We went round to the house of some friends last night for a little Bonfire Night party. We were greeted with cups of hot chocolate - milky and sweet for the children, while the adults were offered the darker version laced with Amaretto (so good!) There were sausages and baked potatoes topped with chilli which we ate outside. Instead of a huge fire, as is traditional, there was a fire pit - much more practical for a small area with lots of small children around. We toasted marshmallows and waved sparklers around and what the low-key fireworks display lacked in wow factor the children made up for in noise levels. It was lovely. We might try to get to a big public fireworks display tonight. I do love this time of year!
Bella asked John why we celebrate Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night, as it is also known). I'm not sure how much of it she understood - treason is quite a hard concept to get your head around when you are not quite six.
I took along some toffee apples and some "edible sparklers". These are such good fun to make with children and so easy, I am definitely making them again.
They could not be more simple.
One box of breadsticks
200g bar of cheap milk chocolate
- Melt the chocolate.
- Pour the sprinkles onto a dish or plate.
- Take a breadstick and using the back of a teaspoon spread melted chocolate half way down the breadstick, covering the whole top half all around.
- Coat the melted chocolate in sprinkles.
- Stand them in a cup or glass until the chocolate has set.
So much fun! It is messy though - aprons are needed as the chocolate does tend to fly around everywhere when small people are involved. And I am still sweeping up rogue sprinkles.