Bonfire taffy

The masses will love this sweet treat made from dark, sticky treacle toffee crushed into hard, bite-sized pieces. Treat your taste buds with every bite as the rich syrup flavor dances on your tongue. As you sink your teeth into the hard texture, a hint of sweetness will envelope your mouth. This festive treat is perfect for cool fall evenings when the campfire crackles and the sweet scent of toffee fills the air. Whether it’s a family reunion or a bonfire night, this irresistible fudge will put a smile on everyone’s face. Prepare to savor the deliciousness of this classic British dessert!


  • Oil, for greasing
  • 450g dark brown sugar
  • 125 ml hot water
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 115g black treacle
  • 115g golden syrup


Clean up
To clean your pan and thermometer, immediately after pouring the toffee, fill the pan with warm water while the thermometer is still in it and bring it to a boil – this will dissolve the sugar from both.Tip
It is best to prepare this recipe with a candy thermometer as it is very important that you reach the right temperature for the caramel to set.Watch out…
Be really careful because melted sugar can cause severe pain if it comes into contact with the skin.

Preparation steps

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an A4 tin with non-stick baking paper and then grease well.
  2. Place the sugar and hot water in a heavy-bottomed pan and heat gently until the sugar is dissolved. Do not stir the mixture at any time, but tilt the pan if you need to move it.
  3. Weigh out the remaining ingredients. Putting them in a well-greased pitcher will make them much easier to pour. Once the sugar has dissolved, add all the ingredients and insert the candy thermometer. You can give it a quick stir using the thermometer, but try not to over mix it.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook until thermometer registers a slight crack (270/140°C). This can take up to 30 minutes. Be patient and do not leave the pan unattended as it can change quickly. Once the temperature is reached, pour it into the mold and let it cool.
  5. Once cooled, remove from the mold and crush with a toffee hammer or rolling pin. Store in an airtight container or pack in boxes or cellophane bags for gifts.

Nutritional Information

0 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g

Equipment and tools

To make Bonfire taffy you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • A heavy-bottomed pot
  • A candy thermometer
  • A wooden spoon
  • An oiled square baking pan

Allergen information

Please note the following allergen information for Bonfire toffee:

  • This recipe may contain traces of nuts or dairy products.

Storage and leftovers

Here are some tips for storing and handling leftover Bonfire taffy:

  • Once the toffee has cooled and set, store it in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Avoid exposing the toffee to moisture or it may become sticky.
  • Handle leftovers carefully as melted sugar can cause burns if it comes into contact with skin.

Health Benefits of Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire toffee, also known as molasses toffee, is a traditional British treat often enjoyed during Bonfire Night celebrations. While it may not be the healthiest snack option, it does offer some potential health benefits when consumed in moderation. Here are a few reasons why you can indulge in this delicious treat without feeling too guilty:

1. Antioxidant-rich ingredients

Bonfire toffee’s main ingredients, such as dark brown sugar, black treacle, and golden syrup, contain varying amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals, which can contribute to aging and various diseases.

2. Energy source

Bonfire toffee is high in sugar and is a quick source of energy. This can be particularly beneficial during physical activity or for a quick boost of energy on a busy day.

3. Iron content

Black treacle, one of the main ingredients in Bonfire toffee, is a good source of iron. Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells and the transport of oxygen in the body. Including iron-rich foods in your diet can help prevent iron deficiency anemia.

4. Nostalgic comfort

Although it has no direct connection to physical health, drinking Bonfire toffee can provide a feeling of comfort and nostalgia. Enjoying a favorite childhood treat can lift your mood and bring back fond memories.

Tip: clean up

To clean your pan and thermometer after making bonfire taffy, fill the pan with warm water with the thermometer still in it. Bring it to a boil to dissolve the remaining sugar, making it easier to remove.

Tip: candy thermometer

When making Bonfire toffee, it is highly recommended to use a candy thermometer to ensure it reaches the correct temperature to achieve a hard toffee consistency. Proper temperature control is crucial for a successful result.

Be careful when working with melted sugar as it can cause serious burns if it comes into contact with skin. Always exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when handling hot substances.

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