Authentic tasting bonfire toffee. A rich and deep caramel molasses taste from both the brown sugar and the black treacle. The perfect treat for enjoying around the bonfire on Bonfire night.
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Bonfire Toffee Recipe
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
Halloween is over but bonfire night is rapidly approaching. If you’re not familiar with UK tradition, bonfire night (aka. Guy Fawkes’ Day, Fireworks night, Plot night) has been celebrated in England since 5th November 1605.
It is a celebration of the Kings escape from assassination from Guy Fawkes and his 12 other conspirators. Guy Fawkes’ placed barrels of gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament in an attempt to blow it up and kill the King. However, Guy was caught and then later he was hung, drawn and quartered.
To read more about the history of bonfire night, click here.
What is Bonfire Night?
Modern day Bonfire Night is pretty much like the 4th of July – we set off fireworks but for a different reason!
Why? Because fireworks contain gunpowder.
If you ever go to a [good] bonfire night party in the UK, you will see a spectacular fireworks display. Before the fireworks display, it is customary to light the bonfire. The bonfires are huge and keep you warm in the chilly autumn air from a distance. Before the lighting of the bonfire, a “Guy” (meaning Guy Fawkes) is made out of paper, tights (pantyhose), old clothes, etc. and moulded into the shape of a man and placed on top of the fire. You then watch as the fire takes hold and Guy Fawkes burns.
It sounds a little crazy now (watching someone burn? Yikes!), but it’s all done in good humour and for charities too. “Penny for the Guy?”
What is Bonfire Toffee?
Bonfire toffee is a hard toffee candy that traditionally contains brown sugar, black treacle (molasses), golden syrup and little other ingredients.
Bonfire Toffee is often enjoyed around bonfire night and sometimes throughout autumn and winter in the UK.
Bonfire Toffee has a very rich deep caramel molasses taste from both the dark brown sugar and the black treacle.It becomes chewy as it melts in your mouth too. Mmm!
And did I mention bonfire toffee is yummy too? If you’ve never tried bonfire toffee, be sure to make yourself a batch.
Is Bonfire Toffee Easy to Make?
Bonfire Toffee is very easy to make if you own a sugar thermometer.
It is all made on the stovetop and heated until the hard crack stage on a sugar thermometer.
Does Making Bonfire Toffee require a Sugar Thermometer?
It IS possible to make Bonfire Toffee without a sugar thermometer. However, it can be quite tricky to tell which stage you’re at without a sugar thermometer if you’re not experiences with making candy.
If you do not have a sugar thermometer, you can test for hard crack stage by having a bowl of ice cold water near your stove. If you drop a little of the mixture in the cold water, the toffee should harden immediately and when pressed with your fingers [after putting in the ice water], the toffee should crack and break apart with pressure when pressed.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 500g bonfire toffee
Authentic tasting bonfire toffee. Rich and deep molasses taste from both the sugar and the black treacle. The perfect treat for enjoying around the bonfire.
- 450g (2 cups) dark brown sugar
- 125ml (½ cup) boiling water
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 115g (approx. 5.5 tbsp) black treacle (molasses)
- 115g (approx. 5.5 tbsp) golden syrup (light corn syrup), see notes
- Line the base and sides of an A4 sized tin with non-stick parchment paper, and thoroughly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.
- Put the sugar and boiling water in a heavy bottomed large pan and heat gently until the sugar is dissolved, do not stir the mixture at any point instead tilt the pan if you need to move it around.
- Weigh out your remaining ingredients, if you put them in a really well-greased jug they will be much easier to pour out. Once the sugar has dissolved add all the ingredients and pop the sugar thermometer in, you can use the thermometer to give it a quick swirl but try not to mix it too much.
- Bring to the boil and boil until you reach soft crack on your thermometer (270°F/140°C) This may take up to 30 minutes, be patient and do not leave the pan unattended as it can change quickly. As soon as it reaches the temp, tip it into your tin and leave it to cool.
- Once cool remove it from the tin a break up with a toffee hammer or rolling pin. Store in an airtight tin or wrap up in boxes or cellophane bags to give as a gift.
- Black treacle is very similar to liquid Molasses in the U.S., and can be substituted with molasses. However, for an authentic recipe, golden syrup should be used and not light corn syrup. Golden syrup can now be found in most US supermarkets [or so I hear].
- TIP: To easily clean your pan and thermometer after use, fill with hot water and bring to the boil. This will melt any remaining residue making it easy to clean after.