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Easy Bonfire Toffee Recipe

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One of the most traditional foods of Guy Fawkes Night, bonfire toffee has a long history steeped in nostalgia! But did you know it was really easy to make your own? Keep reading to learn how…

Bonfire Toffee

Halloween is over, and next on the calendar is Bonfire Night! This gorgeous Bonfire Toffee takes me straight back to my childhood. The smell that fills your house when you make it is incredible!

Oh, and did I mention that it’s super quick and easy to make too? You’ll be finished in just 10 minutes! Then you just need to allow a little cooling time.

Looking for Bonfire Night treats with a more modern twist? Try these Bonfire cupcakes or firework cookies! And you know that chocolate cinder toffee never disappoints!

Bonfire Toffee – Step by Step Picture Recipe

Here is what you will need to make approx 24 pieces.


  • 75g Golden Syrup
  • 75g Black Treacle
  • 150g Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 75g Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar

Essential Equipment

  • 11 x 21cm (4 1/2 x 8″) Loaf Tin
  • Large Non Stick Saucepan
  • Sugar Thermometer
  • Baking Paper for Wrapping


Firstly, line your loaf tin with baking paper and set to one side.

Place all your ingredients into a large non stick saucepan and place over a medium heat.

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Stir occasionally until the butter and sugar have dissolved then bring it to the boil.

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Bring the mixture to a fast rolling boil and allow to bubble away until it reaches 140 °C/285°F.

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As soon as the temperature is reached, immediately (and carefully – this is hot!) pour the toffee into your prepared tin.

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Allow to cool for 20 minutes until it’s cool enough to handle and you can press your finger in and it will leave a slight dent.

Then oil a sharp knife and score lines half way through the toffee. (Not all the way through.) The toffee will break along these lines quite easily once it’s cooled completely.

I find it easiest to actually take the toffee out the tin to do this then pop it back in to finish cooling.

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Once the toffee is completely cool, snap along the lines into individual sweets. If you like you can make your own wrappers by cutting out 10 x 12cm (approx) pieces of baking paper. Fold round each sweet then twist the ends to seal.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container if it’s fairly cool (Winter) or keep in the fridge in Summer. If you haven’t individually wrapped your Bonfire Toffee, make sure you store it between sheets of baking paper so they don’t stick together.

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Told you this was an easy one! Bonfire Toffee is definitely not for those with weak teeth… this one requires some strong gnashers! That being said, the flavour really takes me back. SO buttery, rich and sweet. It’s delightful!

Bonfire Toffee | The Perfect Easy Treat for Guy Fawkes Night!

About Emma Mason

Emma is a professional blogger. Utilising over 20 years of cooking experience, she’s passionate about making your life easier, one recipe at a time! Drawing on her 12+ year background in recipe research and development, photography, copy writing and marketing, Emma has turned into a successful career. Known as ‘the organisation queen’ among friends, she is passionate about creating easy to follow recipes that anyone can follow and enjoy. She lives in Nottingham (UK) with her husband, daughter and 2 naughty cats. In her spare time she can be found reading a good book, training at the dojo preparing for her black belt grading, or dreaming up the next crazy colour combo for her hair!

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