Halloween is over, and the next seasonal event is upon us very soon – Guy Fawkes Night. AKA Bonfire Night. AKA Fireworks Night. Whatever you call it, I know many of us up and down the UK will be celebrating this very British of celebrations!
With the crazy of Halloween on my blog, Fireworks Night tends to creep up on me and I don’t really cover it on my blog. But not this year! I’ve got an amazing recipe for Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples to share with you today. I associate bright red toffee apples with Bonfire Night – maybe because my mum would always buy my siblings and me one each to enjoy while watching the fireworks, so this is the perfect recipe to share.
Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples
Now, before you shudder at the thought of having to make caramel to coat the apples, this recipe does provide two options. One is the fool-proof ‘cheats’ caramel, and the other is making caramel from scratch. Once you have either technique mastered, I bet you’ll be making all sorts of variations in no time!
The recipe also has a couple of very good tips – one is to wash the apples and dry them really well. This is to remove any wax from the skins, making sure that the caramel sticks properly and doesn’t slide off. The other tip is to place the apples in the freezer for a few minutes to cool down. This stops the caramel from pooling at the bottom. I sure wish I knew these tricks a few years ago when I made some Caramel Candy Apples for Halloween.
As I said at the top of this post, the bright red toffee apples you can buy at this time of year, really remind me of my childhood and watching fireworks. We used to live in a pub, and our flat was three storeys up – it meant we had a great view of a local fireworks show from our living room window! I have great memories of my sister and I being so excited to see the bursts of sparkles exploding in the night sky.
When dad retired, we would have Fireworks Night parties at my parents house – the food was always the same – hot dogs, jacket potatoes, baked beans… and of course those toffee apples! If it’s not a my parents, then we will have fireworks in the garden at home, and food will nearly always be the same as at their house! What do you do for Guy Fawkes Night?
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Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. – Wikipedia
Fool-Proof 'Cheats' Caramel
From Scratch Caramel
From Scratch Caramel
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!