Cinder Toffee for Bonfire Night

how to make easy cinder toffee
Cinder toffee is a bonfire night classic and it only requires three cheap store cupboard ingredients. The smell of this stuff is enough to make your mouth water and it’s a sure (bon)fire crowd please.
How to make cinder toffee
What you’ll need:
50g caster sugar
2 tbsp of golden syrup
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
bubbling cinder toffee

1. Line a baking tray or dish with greaseproof paper.
2. Using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar and syrup together in a heavy bottomed pan (we used a small milk pan).
3. Place the pan on a medium heat for 2 minutes before turning up to boil for another 2 minutes. Allow the mixture to deepen in colour and bubble up – do not stir. If the colour is not even, swirl the liquid inside the pan to even it out rather than stirring the mixture.
4. Remove the pan from the heat, add the bicarbonate of soda and stir quickly before pouring into the prepared tray.
5. Allow to cool and set completely before breaking into shards or slicing into chunks.
This will keep for up to a month in a airtight container, plus you can easily double the mixture (up to twice) to create larger quantities without the recipe breaking down.

thrifty_blogP.S. There are also recipes which use vinegar in the mix and whilst they’re fab I always find the mixture spurts everywhere and cleaning up is really hard.

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  1. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

  2. how big of a tin did you use to pour it into? is an 8″ x 8″ fine? Haven’t had this in years.

  3. can you use honey instead of golden syrup? I only have honey in x

  4. I literally just made this using your instructions- so good :). I rinsed off the pan with boiling water immediately to make washing up easier.

  5. This sounds so easy! I’m definitely going to give this a go, I love cinder toffee!

  6. Definitely giving this a go, didn’t realise it was so easy!

  7. This looks so perfect! They don’t celebrate Bonfire night here in Canada – this will HAVE to change… xo

  8. So easy and delicious! Fab idea :)

    Imogen – A Rendezvous with You

  9. Thanks for the tips and instructions, I tried making this a few weeks ago and it was a total flop!


  10. I love making cinder toffee. It’s so easy and there’s something magical about seeing it bubble. I always make some for my dad for christmas and cover it in thick dark chocolate. X

  11. Ooh definitely fancy giving this a go!

  12. I’m now super excited for bonfire night and this looks so yummy!

  13. That looks amazing! I’d love to try it :-)

  14. What is golden syrup? Pancake syrup? I want to make this! Looks delish!

  15. YUM! I’m going to make this with my little boy when he gets home from school; I imagine the bicarb ‘explosion’ will be the stuff of dreams for a four-year-old!

  16. ooh this looks yummy, and who knew it was so easy. Definitely getting some golden syrup on the next shopping trip – especially as a batch lasts so long (here’s me pretending it will last more than ten minutes!)

  17. OMG – my childhood. Thanks for the recipe. If only I’d had it a few days ago I could have made it for my Australian grandchildren while I was there. Not that they have Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night! Not especially when bonfires are banned and bushfires rage. But cinder toffee would gave delighted my darlings.

  18. So, I am in America and wanted to make this. I had to hunt for golden syrup, which is amazing by the way, and we got caster sugar from a friend. Next time I will know to watch a youtube video first because I had NO idea what it was supposed to turn out like. However, to me it tastes like the toasted outside of a marshmallow after you’ve toasted it! That’s my favorite part so I think I’ll be making this again! Thank you for the simple recipe, it was easy to follow!

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