The Bonfire Night Guide.

warm fire and bright gold fireworks

Bonfire night is a tradition celebrated on 5th November in the United Kingdom. The tradition commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and is marked by stunning fireworks, glowing bonfires, and delicious treats! 

Gathering around an impressive fire is not only an opportunity to revel in the brilliant spectacle of the flames and fireworks but also a perfect occasion to indulge in delectable food and drinks. 

In this blog, we will look into the best food and drink for you to enjoy when admiring the fireworks, or keeping warm by the fire. 

Best Bonfire Snacks: 

  • Toffee Apples.

  • The classic. Shiny, sweet, and crunchy treats are a must on bonfire night. Dip fresh apples into a rich, red toffee coating for a delightful contrast of flavours and textures. The toffee apple is a classic symbol of this event and a delicious way to celebrate. 

    delicious, sweet toffee apple


  • Parkin Cake. 


    A traditional spiced gingerbread cake, Parkin is a comforting treat that has been enjoyed on Bonfire Night for centuries. It’s rich, warming flavours make it the perfect accompaniment to a crisp, cold autumn evening. Serve it with a side of whipped cream or custard. 

    Tasty parkin cake


  • Sausages and Bonfire Toffee. 


    The classic British banger. A favourite for a bonfire feast. Enjoy them with a side of rich onion gravy or pair with a rogue choice of  Bonfire Toffee. A hard and brittle toffee that adds a sweet crunch to the savoury sausages.

    warm, rich, classic sausage and mash

  • Jacket Potatoes. 

  • The perfect warm, satisfying food to serve at a bonfire gathering. You can customise your toppings with melted cheese, butter, sour cream, and chives. The heat from the potatoes will definitely keep you nice and warm. 

    warm, classic baked potato

  • Corn on the Cob. 

  • Roasted or grilled? You decide.  A simple but delicious addition to your Bonfire Night menu. Brush it with a garlic herb butter for extra flavour and serve with a sprinkle of sea salt. 

    sweet, tasty corn on the cob


    Bonfire Night Beverages: 

  • Mulled Wine.

  • It is finally the season to bring out mulled wine. A steaming cup of mulled wine is a perfect beverage for keeping warm by the fire. Red wine is gently simmered with spices, orange peel, and a touch of sugar, creating a cosy, aromatic drink. 

    rich, warm, mulled wine

  • Hot Chocolate. 

  • A beloved treat for all ages. It is even better when enjoyed by the fire. You can customise your hot chocolate with whipped cream, marshmallows, or a drizzle of caramel.warm, rich, hot chocolate with marshmallows

  • Spiked Cider. 

  • Warm apple cider can be elevated with a splash of your chosen spirit, this could be rum or bourbon. It is a great choice for adults who want to add extra warmth to their evening.

    spiked cider

  • Hot Spiced Apple Punch. 

  • Family friendly Bonfire Bonanza? We have got you covered. Consider serving a non- alcoholic hot spiced apple punch. It is a combination of apple juice with cinnamon sticks and cloves, making it a flavourful and comforting choice. 

    hot spiced apple punch

  • Ginger Beer. 

  • This is the perfect zesty and refreshing non- alcoholic option. Ginger beer can be served plain or mixed with spirits to create warm, comforting cocktails. 

    rich, classic ginger beer

    An instant boiling water tap is a game-changer when it comes to making bulk hot drinks for family and friends. This modern kitchen appliance not only saves time but also adds convenience to the process. With a simple hold of a button, you can have steaming hot water on demand, eliminating the need to wait for the kettle to boil. This means you can swiftly prepare large quantities of hot beverages, ensuring that everyone’s cup is filled without the long wait times. 

    It’s a practical and efficient solution for gatherings, making it easier to serve up a round of comforting hot drinks to everyone on chilly evenings, like Bonfire Night. 

    Safety comes first… as you enjoy these delightful treats of your choice, by the fire, make sure to prioritise your safety. Keep a safe distance from the flames, have a responsible adult manage the bonfire and ensure any fire extinguishing equipment is at the ready. 

    Bonfire night is a cherished occasion for friends and families to come together, enjoy the warmth or a roaring fire, and savour delicious treats. Whether you are indulging in toffee apples, sipping mulled wine, or roasting sausages, the food and drinks you choose can enhance the magical atmosphere for a memorable night. 

    So, from Fohen to you: wrap up warm, gather around the bonfire, and relish the flavours of this fantastic celebration.