Candles are thought to have originated around 2500 B.C. The first candles were made with vine fibers dipped in resins and wax.
Early American pioneers used animal fat to make candles. Certain animal fats were more suitable because they didn’t have a bad odor, or were harder and wouldn’t melt. In order, the preferences were beef, mutton, bear, deer, moose and elk. Pig fat was the least desirable because it is very soft and would melt on hot days.
Pioneers also thought that candles could predict the weather, good fortune, or indicate whether the family was safe. When the candlelight turned blue, it was believed that ghosts would walk.
Squire Boone Caverns’ candles are made from paraffin in 23 colors with 22 scents. Our white candles are unscented for those who are allergic to fragrances.