Bonfire Night Recipes

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Remember remember the 5th of November! The Sunny-D team have tested out all these ideas for yummy treats on Bonfire Night.

Don't forget to wash your hands before starting to cook, and always ask a grown-up if you need to use the oven!

Toffee Apples

Nothing tastes as good as a homemade toffee apple.

You will need:

  • 4 apples
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup

What to do:

  • Put the apples in a bowl and pour boiling water over them, to remove any waxy coating. This also helps the toffee stick to the apple.
  • Dry the apples and push a lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple. Make sure it's pushed in firmly so the apple won't fall off.
  • Put the sugar into a saucepan with 100ml of water.
  • Be very careful with this next bit – the boiling sugar gets very hot.
  • Heat the water and sugar until boiling, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add the vinegar and syrup. Continue to boil until the temperature reaches 140C.
  • If you don't have a sugar thermometer to test the temperature, then boil until the mixture reaches 'hard crack' stage. You can test the toffee by dropping a few drops into a glass of very cold water. It should instantly go into a hard ball, which can be cracked, like toffee. If it's still soft, continue to boil then test again.
  • Take the toffee mixture off the heat, and leave it to cool down for a couple of minutes.
  • Hold an apple by the lolly stick and dip it into the toffee mixture. Allow any excess toffee to drip off, then put the apples on their ends onto a piece of baking paper.
  • Leave to cool and eat when the toffee has hardened.

Warm and Spicy Hot Orange Punch

The prefect drink on a cold winter's evening. Don't worry if you don't have all the spices, you can use just some of them.

You will need:

  • 1 litre Sunny-D
  • 1 stick of cinnamon or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 star anise

What to do:

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and gently warm. Pour into glasses or mugs and garnish with slices of orange.

Homemade Honeycomb

Another irresistible sweet treat for bonfire night! The mixture needs to reach the same temperature as for toffee apples.

You will need:

  • 200g castor sugar
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

What to do:

  • Line a 20cm baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Melt the sugar and golden syrup together, stirring over a low heat without boiling.
  • When the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat, and boil gently until it reaches 140C, or the 'hard crack' stage (same as the recipe for toffee apples above).
  • Turn off the heat, add the bicarbonate of soda and quickly mix it in with a wooden spoon. Be careful it will be very hot!
  • Mix well until the mixture is foaming, and pour it into the baking tray.
  • Leave for a couple of hours until cool and then break into pieces.

Traditional Sticky Parkin Cake

This sticky cake made with oatmeal is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Our version uses a splash of Sunny-D for that extra something!

You will need:

  • 250g butter
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 tbsp treacle
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 150g oats
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp Sunny-D orange

What to do:

  • Heat the oven to 160C/Gas Mark 3.
  • Grease or line a 22cm round or square cake tin.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter, golden syrup, treacle and sugar together. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the oats, flour and ground ginger and stir well.
  • Add the eggs and orange juice and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
  • Cook for 50-60 minutes or until the top feels firm. Leave to cool down in the tin.


This cake tastes even better if you keep it for 3 or 4 days before eating – if you can wait that long!