Candlehead is a racer in Sugar Rush. Her theme is birthday sweets, and her signature kart is the Ice Screamer. She, along with Snowanna Rainbeau, Minty Zaki, and Crumbelina DiCaramello can be chosen from the start of the game as racers in Sugar Rush Speedway. Her voice actor is Katie Lowes.

Official Bio

Candlehead: Happy Hot Head

"Candlehead is a riot who's able to laugh at herself—even when she's the butt of the joke. Hypnotized by the flame atop her own head, she gets lost in a haze of Happy Birthdays. Sugar Rush and its daily races wouldn't be complete without Candlehead, but she's a few scoops short of a sundae."


Candlehead is a young, rosy skinned girl with green eyes. She wears a pink jacket and skirt with a brown diagonally striped shirt beneath it. She also wears brown leggings with pink polka dots, black shoes that have little waves of pink icing, and a large chocolate-colored cupcake hat with pink icing and a candle on the top. While racing, she wears a large cupcake helmet similar to her beanie, complete with a candle on top, as well as a dark pink visor. Candlehead often has a happy and careless expression and wears her mint green hair in two low pigtails.


During the film, Candlehead works closely with Taffyta Muttonfudge and Rancis Fluggerbutter as one of Taffyta's followers. She often does what Taffyta says——for instance, she uses the flames from her kart engine to light cherry bombs during a race to slow down Vanellope after Taffyta gives her the instruction. In the end of the film, when Vanellope is proven to be Sugar Rush's true ruler, Candlehead bawls and claims that she only bullied Vanellope because she was doing what Taffyta told her. According to her official bio, she is a bit ditzy——this may be seen when the racers are lined up just before entering the roster race and she holds her coin upside down. Candlehead is also shown to be a bit protective of her candle, becoming distressed when it is extinguished.


Concept art and other material suggest that Candlehead was originally named Minty Zaki, thought the name was given to a different racer, with her cake kart being a mint chocolate chip cake and ice cream theme. Her jacket was originally a minty green with chocolate chips in her hair. Somewhere in development, the name was given to a separate character and Candlehead gained her new name.


  • Candlehead's original name may have been intended to be Minty, as shown in One Sweet Race and her concept art but it also showed Minty Zaki in a picture in the book. Her plush has her mint chocolate chip scent intact. Additionally, in the Sugar Rush race, her stand says Minty across the top. 
  • In the Japanese adaption of Wreck-It Ralph, there is a remodeled version of Minty Zaki called Minty Sakura. However, she looks much more like Candlehead, wearing a traditional Japanese kimono and a raspberry clip in her hair.
  • Candlehead is the only Sugar Rush character who doesn't have a last name.
  • Her plush is mint chocolate chip scented.
  • Her fans are small, anthropomorphic green and teal salt water taffy.
  • Candlehead appears to be somewhat mentally slower than her fellow racers. This is demonstrated in scenes such as when she holds her coin upside-down and when she is the last to grasp that Vanellope is their rightful princess. 
  • When the racers are introduced, she seems to keep looking at Taffyta and mimicking her actions. Also, when Taffyta joins the racers before King Candy, Candlehead gives her a high five.
  • Her kart has several candle-shaped exhaust pipes which emit hot sparks that are able to light cherry bombs. It may have been influenced by the exhaust pipes on high-performance sports cars, which release bursts of flames due to unburnt fuel.
  • She and Vanellope Von Schweetz are the only racers who wear short boots.
  • She can be a playable character in Disney Crossy Road.
  • A face character of Candlehead was introduced in 2016 along with other Sugar Rush Racers as part of Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, acting as baton twirlers ahead of Vanellope's float.
  • Candlehead does seem to resemble Minty's Japanese design, having green hair and being dressed in pink and brown.

Memorable Quotes

  • "I was just doing what Taffyta told me to do!"
  • "Oh, that's right."
  • "Ha ha ha!"
  • "My Candle!"
  • "That kart is dangerous!" (One Sweet Race)


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Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
From "شمعة" (candle) or "شمع" (wax)
BulgarianСвещулина/ СвещялкаFrom just "свещ" (candle) or "свещ" (candle) united with "светлина" (light)/ From "just "свещ" (candle)
zhúguāng xiān mì
From "烛光" (candlelight) and "蜜" (honey)
CroatianSvjeæicaFrom "svijeća" (candle)
DanishKærtenoldFrom "kærte" (candle)
DutchKandelaraFrom "kandelaar" (candlestick)
EstonianKüünalpeaFrom "küünal" (candle)
FinnishKynttiläpääFrom English name
FrenchAdéle MachandelleFrom "ma chandelle" (my candle)
HungarianPirománcFrom "piromán" (pyromaniac)
IcelandicKertishausFrom "kerti" (candle) and "haus" (header)
From English name
From English name
LatvianSvecīteFrom "sveces" (candles)
NorwegianStearinhueFrom "stearin" (candle wax)
PolishGalarettaFrom "galareta" (jelly)
Brazilian PortugueseVeluscaFrom "vela" (candle) united with "velocidade" (speed) or united with "luz" (light)
RomanianLuminițaFrom "lumini" (lights)
RussianКренделиза АйсFrom "Крендель" means (pretzel) and "Айс" is a transliteration of "Ice"
SlovakTortulkaFrom "torta" (tart/cake)
SlovenianSveéicaFrom "sveča" (candle)
SwedishLjushuvudetFrom English name
TurkishMum KafaFrom "mum" (candle/candles) and "kafa" (head/headers)
UkrainianЖелейка or ТістечкаFrom "желе" (jelly)/ From "тістечка" (pastry/cakes)