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Sitting by the fire with Bonfire Night Treats

A bone fide winter warmer! Bonfire Night is an excellent way of getting friends and family together as the nights draw in, before the novelty of the cold wears off. (And showcase improvements to your Bonfire Night Food menu.)

Warming and soothing; our Bonfire Night treats deliver cosy comfort. So, whether you’re burning a Guy Fawkes effigy at your bonfire party, or enjoying the festivities through your window, we’ve got everything you need - from traditional Bonfire Night food to tasty bonfire treats that’ll keep you toasty in the cold.

Bonfire Night Treats: SPAR’s Picks

From sumptuous hot chocolate to showstopping bonfire cakes, fiery chilli bowls to decadent toffee apples, our list covers all of your Bonfire Night treat needs, with a few additional tips and tweaks sure to add fireworks to your Bonfire party.

Steaming Hot Chocolate Bonfire Treat

1. Steaming Hot Chocolate

Okay, so. Truth time. There are Bonfire Night Treats (i.e., without cream and fixings) and bonfire night treats (with all of the cream and fixings). Fortunately, this can be both.

A steaming mug of hot chocolate is perfect for warming hands if you are in the garden, and a delicious treat if you are sat on the sofa. Add a nutty liqueur and a dollop of cream for a more sophisticated take on this classic bonfire treat.

Also, consider this your reminder to pick up marshmallows – they’ll be the hero of your Bonfire Night Food plans.

Smoky Pulled Pork Buns

2. Smoky Pulled Pork Buns

Onto more traditional Bonfire Night food now, and Bonfire Night food fit for nobility, at that! (Don’t tell Guy Fawkes.) Delight your guests at your bonfire party with the alluring, smoky aroma of pulled pork – and all you need is a slow cooker.

With minimal prep time, this is easily one of the best Bonfire Night treats to make at home and is exhibit a in the Bonfire Night food done right. Choose a boneless pork loin and massage your chosen BBQ rub into the meat, before popping into your slow cooker.

Add a little water to the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the meat moist and leave for the rest of the day. Once the pork has been pulled you can leave your family to help themselves to soft white rolls and lashings of meaty goodness, before adding their favourite BBQ or apple sauces. Bonfire Night food doesn’t get more sumptuous than this. Want more tips on how to make the best pulled pork? Check out our blog here. 

Winter Slaw Bonfire Treat

3. Winter Slaw

This Bonfire Night treat is the perfect accompaniment to your pulled pork buns. Red cabbage mixed with carrots, red onion, and apple, dressed in a tangy vinaigrette makes for a great addition to your traditional Bonfire Night food menu.

Prep your vegetables the night before and add your dressing on the day for a simple take on tasty coleslaw. Alternatively, if you’re a little short on time, pick up a pre-prepared coleslaw from your local SPAR – no one will know.

A perfect accompaniment for traditional bonfire night food, or a centre piece of more contemporary fare.

Bonfire Night Treat Baked Potatoes

4. Bonfire Baked Potatoes

A traditional Bonfire Night food classic that requires zero introduction.

Wrap your potatoes in tin foil and pop in the heart of your garden bonfire for about an hour, and they’ll emerge with a deliciously fluffy interior. Deceptively simple and the ideal way to draw everyone outside and involved in your Bonfire Night celebrations. (You’ll have to briefly allow fireworks to draw focus from your Bonfire Night food, but not for long.)

Alternatively, if you aren't having a bonfire, just pop them in the oven with a little oil and salt on the skins for super crispy and delicious potatoes. Add a knob of butter and coleslaw to your baked potatoes or a spoonful of chilli con carne for an alternative to your pulled pork buns.

A bonfire treat that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or the heat of a bonfire party.

Traditional Bonfire Night Food

5. Fiery Chilli Bowls

Another traditional Bonfire Night food recipe that is simple to prepare and can be left to bubble away on the hob. Make your chilli vegetarian with kidney and pinto beans or add your own sweet BBQ sauce for your own personal touch.

Cook it low and slow while you wait for your baked potatoes to cook through. Find our easy one pot Chilli con Carne recipe here. 

 

Bonfire Night Sweets Toffee Apples

6. Toffee Apples

By the time the sparklers are lit, you’ll want to bring out the Bonfire Night sweets.

And, if you’re grasping for Bonfire Night Sweet Treat inspiration, try our simple take on the traditional toffee apple. You will have to prepare these in advance, but once they’re set, you can pop them in the fridge ready for your celebrations.

All you have to do to make your sticky toffee is heat sugar, water, vinegar, and golden syrup in a pan, ensuring that your mixture reaches 138°C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, heat your mixture gently for 10 minutes and check that your toffee is ready by dropping a dollop in cold water. If it forms bendy threads that aren’t too brittle and break, then your toffee is ready for dipping.

Coat your apples in the sticky toffee and decorate with nuts, chocolate, or sprinkles for the ultimate Bonfire Night sweets.

Decorative Bonfire Cakes

7. Bonfire Cakes

The piѐce de resistance. You can’t go wrong with homemade bonfire cakes. (We know. We’ve conducted the studies.) And they’re the perfect showstopper for your bonfire party.

Bake your favourite cake mix, whether that’s gooey chocolate, cool vanilla or warming red velvet, and go all out for the finishing touches. The key to the perfect bonfire cakes are the decorations; from toffee apple toppings to chocolate finger fires and sugar work flames. Create the effect of a real-life bonfire with your cake and you’re sure to impress! Share your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So whatever your plans, you can still make some delicious Bonfire Night treats at home, for an evening to remember. Stock up on the necessities for your Bonfire Night treats at your local SPAR, and enjoy!