Celebrate this autumnal festival with one of our Bonfire Night food and drink ideas. Wrap up warm and tuck into Bonfire Night cake and plenty more treats to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

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Check out our autumn kitchen activities for more seasonal ideas, or take a look at our best autumn cakes and winter cocktails.


Bonfire Night sharing dishes

Catherine wheel sausage with honey and mustard

It’s not just the name that makes this dish perfect for a bonfire or firework party. The mix of sticky, sweet, savoury and a pop of heat from the mustard is exactly the kind of thing you want to be eating on a cold autumn night – fire blazing, scarves done up tightly and sparklers at the ready.

Catherine Wheel Sausage Recipe with Celeriac Mash

Toad-in-the-hole

Toad-in-the-hole is an absolute classic. Here we show you how to make this really simple sausage and batter recipe, ready in under an hour. Remember to serve with mustard!

A tray of toad in the hole with sausages set into batter

Venison toad in the hole

This is a simple twist on a classic – swapping out everyday pork bangers for something a little more adventurous, perfect for keeping you warm on Bonfire Night.

A toad in the hole with wild boar sausages, served in a black baking dish

Butternut squash mac and cheese

Seasonal butternut squash is roasted, then added to creamy macaroni cheese for an autumnal twist on a comforting pasta bake.

A white baking dish filled with baked macaroni and a golden cheese topping

Mac ’n’ cheese with ham and pickled onions

Our easy macaroni and cheese is packed with cooked ham, pickled onions and three types of cheese. Serve straight to the table and let everyone dig in.

Mac and Cheese with Ham Recipe

Slow-cooker sausage casserole

Give your slow cooker some love with this winter warmer, packed with hearty ingredients including sausages, bacon and borlotti beans.

Pot of sausage casserole next to a tea towel and spoon

Giant cheese-stuffed Mexican meatballs

Dark chocolate and dried ancho chillies add richness and heat to this indulgent meatball bake. Serve for a Bonfire Night feast with friends!

Giant Cheesy Mexican Meatballs Recipe with Rice

Slow-cooker chilli

A bit of everything goes into this chilli to create the ultimate winter warmer – dark chocolate, lager and Worcestershire sauce along with plenty of herbs and spices. Throw all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and let the mince soak up the flavours for four hours. Try more of our best chilli recipes here...

A large pot of slow-Cooker beef chilli, served with Jalapeño cheddar cornbread

Pig cheek goulash

Once the slow-cooked pork is meltingly soft, shred into the sweet, smoky tomato sauce and serve with ribbons of pappardelle for a hearty meal. Give everyone a bowl to tuck into while watching fireworks.

Pork Goulash Recipe with Pig Cheeks

Campfire beans

This is an ideal one-pot dish to cook over the campfire – the beans are given delicious depth and smokiness from the flames.

a full english breakfast in metal pan sat on a wooden chopping board

Baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans

These baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans make a great match for Bonfire Night.


Bonfire Night snacks (finger food)

Need bonfire party food ideas to feed hungry guests while watching the fireworks or gathered around the fire? Check out our snacks for Bonfire Night here.

Sticky sausage baps with beer-braised onions

Everyone loves those little sticky cocktail sausages you get at parties – so here is a super-size version in a soft bap.

Easy Sausage Bap Recipe with Caramelised Onions

Sweet potato melts with rosemary, garlic and chilli

Top your baked sweet potatoes with gruyère, cheddar and rosemary for a comforting winter warmer.

Sweet Potato Jacket Potato Recipe with Rosemary, Garlic and Chilli

Pumpkin soup

Serve this in big mugs with fat fingers of melty cheese toasties for dipping.

Two mugs full of pumpkin soup, next to two slices of a blue cheese toastie

Green chilli grilled cheese sandwich

Turn the heat up on Bonfire Night with one of our this melting, oozing cheesy toasties, spiked with chilli. Find even more toastie recipes here...

Chilli Cheese Toastie Recipe

Easy camembert toppers

Having a Bonfire Night feast? We've jazz up baked camemberts with some quick and easy toppings, a great way to feed hungry guests.

Easy Baked Camembert Recipes

Mozzarella sticks with spicy dipping sauce

These cheesy dippers are a perfect nibble to squirrel away for when you have friends round over fireworks season.

Mozzarella Dippers Recipe with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Cod dogs with tomato and dill relish and harissa lime mayo

The fiery mayo and refreshing salsa add the perfect finish to these cod dogs, a great alternate to hot dogs on a cold winter's evening.

Hot Dogs Recipe with Cod

Korean chilli-cheese fries

Load French fries with Korean chilli flakes, gochujang, coriander and plenty of cheese for an indulgent sharing dish to serve at your Bonfire Night gathering.

Korean Cheese Fries Recipe

Bonfire Night desserts

Make one of our comforting Bonfire Night puddings for a warming way to end your savoury feast.

Parkin

This squidgy, ginger-spiked cake is a real classic, made with oats, treacle and warming mixed spice. It's the perfect comfort food for Bonfire Night.

Ginger parkin on baking paper, two cups of coffee, a white plate and kitchen knife

Chocolate s'mores cake

S’mores, bonfire-torched marshmallows sandwiched between biscuits with chocolate, are a classic in the US for a reason. This recipe mashes up all of those flavours into one seriously epic cake.

A chocolate cake covered in toasted marshmallows

Spiced toffee apple traybake

The apple sauce makes this cake deliciously squidgy. Serve warm as a pudding with cream or ice cream, or just at room temperature with a hot drink.

Toffee Apple Tray Bake Recipe with Ginger

Banana split s'mores

Cooked bananas have a fragrant juiciness that’s ideal paired with salty biscuits and dark chocolate. This fun dessert is best made over a campfire and enjoyed outdoors.

blackened banana split s'mores in foil parcels with a yellow background

Whisky caramel and banana self-saucing pudding

Add a splash of booze to this banana and caramel dessert for extra indulgence! Ready in under an hour, this comforting pud magically creates its own sauce and is best served warm with a dollop of ice cream, perfect for a warming sweet treat on a cold Bonfire Night. Discover more boozy bake recipes here.

Caramel Self-Saucing Pudding Recipe with Bananas and Whisky

Apple crumble

This classic dessert is a firm family favourite and you won't go wrong with this foolproof recipe. Light up the fire and hunker down with a bowl of comforting crumble.

Apple crumble in an oval baking dish

Toffee apple crumble

Think classic, comforting crumble, only taken up a few notches with crunchy hazelnut and a coating of rich caramel over the soft chunks of apple.

a pink bowl filled with caramel-coloured chunks of apple topped with crushed hazelnut

S’mores chocolate pots

Here the classic US campfire snack of toasted marshmallow and chocolate squished between two biscuits is reworked to create an elegant layered dessert.

Three chocolate pots topped with marshmallows

Ginger sticky toffee pudding

Check out these seriously decadent ginger sticky toffee puddings. A dark, rich toffee dessert spiked with fiery ginger – serve with cream, ice cream or custard before a night of sparklers and fire!

Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding served on individual small grey plates with pots of cream for pouring

Teurgoule (rice pudding)

Soft, creamy and spiced, this slow-cooked rice pudding from Normandy is as good cold as warm, and particularly nice with stewed apples on the side.

Teurgoule Recipe (Traditional Rice Pudding)

Bonfire Night drinks

Bonfire Night means hot flasks of drinking chocolate, hot toddys and more. Try our warming drinks to take to the fireworks with you.

Luxury hot chocolate

Set up a little table outside with all the toppings, then let people help themselves to create their own take on the ultimate hot chocolate.

Luxury Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot toddy

Warm up this Bonfire Night with a hot toddy. We’ve used the traditional whisky here (single malt will really elevate the drink) but any dark spirit works well – try swapping it for bourbon, dark rum, cognac or calvados, or add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters.

A red background with a glass mug in front filled with a hot whisky cocktail and cinnamon stick

White hot chocolate

Go all out on Bonfire Night with a large mug of velvety white hot chocolate, garnished with white chocolate fingers, mini marshmallows and whipped cream.

Two mugs of white hot chocolate topped with white chocolate fingers, mini marshmallows and whipped cream

Vegan hot chocolate

This dairy-free hot chocolate is silky, sweet and topped with whipped plant-based cream – use oat or almond milk alternatives in this warming drink.

Two glass mugs of hot chocolate topped with cream and cocoa powder on a grey concrete background

Eggnog latte

Put a rosy glow in your cheeks on Bonfire Night with this latte version of a classic winter cocktail, made with eggnog, milk, espresso and a pinch of nutmeg for dusting.

Two mugs filled with creamy eggnog latte, served on a metal tray

Gingerbread latte

Fix yourself and your friends a round of warming gingerbread latte with Celeste Wong's guide, including how to make your own gingerbread syrup.

Two mugs of gingerbread latte on a wooden board with a dark slate background and plate of gingerbread bisciuts

Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine, mulled beer a great alternative to drink over the cold and festive season – full of autumnal flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.

Mulled Beer Recipe

Campfire cocktail

This sweet and smokey Bonfire Night-inspired cocktail is a great boozy way to heat up on a cold November night!

A bourbon cocktail topped with a marshmallow and placed alongside a bottle of bourbon

Spiked hot chocolate

A comforting, boozy hot chocolate is the perfect treat to warm up with when your outside enjoying fireworks with friends!

Spiked hot chocolate

Mulled tea punch

This is a take on kinderpunsch, a non-alcoholic German drink served as an alternative to glühwein. Make it for an easy, booze-free drink over the festive season.

Hibiscus Tea Punch Recipe

Blackberry whisky

The subtle spiciness of blackberries is a perfect match for whisky to warm the bones. Add in whole toasted spices (such as cardamom) to infuse.

A glass bottle filled with blackberry whisky next to a full glass

Mulled hot chocolate

Use up leftover red wine to jazz up your hot chocolate over the cold and festive season. Fill a flask with this spiced hot chocolate and take to your local bonfire party to keep you warm.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe

Bonfire Night treats

Bonfire Night sweet treats don't get better than these indulgent baking ideas, from cinder toffee to toffee apples and blondies

Toffee apples

Crunchy, chewy, sweet and tart, these classic autumnal treats are often eaten at Bonfire Night.

Three toffee apples against a white and grey backdrop

Bourbon butterscotch toffee apple

Indulge in these boozy sticky toffee apples this Bonfire Night for a grown-up treat.

A hand holding a golden tray of apples dipped in bourbon butterscotch

Toffee apple cake

Drizzle extra toffee or caramel sauce over this squidgy cake for an indulgent Bonfire Night treat – perfect for entertaining friends and family.

Toffee apple cake with cream cheese icing sliced into 8 separate squares

Chocolate orange brownies

Add Terry's Chocolate Orange to brownie batter and you get these deliciously decadent brownies, best enjoyed on a chilly November evening.

Chocolate Orange Brownies Recipe

Baked toffee apple cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake, so give yours a Bonfire Night makeover with our decadent toffee apple dessert – an impressive way to end any dinner party on a cold Bonfire Night!

Toffee Apple Cheesecake recipe

Wagon Wheel brownies

We are going old-school with these knockout jammie Wagon Wheel brownies. Wagon Wheels are one of everyone’s favourite lunch box treats, so we decided it was time to bring back this retro biscuit with a bit more va va boom.

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Wagon Wheel Brownie

Supermalt ginger parkin

Parkin is a classic Bonfire Night treat. Try our twist on this spiced cake. Fizzy drink Supermalt not only gives an extra malty edge but those bubbles work magically to lighten the sponge as well. If you can't find Supermalt, use cola or ginger beer for the bubble effect.

Parkin Recipe with Supermalt

Baileys pecan blondies

Take your blondies up a notch and top with a white chocolate Baileys ganache to give them a boozy boost. They'd make a lovely treat to enjoy while watching the fireworks.

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Pecan Blondies Recipe with Baileys

Chocolate chip cookies

Fill your pockets with our perfect cookies – soft and chewy in the middle with a perfectly crisp outside. Packed with oozing dark chocolate and topped with sea salt flakes, these quick cookies will keep kids entertained on the way to the local bonfire.

Chocolate chip cookies topped with sea salt flakes

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