My first Yankee Candle! As of writing this, there are no official Yankee Candle stores in Canada. That being said, we have a few retailers that sell them (such as Bed Bath & Beyond), but their selections are often limited and unpredictable (UPDATE: I found out we actually do have six stores, but they’re so out of the way that I’m not counting them). I bought this one at Winners, and it is Yankee Candle’s Pound Cake, and this 12 oz candle retails for $23.99 ($9.99 at Winners).

     Yankee Candle claims to be the world’s largest candle manufacturer, which is frustrating because I have to ask myself how that can be if they haven’t even expanded to Canada yet – I wanna get in on the fun, too!

     Pound Cake comes in a thick glass jar, larger at the top than at the bottom, with a heavy-duty glass cap, embossed with the Yankee Candle name. From what I understand, Yankee Candle no longer uses this type of jars for their candles, preferring rounder, larger jars. The small label shows a loaf of white cake on a blue plate, garnished with some strawberries. The label reads, SIMPLY HOME / YANKEE CANDLE / POUND CAKE. The wax is a sort of yellowish color, which turns bright transparent yellow when lit. There was severe discoloration of the wax between burns, with the cooled wax turning almost white. I really love the shape and design of this candle, because besides being functional and great-smelling, it looks nice. You’ll see in the pictures that the wax was very oily, which I’m not used to, but I’ve found it works just as well as smooth wax,

     Since there is no official Yankee Candle scent description, I’m going by my own nose. Even though it’s called pound cake, I almost smell cheesecake from this. It’s delightfully creamy, with a sweet candy-like note, and a hint of orange. It’s got that icing smell, but not in a gross way. I’ve found myself really enjoying this, despite being a bakery scent (which I generally stay away from).

     Let’s talk burn for a moment: even though it started out flawlessly, Pound Cake has progressively become worse and worse. Yes, the wick formed a mushroom top. Yes, the throw was excellent. But where I found myself cringing was what happened after I’d blow the candle out – smoky to the point of disgust (it makes the candle smell like burnt cupcakes – ew!), and that wonderful mushroom top dropping into the wax, creating an unattractive pool of soot.

     What’s your favorite Yankee Candle scent?

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2 responses to “Candle Review: POUND CAKE by YANKEE CANDLE

  1. Gil,
    Your first Yankee Candle? Congratulations! I have not tried this scent before and I don’t have any with this jar style. Love the look, though. I love bakery scents and this sounds like it would have been right up my alley. Sorry the burn ended up being a let down.
    My favorite YC scent is Honeydew Melon. I fell in love with it years ago and it’s still my absolute favorite of the bunch.

    • Andrea,

      I love the jar, too! I would recommend it if you’ve got a trick for eliminating the ‘burnt’ smell, because it’s not bad on its own. Honeydew Melon is now on my list of scents to try during my next USA-bound trip! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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