KFC Scented Candles, Anyone?
November 26, 2013

KFC Scented Candles, Anyone?

When I read the story that KFC scented candles — that’s candles that smell like KFC, not KFC inexplicably adding scented candles to their menu — my reaction was “wow, amazing!” but then almost immediately “No, awful!”

I do think that KFC smells pretty great, and tastes pretty great, despite my guilt every time I eat it. But I’m not sure I would want my house to smell like it. Wouldn’t it just make you hungry all the time? I suppose it’s useful if you are trying to sell your home, as an alternative to the fresh baking smell estate agents recommend you have wafting through the house when prospective buyers drop by.

The candles are created by a company called Kentucky for Kentucky, whose aim is “Kicking ass for the Commonwealth!” (I just learned that Kentucky’s official state name is the “Commonwealth of Kentucky.”) Let’s hope that they have cleared this with KFC, or customers might have their door kicked down by KFC heavies thinking that someone is trying to recreate the secret recipe. Kentucky for Kentucky have other Kentucky themed scented candles in their range, including “Ale 8” beer and “Kentucky Derby.” The Kentucky Derby option smells like mint julep, a cocktail made from bourbon, mint and sugar which is popular at Derby time. In fact 120,000 are sold over the two days of the event. I feared it might smell of horse droppings and destitution, but mint julep sounds better.

The KFC secret recipe idea is mixed right into the candles, as creator Kathy Werking uses her own “infusion of family secrets.” The website says “To craft the perfect xtra crispy aroma, Kathy picks up her cast iron skillet, adds a little seasoning, and gets to work. To make these candles, she fries chicken in all-natural soy wax and adds an infusion of family secrets.”

The site also says that only 25 candles were made. I suspect Kathy wishes she had made more now, considering this story appeared in the Huffington Post, USA Today, at least two of the UK’s leading daily newspapers, various other sites internetwide, and now on redorbit, of course.

Chicken scented candles going viral – who’d have thought it. The phenomenon of public consumption is a weird one, isn’t it? I read this week that a Welshman named Kevin Beresford failed to sell a single, solitary copy of his 2014 calendar entitled “Fast Disappearing Red Telephone Boxes of Wales 2014.” That may not be terribly surprising, unless you consider that his “Roundabouts of Great Britain 2012” sold over 100,000 copies.

As if doing weird things to food hadn’t gone far enough recently, by frying it with wax and making a candle out of it, I also read on redOrbit that experimental, sciencey types Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas have made cheese using bacteria from feet and armpits. Oh, and the belly button. The reason our feet and other body parts smell like cheese is apparently because the bacteria are very similar; it is not just coincidence.  The way bacteria work, and the way we think of odors, is what the team want to highlight. They admit that the food is unlikely to be eaten. But who knows, it might go viral (or bacterial).

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John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, and his travel book, Following Football, are currently available on Amazon.com.

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