History of Birthday Candles

The History of Birthday Candles isn't what we think about on our birthdays. People tend to think more about the birthday cake, the people who will help us celebrate our yearly birth date and of course, we wonder if we will get any birthday presents. Yet, our birthday celebration wouldn't be complete without those candles. We get to blow them out, and make a wish that we believe will come true if we blow all the candles out with just one steady breathe!

So where did this old birthday tradition come from? Until the early 1900's candle light was the only light people had. For centuries candles were used to light the way in the darkness and in homes. Electricity changed all that, but I still keep an emergency pack of candles in my kitchen drawer in case of a power failure...do you?

When you investigate the History of Birthday Candles you will find references to birthday celebrations as far back as...the history of the birth of Jesus Christ...Christmas. There are many birthday celebrations noted in history including Pharoah, King Herod, ancient Greek and Roman celebrations and most have their beginnings in some kind of superstition. It was believed that lighting the cake or meal would keep evil spirits away.

The history of birthday candles tells us about the tradition of celebrating a child's birthday from Germany where Kinderfeste, two German words meaning children and festival, began in the 1800's.
Another story in the history of birthday candles on birthday cakes have also been called the "Light of Life". Knotches were cut into the sides of the candle and lit on a birthday...an early beginning to the candles we know now as a birthday anniversary candle.

Today, birthday candles are just a fun tradition and you can find funny, cute or beautiful candles to put on top of a birthday cake. You can find carved characters, pets, or even put a picture on a birthday candle to personalize it.

Look at all these birthday candles to get some great cake decorating ideas for your next birthday celebration!

Even though most of us are not aware of the history of birthday candles, we still want them on top of our cakes!


Number "0" Candle Set

Price: 1.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "8" Candle Set

Price: 1.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Firefighter Candles

Price: 5.99

Set of 4 firefighter candles includes, firefighter boots, firefighter helmet, Dalmatian dog, and fire hydrant. Place these candles on our fire truck cake pan. Keep out of reach of children.


Pink Princess Candle

Price: 3.89

Package of 6 assorted pattern matching Pink Princess molded candles.


Construction Cone Candles

Price: 3.95

Set of six orange Construction Cone Candles.


Birthday Girl Candle Set

Price: 2.80

Birthday girl toothpick candle set of 7. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "1" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "2" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "3" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "4" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "5" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "6" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Number "7" Candle Set

Price: 2.29

Package of one numeral candle and two mini balloon candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Happy Birthday Candle Set - Pastel

Price: 2.99

Package of pastel color "Happy Birthday" pick candles with 2 flower accent candles. 3"H (inc stick) x 1"W. Keep out of reach of children.


Happy Birthday Candle Set - Primary

Price: 2.99

Package of primary color "Happy Birthday" pick candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Construction Vehicle Candle Set

Price: 5.99

Set of 4 construction vehicles candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Dora Candle

Price: 5.79

Handpainted Dora candle. Ages 3 and up.


Ernie #5 Candle

Price: 2.69

Molded Ernie candle with number five. Adult supervision required.


Ice Cream Candle Set

Price: 4.99

Set of 4 ice cream shaped candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Birthday Candles

Price: 1.15

Package of 12 birthday candles, assorted colors. Adult supervision required.


Pooh Candle

Price: 5.59

This molded Pooh candle will make an adorable topper to your child's cake. Keep out of reach of children.


Race Cars Candles

Price: 5.99

Set of 4 race car themed candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Sleepover Candle

Price: 4.49

Set of 4 pattern matching Sleepover molded flower shaped candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Glamour Girl Candle

Price: 3.99

Package of 4 assorted molded Glamour Girl candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Big 1 Dots - Girl Candle

Price: 3.99

Pattern matching Big 1 Dots - Girl molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Big 1 Dots - Boy Candle

Price: 3.99

Pattern matching Big 1 Dots - Boy molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Sesame Street Characters Candle

Price: 3.99

Molded Sesame Street candle features Big Bird, Elmo and the Cookie Monster. Adult supervision required.


Firefighter Candle

Price: 2.99

Pack of 4 pattern matching Firefighter pick candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Butterfly Candle

Price: 3.49

Package of 4 molded butterfly candles with glitter. Keep out of reach of children.


Cowboy Party Candle

Price: 3.49

Package of four pattern-matching Cowboy Party pick candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Finding Nemo Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern-matching Finding Nemo molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Mickey's Clubhouse Candle

Price: 4.59

This adorable, pattern-matching Mickey's Clubhouse candle is the perfect addition to any Mickey Mouse fan's birthday cake! Keep out of reach of children.


Baby Einstein 1st Birthday Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern-matching Baby Einstein 1st Birthday molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Under the Sea Candle

Price: 4.59

Package of 4 molded Under the Sea candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Cars - The Movie Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern matching Cars - The Movie molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Baby Candle

Price: 3.74

Set of four mini baby accessory candles (a bottle, a pacifier, a rattle and booties). Keep out of reach of children.


Garden Party Candle

Price: 4.39

This pattern-matching Garden Party candle is the perfect addition to any Garden Party-loving child's birthday cake! Set of 6 assorted candles (flower, ladybug, bee, and butterfly). Keep out of reach of children.


Duck Candle

Price: 3.65

Set of six mini duck candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Dinosaur Party Candle

Price: 4.39

This pattern-matching Dinosaur Party candle is the perfect addition to any Dinosaur Party-loving child's birthday cake! Ages 3 and up.


Ocean Friends Candle

Price: 4.39

This pattern-matching Ocean Friends candle is the perfect addition to any Ocean Friends-loving child's birthday cake! Keep out of reach of children.


Karate Candle

Price: 3.99

Pattern-matching Karate shirt shaped molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Star Wars III Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern-matching Star Wars III molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Tea Party Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern matching Tea Party molded candle set of 4. Keep out of reach of children.


Farm Candle Set

Price: 5.99

Set of 4 farm animals shaped candles. Keep out of reach of children.


Spiderman Candle

Price: 4.29

This molded Spiderman candle will make an adorable topper to your child's cake. Keep out of reach of children.


Sports Candle

Price: 4.39

This pattern-matching Sports candle is the perfect addition to any Sports-loving child's birthday cake!


Fairy Party Candle

Price: 2.99

Package of 4 pick Fairy Party candles. Keep out of reach of children.


High School Musical Candle

Price: 4.29

This molded High School Musical candle will make an adorable topper to your child's cake. Keep out of reach of children.


Tinkerbell Candle

Price: 4.59

Pattern-matching Tinkerbell molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Cinderella Birthday Candle

Price: 4.29

Pattern-matching Cinderella Birthday molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


1st Birthday Bear Candle

Price: 3.99

Pattern matching 1st Birthday Bear molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.


Hannah Montana Candle

Price: 4.59

This molded Hannah Montana candle will make an adorable topper to your child's cake. Keep out of reach of children.


Flip Flop Candle

Price: 5.99

Set of 6 flip flop shaped candles in bright summer colors. Keep out of reach of children.


Tool Candle Set

Price: 5.99

Set of 5 tool candles are great for decorating your cake at any construction party. Keep out of reach of children.


Let's Hula Candle

Price: 4.49

Set of 4 pattern matching molded Let's Hula candles. Keep out of reach of children.


1st Cupcake Candle

Price: 3.49

Pattern matching 1st Cupcake 4 toothpick candles, assorted colors. Keep out of reach of children.


Hot Wheels Candle

Price: 4.29

This molded Hot Wheels candle will make an adorable topper to your child's cake. Keep out of reach of children.


Bowling Party Candle

Price: 3.99

Pattern matching Bowling Party molded candle. Keep out of reach of children.

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