SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — An Indian Orchard man is working around the clock in his kitchen…of sorts.
His creations are making customers do a double take.
“I like pancakes, french toast, and waffles. Margaritas are our number one seller,” explains Will Therrien of Almost Edible Candles.
Therrien is cooking up food that no one should ever eat.
As delicious as these pancakes dripping with syrup and melting butter look, they are an illusion of sorts. One slip of the wick through the stack of flapjacks shows that these are actually candles.
“I can look at pretty much anything in the cookbook and I can probably make 90 percent of anything you see in the cookbook.”
Therrien has been crafting tantalizing candles for 15 years. His Indian Orchard showroom is a virtual buffet from beer to cupcakes
Kimberly Bedinelli from Almost Edible Candles adds, “The wick is inside the apple. You just hold the lighter up to it and burn it and it will expose the wick.”
And what you cant sense through the television screen is the spot-on aroma of the waxed wonders.
Most who buy Therrien’s candles don’t even want to burn them.
“Right…exactly, like these pancakes. You should open up that cover. That’s good for two to three rooms because we use so much fragrance,” Therrien says.
And Therrien is donating 25 percent of the proceeds to causes that he has personal connection to.
“Almost Edible Gourmet Candles is a primary funding vehicle for our organization, which is a 501(c) non-profit for breast cancer, domestic violence, and homeless veterans.”
One thing Therrien just can’t do, though, is encourage is customers to take a bite.
“We actually do have a sample out there. Someone did actually take a bite out of a thin mint,” Therrien says.
Therrien has also opened a store at Tower Square in downtown Springfield. You can find his full lineup of candles on his website.