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Title:
CANDLE AND EDITABLE FOOD ITEM COMBINATION AND METHODS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/035131
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
Our packaged product contains an editable food item having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for the editable food item and a candle having a complimentary scent normally associated with the aroma of the editable food item. The packaged product may have a transparent container section holding the editable food item. Our packaging method requires assembling the editable food item and the candle together into a unitary sealed package that prevents any odor from escaping until the package is opened. In our method of marketing, the editable food has a well-known brand name and the packaged product bears the well-known brand name along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle.

Inventors:
KOPTIS, Kurt, J. (60378 Natoma Trail, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252, US)
VON ZELL, Suzetta, D. (60378 Natoma Trail, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252, US)
Application Number:
US2016/048173
Publication Date:
March 02, 2017
Filing Date:
August 23, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KOPTIS, Kurt, J. (60378 Natoma Trail, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252, US)
VON ZELL, Suzetta, D. (60378 Natoma Trail, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252, US)
International Classes:
A21D13/80; G06Q30/06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KOPTIS, Kurt, J. (60378 Natoma Trail, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS 1. A packaged product comprising

a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item, and

the editable food item complementary to or associated with said aroma. 2. The packaged product of claim 1 where the editable food item is a plurality of bite- sized, candy pieces in sealed packets. 3. The packaged product of claim 1 where the editable food item is selected from the group consisting of candy, baked foods, gums, teas, coffees, dried fruits, nuts, taffies, and chocolates. 4. The packaged product of claim 1 where the editable food item has a well-known brand name and the packaged product bears the well-known brand name along with a second brand name that is the source of the packaged product. 5. The packaged product of claim 1 where the editable food item is within a sealed package to prevent contamination. 6. The packaged product of claim 5 where the sealed package is sealed by an induction seal. 7. The packaged product of claim 1 sealed from the atmosphere to prevent odor from escaping the packaged product. 8. The packaged product of claim 1 having a first transparent container section holding the editable food mounted to a second transparent container holding the candle. 9. The packaged product of claim 8 where the first transparent container section overlies the second transparent container and is configured to be detachably mounted to the second transparent container section to overlie a wick end of the candle, said first transparent container section having an attachment section that has an access opening sealed by an induction seal holding the editable food. 10. The packaged product of claim 8 where the transparent container section includes a door member covering an access opening in an exposed portion of the first transparent container section to enable a user to open the door member and remove the editable item without detaching the first transparent container section from the second transparent container section. 11. A packaged product comprising

a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item, and

the editable food item complementary to or associated with said aroma,

said packaged product having a transparent container section holding the editable food item in a sealed package to prevent contamination,

said editable food item having a well-known brand name and the packaged product bearing the well-known brand name along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle. 12. A packaged product comprising

an enclosure having an internal partition wall that divides the enclosure into an upper section and a lower section having a predetermined capacity,

the upper section having an open top end and containing a candle including a wick end terminating inward of the open top end of the enclosure,

the lower section having an open bottom end that receives a bowl member sized to pass through the open lower end of the lower section and almost completely fill the lower section,

said bowl member holding an editable food item therein and having an open portion that is within the lower section and is accessible upon removing the bowl member from the lower section to enable the editable food item to be removed from the bowl member,

said bowl member including a lid element fixedly attached to and that covers the open bottom end of the lower section upon insertion of the bowl member into said lower end, said candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non-perishable, editable food item and said editable food item being complementary to or associated with said aroma. 13. The packaged product of claim 12 where the bowl member has dimensions comparable to dimensions of the volume of the lower section and the lid element has dimensions comparable to the dimensions of the open bottom end, and the bowl member and lid element are pressed fit into said lower section upon assembly of said bowl member and lid element to form a seal to prevent an odor of the editable food item from escaping the packaged product into the atmosphere and a lid element that tightly fits on the open top end to form a seal to prevent an odor of the candle from escaping the packaged product into the atmosphere. 14. The packaged product of claim 13 where the enclosure and the bowl member have transparent portions enabling the editable food item to be viewed while held within the enclosure prior to removal of the editable food item from the packaged product. 15. The packaged product of claim 14 where the partition wall is at a right angle to a longitudinal central reference line of the enclosure and divides the enclosure into volumes of equal capacity. 16. The packaged product claim 14 where the editable food item is candy pieces that have a well-known brand name, and said well-known brand name is displayed on said packaged product along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle. 17. A combination comprising

a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item, and

the editable food item that is complementary to or associated with said aroma within a sealed package,

said edible food item and candle held within a container having means for sealing the container from the atmosphere to prevent odor from escaping the container, said container comprising a first base section holding the candle that enables the container to rest on and be supported by a horizontal surface, and a second separate lid section holding the edible food item,

said lid section being detachably connected to the base section, and detachment breaks the sealing means and provides access to a top wick end of the candle and access to the editable food item held by the lid section. 18. The combination of claim 17 where the editable food item is a candy having a well- known brand name, and said well-known brand name is displayed on the container that also displays a second brand name that is the source of the candle. 19. A combination of a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item and said editable food item being complementary to or associated with said aroma,

said combination comprising

a glass receptacle in which the candle is formed in situ and bonded to the receptacle, said receptacle having an open top and said candle having a terminal wick end below the open end of the receptacle, and

a lid with a rim sized to fit snug within the open top of the glass receptacle and seal the receptacle upon insertion of the lid into the open top,

said lid being above the terminal wick end of the candle upon insertion and having an internal container section holding a candy as said food item,

a transparent portion enabling the candy in the internal container section to be viewed, and

an opening in the internal container section that is accessible upon removing the lid from the open top, said opening enabling the candy to be removed from the internal container section. 20. A combination of a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for candy and said candy that is complementary to or associated with said aroma,

said combination comprising

a receptacle holding a candle and having an open top of a predetermined configuration, and a detachable lid with a rim having a configuration like that of said open top's predetermined configuration to fit snug within the open top of the receptacle,

said lid having an internal container section holding the candy and an access opening through which the candy is placed in the container section,

said rim including a flexible seal extending around the access opening that deforms upon insertion of the lid into the open top to form a seal repeatedly each time the lid is inserted into the open top of the receptacle,

said access opening being sealed with a breakable seal that prevents contaminants from contacting the candy until broken and does not reseal upon reinserting lid into the receptacle. 21. A combination of a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for candy and said candy that is complementary to or associated with said aroma,

said combination comprising

a receptacle holding said candle comprising material having said distinctive aroma and a circular open top end,

said candle material only partially filling the receptacle to leave an empty interior portion inward of the open top end ,

a candy disposed within a bowl member having an annular rim surrounding an open mouth of the bowl member,

said bowl member sized to fit through the mouth of the bowl member and be retained in the empty interior portion IP inward of the open top end of the receptacle with the rim of the bowl member seated on the annular rim of the bowl member,

a detachable cover with a threaded annular ring connected to said open top end of the bowl member by screwing the ring onto an exterior threaded section of the receptacle, a seal disposed to cover the open mouth M of bowl member 615, said seal being above said bowl member's annular rim between said bowl member rim and the cover to form an assembly of the cover, seal, bowl member rim, stacked together tightly and resting on the open top end of the receptacle when the cover is screwed onto the receptacle. 22. A method of packaging a candle and an editable food item comprising the steps of (a) providing a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item and the editable food item complementary to or associated with said aroma, and (b) assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package with the food item in a sealed package. 23. The method of claim 23 where the editable food item and candle are in separate sections detachably connected of the unitary sealed package. 24. The method of claim 24 where the unitary sealed package has a transparent portion enabling the editable food item to be viewed. 25. A method of marketing a candle and an editable food item comprising the steps

(a) identifying a non-perishable editable food item that has a well-known brand name, (b) identifying a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for said non-perishable,

(c) assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package,

(d) displaying the well-known brand name of the editable food item on the unitary sealed package along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle, and

(e) offering for sale the unitary sealed package with both brand names on the package. 26. The method of claim 26 where the unitary package has a transparent portion enabling the editable food item to be viewed. 27. A method of celebrating an event comprising the steps

(a) identifying a non-perishable editable food item typically consumed at said event, (b) identifying a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for said non-perishable,

(b) assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package,

(c) distributing at the event the package. 28. A paired non-consumable candle and a consumable product comprising

a candle container having an inner surface and a predetermined volume, wherein said container has a container top, wherein said container has a bottom surface,

flammable candle material, having a candle aroma, said material filling a at least a portion of the container, wherein said candle material has a top surface, an ignitable wick embedded in the flammable candle material, wherein said wick has a first end and second end where the first end of said wick is embedded within the candle material and the second end of said wick is exposed above said top surface,

a candle cover

wherein the candle cover has an internal void, and

wherein the candle cover is reversibly disposable on at least a portion of container top, wherein the candle cover has a cover top and cover engaging surface, wherein said candle cover engaging surface has a perimetrically disposed seal on the engaging surface,

wherein said perimetrically disposed seal forms a snug engagement with at least a portion of the inner surface of said container top,

consumable product having a flavor and

wherein said consumable product is retained within the internal void of the candle cover,

wherein said consumable product flavor matches said candle aroma, wherein at least a portion of the candle cover is transparent and at least a portion of the consumable product retained within the candle cover is visible.

Description:
CANDLE AND EDITABLE FOOD ITEM COMBINATION AND METHODS (Docket No. 1195a) Inventor: Kurt J. Koptis

Residence: Joshua Tree, California Inventor: Suzetta D. Von Zell

Residence: Joshua Tree, California This is an international application being filed with the United States Patent and Trademark

Office as the receiving office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. C/O John J. Connors

Patent Attorney

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Connors & Associates, pc

13421 Danbury Lane, Unit 135i

Seal Beach, California, 90740, USA

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email: john@connorspatentlaw.com

RELATED PATENT APPLICATIONS & INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE This PCT application claims the benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of U. S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/283, 172, entitled "Candle with eatable complimenting products and method of manufacturing," filed August 24, 2015. This related provisional application attached hereto as Exhibit A is incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this application. If any conflict arises between the disclosure of the invention in this PCT application and that in the related provisional application, the disclosure in this PCT application shall govern. Moreover, any and all U. S. patents, U. S. patent applications, and other documents, hard copy or electronic, cited or referred to in this application are incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this application. DEFINITIONS The words "comprising," "having," "containing," "holding," and "including," and other forms thereof, are intended to be equivalent in meaning and be open ended in that an item or items following any one of these words is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of such item or items, or meant to be limited to the listed item or items.

The word "candle" includes equivalent products such as electric wax melt warmers that use a wax but do not burn the wax using a wick but emit an aroma upon heating the wax.

The word "rectangular " includes square.

The word "circular" includes oval. BACKGROUND Scented candles of all varieties are commonplace and enjoyed for a multitude of settings. Candles are burned for almost limitless reasons. Some scented candles are intended to produce an aromatic effect emulating a variety of scents. Some scents are intended to emulate edible food and stimulate the olfactory perception - indicating the presence of edible food. Often, the olfactory perception of edible food is quite authentic - where a burning candle may give the impression that food is nearby. Even non-burning candles, when smelled, impart an immediate and credible sense of immediately available edible food. Without doubt, scents play an important role in the emotional perception of humans. The brain's olfactory cortex has a direct and profound relationship with the amygdala - the center of the brain responsible for the formation of memories of emotional experiences. This is why the neuropsychological research has determined that perception of scents can trigger immediate and deep-rooted emotional memories and feelings - often to the surprise of those experiencing those feelings. Further, the Pavlovian response is well established: stimulus suggesting food will result in arousing the digestive processes to consume that food. Olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste) perceptions are closely-related processes - intertwined, complex, and emotional.

The importance of pairing of food and drink has been known for some time. However, the importance of food pairing has only been more recently recognized. Pairing aroma itself with taste has been found to be critically important to the overall flavor experience. While candles may impart delicious and fragrant odors - generally available candles are not edible. Thus, while burning a candle is the most effective way to disseminate an inviting aroma, and can stimulate the very real desire for edible food, there has been no way to satiate those desires - completing the journey with a tasting experience. SUMMARY Our candle and edible food item combination and methods have one or more of the features depicted in the embodiments discussed in the section entitled "DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF SOME ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENTS." These features are not listed in any rank order nor is this list intended to be exhaustive. The claims that follow define our candle and edible food item combination and methods, distinguishing them from the prior art; however, without limiting the scope of our candle and edible food item combination and methods as expressed by these claims, in general terms, some, but not necessarily all, of their features are:

One, our packaged product comprises a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item, and the editable food item complementary to or associated with the aroma. Our packaged product may be sealed from the atmosphere to prevent odor from escaping the packaged product.

Two, the editable food item may be a plurality of bite-sized, candy pieces in individually sealed or wrapped packets, or otherwise within a sealed package to prevent contamination, for example, within a sealed package held within a void in a cover for the candle that has an access opening sealed by an induction seal.

Three, the packaged product may have a first transparent container section holding the editable food mounted to a second transparent container holding the candle. This editable food item may be a well-known brand name, and the packaged product may bear the well- known brand name along with a second brand name that is the source of the packaged product. For example, individually wrapped packets of candy with the well-known brand name are within the first transparent container and may be viewed through the container.

Four, a first container section may overlie the second container section and be configured to be detachably mounted to the second container section. For example, matting rim portions of the first and second containers engage and disengage when closing and opening one embodiment of our packaged product. The rim portion of the first container section defines the perimeter of the access opening to a cavity or void section holding the food item, and there is a sealing ring element along this perimeter. The second container has an open top end with a perimeter configuration like that of the rim portion of the first container section. Thus, the ring element presses against the rim portion of the second container upon pushing the first container section into the open top of the second container section.

Five, in one embodiment a double seal system is employed. The sealing ring element is a flexible and extends around the access opening. This ring element deforms upon insertion of the first container section into the open top end of the second container section to form a seal repeatedly each time the first container section is inserted into the open top end. The access opening is sealed with a breakable seal that prevents contaminants from contacting the candy until broken and does not reseal upon reinserting the first container section into the receptacle. DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING Some embodiments of our candle and edible food item combination and methods are discussed in detail in connection with the accompanying drawing, which is for illustrative purposes only. This drawing includes the following figures (Figs.), with like numerals and letters indicating like parts:

Fig. 1 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating one of several independent embodiments.

Fig. 1 A is a top plan view of the candle product shown in Fig.1.

Fig. 2 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating another of several independent embodiments.

Fig. 2A is a perspective view of the cover for the candle product illustrated in Fig. 2. Fig. 3 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an annular ring securing cover.

Fig. 4 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an example living hinge.

Fig. 5 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an integrally formed molded plastic cover.

Fig. 6 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an embodiment cover is shaped to define candy bowl cover .

Fig. 7 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an embodiment cover secured by an embodiment threaded ring. Fig. 8 is a schematic elevation view of our candle product containing consumable material illustrating an embodiment candy box disposed on cover.

Fig. 9 is a schematic illustration of our product using a wickless material that emits an aroma upon heating.

Fig. 9A is a schematic illustration taken through line 9A-9A of Fig. 9 of the embodiment of our product using a wickless material that emits an aroma upon heating. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF SOME ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENTS The following embodiments depict our packaged product that includes a candle or candle material having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable, consumable food item and the editable food item that is complementary to or associated with this aroma.

Fig. 1 illustrates embodiments of our packaged invertible candle product 5. Our packaged product 5 comprises a transparent glass receptacle or container 15 forming an enclosure E having an internal partition wall 20 that divides the enclosure into an upper section US and a lower section LS forming a hollow chamber 25. A candle material 10 is held within the upper section and a consumable, editable food item 40 such as, for example, bite-sized pieces of candy, is held within a removable bowl member BM seated within the lower section LS. Container 15 has an open top end 30 and an open bottom end 35, and may be of cylindrical configuration. Each section US and LS may have volumes of predetermined approximate equal capacity, and the wall 20 may be centrally positioned at right angle to a central longitudinal reference line CRL of the container 15. In one embodiment the candle material 10 fills the volume of the upper section US to at least 50 percent of its predetermined capacity. An ignitable wick 12 is disposed within the candle material 10, so a wick end terminates inward of the open top end 30 of the enclosure E.

A detachable top cover 45 connected to an outer rim of the container 15 is shaped to make contact with and engage the open top end 30 of container 15, for example, is circular and fits snug with the open top end 30 to at least partially seal the upper section US. Candle material 10 is above the wall 20 when in the upright position depicted in Fig. 1, but upon inverting to access the consumable food item 40 and remove this item from the bowl member BM, the candle material is below the wall 20. Consequently, portions of the candle material 10, for example its sides 40a, are bonded to internal surfaces of the container 15 and the wall 20 so that the candle material upon inverting our product 5 stays within the container 15. The bowl member BM is sized to pass through the open lower end 35 of the lower section LS. It may, for example, fill the volume of the lower section to at least 70 percent of its predetermined capacity. The bowl member BM comprises a transparent sidewall 49, which may be cylindrical having a diameter slightly less than the diameter of the cylindrical shape of the container 15. Consequently, the bowl member BM fits snug within the lower section LS. A lid element 50 covers the open bottom end 35 of the lower section upon insertion of the bowl member into this lower end. This lid element 50 is attached to an outer rim OR of the wall 49 and is shaped to make contact with open bottom end 30 of container 15. For example, the lid element 50 is circular and is bonded to an outer rim and is not detachable of the wall 49. The lid element 50 fits snug with the open top 30, at least partially sealing the upper section US when the bowl member BM is inserted into the lower section LS. As shown in dotted lines, a seal 41 may cover and seal an open access end AE of the bowl member BM. The bowl member BM has dimensions comparable to dimensions of the volume of the lower section LS and the lid element 50 has dimensions comparable to the dimensions of the open bottom end 35. The bowl member BM and lid element 50 are pressed fit into the lower section LS upon assembly of the bowl member and lid element to form a seal to prevent an odor of the editable food item from escaping the packaged product 5 into the atmosphere.

The transparent portions of our product 5 enable the editable food item 40 to be viewed while held within the enclosure E prior to removal of the editable food item from the packaged product. Moreover, in one embodiment of our packaged product, the editable food item 40 displayed in such a transparent container 15 and transparent bowl member BM is candy that has a well-known brand name. For example, the candy may be candy pieces individually wrapped and bearing the Hershey's® well-known brand name displayed. These individually wrapped candy pieces bearing the Hershey's® well-known brand name can be seen through the transparent container 15 and transparent bowl member BM. Also, an exterior surface 45a of the detachable top cover 45 of the packaged product 5 can bear the well-known brand name of the editable food item 40 along with a second brand name that is the source of our product, for example, Old Town™ candle as depicted in Fig. 1 A.

Fig. 2 illustrates embodiments of a packaged candle product 200 with candle material 205 including a top surface inward of an open top end 240 of a container 210. The open top end 240 has an inner rim surface 242 of a predetermined configuration such as, for example, circular, rectangular, etc. The candle material 205 has an ignitable wick having a first end (not shown) and a second wick end 212, the wick being at least partially embedded within candle material 205. Consumable food item 215, such as candy, is disposed within a detachable candle cover 220 having an internal cavity or void IV with an access opening AO. In some embodiment the candle cover 220 is transparent or clear; thus, retaining consumable item 215 within the candle cover 220 in a manner that can be viewed prior to removal from the cover 220. Consumable material 215 may be optionally disposed within a sealed bag 225 within the internal void IV of the cover 220. In another embodiment, sealed bag 225 is omitted. Consumable item 215 may be unwrapped or individually wrapped.

Candle cover 220 has a rim 220a configured to fit snugly within the open top 240 of container 210. As depicted in Fig. 2A, a deformable annual plastic or rubber member RM is positioned around an exterior perimeter portion of the candle cover 220 surrounding the access opening AO. The deformable annual plastic or rubber member RM has a configuration conforming to the configuration of the inner rim surface 242. The deformable annual plastic or rubber member RM includes a ring 245; consequently, upon inserting the cover 220 into the open top end 240, the ring 245 sealingly engages the internal rim surface 242. To further prevent contamination of the editable food item 215 prior to removing the food item 215, the access opening AO may be sealed. For example, the cover 220 is sealed with a conventional induction seal 230 comprising a metal foil covered with a paper. A vacuum presses the seal 230 against the perimeter of the access opening AO.

Consequently, in the embodiment depicted in Fig. 2, a double seal system is employed. The sealing ring 245 of the candle cover 220 is a flexible and extends around the access opening AO. When the candle cover 220 is attached it is pushed directly into the open top end 240 of the container 210, and need not be rotated since it is not screwed onto the container as in other embodiments such as shown in Fig. 6. This ring 245 deforms upon insertion of the candle cover 220 into the open top end 240 of the container 210 to form a seal repeatedly each time the candle cover 220 is inserted into the open top end. The induction seal 230 sealing the access opening AO is breakable and prevents contaminants from contacting the candy or other food item within the internal void IV until broken and does not reseal upon reinserting the candle cover 220 into the receptacle.

Fig. 3 illustrate embodiments of a packaged candle product 300 including a cover 305 holding the editable food product and secured to container 320by an annular ring 310. Annular ring 310 has a diameter sufficiently large to permit a visible portion 315 of cover 305 to be visible above ring 310. Ring 310 is detachably connected to a container 320 holding a candle, and in one embodiment, the ring 310 is threadably attached to container 320. A portion of cover 305 is smaller than the diameter of ring 310, allowing cover 305 to be secured to container 320 by ring 310. The cover 305 may be outfitted with a deformable material permitting snug engagement between ring 310 and container 320.

Fig. 4 illustrates embodiments of a packaged candle product 400 having candle material 405 being disposed within a container 410. An ignitable wick 412 is disposed within candle material 405. Consumable material 415, such as candy, is disposed within a cavity C in the plastic candle cover 420, which in one embodiment is clear. A portion of cover 420 is shaped to define a lid 430 which is coupled to cover 420 by living hinge 425, permitting lid 430 to be opened and closed to cover an access opening AOl, exposing the consumable material 415. The plastic candle cover 420 has a seal rings 440 like that depicted in Fig. 2 A. These seal rings 440 provide a friction fit seal when pushed into an open top end 435 of container 410, partially deforming the seal rings 440.

Fig. 5 illustrates embodiments of a packaged candle product 500 having candle material 505 disposed within container 510. An ignitable wick 512 is disposed within candle material 505. Consumable material 515, such as candy, is disposed within integrally formed molded plastic candle cover 520, which in one embodiment is clear, and shaped to define a coupling means 525, which in one embodiment is threading. Plastic candle cover 520 is coupled, and in one embodiment threadably mated with corresponding threaded top 535 of container 510. Peelable induction seal 540 as discussed above seals consumable material 515 within cover 520.

Fig. 6 illustrates embodiments of a packaged candle product 600 having candle material 605 disposed within a transparent container 610 having an open top end 620. An exterior section 620a of the receptacle near the open end 620 is threaded. The candle material 605 only partially fills the container 610 to leave an empty interior portion IP inward of the open top end 620, filling at least 50 percent of candle container's capacity with this candle material. An ignitable wick 612 is disposed within candle material 605. Consumable material, such as candy not shown, is disposed within a transparent bowl member 615 having an annular rim 615a surrounding an annular access opening in the form of an open mouth M of the bowl member 615. A circular transparent cover TC with a threaded annular ring 625 is detachably connected to a circular open top end 610 of the bowl member 615 by screwing the ring onto a treaded rim 620a of the container 610. A seal plate 630 is disposed to cover the open mouth M of bowl member 615 and is above the annular rim 615a of the bowl member between this rim and the cover TC. This forms an assembly of the cover TC, seal plate 630, rim 615a staked together tightly when the cover is screwed onto the container. Bowl member 615 and seal plate 630 are secured to threaded top 620 of container 610 by threaded annular ring 625 wherein a portion of bowl member 615 and seal plate 630 is secured between ring 625 and top 620 end when ring 625 is tightened. The seal plate 630 may be an induction seal. The bowl member is sized to fit through the open end of the bowl member and be retained in the empty interior portion IP of the container 620 not filled with candle material 605. Thus in this embodiment the bowl member 615 is enclosed within the empty interior portion IP of the container 620 and sealed with a double seal. The bowl member may be filled to at least 70 percent of its capacity with candy prior to inserting it into the interior portion IP.

Fig. 7 illustrates embodiments of a mason jar type packaged candle product 700 having candle material 705 disposed within container 710. An ignitable wick 712 is disposed within candle material 705. Consumable material 715, such as candy, is disposed within integrally formed molded plastic candle cover 720, which in one embodiment is clear, and shaped to define a coupling means, which in one embodiment is threading 725. Candle cover 720 is coupled, and in one embodiment threadably mated with corresponding annular ring 735. Ring 735 is threaded onto top 740 of container 710. Peelable seal 745 seals consumable material 715 within cover 720.

Fig. 8 illustrates embodiments of a packaged candle product 800 having candle material 805 disposed within container 810. An ignitable wick 812 is disposed within candle material 805. Consumable material 815, such as candy, is disposed within candy box 820, which in one embodiment is clear. Container top 825 is covered by container cover 830. Candy box 820 may be affixed to cover 830 by adhesive means such as double-sided tape or glue. In our packaged product electric wax melt warmers such as sold by Scentsy of Meridian, Indiana, may be used instead of a wax candle where the wick is lighted to burn the wax and create the aroma. Electric wax warmers permit melting of scented wax to generate an aroma without the use of an open flame. Electric wax warmers typically feature an electric bulb that heats a ceramic or glass receptacle chamber into which a packaged portion scented wax, widely known as a wax melt, may be placed. The scented wax is heated and melts thereby generating the desired aroma.

Fig. 9 illustrates embodiments of a packaged wax melt product 900. Candy box 905 is affixed to cover 910. Cover 910 is disposed over tray 915. Tray 915 is shaped to define one or more wells 920 to accommodate one or more wax melts packaged within wells 920. Candy well 925 accommodates candy packaged within well 925. Fig. 9a is a top view of the tray taken through line 9a - 9a of Fig. 9 illustrating wax within well 920 and candy 930 disposed within an optional bag packaging 935 and disposed within candy well 925. General Regarding edible food, it should be noted that any food capable of being retained within any portion of the candle container or packaging maybe used. Edible food may be solid, semi-solid, or liquid. Solid edible food, such as candy, may be individually wrapped, contained within a bag - or both individually wrapped and contained within a bag. In various embodiments, consumable solid food having a certain volume is disposed within a transparent cover having a void sufficient to accommodate that food volume. In this way, the consumable product, such as candy, is readily visible to the consumer during product evaluation. Semisolid consumable material may be individually packaged in wrappers or in individual sealed packaging. Semisolid consumable material may also be packaged within the cover and sealed. On opening the seal, the contents may be eaten from the cover directly, or deposited elsewhere for consumption. Small liquid consumables may be individually packaged within small vessels and contained with the cover having large enough to accommodate the vessels. Liquid consumable may be itself sealed within the top of a candle. On opening the seal, the contents may be consumed from the cover directly, or deposited elsewhere for consumption, or added to other products (e.g. coffee, tea) or utilized as ingredients in a recipe. In one embodiment, liquid or semisolid consumable material may contain ethyl alcohol.

Regarding the seal disclosed in certain embodiments of our packaged product, any seal that promotes separation will suffice. The seal may be airtight. In lieu of an airtight seal, a non-airtight divider may be used. An induction seal may be used. In some embodiments, a seal is omitted, and consumable materials are separated from the non- consumable candle by placing in a pre-sealed bag or through individually wrapping the consumables.

Regarding the cover, it should be noted that any cover size and shape having sufficient internal volume to hold the consumable might be used. In some embodiments, covers are transparent - allowing the consumer to visually inspect the contents prior to purchasing. In an alternative, the cover is translucent, and yet another, the cover may be opaque.

Our packaged product includes a method for pairing complimentary non-consumable candles with consumable material. In several embodiments, the consumable and non- consumable offer the same aroma and flavor pairing (e.g. a truffle- scented candle paired with a truffle-flavored candy). In other embodiments, the aroma and flavor pairing is complimentary (e.g. a chocolate scented candle paired with a peanut butter flavored candy).

In one embodiment, our packaged product includes a candle product having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non-perishable, edible food item, and the edible food item complementary to or associated with said aroma. In various embodiments, the edible consumable product includes a plurality of bite-sized candy pieces contained in sealed packets. In several embodiments for example, the edible food items can be candy, baked foods, gums, teas, coffees, dried fruits, nuts, taffies, and chocolates, as mere examples.

In some embodiments, the edible consumable product has a well-known brand name and the packaged product bears the well-known brand name along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle.

In one embodiment, our packaged product has a first transparent container section holding the editable food mounted to a second transparent container holding the candle. Further, in an embodiment, the first transparent container section overlies the second transparent container and is configured to be detachably mounted to the second transparent container section to overlie a wick end of the candle, said first transparent container section having an attachment section that has an access opening sealed by an induction seal holding the edible food.

In another embodiment of our packaged product, the transparent container section includes a door member covering an access opening in an exposed portion of the first transparent container section to enable a user to open the door member and remove the editable item without detaching the first transparent container section from the second transparent container section.

In one or more embodiments, the candle is sealed to prevent odor from escaping the packaged product. In embodiments both the non-consumable candle and the consumable product may be sealed to prevent the escape of odor or aroma before product use. In another embodiment, the non-consumable is not sealed, permitting potential consumers to sample the aroma prior to purchase.

In one embodiment, our packaged product comprises an enclosure having an internal partition wall that divides the enclosure into an upper section and a lower section, each having volumes of predetermined capacity. The candle includes a wick end terminating below the open top end of the enclosure. The lower section has an open bottom end that receives a bowl member sized to pass through the open lower end of the lower section. The bowl member holds an edible food item and has an open portion within the lower section and accessible upon removing the bowl member from the lower section. This enables the edible food item to be removed from the bowl member. The bowl member includes a lid element that covers the open bottom end of the lower section upon insertion of the bowl member into the lower end. The candle has a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non-perishable, edible food item, the food item having the same taste or complimentary taste to the aroma.

The bowl member may have dimensions comparable to dimensions of the volume of the lower section and the lid element has dimensions comparable to the dimensions of the open bottom end, and the bowl member and lid element are pressed fit. The bowl member and lid element form a seal to prevent an odor of the editable food item from escaping the packaged product into the atmosphere. The lid element tightly fits on the open top end to form a seal to prevent an odor of the candle from escaping the packaged product into the atmosphere. In one embodiment, the bowl is transparent - enabling the food item to be viewed while held within the enclosure prior to removing food from the product.

In one embodiment, our packaged product includes a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non-perishable, edible food item, and the food item is complementary to or associated with said aroma within a sealed package. The edible food item and candle are held within a container having means for sealing the container from the atmosphere to prevent odor from escaping the container.

The container has a first base section to hold the candle that enables the container to rest on and be supported by a horizontal surface. There exists a second separate lid section holding the edible food item. The lid section may be detachably connected to the base section, and detachment breaks the sealing means and provides access to a top wick end of the candle and access to the editable food item held by the lid section.

Another embodiment describes a glass receptacle in which the candle is formed in situ. The receptacle has an open top and said candle having a terminal wick end below the open end of the receptacle. A lid with a rim sized to fit snug within the open top of the glass receptacle and seal the receptacle upon insertion of the lid into the open top. The lid being above the terminal wick end of the candle upon insertion and having an internal container section holding the candy. A transparent portion enabling the candy in the internal container section to be viewed, and an opening in the internal container section that is accessible upon removing the lid from the open top, enabling the candy to be removed from the internal container section. Described herein is a method for packaging a candle and edible food item comprising the steps of providing a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for a non perishable, editable food item and the editable food item complementary to or associated with said aroma, and assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package with the food item in a sealed package. In various embodiments, the unitary sealed package has a transparent portion enabling the food to be viewed. The edible food item and candle may be in separate sections which may be detachably connected and disconnected from the unitary whole.

Additionally described is a method of marketing a candle and an editable food item comprising the steps (a) identifying a non-perishable editable food item that has a well- known brand name, (b) identifying a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for said non-perishable editable food item, (c) assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package, (d) displaying the well-known brand name of the editable food item on the unitary sealed package along with a second brand name that is the source of the candle, and (e) offering for sale the unitary sealed package with both brand names on the package.

Additionally, described method of celebrating an event comprising the steps (a) identifying a non-perishable editable food item typically consumed at said event, (b) identifying a candle having a distinctive aroma that excites in a human smelling the aroma a taste for said non-perishable editable food item, (b) assembling the editable food item and the candle into a unitary package, (c) distributing at the event the package. SCOPE OF THE INVENTION Although the our packaged product has been described with reference to some embodiments, it should be understood that various modifications and variations can be easily made by those skilled in the art. Accordingly, the foregoing disclosure should be interpreted as illustrative only and is not to be interpreted in a limiting sense. It is further intended that any other embodiments of the our packaged product that result from any changes in application or method of use or operation, which are not specified within the detailed written description or illustrations contained herein yet, are considered apparent or obvious to one skilled in the art. Further, it should be noted that several inventive embodiments are disclosed together for convenience; unless specified otherwise, all embodiment inventive options disclosed herein may be used independently or together with any other embodiment. Use of distinct reference characters is for illustrative purposes only, and the illustrated embodiment or feature may be used either cooperatively with or distinctly from any other embodiment or feature unless specified otherwise.

The above presents a description of the best mode we contemplate of carrying out our candle and edible food item combination and methods, and of the manner and process of making and using them, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable a person skilled in the art to make and use. Our candle and edible food item combination and methods is, however, susceptible to modifications and alternate constructions from the illustrative embodiments discussed above which are fully equivalent. Consequently, it is not the intention to limit our candle and edible food item combination and methods to the particular embodiments disclosed. On the contrary, our intention is to cover all modifications and alternate constructions coming within the spirit and scope of our candle and edible food item combination and methods as generally expressed by the following claims, which particularly point out and distinctly claim the subject matter of our invention: