge brownies, as I like baking too much to use boxed products too often, but the equivalent candle really is spot on in scent, so I imagine the cinnamon bun is a pretty good match too.
The candle's packaging is also very similar to the baked goods. Each candle comes in a glass container around which there is a box in the same style as the baking mixes, this one having a huge picture of a scrummy-looking cinnamon bun. There is a hole so you can see the candle and of course smell it too. I do think that the packaging is very smart and it would therefore make a really nice gift idea - at 99p they would make a cute extra gift to have on hand at Christmas just in case or stocking filler, as it does look like you'd have spent more.
As I mentioned, the scents are quite true to life and this really does smell like a cinnamon bun. It's not an overpowering spicy cinnamon scent like some candles which are supposed to smell like the red-hot sweets for example, but very sweet and reminiscent of the icing too. I do think that if you didn't know what "flavour" this candle was supposed to be, you could probably guess.
Out of the packaging the glass container isn't quite as impressive as I'd like, as it's quite thin and flimsy with a ribbing which cheapens the look somewhat. I would prefer if it was in a sturdier container and I definitely would prefer if it had a lid to preserve the scent, although saying that I don't think it would necessarily break if you were to drop it (hopefully unlit)! Once the candle is used up you could use these for tealight or maybe even votive holders.
The scent is not overly strong and I have often found, particularly with cheaper candles, that I'm not able to smell them once they are lit, only when actively sniffing the jar. I do notice this candle when lit in a relatively small room, although it is definitely not as strong in scent as other brands I have tried such as Yankee Candle. I also find that the scent doesn't last as long once I stop burning the candle. For the price, though, I am pleasantly surprised.
My other common disappointment with cheap candles is when the wax burns down the middle and leaves a big "tunnel", so when it's used up there's a lot left over that I can't do anything with. I always try to burn a new candle for the first time until the whole of the surface is melted, although this still sometimes doesn't help. With all of my Betty Crocker candles so far, there has been minimal "tunnelling" (does anyone know what the real word for that is?) and my first one has been burned for quite good while now and still has just less than half left. Although the Cinnamon Bun packaging doesn't state how long it is estimated to burn for, another of my candles from this range says 25 hours and I'd say that is probably pretty accurate.
Overall these candles make a great little extra gift, or even just something to treat yourself with. I am really enjoying going through the range and there are even some Christmas-themed scents. I can't find an RRP for these online, but they sell for 99p at Discount UK stores and honestly, I'd say that as a gift item I would probably pay about a fiver for them, so it's money well spent. Stay tuned for more from the range!
I personally have never really been a 'candle person' i have been given some as gifts and not to be ungrateful but they usually end up gathering dust on my shelf until my mom steals them and uses them for herself. However, since i moved into my own house with friends under a year ago there always seems to be candles/incense sticks etc i the living room and wafting out of their bedrooms, so i thought i would look for one in my room.
I was browsing through family bargains stocking up on household items when i saw the 'Betty Crocker' range of candles for just 99p per candle which i think is really great value for money as some candles i have seen are ridiculously overpriced considering its just a candle. The fact that it smells like Betty Crocker's food was an added bonus for me!!! The candle i purchased is the 'Cinammon Bun' fragrance but i also saw candles scented like strawberry shortcake, blueberry pie, fresh cut melon and cherry pie. (i personally CAN'T WAIT to try the other fragrances as they all sound gorgeous!!!) I haven't seen the candles sold in any other shop but i've had a little look online and you can buy them from amazon and ebay for around £3, which is still quite good value i think.
The candle itself is a light brown colour and really quite big for the price it comes in a clear glass dish with a flat bottom and goes a little higher than the actual candle which is good as it makes it impossible to knock over and the flame doesn't even come outside of the dish making it really safe and you don't need to put it inside another dish to catch any dripping wax which makes it really clean. Less than a minute after lighting the candle i could smell the candle and i was shocked that it actually DID smell like cinammon!! I personally love the scent of this candle as it's yummy without being too overpowering. I have had the candle about 4 or 5 weeks and i light it on a regular basis (but not everyday) and i've only just had to throw it away so it lasts a long time.
The only bad thing i can say about this candle is tht the smell does get very overpowering towards the bottom, but it takes so long to get to the bottom and i've had soo many uses out of it i dont see that as a big deal if youve only paid 99p!!!! I would definitley recommend these candles as i personally will be getting more in the other fragrances very soon!!!