Good-looking food tastes better, and playful presentation can make dinner that much more enjoyable. Edible butter candles perform double duty by adding ambience and a healthy substantial serving of sexy, tasty whimsy.
Clifford Endo can walk you through the whole procedure in the video above, but these things are pretty easy to make. First, you’ll need to brown some butter (225g will make about three candles), and flavour it with a smashed clove of garlic and a few sprigs of thyme. Melt the butter, add your aromatics and a dash of salt, and cook over low until your butter turns a nice, toasty brown colour. Strain through cheese cloth or a coffee filter and pour into empty votives. (Optional: Put a little pinch of lemon zest in each votive for a super flavorful boost.) Set a wick — you can get special wicks coated in ghee online — in each votive and set them in the fridge to firm up.
Once they’re firm, place the candles on the table and light them to create some mood lighting (and a delightful aroma), serve dinner to your friends or family (what you serve is up to you; everything is improved by butter), then dramatically reveal the dual purpose of the candles in front of them. If they are not delighted, politely ask them to leave the table. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.