When you think of Crisco you probably think about making AMAZING chocolate chip cookies or flaky pie crust. Another great use for Crisco is making candles. Most candles you buy at the store are made of colorful, scented wax. In the days before electricity, emergency candles were made of vegetable shortening. Even today, vegetable shortening like Crisco is still added to wax candles to give them a creamy, soft texture.