5 treats for Bonfire Night

These kids’ recipes will help Bonfire Night go with a bang!

Images and words: Sara Conway

Aside from the whizz, pop, bang of fireworks, Bonfire Night is all about the food. We’ve taken the work out of Bonfire Night treats so kids will be able to whizz them up by themselves. Even toddlers will be able to help!

1) Choc-dipped apples: Bonfire Night wouldn’t be complete without these traditional treats

You’ll need: apples, lolly sticks, chocolate and toppings (eg sprinkles, candy eyes, chopped nuts, crumbled biscuits or edible glitter)

  1. Ask your kids to break the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Blast for 15 seconds at a time, stirring between. Stop just before it’s all melted and carry on stirring until smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, ask your kids to push lolly sticks into the apples as close to the middle as they can.
  4. Now they dip the apples into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip off (this requires a teeny bit of patience!)
  5. Decorate with their chosen topping and place on a baking tray until set.

 2) Chocolate sparklers: super speedy and impressive

You’ll need: breadsticks, chocolate, sprinkles

  1. Ask your kids to break the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Blast it for 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Stop just before it’s all melted and carry on stirring until smooth.
  3. Now your child can dip a breadstick into the chocolate, and drip off the excess.
  4. Then they sprinkle on the stars and lie on a baking sheet until set.

 3) Firework cookies:a toddler-friendly fun way to top biscuits

 You’ll need: biscuits (shop-bought or follow this tried and tested recipe), icing sugar, water, food colouring, sprinkles

  1. Ask your child to lay the biscuits on a plate.
  2. Make up some runny icing (about 225g with a few tablespoons of boiling water).
  3. Split the icing sugar into a few bowls and add different coloured food colouring to each. We used pink, blue and orange.
  4. Now your child can splat and drizzle the icing sugar onto the biscuits and top with sprinkles.

4) Bonfire cakes: create logs for a fire with chocolate flakes

You’ll need: cupcakes (shop-bought or follow this tried and tested recipe), frosting (shop-bought or follow this recipe), orange food colouring, chocolate flakes, jelly tots (optional), food bag, scissors

  1. Ask your child to spread out the cupcakes on a plate.
  2. Now they can turn your frosting orange by stirring in a good squirt of food colouring.
  3. Help them to spoon the frosting into the food bag. Squish it into one corner.
  4. Snip off a small piece of the corner so they can squeeze the frosting onto the cupcakes. Cover each cake.
  5. Now for the fun bit. Ask your child to break the Flake bars into pieces and build the fires. Add red and orange jelly tots for a fiery glow, if using them.

5) Cookie s’mores: this American classic is easy and moreish

You’ll need: 16 chocolate chip cookies, marshmallows, chocolate spread

  1. Preheat the grill to high and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Ask your child to pop half (8) of the cookies on the tray and top with a marshmallow.
  3. Grill until the marshmallow begins to brown and melt.
  4. Meanwhile, your child can spread chocolate spread on the other 8 cookies.
  5. Then sandwich on top of the melty marshmallow layer.

Thank you to BBC Good Food for this recipe.

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