A few weeks ago an Instagram post was brought to my attention. I was tagged in a photo of a candle. Interesting but what does that have to do with…WHAT?! It’s scented like Cuban Bread??!!
This immediately caught my imagination. What is this sorcery? I reposted it and shared it with my followers online.
With the caption:
And I believe that with all my heart, but that’s not important right now.
This is right about where the plot thickens, as they say. The Miami Herald then picked up the story and they mentioned that a few of us Cuban-culture influencers (<–doesn’t that make me sound taller?) shared about the Cuban Bread candle on our social media and the crowd went wild.
— Miami Herald Food (@MiamiHeraldFood) August 30, 2019
I reached out to the supremely talented Isabel Alvarez, owner of Albisa Candles and asked if she would graciously agree to host a giveaway here on MBFCF to help me celebrate my 13 Years in the Blogosphere.
She was absolutely lovely and didn’t even hesitate for one moment. The next thing I know I’m opening a package of not just one, but 3 candles. Each scent evocative of an essential part of my Cuban life and history.
I confess that I teared up a little.
The Cuban Bread Candle does not fool around. It is the actual scent of Cuban Bread. *crosses herself* I”m not even kidding with this. The other day I actually baked bread, which I do often, in my little bread machine at home. The fam often starts making remarks as soon as the aroma of the baking bread hits them.
This week I cheated and took that aroma from good to great by lighting that Cuban Bread candle. It did not disappoint.
The Havana Nights scent reminds me of every single well-dressed Cuban man I’ve ever known. It reminded me of Tio Fernando on a night on the town. WARNING: These candles can make you time travel!
The Tinguaro scent had me mentally walking into my abuela’s house in Old Havana. The fragrance a mixture of “talco” and “colonia.” Too beautiful to describe.
Isabel! Seriously, these candles should come with warnings! The emotions were so intense.
I feel like I can no longer keep this beautiful secret to myself. The lovely Mrs. Alvarez has generously agreed to host today’s giveaway of all three (3) candles to one (1) lucky MBFCF WINNER.
Two ways to enter – here on the blog or over on Instagram.
To enter the giveaway, click over to the Albisa Candles site and peruse her entire inventory – come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST and tell me which of her delectable fragrances catches your fancy.
I’ll be choosing the winner randomly from both places on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 11:00 am PST. You have until then to enter. Valid only in the USA.
This may be one of my favorite giveaways ever. Thank you, Albisa Candles. For your generosity and for the trip back to the Havana of my youth.
Oh! The Cubanity!
UPDATE: JANURAY 23, 2020
Thanks to everyone who entered! All the comments from here and Instagram went into a Random Number Generator and that’s how we chose a winner.
The original winner never responded to my original or follow up emails. So I chose another winner.
Congratulations to Monica! – send me a DM with your shipping address so we can get your Cuban Candles out to you ASAP!!