The Homesick Candle Company specializes in creating candles for people who no longer live in the state they call home by using scents associated with each state. This got me thinking, if they made a candle specifically for Evansville, what would it smell like? It just so happens, I have a few suggestions.

Their Indiana candle is described as a scent that "takes you back to summer festivities in The Hoosier State with hints of kettle corn, hay, and denim." I'll give you kettle corn and hay, but denim? Do we really love jeans so much that people outside the state associate them with us? Although I have seen people wear jeans and cowboy boots to formal functions, so maybe they're on to something.

You won't find kettle corn, hay, or denim on my list of possible scents for the city we call home, but I think you will find a few possibilities that uniquely Evansville.

NOTE: NONE of the following are actual candles (whether or not they should be is another discussion). This is list is nothing more than an attempt at a little humor. Don't get all butt-hurt over it.

Eau de Ohio River


From the moment you light the Eau de Ohio River, you're greeted with the scent of dead fish washing upon Dress Plaza. And is that a hint of Water Treatment Plant on a humid summer day you smell? Indeed it is. This candle not only serves as reminder of the days you spent as a child walking along Riverside Drive during the Freedom Festival or Shrinersfest, but a reminder of why you left home in the first place.

Riverboat Casino

Fake Evansville Homesick Candle - Riverboat Casino

Who doesn't love a trip to the Casino? The hope of solving your money woes with one pull of the slot machine, a roll of the dice, or the turn of a card is certainly thrilling. However, this is not what this candle would smell like. No, this candle brings together a delicate balance of stale cigarette smoke from the second deck with a hint and sad tears, and $20 bills you'll never see again.


Fake Evansville Homesick Candle - Grippos

You know that smell that wafts from a freshly opened box of Grippos? The one of crispy potatoes, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic, onion, and other spices? Imagine that in candle form.

Ski Citrus

Fake Evansville Homesick Candle - Ski Citrus

Nothing refreshes better on a hot summer day than an ice cold Ski pulled from the cooler. This candle brings together the delicious blend of lemon, lime, and orange you know and love from Evansville's favorite soft drink, and is even infused with carbon dioxide so it bubbles while it burns.

(Side note: If this candle actually existed, I'd buy 10.)

Fall Festival Fantasy

Fake Evansville Homesick Candle - Fall Festival

Transport yourself to the week where diets are thrust out the window with this ode to our most favorite street festival. Made from the solidified oil of a deep fryer, this candle features the savory scent of deep fried food blended with a carefully hand-mixed blend of Brain Sandwich, Corn Fritter, and Pork Tenderloin breading.


Is there a scent I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

And if you'd like to purchase an actual Homesick Candle, check them out online.


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