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Quick and Easy Snacks to make your Bonfire Party go off with a Bang

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and… lots of delicious food to warm you up after being out in the cold watching fireworks. Okay, so it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the famous poem, but having some tasty treats to serve on bonfire night is sure to make your party rhyme.

From spicy foods that bring some colour back to your cheeks, to seasonal snacks and warming drinks, here are some fresh ideas for bonfire night treats. All are easy to prepare or can be left cooking while you get on with entertaining your guests.

Pumpkin Soup

Something pumpkin

While it may not be the best idea to cook up the pumpkin you carved before Halloween, if you can get your hands on a fresh one, turn it into a soup and people can take a mug outside with them as they ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the pyrotechnics. Add some spices like cumin and coriander for flavour and your fragrant pumpkin soup can bubble away until ready.

Hot and steamy

As an alternative to take al fresco, sweet toothed party-goers will love a mug of hot chocolate. Not just for kids, you can spruce it up in all sorts of ways, including by adding a tot of your favourite tipple or a shot of coffee to perk everyone up. If you’ve got time, try this Bonfire Hot Chocolate, where the classic choc-orange combo is pepped up with some chilli.

Pork, sage & onion stuffing and rich gravy, the Ultimate Pulled Pork Roll. The perfect image for your restaurant or bistro menu designs. Shot in creative lighting in a rustic setting against a dark background. Copy space.

Leave-in-the-oven pork

Get ahead and stick a joint of pork in the oven early so you can leave it slow-roasting and growing in flavour while you get on with other things. This recipe for Slow Roast Pork Shoulder can be prepped with spices, cider vinegar and treacle in just 20 minutes before being left in the oven or slow cooker all day. It’ll fill the house with a delicious aroma, too.

Very-peri tasty

What better to go with fall-apart pork than some spicy fries? Also great served on their own as a tasty snack, these no hassle McCain Peri Peri Fries are ready prepared for you, so all you have to do it put them in the oven or grill just ahead of when you want them. With a flavouring of paprika and cayenne pepper, they’re an easy way to warm the cockles in no time.

BBQ with fiery sausages on the grill

Not just sausages on sticks

It’s not bonfire night without bangers – and by that we mean the sausage variety. Create the ultimate in safe indoor fireworks with skewered sausages that look just like rockets. Cook up some sausages – any flavour you like – then spike them on wooden or metal skewers and top with a triangle of pepper, each in a different colour. You could even go retro and display them spiked into a foil covered vegetable so they stand up like fireworks stuck in the ground. A halved cabbage works best for this as it’s the right size and soft enough to skewer.

Most of all though, have an amazing Bonfire Night and stay safe.

What is your favourite Bonfire Night treat?

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This article has 73 comments

  1. Stephanie Jeannot

    My mom makes the best pumpkin soup. It is a tradition for Haitian people to have it on New Year’s Day to celebrate Haitian Independence. I love that you can recycle from Halloween night and use your pumpkin for something useful. Great idea!

  2. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    These are great ideas :). Love this season with bonfires and curling up under blankets with friends 🙂

  3. Paula Schuck

    I love these! I need those burgers in my life immediately. They look delicious!

  4. Doria

    First of all, I want to go to one of your bonfires!!! Yum! My favorite thing is s’mores. I could literally eat them all day long!

  5. Jeanette

    A friend of mine has a bonfire with her family quite a bit. They have to be so much fun, where I live we cannot have them but I’ve been to a few in my life and I love all the food there. I’ll have to see if she’s done any of these. If she hasn’t then I’m going to tell her about this post.

  6. Pam Wattenbarger

    I love the idea of serving up pumpkin soup. And who doesn’t love a good hot chocolate when it is cold outside?

  7. Carolle Wieler

    The Mcain chips sound wonderful, have never seen them so will be looking from now on. Mum used to make sausage rolls for Bonfire Night and jacket potatoes, still my faves.

  8. LaaLaa

    I use to love the story of Guy Fawkes. I’ve not done anything for bonfire night in years – great tips hun xo

  9. tara pittman

    My allergies wont let me enjoy a bonfire. I would enjoy a veggie burger.

  10. Miracle Max

    I love hot chocolate on bonfire night – with lots of marshmallows too. The pulled pork sounds lovely too. Jo x

  11. Rachel

    I do leave pork in the slow cooker cooking in cider, which is just divine. Smells incredible too but the downside is I am always hungry when it is cooking x

  12. Olivia Thristan

    Jacket spuds which have been put in the oven for many hours so they’re super crispy with some of chilli on top is my faaaave!

  13. Alli Smith

    We don’t’ celebrate Bonfire Night, (wish we did!) but we do have bonfires occasionally and I always love to break out the s’mores. Roasting marshmallows is always so much more fun when there’s a bonfire.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I used to love roasting marshmallows, we would sometimes have them when I was helping as a Youth Ranger, if we were burning the things we had chopped down on a break, sometimes we would have thrown all the sticks on the fire though and would have to use the spades, so hygienic.

  14. Sarah

    It’s great to use pumpkins after Halloween, so they don’t get wasted. Sadly, I just don’t like the taste! 🙁 My favourite bonfire night snacks are burgers, roasted marshmallows & toffee apples!

  15. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    This is a great list of snacks that are easy to make. I love a good bonfire party. I will save this post for our next gathering!

  16. Kathryn

    Well my mouth is now watering! Haha! I don’t have anyone to spend bonfire night with but I might make my own mini feast xx

  17. Tara

    Love the look of that first one. I never know what to offer at these things!

  18. Ayesha Farhad

    Oh God! I can’t wait for the 5th of November now! This time we are going to the greenwich park to see the fireworks since the little man now acknowledges and enjoys them! Definitely taking some soup this time though! Love the snacks ideas! x

  19. Stephen

    Aww I love bonfire night and these recipes are so good! also super excited to see your christmas recipes!

  20. Melanie Smith

    Bonfire party for me is not a real party without s’mores!! That is my favorite part of the bonfire.

  21. Jennifer

    So many great suggestions to change things up! I like the idea of cooking different sausages vs the usual hot dogs.

  22. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    These are great ideas to fill up your guests with hearty eats at a bonfire. So much better than the traditional hotdogs & hamburgers.

  23. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great easy snacks for a bonfire party. The leave in the oven pork and the pumpkin soup are some great bonfire snacks along with the hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing these awesome bonfire snack ideas.

  24. Rhian Westbury

    Pulled pork is something my mum cooks all the time at this time of year and it tastes amazing x

  25. Jemma

    These are all great idea. I cannot wait for bonfire night.

  26. Hayley Colburn

    I always do kebabs and burgers, hotdogs etc, am going for bbq pulled pork and onion rings as burger toppings this year

  27. Cassandra Mayers

    I think that sausages sound like the perfect food for Bonfire Night! They are called Bangers after all 🙂

  28. Stephanie Merry

    I’m all about the bangers on bonfire night but the peri peri fries sound good as well! x

  29. Amber Myers

    All this food has made me drool. Everything looks amazing!

  30. fashion-mommy

    Great ideas, I’m afraid we go down the boring route of jacket potatoes and hot dogs.

  31. emma white

    oh some great ideas here and come at a great time as we are having a few friends over Friday night so can use some of these ideas

  32. Angela Harris

    Pumpkin soup I have never had, That sounds pretty good and something I may have to try.

  33. Ashley

    We went to a bonfire a few weekends ago. It was so much fun!

  34. Christine Dodd

    I’m not a fan of pumpkin, but bangers, well, you are speaking my language!

  35. Hannah

    Well I’m hungry now! Can’t believe I hve never ate anything pumpkin xx

  36. Anthea

    I just love the idea of pumpkin soup served in a pumpkin. That’s just genius. I do love a looks good tastes good idea!

  37. Jeanine

    Oh pork. Cannot say no to a good pork. All of this looks awesome. I wish we could have a bonfire but its impossible at our new house. I miss them!

  38. Amanda Love

    Those are all amazing and it’s nice to be able to spend less time on snacks during these parties! Thanks for the tips and ideas!

  39. Claire

    Pulled pork is our utter go-to. This year we are celebrating with veggies, so it’s a spicy pasta dish!

  40. Ali

    I love this soup in a pumpkin! It looks so delicious and perfect for Fall!

  41. The London Mum

    Gotta have sausages and hot chocolate! I’m really excited about it this year 🙂

  42. nicol

    that hot chocolate flavour sounds so lush. i love orange hot chocolate and now I’m imaging the chilli coming through. mmmm

  43. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Drool worthy suggestions! I absolutely love bonfire night food 🙂

  44. Kate | My Mommy Brain

    Fall is my favorite season! Love bonfire parties and pulled pork is one of my weaknesses! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Melanie Edjourian

    I am loving the look of those especially the pork shoulder it sounds great 😉

  46. Echo

    Oh my goodness, now all I can think about is pulled pork and hot chocolate! I think I need to go grocery shopping!

  47. Rachel Mouton

    These are such great ideas! I have never used a pumpkin as a serving dish, but it looks fabulous 🙂

  48. RUSS

    I’m all for the hot chocolate and sausages – my favorites! These are the perfect bonfire food. I have yet to try serving something on a pumpkin.

  49. rebekah

    I’m hungry now! These snacks look so so yummy!

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