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Prep a feast with our top Bonfire Night party ideas and recipes, including melty s'mores, crunchy toffee apples and comforting cocoa.

Planning a Bonfire Night party? We've got all the inspiration you need to make it truly explosive, from banging desserts and party snacks to comforting mains and warming drinks. Whether you're outside watching the fireworks or cosying up indoors, these tempting treats are sure to make 5 November a night to remember

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Bonfire Night party food ideas

Chocolate cupcakes topped with toasted marshmallows

There's no need to pay a fortune for soggy burger buns and limp hot dogs when you can make your own to go. Whether you need the perfect snack pack or a meal on the move, try our traditional treats and clever sharers this Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night food ideas

Bonfire Night dinner ideas

Spiral toad-in-the-hole topped with herbs

Fill up on a hearty, warming dinner before heading out to the fireworks. From traditional bangers and mash to hot dogs, savoury pies and hearty traybakes, we've got lots of autumnal recipes to please a crowd.

Bonfire Night dinner ideas

Top 10 warming drinks for your flask

Two mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate with chocolate shavings and marshmallow topping

Wrap your mitts around something homemade this Bonfire Night, and not only will you bypass the cost and the queues, you'll be able to nab yourself the best spot by the bonfire, too. Pack up anything from steaming soups to brave and boozy punches and you'll be feeling smug.

Top 10 warming drinks for your flask

10 toffee apple desserts that are better than the real thing

Toffee apple cake topped with meringues and toffee apples

Make it a Bonfire Night bonanza with something really decadent. Incorporate sweet, crunchy toffee apples into your favourite desserts, from cakes and crumbles to doughnuts and cookies, adding a nostalgic flavour to your bakes.

10 toffee apple desserts that are even better than the real thing

10 super-melty sweet and savoury s’mores

Compilation of 10 s'mores images

Sink your teeth into these gloriously gooey stacks of biscuit and marshmallow. We've come up with 10 sweet and savoury twists on this indulgent American-style snack, from melty chocolate and cookie base s'mores to cheesy Ploughman's s'mores. We've even got seasonal pumpkin pie and banoffee flavours that'll go down well at a Bonfire Night party. Need we say s'more?

10 super-melty sweet and savoury s’mores

5 boozy hot chocolates your granny wouldn't make

Five mugs of hot chocolate

There is little more comforting than a warming mug of creamy, hot chocolate. Why not go a step further and add a boozy kick to this indulgent drink with rich liqueurs, spiced rum and whatever else takes your fancy? We've come up with five tempting flavour twists to inspire you, including choc-orange, hazelnut cream and salted caramel rum. Chocoholics, look no further!

5 boozy hot chocolates your granny wouldn't make

5 ways with toffee apples

Five toffee apple flavours with Autumnal leaf background

Bored of plain old toffee apples? Try our five tasty twists on this traditional snack using a combination of popular sweet treats. From rocky road and vegan coconut to salted peanut and white chocolate, these moreish flavours will satisfy a sweet tooth.

5 ways with toffee apples

How to melt marshmallows

Biscuit being dipped in a bowl of s'mores and melted chocolate

We've covered everything you need to know about how to achieve moreishly molten marshmallows. Whether you're using them in s'mores, tarts or fondant icing, discover the best way to melt these fluffy sweets using a grill, hob, open flame or microwave.

How to melt marshmallows

Parkin: a Bonfire Night tradition

Traybake of parkin squares

Food writer Carol Wilson reveals the fascinating history of one of her favourite Bonfire Night treats. After discovering how Yorkshire parkin came to be a seasonal tradition, try our recipe for this delicious gingerbread cake.

Parkin: a Bonfire Night tradition

Our best ever ginger cake recipes

Ginger cake with lemon drizzle topping

If parkin alone doesn't satisfy your ginger cravings, then expand your baking repertoire to include our spectacular showstoppers and loaf cakes. Once you've tried some of these sweet and sticky ginger cakes, there's no going back.

Our best ever ginger cake recipes

How to roast chestnuts

Roast chestnuts in a pan

It's hard to resist the smell of freshly roasted chesnuts, and these will make a welcome treat after firework watching. Learn how to make this tasty snack and serve in a range of seasonal mains and desserts, or, we won't blame you for scoffing them straightaway.

How to roast chestnuts

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