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Bonfire Toffee

5/5 - (2 votes)

I had honestly never heard of this sweet until my Dad asked me to make it for bonfire night, and what I was missing out on!! This toffee is so dark with incredibly deep and almost burnt smoky flavours and it should truly be a staple part of bonfire night. However, to make this recipe you will need a ‘candy’ or ‘jam’ thermometer that is capable of measuring really high temperatures to make sure your toffee ends up the right consistency. Although using a candy thermometer may sound scary this recipe is super easy so don’t be put off!

Makes: 300g

Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Prep time: 1 minute


60ml water

225g dark brown sugar

50g black treacle

50g golden syrup

1 small pinch cream of tartar


  1. Measure out all your ingredients and read through the recipe so you are ready to go and won’t need to leave the hob unattended.
  2. Dissolve the dark brown sugar in the water on a medium heat, do not stir together but you can tip the pan to combine if you need to.
  3. Add all you other ingredients and place your candy thermometer into the pan.
  4. Cook on a medium heat until you reach the soft crack stage which is 135°C, this might take up to 30 minutes but just keep going and do not stir the mixture.
  5. Pour onto a tray and leave to cool.
  6. Smash into pieces of your desired size when completely cooled or when partially cooled press a knife into the mixture creating lines you can break along later.

#Accessibility (image description: the image is set of a black background but there is scrunched, brown greaseproof paper covering the floor of the image. We can see around 7 pieces of jet-black shiny bonfire toffee stacked on top of each other, they are irregularly sized shards like brittle.)

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