November 22, 2008 in Features

Hanukkah candles come in vibrant designs

By Heather Lalley Associated Press
 

Hanukkah candles have become more elaborate in recent years, coming in all kinds of new colored patterns and designs.

“You could almost accessorize your candles with your menorah,” says Stacey Zaleski, director of merchandising for the Jewish Museum in New York.

In addition to white or colored candle sets, there are candles with crystals, stripes, textures and even plaids, she says.

Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Dec. 21, is celebrated by lighting a menorah for eight nights. Menorahs hold nine candles. One candle, called the shammes, is always lighted first each night, and is then used to light the other candles.

Some candles to choose from and approximate prices:

•Ivory Beeswax Candles. Made in Israel by Kassel Candles, these feature a honeycomb pattern and plain off-white color, $26.

•Make-Your-Own Hanukkah Candles. This brightly colored kit from Kassel comes with red, blue, yellow and green beeswax sheets to roll around wicks, $18.

•Graduated Multi-Color Hanukkah Candles. A rainbow of yellows, blues, greens, purples, reds and oranges burst from this box of hand-dipped candles, $13 at the Jewish Museum or jewishmuseum.org.

•Shades of Blue Frosted Candles. Fill the menorah with Rite Lite’s snow-kissed shades of blue, from icy cornflower to darkest navy, $10.99.

•Festive Honeycomb Beeswax Candles. The texture of hand-rolled honeycomb, in a variety of bright shades from Rite Lite, $11.99.

•Multi-Color Hanukkah Candles. These hand-dipped beeswax and paraffin candles from New York-based Big Dipper Candles go from pale colors at the tip to more vibrant hues at the bottom, $10.

•Multi-Color Metallic Candles. Add some bling to Hanukkah with Rite Lite’s metal-tinged candles in shimmery red, blue, orange, green and purple, $8.99.

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