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Issue 139 - Bonfire Night Snacks

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
October 2016


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Bonfire Night Snacks

Remember, remember 5 November

As the nights creep in earlier and the days begin to chill, thoughts turn to warming drams shared in the crisp Autumn air. In the United Kingdom Guy Fawkes Night falls on 5 November, and provides the opportunity to wrap up warm, fill a hip flask and head to the local park to enjoy fireworks and a bonfire. Bonfire Night, as it is often called was established to commemorate the foiling of the dastardly Gunpowder Plot in 1605 which threatened to reduce the House of Lords and the ruling ascendancy to rubble. Bonfires were lit following the suppression of the plot and topped with effigies of the conspirators. The tradition continues unabated to this day. The festivities have since shaken off their political overtones with most events now being organised by local councils and resident's groups. If you don't have a community bonfire celebration near you, you can still don your best mittens and head out into the chill fortified by these warming snacks and drams.


Marshmallows for toasting are an essential part of a bonfire. This recipe can easily be adapted to make other flavours. Substitute juice for the water to make fruity flavours, or add a dash of peppermint essence to make a minty variation.

• 7 sheets gold leaf gelatine
• 60ml hot water
• 2 cups sugar
• 120ml water
• Seeds of a vanilla pod
• 50g icing sugar mixed with
• 50g cornflour
In the hipflask: The vanilla of the marshmallows works well with the fruity flavours of a ...

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