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You've Been Using Tea Lights Wrong Your Entire Life

Sure they're pretty in a mason jar, but that's not ALL they can do.

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You know about tea lights.

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They're those little candles that are somehow everywhere, and people love them.

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You can put them in wine glasses.

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You can even float them in water!

But did you know that the reason they're called tea lights...

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...is because they're MEANT TO HEAT UP TEA?!

The metal casing lets the wick continue burning in the melted wax for about 3-5 hours, perfect for keeping tea warm while you casually drink it.
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The metal casing lets the wick continue burning in the melted wax for about 3-5 hours, perfect for keeping tea warm while you casually drink it.

(They're also used for heating up other edible things, like fondue.)

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And now you know the intended use of tea lights.

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