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The Trick to Melting without a Microwave

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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!


  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. Lindsay says:

    What a great little gadget! And that mudslide outmeal looks outrageous.

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

  7. Kristie Lynn says:

    You know, one Christmas my mother-in-law (not at that time though) gave me a mug-warmer… so like the candle warmer but that is specifically for mugs of tea and such and came with a mug. If only I could figure out where it ran off to….

  8. Roselie says:

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

  9. Holy gadget– that is AWESOME.

  10. 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…

  11. Nice thinking! I betcha you could warm wax to shave with, melt chocolate, get water warm for tea, and get your candle action going…all with one appliance. I LOVE it and the way you think :)

  12. 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! :)

  13. You are too cute my dear.

  14. That is a great idea!!

    I really love that cup too!!

  15. Abby says:

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Chrysta says:

    Great idea girl! Thanks!!

  19. 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.

  20. Cassie says:

    i must get one of these!!

  21. jen says:

    what a great idea!

  22. Jenny says:

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

  23. 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!

  24. Melinda says:

    Nice idea. That is a good one for college dorm living.

  25. janetha says:

    oh my gosh. what a genius way to keep my coffee warm!

  26. Kate says:

    cute panda mug! i’ve been wanting one with a lid like that.

  27. I saw those on an end-cap at Michaels. Totally buying one next time I go there. Brilliant Katie!

  28. What a great idea Katie!

  29. Meredith says:

    I’m glad you put a picture of this, because I just became aware of candle warmers the other day! Please tell me: what is the point of warming something that you are setting on fire? I just don’t get it! I mean, it cant’ get much warmer than that, right?

  30. Trail says:

    I never would have thought of that! I have a candle warmer tucked away in a closet somewhere… if only I can remember which one! When I find it, I’ll definitely relocate it to the kitchen for such ingenious purposes as these.

  31. Katie says:

    Most creative thing I’ve seen all day! I LOVE it! I may have to pick one of those up for my tea.

  32. Christina says:

    Wow, I would have never thought of this. I like the idea of a tea warmer!

  33. Hey katie i have a question…i love my food piping piping piping hot!! and i want to get one of those personal food stone warmer things that keep your food hot as you eat it like a hot plate…but they’re so expensive! do u think a candle warmer is hot enough to do the job or no?


  34. Michal says:

    Genius! I never thought to use it that way :)

  35. Katie says:

    I totally covet your Panda mug!

  36. Emily says:

    Seriously, Katie. How are you so creative? I would have never thought to use a candle warmer to heat food. And I love that it’s so portable!

  37. BroccoliHut says:

    Aha! I knew that contraption was good for something useful! I have one but never use it for its intended purpose. Thanks for the idea:)

  38. melissa says:

    Katie, Genius! What a nifty contraption :)

  39. Hahaha, that was NOT what I was expecting. Way to be a genius Katie, I don’t think I ever would have thought of that. :-)

  40. CaSaundra says:

    Wow is this a good idea!!! I have a huge jar warmer too that would be perfect. Super creative idea dear :-)

  41. plamarie says:

    I love the candle warmer idea! I hate putting the bottle of coconut butter and raw honey in the microwave to get it soft. Nice work Katie :)

  42. Marianne says:

    Candle warmer? Why would one need to warm a candle? I’ve never even heard of such a thing.

  43. Phyl says:

    This is such a wonderful and useful idea! I was taking the jar and putting it into a pot of boiling water. But, it sometimes left a oily film in the pot. I love this idea because it’s one less dish to wash. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

  44. The Vegan! says:

    Oh my goodness — just the other day my mother bought me that exact panda tea set from Cost Plus World Market. I love it, its so cute! small world huh…
    And what a great trick, i’m a bit skeptical of microwaves too. Thanks for the great blog.

  45. Riley says:

    This may sound like a dumb question, but could you melt regular grass-fed butter you buy at the store in a candle warmer just like this? i’ve never used on so i do not know hot they get. Thanks for any feedback if anyone has success with this.