Yes, you can buy can­dles that smell like Joe Bi­den

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What do Joe Bi­den scented can­dles smell like?

Cer­tainly not Joe Bi­den, un­less he walks around smelling like an or­ange all the time.

The can­dles are the best-sell­ing item at the Delaware His­tory Mu­seum in Wilm­ing­ton, reg­u­larly sell­ing out thanks to still-strong home state “Joe­men­tum” even nearly two years af­ter the for­mer vice pres­i­dent left of­fice.

“Cus­tomers think it’s hi­lar­i­ous, and then ev­ery­one’s like, ‘What does Joe smell like?’ and they have to open it and smell it,” says Karen Kegel­man, the mu­seum’s ad­vance­ment of­fi­cer.

The mu­seum started sell­ing the can­dles about a year ago af­ter spot­ting them on e-com­merce web­site Etsy. Since the mu­seum used to sell Joe and Jill Bi­den pa­per dolls, staffers de­cided the can­dles would be a good fit.

The de­scrip­tion of the can­dles is just about as goofy as the idea for the prod­uct it­self:

“Your long search is fi­nally over. You have ac­quired a Joe Bi­den scented can­dle, per­haps as a funny gift. Now the only thing stand­ing be­tween you and Joe Bi­den is ... well, ba­si­cally all the same stuff as be­fore. But at least now you have this great can­dle!

“The Joe Bi­den scented can­dle is more than just a can­dle that vaguely re­sem­bles Joe Bi­den. It’s also a friend, a con­fi­dante (at least as much as any other inan­i­mate ob­ject), and a men­tor (if you’re try­ing to be a can­dle). You’ll feel your hope and op­ti­mism be­ing re­stored as you lift the lid and in­hale the aroma of Bi­den’s fa­vorite or­ange-fla­vored sports drink. (We won’t men­tion the brand name, but see if you can guess! Here’s a hint: It’s not Pow­er­ade.)

“You can even pay homage to Bi­den’s love of Am­trak by bring­ing it along on your next train ride! Trust us when we say that noth­ing is a big­ger hit on trains than a lit can­dle*

*You should not re­ally trust us when we say this.”

And, yes, it’s true that or­ange Ga­torade is Bi­den’s fa­vorite drink. At least that’s what he told Us Weekly in 2016.

The can­dles sell for $22 each at both the mu­seum and on Etsy, but the mu­seum gets a few ex­tra bucks for each one be­cause it buys in bulk. (The mu­seum doesn’t have an on­line store, so you have to visit 504 N. Mar­ket St. next to The Queen to get them.)

The mu­seum isn’t the only one buy­ing in bulk. One mu­seum-goer bought six of them, plunk­ing down $132.

“All the staff here are big fans of Joe Bi­den and are end­lessly amused by him,” Kegel­man says of the pos­si­ble 2020 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, a past hon­oree of the mu­seum’s His­tory Mak­ers Award. “Any time we see any fun Joe Bi­den mer­chan­dise, we think we need to get it for the store.”

As you might imag­ine, the Delaware His­tory Mu­seum isn’t the only spot sell­ing Bi­den swag.

We spent a lit­tle too much time on­line and found these other good­ies that are cur­rently avail­able.

‘The Malarkey Stops Here’ T-shirt

Amer­i­can Pos­si­bil­i­ties, the po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee cre­ated by Bi­den, has an on­line store with five avail­able prod­ucts, in­clud­ing this one fea­tur­ing one of his fa­vorite words: malarkey. $25.

Vin­tage Bi­den cam­paign but­ton

Back in the day, Bi­den was all busi­ness in the front and party in the back. And, thank­fully, his glorious mul­let was pre­served for­ever on this po­lit­i­cal but­ton. $24.99.

Joe Bi­den ice cream pin

We all know Joe can scarf ice cream. This pin doc­u­ments his love of the cold stuff. $11.

Joe Bi­den sig­na­ture T-shirt

If Joe spots you in Pep Boys or Brew HaHa! wear­ing this T-shirt, you’ll surely get The Full Bi­den: An un­usu­ally close eye-to-eye con­ver­sa­tion, a shoul­der squeeze and a selfie or two. $25.

‘Cup of Joe’ cof­fee mug

Bi­den’s PAC also sells this cof­fee mug, so you can wake up with both joe and Joe. $25.

2008 DNC but­ton

Remember when there was big buzz charg­ing through the state be­cause the guy many sim­ply know as Joe was on track to be­come vice pres­i­dent? This but­ton cap­tures the mo­ment. $11.65.

Joe Bi­den T-shirt

“Amer­ica’s fu­ture is so bright, Joe Bi­den needs sun­glasses,” reads the de­scrip­tion of this Bi­den PAC tee. $25.

Bi­den-Obama stretch­ing photo

If you want a Pete Souza of­fi­cial White House photo of Bi­den butt-flex­ing, then this is for you. (Jill, this one’s for you!) Or you can just down­load it your­self from the Obama White House Flickr page for free. $7.98.

Bi­den life-size card­board cutout

Is that Joe at your back­yard bar­be­cue? Or maybe stand­ing with your fam­ily next to the Christ­mas tree? Best part: There’s zero chance he’ll say some­thing weird! $47.95.

1998 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign but­ton

Remember back when pla­gia­rism al­le­ga­tions would be enough to tor­pedo a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign? Bi­den does. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says, “Hold my beer.” $12.99.

14 Bi­den mugs on a cof­fee mug

This cof­fee mug fea­tures 14 Bi­den heads. A Demo­crat’s dream and a Repub­li­can’s night­mare. $14.95.


Joe Bi­den scented can­dles are so pop­u­lar at the Delaware His­tory Mu­seum, they reg­u­larly sell out.


A vin­tage Bi­den cam­paign pin, fea­tur­ing a stylish mul­let.

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