While her pies may smell and look good enough to eat, Leslie Gennari’s creations are best burned. That is because while they may look scrumptious they are actually candles.
A Johnson and Wales hotel/restaurant management/culinary arts graduate, Gennari was looking online for a tart recipe one day when she came across these unique “baked” candles.
“I like to bake. I never even thought to make candles before,” she said. After making the first candle Gennari said, “This is so fun.”
“I wanted to make the candles for a hobby,” she said.
Friends and family who came to her house thought she was having a party when they first saw the pies laid out. When they realized the “pies” were candles, they wanted some for themselves. Then she started to do house parties.
“It snowballed from there,” said Gennari. Now she has launched her own Web site, Sweet Shoppe Candles. She has already received orders from South Carolina and Idaho for her wax creations.
Pumpkin pie is popular in the fall, Gennari said, while fruit tarts, blueberry and lemon meringue pies are in demand now. Her lattice top apple pie, though, is a perennial favorite. For those who think the pies are too pretty to burn, Gennari will bake sliced pie.
For other moms, or people in general who would like to start their own home business, Gennari said, “My advice is, choose something that they will be happy with; something that will bring them joy.”
Photo by Sweet Shoppe Candles.