Bonfire night can be a bit of a tricky one.

‘Do I go meet my friends in a dark, cold, boggy field and wait an hour for the fireworks to finally start? Or, do I stay at home, make a feast, invite the girls round and watch the sky light up from the comfort of my living room?’

If you choose to brave the outside world – well done! It’s always good to get out there. But if you’ve decided to keep it cosy and look after the dog with a few pals, here are some tasty toffee treats to make and devour.

(And if you’re not too confident in the kitchen, ask an older sibling or a parent to show you the ropes so that you do everything super safely!)

Toffee/chocolate apples

It’s a Bonfire Night classic that’s super simple to make and basically counts as one of your five a day. Change toffee for melted cooking chocolate topped with hundreds and thousands if you’re scared of it getting stuck in your braces!

Ingredients

– Bag of 6-8 apples (Granny Smiths work well)
– 400g golden caster sugar
– 1tsp vinegar
– 4 tbsp golden syrup

What to do

1. Put the apples in a large bowl or saucepan and pour hot water over them to remove the waxy coating.
2. Dry with a tea towel, pull off any stalks, push a lolly stick through each apple’s core and place them on a sheet of baking paper near your oven top.
3. Tip the sugar into a pan with 100ml water on a medium heat. Cook this for five minutes until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the syrup and vinegar.
4. Test to see if the toffee’s ready by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water – it should harden instantly. If it’s still squishy, continue to boil.
5. Dip and spin each apple in the hot toffee, let the excess drip, then place back onto the parchment – you’ll have to act fast here!
6. Leave to set, then enjoy.

Sticky toffee popcorn

It’s a thing of beauty when two great ingredients like this unite. This snack is perfect for munching while watching a film or looking out at the fireworks.

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Ingredients
– Sachet of popping corn
– 50g salted butter
– 100g light soft brown sugar
– 2 tbsp golden syrup
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil

What to do

1. Heat the oil in a big pan, add the corn and mix into the oil.
2. Set to a low heat, cover with the lid and have fun listening to all the corn pop.
3. Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar in another pan until the butter melts. Increase the heat and let it bubble for 1-2 minutes.
4. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and give it a really good stir.
5. Empty the coated popcorn onto a sheet of baking paper and let it set.

Bonfire toffee

Okay, this is the ultimate traditional bonfire night treat for all the sugar fiends out there. You’ll need a sugar thermometer to measure the temperature of the toffee – ask your parents if they have one!

Ingredients

– 75g black treacle
– 75g golden syrup
– 150g light soft brown sugar
– 75g butter
– ¼ tsp cream of tartar (look in the baking aisle at the supermarket)

What to do

1. Line a 15cm x 20cm baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2. Put the treacle, golden syrup, brown sugar, butter and cream of tartar into a large saucepan on a medium heat. Stir occasionally until everything has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
3. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil. When the mixture reaches 140C (use the thermometer), pour very carefully into the lined tray.
4. Wait about 15 – 20 minutes until the toffee is cool enough to handle and feels slightly elastic to the touch. Then you can start cutting it into equal portions with a buttered knife.
5. Store in an airtight container and use baking paper to separate layers so that they don’t stick together!

Finish the night with a cream and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate for the perfect end to a cosy night in. That should be your sugar fix sorted until Christmas.

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Okay, we *might* have gone a bit OTT with Halloween but it’s one of our fave times of year. Can you tell? Not only have we pulled together loooads of outfit inspo and deadly makeup for you to copy, but we’ve even made you a spooky movie playlist for the big day.

And what does every squad need when they’re swishing around their makeup brushes and fashioning the perfect Stranger Things costume in preparation for the scariest cinema sesh ever!? Snacks, that’s what.

Ingredients (makes 12)

• 1 batch ready-baked cupcakes (we’re not Nigella, guys)
• apricot jam
• 12 large marshmallows
• icing sugar for dusting
• 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) white sugar paste
• soft-peak white royal icing in a piping bag
• a black sugar paste for decorating
• 1 cm round cutters
• black edible pen
• pink edible dusting powder

Recipe

1. Remove the paper cases from the cupcakes. Warm the apricot jam, and brush it over the top and sides of each cupcake. Stick a large marshmallow on top – if they are really big, you can cut these in half.

2. Pop in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds until the marshmallow begins to go squishy and melt onto the cake. Brush a little more jam over the sponge and marshmallow.

3. Dust your work surface with icing sugar. Roll out the white sugar paste and cut out squares large enough to cover the top and sides of each cupcake, making sure you have some excess icing.

4. Place a square of white sugar paste on top of each cupcake and smooth it down with your hands.

5. Cut around the base of the cake, making a little tail to one side. Set aside any off-cuts for making the hands.

6. Press the icing gently onto the cake to mould the cute ghostly body. Leave the little tail flowing to one side. To make the ghost hands, use the off-cuts and roll into 24 little balls of icing. Mould these into cones, then flatten slightly and stick 2 to either side of each ghost with white royal icing.

7. Finish by rolling out the black sugar paste to 5 mm (1⁄4 in). Cut out circles for the eyes and stick these to the ghosts with a little royal icing. Pipe white dots onto the eyes to add sparkle. Add a cute smile using black edible pen, and dust over some pink powder to make cheeks.

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On one hand, we love pretty bath products. On the other hand, we also love a good snack. So, let’s put our hands together… bath products that look good enough to eat! Okay, so they’re not actually edible, but it’s only a matter of time before scientists get that sorted. C’mon, bath times are crying out for it. In the meantime, we can lay back in the warm water and imagine with these goodies…

‘Field of Joy’ bath mallow

Topped with what looks like whipped cream, this mini cupcake is a bite-sized birthday party for your tub. Fill the bathroom with fresh ginger and frankincense aromas by dropping in the water and watching it fizz.

Bomb Cosmetics, £2.99

Bath infusion tea bags

Image credit: bubbletcosmetics.com

These delish bath infusion teabags come in Hibiscus & Acai Berry, Lemongrass & Green Tea and Moroccan Mint flavours. Just run them under warm water and brew like you’re a big ol’ teabag in a huge bath-shaped cuppa.

Bubble T, £6.00 for 10 teabags

Coconut affair coffee scrub

Hit the shower and exfoliate your back, boobs and bum with this yummy coffee scrub. The ingredients read like a menu: organic coffee, coconut flakes, extra virgin olive oil, so cook up some smoooooth skin.

Scrub Love, £13.95

Ro’s argan gourmet soap

Image credit: uk.lush.com

This one literally looks like a brownie. It smells floral though, so (hopefully) that will stop us gobbling it up. The bar rubs on with a creamy consistency and is made with luxury ingredients for ultimate indulgence.

Lush, £9.00

Bath fizzlers

Image credit: joules.com

Scrambled? Boiled? Fizzy?! Get some protein in before brekkie with these eggy bath fizzers. The smell is gorgeous (who thought we’d say that about an egg-related product, eh?) and it comes in the cutest little tray.

Joules, £6.00 for a pack of 4

Bomb Cosmetics ‘Field of Joy’ bath mallow is available in July’s bettybox. Sign up for yours right here!