Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire toffee we all love it and what better way than to get in your own kitchen and make it from scratch?

Wow, a beautiful smell all around the house and toffee-like your Mum and Granny used to make, so here is a traditional recipe for you to try on your own kids.


For the Toffee:

  • 400g (1 3/4 cups) granulated sugar
  • 100ml (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) water
  • 100g (1/2 cup) golden syrup
  • 100g (7 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar (white or malt vinegar works)

For Coating:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil for greasing


  1. Prepare Your Equipment:
    • Grease a heatproof dish or tray with vegetable oil. This will prevent the toffee from sticking once it cools.
  2. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, water, golden syrup, unsalted butter, and vinegar.
  3. Heat and Stir:
    • Place the saucepan on the hob or oven top over medium heat and stir the mixture constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved. It’s important to keep stirring to ensure even heating and prevent burning.
  4. Boil the Mixture:
    • Once the sugar has dissolved, stop stirring and let the mixture come to a boil. You can swirl the pan gently to ensure even cooking. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  5. Reach the Desired Temperature:
    • Continue boiling the mixture until it reaches the “hard crack” stage, which is around 150-154°C (300-310°F) on the candy thermometer. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Test the Mixture:
    • To test if the toffee is ready, drop a small amount into a cup of cold water. It should harden quickly and become brittle. If it forms a hard, crunchy ball, it’s ready.
  7. Pour into the Greased Dish:
    • Once the toffee has reached the desired temperature and consistency, remove it from the heat immediately. Pour the hot toffee into the greased dish or tray. Be very careful as the mixture is extremely hot.
  8. Add Salt:
    • While the toffee is still hot, sprinkle a pinch of salt evenly over the surface. This will add a nice contrast to the sweetness.
  9. Let It Cool:
    • Allow the bonfire toffee to cool completely at room temperature. This may take a couple of hours. Once cooled, it should have hardened into a solid slab.
  10. Break into Pieces:
    • Once the toffee has completely cooled and hardened, use a knife or the back of a spoon to break it into small, bite-sized pieces.
  11. Enjoy:
    • Your homemade bonfire toffee is now ready to enjoy! Serve it as a sweet treat during bonfire gatherings or save it for later in an airtight container.

Remember that working with hot sugar can be dangerous, so exercise caution throughout the process. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area, and use oven mitts or heat-resistant gloves when handling hot pans and dishes. Enjoy your homemade bonfire toffee!

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