Bonfire Night and Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire Night, which falls on 5th November each year, commemorates the capture of Guy Fawkes after his plot in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament and overturn the Monarchy and the event is now one of the most celebrated nights of the year here in the UK.


Bonfire Night is traditionally celebrated by the lighting of fires (bonfires) and by setting off fireworks once darkness falls , but there also are a number of traditional foods and sweets which are eaten on and around Bonfire Night itself.  Perhaps the most well-known of all these is Bonfire Toffee – a hard, smooth-tasting, brittle, treacle toffee which rose in popularity between 1830 and 1900 particularly in the Yorkshire area of England, where it is thought to have been first manufactured.


This Bonfire Night, if you fancy making your very own delicious Bonfire Toffee , then here`s our recipe to do just that, but if not then we do stock a great variety which is still manufactured in Yorkshire by Maxon`s, a family firm who have been manufacturing fabulous old-fashioned traditional sweets for over 60 years.




450g Dark Brown Sugar

115g Black Treacle

115g Golden Syrup

125ml Hot Water

¼ Teaspoon Cream of Tarter

Butter or Oil for Greasing


Start by placing the sugar and water into a heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat gently until all the sugar is dissolved.  It is important not to stir the mixture at all during the heating process and if you need to mix the two ingredients together then give the pan a gentle tip and a light swirl, taking care to ensure the mixture does not spill over the sides of the pan.


Once you are happy that all the sugar is dissolved, add the remaining ingredients and put in place a kitchen thermometer.  Boil the mixture gently until it reaches a `soft crack` consistency at around 140 degrees C.  This process may take some time (up to 30 minutes).  DO NOT LEAVE THE PAN UNATTENDED DURING THIS TIME.


Once ready, tip out the mixture into a pre-greased toffee tray or baking tray and leave to set before breaking the toffee up into medium or small sized pieces (this is best done using a toffee hammer if you have one).


Bonfire Toffee made in this way makes a delicious gift for friends and family when placed into small cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon.  You could even make your own gift labels !  Alternatively, just place the finished toffee into a bowl and hand it round to everyone at the bonfire on Bonfire Night.