Toffee Apples

On 5 November every year, children in Britain get excited because it is Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes’ Night): we lit bonfires and enjoy fireworks displays. On top of the fire is a guy (a homemade model of a man, like a scarecrow).

We do these things because we’re remembering when the King of England, James l, and the Houses of Parliament were nearly blown up with gunpowder.

Toffee made with treacle was a Bonfire Night tradition, known as plot toffee…these toffee apples will be a lovely sticky treat for the children tonight!

 What you’ll need (makes 8)

  • 8 washed Braeburn apples (or your favourite type!)
  • 8 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 450g light brown sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 140ml water
  • wooden skewers (or cleaned twig)
  • Baking paper
  • Tray

How to make it

  1. Place the golden syrup, brown sugar, butter and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil while stirring.
  2. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer (without stirring) for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile insert the skewers about half way into each apple.
  4. Line the tray with baking paper.
  5. Remove the toffee mixture from the heat and place the pan for a few minutes in a shallow container of cold water to cool and thicken the toffee.
  6. Quickly (but carefully!) dip each apple into the mixture, spinning it around by the stick to completely coat it.
  7. Stand the apple on the tray pointing up.
  8. Leave to cool and harden before serving.


Making toffee can be very dangerous so SHOULDN’T be made by children except under adult supervision!  

Did you know?

Did you know that to this day, because of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament.

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