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The Trick to Melting without a Microwave

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Here it is:

A Candle Warmer!

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Looks rather boring, yeah?

But it’s not!  It’s a really cool tool, good for so much more than warming candles.  You can use it to melt or warm coconut butter, vegan butter (yay—no splattering/popping, which is what happens if you try melting vegan butter in the microwave), peanut butter, etc.

While I eat my Chocolate Mudslide Oatmeal (or whatever else I’m eating), the coconut butter does its thing on the candle warmer.

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Then, when I’m ready for it… it’s ready for me too!

But the candle warmer has another use…

Ever get annoyed at how warm beverages lose their warmth rapid-fast?

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Voila!  Keeps your tea, hot water, etc. piping hot while you enjoy the rest of your meal.  How much more could you possibly ask of a gadget that only costs $5 to $10?!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Pam says:

    Nice idea!

    Enjoy!

  2. That is such a great idea, girl!! :)

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Love this idea! Thank you!

  4. lexi. says:

    you are too smart! what an excellent idea!!

  5. Very clever! Too bad I don’t have a candle warmer 😉

  6. Roselie says:

    this is so handy!! thanks for the idea!!

  7. Holy gadget– that is AWESOME.

  8. Jessica says:

    You have a knack for turning every day items into something fab! I have one of those things buried in a closet somewhere…

  9. Ricki says:

    You know, as someone who spends most of her day at her desk, I’ve always thought of that gadget as a coffee warmer (or in my case, tea)–my mug is on it most of the day. But a candle warmer?! Would never have thought of it! :)

  10. You are too cute my dear.

  11. That is a great idea!!

    I really love that cup too!!

  12. Abby says:

    Genius.. I have one shoved in my closet.. its simply taking up space right now. Great idea, Ms. Katie :)

  13. Very cool. I’ve never heard of a candle warmer before! I will investigate!

    p.s. I went to babycakes the other day and split a lemon spelt cupcake and a chocolate spelt cupcake with my friend.

    We both agreed they tasted more like muffins than cupcakes. A little dry/dense. But we thought they were pretty good otherwise! I really liked the lemon one (I am a big lemon fan though). And I made sure not to try the ones you said were bad!

  14. I used to use one of those warmers to keep my coffee warm on my desk, but I kept spilling coffee on it and it eventually stopped working. I should get another one to use to melt my coconut oil in the mornings. I slather on coconut oil after my morning shower in the winter because my skin gets ridiculously dry.

  15. Chrysta says:

    Great idea girl! Thanks!!

  16. That’s a great idea! Excuse me for being dense, though, but why do candles need warming? I mean, they get lit on fire in the first place…maybe it’s to enhance the smell?

    Oh and just so you don’t think I let National Chocolate-Covered anything pass by without notice, I definitely enjoyed a delicious chocolate-covered pretzel yesterday. In fact, I think I’ll officially extend that holiday into today and do the same again. I have that power, you know.

  17. Cassie says:

    i must get one of these!!

  18. jen says:

    what a great idea!

  19. Jenny says:

    you are so innovator girl – I am in awe of the way your brain works! gimme some of that genius 😉

  20. tabitha says:

    great timing!
    our microwave just died a couple weeks ago and we are not going to replace it because of the questionable safety issues….
    love the candle warmer trick!