What Would a #BostonStrong Yankee Candle Smell Like?

Sam Adams? Molasses? Eau de Green Line?


Courtesy of Yankee Candle

Proving that you could probably furnish an entire home with the various kinds of merchandise being sold to benefit to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing (Side note: If you did furnish that home, we’d totally write about it) Yankee Candle, maker of delicious, flammable odors, informed us Thursday that they are selling a “Boston Strong candle.” A spokesman writes:

All net proceeds for the commemorative candle will be donated to the One Fund Boston, the official non-profit organized by Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick to raise money to help those families most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

With its headquarters located in South Deerfield, Yankee Candle has called Massachusetts home for more than forty years and so this tragedy in particular was very close to the company’s heart. Candles are a symbol of hope and the Boston Strong candle was created with this spirit in mind.

Amongst the staff here at Boston, this of course, yielded the question: What exactly does a strong Boston scented candle smell like? Our guesses—like the iconic scents of Boston themselves—ranged from delightful to disgusting: Sam Adams?  Tootsie Rolls? NECCO wafers? Munchkins? Lobster rolls? Charles River water? A hole in the ground with a hint of Filenes? An overheated Green Line train in the middle of July? Molasses like the kind you can still smell in the North End thanks to an unfortunate disaster?

Our ideas were myriad, but none of them correct. The answer:

The Boston Strong candle is a heartwarming blend of cinnamon, baking spices, and a hint of freshly poured tea, and features an image of the Boston skyline in front the American flag.

Huh. Tea. Okay, that’s probably better than Eau de Green Line. Well played, Yankee Candle. Well played.