The History of Candles

Whether a birthday party, romantic meal or trick or treat night, candles usually find their way into all sorts of special events. But did you know that prior to the 1980s, the primary use for candles was still illumination? What started as a mound of molded animal fat, has transformed over the past 5,000 years to become the most common decorative item in a home.  Here three things you probably didn’t know about your favorite flamed adornment.

Candles

Candles

1 – Candles have been illuminating celebrations for more than 5,000 years

It is known that the Egyptians began using candles somewhere around 3,000 B.C. because of artifacts found in the pyramids. Historians have also found evidence that other early civilizations, including the Chinese and Japanese, created candles around that same time. It is believed that these civilizations used candles to celebrate early religious ceremonies, to guide travelers and light their homes.

2 – Candles used to be made of animal fat

The Ancient Romans, who are often credited for inventing the wicked candle, used primitive candle making equipment to melt animal fat into papyrus paper to form candles. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages, that people began using beeswax to create candles. The beeswax burned cleaner and had no odor, so it quickly became the preferred candle material, although remained expensive until the 19th century.

3 – Candle making was revolutionized in the 19th century

The candle we think of now when the word is said didn’t come to creation until the 19th century. In the 1820s, a French chemist discovered the chemical stearin, which led to the creation of stearin candles which are still popular today. Then in 1834, Joseph Morgan developed candle making machinery that allowed for the continuous creation of molded candles. This tool allowed candles to be quickly produced at an affordable price. In the mid-1980s, interest for the candles again increased and candle makers because creating new types of candles including soy, aromatherapy, and various shapes and sizes.

Today’s candles have come a long way since their original inception. Whether used for relaxation, celebration or illumination, candles continue to play an important role in our lives.

5 Delicious Snacks Made from Leftover Halloween Candy

With fall quickly approaching, Halloween is right around the corner. After all the sweets are handed out and the costumes are put away, there is undoubtedly mounds of candy left over. This candy can be used in a variety of ways, providing many additional candy making opportunities.

Halloween Candy

What are some snacks you can make with leftover Halloween candy?

Butterfinger Cookie Bars

Butterfinger cookie bars create the perfect combination of two sweets. With the chewy texture of the cookie and the crunch of the Butterfinger, everyone in the home will want a piece of this treat. For the right baking equipment to assist with any and all of these sweet treats, visit Savage Brothers for a complete range of everything you would need to make your candy and sweets baking to another level.

Candy Corn Parfait

Candy corn parfaits combine the signature Halloween candy with mounds of delicious pudding. For ultimate variety, layer candy corns between yellow pudding, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream for ultimate flavor.

Rolo and Twix Cheesecake Bars

Pair the creamy caramel of both Rolo and Twix with cheesecake and you create a truly heavenly combination. These cheesecake bars are designed to be both sweet and creamy, and can be used with virtually any candy combination.

Candy Bar Brownies

Candy bar brownies combine both the sweetness of leftover Halloween candy with the delicious blend of regular brownies. Candy bar brownies provide the perfect opportunity to combine salty and sweet.

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

Once again, no Halloween would be complete without candy corn. To spice things up, add old candy corn to pretzels and drizzle with caramel, chocolate, and other flavors to create a uniquely salty and sweet flavor with candy corn pretzel hugs.

To make these items on a larger level, it’s essential to use high quality candy making machinery. At Savage Brothers, we provide confectionery equipment for both business and personal use. Contact Savage Brothers today to request more information about how we can assist you.

5 Fun Facts About Candy

Candy has quite the history as an incredibly popular and incredibly delicious force in the global diet. Whether you’re a candymaker or simply a fan, we think you’ll appreciate these fun candy factoids.

Old English Candy Store

Americans Eat More Candy Than Citrus, Rice, and Fish (24 lbs per capita in comparison to citrus (20 lbs) rice (21 lbs) and fish(16 lbs).

Candy is king, and you don’t have to be a candy lover to know it. The number’s don’t lie, Americans love candy a whole lot   more than other foods, which means that there’s no better time to be in the candy business than now. Each year, Americans consume about 24 lbs of candy per capita. Citrus comes in a t 20 lbs per capita, rice at 21 lbs, and fish at 16lbs[1]. Not quite as bad as Germany, which consumes twice as much[2]!

Confectioners Couldn’t Keep Up with Military Demand for Candy During WWII

At the time it was believed that candy kept soldiers alert in the perils of war, so the military regularly included treats that we still know and love today in their rations. Candies like Tootsie Rolls and M&M’s can survive just about any weather condition, making them the perfect fit for soldiers fighting in a wide range of weather conditions[3].

Cotton Candy was Invented by a Dentist

In what is perhaps one of the greatest ironies of our time, Dr, William J. Morrison, a dentist from Nashville, Tennessee co-invented the cotton candy machine[4], a wonderful piece of candy making machinery that produced the fluffy goodness we know as cotton candy, then aptly named ‘Fairy Floss’.

Candy Sales Never Appear to Be Affected by Recessions

In the best of times and the worst of times sweet tooths everywhere need soothing, which is why economic downturn is no match for the candy industry. Researchers speculate that people are more likely to find comfort in small expenses during recession to reduce the stress of financial tensions[5].

Candy Corn is the Top-Selling Candy Every Year

Candy corn, originally referred to as ‘chicken feed’ (yeah, not so appealing) is a classic Halloween favorite, and though it seems like it only get sold once a year, this old-time delight is still a top seller. In fact, if Brach’s lined up every kernel of candy corn they sell, the line would wrap around the Earth 4 times– quite astronomical for a seasonal treat[6].

If you’re in the business of candy making you’re in one of the most fascinating, fun, and delightful industries in the nation (and probably the world). Don’t forget to celebrate your candy-making prowess with the latest candy-making machinery and confectionary equipment from Savage Bros!

 

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/candy_n_4138120.html

[2] http://www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/candy-facts-infographic/

[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/candy_n_4138120.html

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16092607

[5] http://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/08/industries-thrive-on-recession.asp

[6]http://www.retroland.com/candy-corn/

Chocolates for Every Sweets Lover

confectionery machine companyChocolate can bring joy and give you a taste of different cultures from around the world. No matter who you might be shopping for, there’s a chocolate out there that’s perfect for every kind of person. As a leader in confectionery equipment, we’ve put together a short list of some of the people you have in your life and the perfect chocolates to give them.

The meat lover – For your friend or family member who simply can’t pass up a medium rare steak, bacon truffles and bacon chocolate bars are the perfect treat. These bacon-infused sweets provide the perfect balance between sweet and savory.

The traveler – If you know someone who is crazy about traveling the world and experiencing different cultures, give them exotic chocolates that include globally inspired ingredients, such as wasabi, African rooibos tea, and more.

The health nut – There’s no reason that you can’t be healthy and be a chocolate lover too. For those health nuts in your life, opt for healthy snacks dipped in dark chocolate. Olives, nuts, and berries in dark chocolate will satisfy their sweet tooth craving with ease!

The love of your life – For the special love of your life, give them chocolates that show them you care. Chocolates infused with aphrodisiacs such as cinnamon, licorice, and ginger make for the perfect gift.

For over 150 years, Savage Bros. has been the manufacturer and supplier of high-quality confectionery and baking equipment. If you’re looking to craft some of the best candies in the industry, look no further for supplies than our confectionery machine company. Call us to learn more about the wide selection of equipment we offer or fill out our online form for more information today.

Blog – Best Scents for the Holidays

Holiday CandlesDid you know that your sense of smell is intimately connected to memory in the brain? This is why classic smells form your childhood often evoke such a powerful emotional response and flooding of memories. Invoke the scents of the holidays to bring joy and comfort into your home with the high-quality candle making equipment from Savage Bros. Our equipment is perfect not only for baking and cooling edible goods but for creating candles to celebrate the holiday season. We’ve listed our top five favorite holiday scents below:

  1. Gingerbread – A playful scent of ginger, cinnamon, and notes of even frosting make gingerbread scented candles a fun way to invoke the holiday spirit.
  1. Balsam and fir trees – If “Silent Night” is your favorite Christmas song, than consider a candle that smells like the calm outside of a winter cabin. The smell of evergreen trees are classic this winter.
  1. Peppermint candy – Sweet and tasty, peppermint is not only the favorite kind of candy this season but also a favorite scent.
  1. Pumpkin pie – Get the taste buds savoring for a bit of sweet with a pumpkin pie scented candle. It’ll bring the family together!
  1. Bergamot and juniper – Add a little romance to your holiday with the sweet and floral smells of bergamot and juniper.

For over 150 years, our professionals have been providing only the highest quality candle making equipment in the industry. At Savage Bros we make sure to not only offer equipment from the best manufacturers but amazing customer service to boot. Learn more about how our equipment can help you create long lasting candles by giving us a call or filling out our online form for more information.

The 6 Essential Scents for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, and that means that cozy sweaters, boots, and autumn decorations are soon to be popping up everywhere you look. And the most popular smells of fall? Pumpkin, a cozy fire and crisp leaves are all scents we immediately associate with colder weather; they’re cozy, comforting and make nearly any room feel a little bit more like “home.”

Candle Scents

Fall Candle Scents

So as you’re gearing up for fall in the candle business, be sure to have these in-demand “staple” scents on hand—they’re sure to sell fast! Stock up on these popular scents to create the perfect autumn blends:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Crisp Apple
  3. Autumn Spices
  4. Cinnamon
  5. French Vanilla
  6. Sandalwood

You can’t go wrong with any of these super popular scents! Use only one for a classically scented candle, or combine two or three to create unique, rich fragrances your customers are sure to love. Fall is a huge season for candle purchases, so make sure you can keep up with demand!

Call Savage Bros to get all the mixers, melters and processing equipment you need to make your candle business more efficient and streamlined. We have been the premier choice for top-of-the-line candle making equipment for more than 100 years and we can help make your business even better this fall!

Call one of our friendly representatives to learn more or fill out our quick form for more information today!

The History of Candles

Candles have been a part of human history for thousands of years; they are one of our earliest—and greatest—inventions. The first known reference to candles was more than 5,000 years ago in Avignon, France, where “rush lights” (rushes dipped in fat) were used to light great halls, cottages, shops and churches.

Candles - An Intriguing History

History of Candles

From there, candle making steadily advanced to use a variety of different materials. Everyday candles were typically made with animal fat from sheep or cows (tallow), beeswax or spermaceti (a substance derived from oil found in sperm whales). Tallow candles had the dimmest light and usually had a very foul odor; beeswax candles were less expensive and brighter, but not quite as bright as spermaceti candles (which were also less expensive, too!).

By the 19th century, patented candle-making machines were starting to be developed and allowed for mass-produced candles to be widely available and affordable. During this time, scientists created a new substance called “stearine” by extracting glycerine from tallow. Stearine was harder than tallow and burned brighter and longer.

During this time, innovations with wicks also led to even better candles. Instead of simply twisting strands of cotton, new wicks were plaited tightly so that the burned portions would curl upon themselves instead of falling into the candle as it burned. This eliminated the need to trim or clean wicks as a candle burned.

Additional candle developments like the addition of lime, palmatine and paraffin to mixtures further developed the commercial candle business. Many of these innovations are still used in candle making today, though the processes have been streamlined with the use of professional equipment and tools. Large-scale melters, cookers, and bowls for lifting and pouring all make mass candle-making faster and easier than ever.

For more than 100 years, the experts at Savage Bros. have been developing and refining professional candle-making equipment. From extruders, thermometers, cutters, mixers and more, we are the company to call for all of your candle-making equipment needs. Contact us today to learn how our products can help make your candle-making processes easier and more efficient than ever.