LITTLE Aston Jarvis was delighted to be the first person to try an edible candle on his birthday cake.
The three-year-old’s mum Melissa Jarvis, of Fareham, spent two-and-a-half years perfecting the process of making the candles out of almonds.
Ms Jarvis, whose main office is in Canary Wharf in London, has already had orders from Samsung and Virgin Start Up for her cupcakes.
The former PA said: ‘The most difficult bit is carving the nuts in a certain way so it opens the natural capillaries of the nut, which is what fuels the fire. It was a lot of food research and development to find something that would light. It took me two-and-a-half years of carving these nuts to get it right.
‘In the last few months they were lasting long enough to use them as birthday candles.’
And Melissa’s son Aston was scoffing the candles – made from chocolate with a carved almond wick – after celebrating his birthday.
He turned three on Saturday but had his cake yesterday at the launch at Lakeside North Harbour.
Aston said: ‘Mum makes chocolate, it’s nice.’
Melissa added: ‘I wanted him to be the first person to have edible birthday candles.
‘All parents want to be able to provide for our children.
‘It’s a really big driver for me, he’s a chocolate expert.
Melissa, managing director of the firm Lady Chocolate, said there is only one company selling the edible candles in the United States.
Her inspiration came from top chef Heston Blumenthal, whom she saw use part-edible candles with wax.
She wanted to come up with a product that was entirely edible and did not use wax.
Melissa added: ‘I thought that was a really great concept.
‘The problem was no-one would ever pay for that because it has wax in it. I’ve taught myself all this.’
All the chocolate is handmade in Fareham. The firm also makes edible tea light candles. For more information about the product and Melissa, visit her website at ladychocolate.webs.com