Hot Fudge Sundae Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this project in 1998 and have rewritten and modernized it to fit this site. It is a great example of how some things go wrong no matter how well you plan them. I gathered the materials for this candle without ever checking how well they would fit. The ice cream scoop molds turned out to be too large for the bowl and I had to pour them only part way in order to fit all three scoops. This resulted in the scoops not being tall enough and I didn't have time to find a larger bowl. Although the finished candle is lacking in that aspect, the instructions show the techniques needed to make these.

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The same wax formula was used throughout this candle.

Candle Making Supplies

The following candle making supplies and other materials were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.

Item Amount Used
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Several pounds.
Vybar 103 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.

French Vanilla or
Vanilla Scent Oil

1 ounce per pound of wax (ice cream portion only, I do not recommend scenting the fudge or cherry).
Banana Split Chocolate Mold One.
Melting / Pouring Pot At least one, but several is much more convenient on these.
Thermometer One
Dyes Red, Brown
Tabbed Wicks One per scoop. 44-24-18 zinc core was used here.
Bowl A glass bowl of suitable size.
Melon Ball Tool From a housewares store.
Hobby Knife A sharp, pointy blade is needed. From a hobby or craft store.
Insulated Work Gloves For handling the hot mold.
Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.

Step By Step Instructions

1. When using chocolate molds the plastic will distort if poured hotter than 160 degrees F. Supporting the mold in a tray of sand will help prevent damage to the mold as well. 2. Pour the ice cream scoops with vanilla scented wax. Pour enough scoops for your bowl.
3. A heated wire was used to make the wick holes in the ice cream scoops. Alternatively, you could drill the holes with a small drill bit. 4. The heated wire is pushed through from the bottom.
5. Insert tabbed wicks into the wick holes. 6. This photo shows the alternate method of drilling the wick holes.
7. Pour some vanilla scented wax into your bowl. Allow it to cool. 8. While waiting for wax to cool, prepare a small amount of red wax to make the cherry.
9. When the red wax begins to solidify, use a melon ball tool or your fingers to shape a cherry. 10. Allow the cherry to cool.
11. Once the wax in the bowl has cooled, pour a thin layer of vanilla wax and position your ice cream scoops. 12. Use a knife to shave the "chopped nuts" from a suitably colored block of wax. Set this aside for later.
13. Use a lot of brown dye to create some hot fudge. Drip this on with a spoon or metal baster. 14. Immediately sprinkle on the nuts prepared in step 12 before the fudge wax starts to set.
15. Press the cherry in place. Optional (not shown) - Whipped wax could be added here to impart a whipped cream look. 16. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch.
The finished candle.  

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing Originally published in the 1998 and updated in March 2006 and July 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.

Author: Bob Sherman

Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.

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