Bonfire Night is just around the corner and although we know this year will be different to previous bonfire nights we know many of you will still want to replicate the evening from the comfort of your own home. This is why we wanted to talk about the importance of fire safety and give you tips and recipes for some healthier Bonfire Night Treats!
For many, a big part of Bonfire Night is enjoying some of the traditional foods that this time of year has to offer, but these can often be high in fat and sugar. There are plenty of ways to put a healthier twist on a bonfire night treat to ensure fewer calories! Why not give some of these recipes a go?
Dark Chocolate Half Dipped Apples
Arguably the most classic Bonfire Night treat is a toffee apple! Why not try swapping a toffee apple for a homemade dark chocolate dipped apple instead. By only coating half the apple, you’re still getting a treat but with fewer calories.
- Wash your apples and remove the stem. Place a lolly stick or skewer through the middle so that your apples are then on the end of the stick.
- Choose a dark chocolate (the higher cocoa content the better) and melt.
- Coat the bottom half of your apples by dipping them into the melted chocolate.
- Place the apples onto baking paper and chill until the chocolate is set
Optional: Why not sprinkle on some coconut or chopped nuts on top of the chocolate before setting? This will give you a tasty garnish for your chocolate apples!
Fresh Fruit Rockets
A fun and easy treat to make with the kids – why not make these fruity rockets to get the whole family into the Bonfire night spirit! You can use standard skewers or foil cocktail sticks for some extra sparkle!
- Chose the fruits you want to include on your fruit skewer such as grapes, berries, or chunks of melon/kiwi/mango. Wash and prepare your fruit.
- Place the fruits on to your cocktail stick until you have a full fruit skewer (leave a bit of room at the top end of your skewer)
- Take a strawberry and chop the top of the strawberry off where the stem is.
- Top your skewer with the strawberry to make a point for the top of your rocket
It’s as easy as that!
It’s important to make sure you keep yourself and everyone safe if you’re planning a bonfire night at home. Although the heat from the fire will keep you warm it is still important to make sure you are dressed for the occasion.
Here’s a checklist of what to wear:
- Warm coat
- Thick socks
- Ear Muffs
- Ear defenders for children
Here’s a few do’s and don’ts if having your own bonfire night at home
|∙ Make sure you stay away from the bonfire.||∙ Ever return to a firework once lit|
|∙ Make sure a responsible adults lights the fireworks / bonfire||∙ Ever let children under the age of 5 hold sparklers|
|∙ Make sure all small children are supervised at all times and animals are kept away from the fire||∙ Light the fire before checking if any animals have crawled into it|
|∙ Check the surrounding area including above for power cables etc.||∙ Have bonfires in areas close to trees / houses, fences or sheds|
|∙ Wear gloves when holding sparklers||∙ Ever play with fireworks or put fireworks in pockets and never throw them|
|∙ Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks||∙ Don’t burn domestic waste as it will cause pollution and potential damage to people’s health.|
For more information on how to keep safe if having a bonfire night at home have a read of Humberside Fire and Rescues page ‘Is your Garden Fit for Fireworks?’