Bonfire night food for the family

Although watching the bonfire might keep your feeling warm, November is chilly and a few Guy Fawkes night themed foods and drinks wil keep you toasty when you’re watching the fireworks.

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, updated 31st October 2012

Bonfire Night is fun for all the family, with fireworks, bonfires….and of course not forgetting some warming food and drink to keep everyone toasty warm!

Hot chocolate

This winter favourite is essential for any Guy Fawkes celebrations! For an especially indulgent treat, why not try a luxury hot chocolate?

  • chocolate bar
  • milk
  • cream
  • decorative marshmallows, sprinkles, cinnamon or anything you like


  1. Break up some squares of your favourite chocolate bar into a pan and melt. Once melted, add milk whilst stirring together until the desired consistency – some people prefer it thicker than others!
  2. You can then add sugar to taste, if you wish – although it is unlikely that this indulgent treat will need sweetening any further!
  3. Top with whipped cream and let the kids finish them off for everyone with mini marshmallows, chocolate buttons or a sprinkling of cinnamon!

If you prefer your hot chocolate from a jar, try an instant brand which adds milk rather than water, for a richer taste. Top off in the same way.

Chocolate bonfire cake

What better companion to a warming hot chocolate than a slice of gooey chocolate cake? Get the kids involved to help decorate this chocolate extravaganza! The recipe suggests chocolate flakes to decorate, but use your imagination to create your very own chocolate masterpiece!


  • 1 shop-bought round 20cm (8in) chocolate cake (any cake will work, but a nice gooey sponge works best!)
  • 1 pot chocolate spread
  • 300g (10½ oz) chocolate butter cream (from supermarkets)
  • 23cm (9in) cake board
  • 15-20 chocolate flakes (2 packets)
  • 100g (3½ oz) good-quality white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Edible red food colouring
  • Sparkler, to serve


  1. Cut the chocolate cake in half horizontally, spread with a layer of chocolate spread, then sandwich back together.
  2. Carefully cut the cake to make a volcano-like cone, sticking the pieces together with some of the butter cream.
  3. Place the cake on the cake board and cover the whole cake with the remainder of the butter cream and surround with chocolate flakes.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in a pan, then drop blobs on to a piece of greaseproof paper and spread to make flame shapes.
  5. With a small brush, add the red food colouring to bring your flames to life.
  6. Arrange the flames in the bonfire and add a sparkler just before serving.

If you’re feeling very adventurous, you could make your own chocolate sponge cake!

Mulled apple juice

Perhaps you’re looking for a drink which is warming, but refreshing rather than gooey? This non alcoholic Mulled Apple Juice is suitable for all the family and only takes 15 minutes to make! This recipe serves 8 people, so you can double, triple or quadruple the recipe for the number of people at your gathering.

  • 1 litre apple juice
  • Strips of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus more to garnish the juice if you like it
  • 3 cloves
  • Sugar, or honey to add to your taste.


  1. Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused.
  2. Sweeten to taste.
  3. Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.

Yorkshire parkin

Fancy something a bit more traditional? Yorkshire Parkin is the northern equivalent of gingerbread but it is made with oatmeal which makes it much chewier. The cake can be eaten straight away, but it stores very well and gets much stickier and tastier if it is wrapped and stored!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes


  • 8 oz/220g soft butter
  • 4 oz/110g soft, dark brown sugar
  • 2oz / 55g black treacle/molasses
  • 7oz / 200g golden syrup/ corn syrup
  • 5oz/ 120g medium oatmeal
  • 7 oz/ 200g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Heat the oven to 275°/140°C/gas 1
  2. Grease an 8″ x 8″/ 20cm x 20cm square cake tin.
  3. In a large heavy-based saucepan melt together the butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup over a gentle heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil, you simply need to melt these together.
  4. In a large, spacious, baking bowl stir together all the dry ingredients. Gradually add the melted butter mixture stirring to coat all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Gradually, beat in the eggs a few tablespoons at a time. Finally add the milk and again stir well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 1 ½ hours until firm and set and a dark golden brown.
  7. Remove the parkin from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Once cool, store the Parkin in an airtight tin for a minimum of 3 days if you can resist eating it. You can even leave it up to a week before eating and the flavors really develop and the mixture softens even further and become moist and sticky.
  8. The Parkin will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container.


This is definitely one for all the family to get involved!

  • chocolate
  • long cocktail sticks
  • marshmallows or pieces of fudge or fruit such as strawberries and bananas
  • hundreds and thousands, decorative sparkly balls or chocolate vermicelli


  1. Melt your favourite chocolate (or different types of chocolate, milk and white for a marbled effect for example).
  2. Using long cocktail sticks, choose your favourite sweet treats such as large marshmallows, pieces of fudge or even pieces of fruit such as strawberries and bananas for a healthy twist.
  3. Skewer them on to the cocktail sticks before coating them in the chocolate (this is a step for Mum or Dad).
  4. Roll your messy and gooey creation in hundreds and thousands, chocolate vermicelli or decorative sparkly balls etc to create your very own 100% safe sparklers!
  5. Or for sparkler with a twist, why not try a double chocolate treat by dipping chocolate fingers?

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Sources: Good to know and BBC
Photography: Ben Grey @ Flickr

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