A coloring crayon can be used as a candle for a short time in an emergency.
Crayola brand crayons may market its most popular product as a child’s drawing tool, but according to viral photos, Internet rumors, and questionable advice blogs, the company has also been marketing emergency candles:
Crayons are basically colored wax. If youre in a hurry, just break the point off and light the paper label at the end of the crayon. As the wax melts, the paper becomes a wick and one crayndle will last about 30 minutes. Not too bad.
The image of the “crayandle” pictured above has been circulating since at least 2013, when it was posted by Willow Haven Outdoor in an article titled
The verdict? Crayola crayons are made out of paraffin wax and can therefore be set aflame. The paper on the outside acts as a wick and allows the crayon to burn slowly like a candle. While the most popular claim is a “Crayandle” will burn for
Of course, just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. Crayola has issued a statement explaining its crayons were not designed to be burned like candles:
Crayola Crayons are made primarily from paraffin wax and color pigment. We do not recommend that Crayola Crayons be used to produce candles. They have not been tested or approved for this type of use.
This flammable phenomenon is not restricted to Crayola brand crayons. It should also be noted the existence of an emergency does not affect the burning time of a crayon:
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