Scented Candles and Honey Pastries

The art of making honey products

Candle making tools by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Candle-making

Following the autumn bee grazing, candle-makers buy wax from beekeepers and process it into candles and rounded figurines.

Different candle-making techniques are used: soaking, dripping, moulding, pulling and twisting.

Beeswax flakes by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Beeswax is a yellowish substance secreted by 12 to 18 day old worker bees from the wax glands on the underside of the abdomen and is used to build honeycombs. Wax is also used to produce wax caps with which cells, filled with honey, are covered.

Beekeepers obtain wax by using a press (separates honey and wax by pressing), or a modern wax melter, to melt the comb and waste beeswax that has been scraped from the hive.

Raw wax by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Wax candle production's essential ingredient in the form of reels.

Device for making candle wicks by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Candle-making machine, used to produce wick.

Lect honeybread in its characteristic forms by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Making Honey Pastries

Making of honeybread is the craft of making honey-based baked goods from honey dough, mostly mixed with rye flour, with added spices.

The most famous Slovenian traditional types of honeybread are the colorful Lect, Loka honeybread and Dražgoše honeybread.

Decorating Lect honeybread by Luka EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Characteristic shapes of Lect are hearts, horseshoes and various animals. Dough is decorated using a coloured sugar mixture.

Various images, notelets with romantic and other verses are affixed to it.

Loka Honeybread in the Form of a Swaddled Baby by Radovljica Municipality MuseumsBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Loka honeybread

Loka honeybread is a pastry made of spiced honey dough that is pressed into wooden moulds, characteristic of the Škofja Loka area.

Models for Loka honeybread by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Moulds for Loka honeybread

Mould for "swaddled baby" shaped Loka honeybread

Mould for "horse" shaped Loka honeybread

Heart-shaped Loka Honeybread by Radovljica Municipality MuseumsBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

The most common Loka honeybread shapes are hearts, rhombuses and circles.

Dražgoše Honeybread by Ivan EsenkoBeekeeping Museum in Radovljica

Dražgoše honeybread

is a handmade decorated honeybread, named after the village of Dražgoše near Železniki. 

The oldest shapes are decorated hearts and half moons, which boys and girls gave to each other on the Christian holiday of Three Kings. 

Edelweiss, in Slovene planika (Leontopodium nivale)

Make your own Dražgoše honey bread by TurizemSkofjaLokaSlovenian Tourist Board

Credits: Story

📖 This story is based on the book 'Living Together. About Bees and Mankind' by Dr. Petra Bole.
🔎 Learn more about Radovljica Municipality Museums' Museum of Apiculture on our website.
📣 Special thanks to Turizem Skofja Loka.

🖋 Text: Dr. Petra Bole  | 📸 Photography: Ivan Esenko

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