How to Make Nana Starky's Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire night is here once more, so to help everyone get into the mood (and keep little fingers good and sticky) Here's our favourite recipe for Bonfire Toffee!

The finished toffee

What you will need

  • 225g Black Treacle
  • 450g Sugar
  • 225g Best Butter
  • 1 small teacup of water (about 50ml)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half a teaspoon of vinegar
  • Nana Starky’s Home Baking 1976 Recipe Book (or our recipe)

How you do it

  1. Gather all your ingredients together and measure out your amounts.

    Getting everything ready
  2. Add all the ingredients to the pan and place over the heat. Take care - the mixture gets extremely hot and sticky!

    Putting on the heat
  3. Stir continuously until boiling.

    Mixing it all together
  4. Once it is boiling, stop stirring and allow to boil. Do not stir as you will end up with soft treacle toffee.

    Hubble Bubble!
  5. Very lightly grease your baking trays/toffee tins

    Getting everything ready
  6. Keep testing your treacle toffee by dribbling a small amount into a glass of very cold water. If this turns hard and brittle, then your toffee is ready.

    It is a fine balance between getting the treacle toffee just right and it beginning to burn. Therefore, once it is becoming firm, test regularly and don’t leave your pan.

    Getting everything ready
  7. Pour the mixture very carefully into your tin.

    Getting everything ready
  8. Once your toffee is beginning to harden, score deep lines using the back of a knife. In the 1970’s we used to just turn out the whole block and use a toffee hammer, but scoring gives nice mouth-sized squares. Up to you!

    Getting everything ready
  9. Once the treacle toffee has cooled and set, you can break into pieces and either eat straight away or wrap into squares of grease-proof paper.

    Getting everything ready

Comments (1)

  • Kieran


    06 March 2017 at 16:57 | #

    Thanks! I found these while I was frantically looking for something to make. They went down a treat!


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