Bonfire Night Top Tips


The nights are getting darker earlier and the temperature colder, which means only one thing… winter is approaching and it’s time to celebrate Bonfire Night! 

If this is your first Bonfire Night in the UK, here are my top tips for celebrating this autumnal weekend:
  • Go and see some fireworks. There are plenty of fireworks displays taking place across Hertfordshire that you can find here. The nearest display to campus is the Firework Spectacular taking place at Verulamium Park, St Albans.  
  • Eat! Autumn is the time for heart-warming comfort food. Try seasonal favourites like toffee apples, hot dogs with fried onions and hot chocolates with whipped cream on top (see my recipe below). 
  • Wrap up warm! It’s cold, so make sure you’ve got your hat, gloves and scarf on, and a big thick coat. And with the British weather being as unpredictable as it is, make sure the coat you wear is waterproof or take an umbrella. 
Whatever your plans are, make sure to keep safe and keep warm! 

Hot chocolate recipe to warm you up 
  1. Fill your favourite mug with cold milk. I personally use full fat milk as it makes the drink creamier, but you can try alternative milks. 
  2. Pour the milk into a saucepan and grate your favourite chocolate into the pan. You’ll need the equivalent of around six teaspoons, so if it’s easier, grate the chocolate separately then add to the pan. I would also recommend using a plain milk chocolate for your first attempt, you can experiment after. 
  3. Slowly warm up the milk. Do not let the milk burn or boil! Not only will it taste awful, it will make your kitchen smell terrible! 
  4. Keep stirring the chocolate into the milk. Use a whisk if it gets lumpy. 
  5. Once the chocolate has melted into the milk and the milk is at your desired temperature, pour back into your mug. 
  6. Top with plenty of whipped cream (I like the vanilla flavoured cream best) and grate a small chunk of chocolate to cover the cream.
Photo of fireworks sourced from Pixabay.


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