Bonfire Night with Bonne Maman

Bonfire Night with Bonne Maman

“Remember, remember the fifth of November … “ a magical time for gathering with family and friends, enjoying warming autumnal foods and watching the spectacle of fireworks lighting up the starry sky…

With bonfires in abundance, marshmallows are an obvious treat for toasting and for an added dollop of indulgence, try warming up a bowl or two of Bonne Maman Caramel Spread for dunking those gooey little bites of goodness. After all, Bonfire night only comes around once a year…

When you’ve used up all of your Caramel Spread - or any of our Conserves and Marmalades for that matter - the empty jars make great storage and presentation for the all important sparklers and marshmallow skewers – or, if feeling extra creative, designing your very own ‘fireworks’ display!

Fireworks in the jar…

A fun thing to do with little ones which needs no lit flames. Simply find an empty Bonne Maman jar, grab some food colouring and a little vegetable oil from the cupboards and let your imagination run wild, watching the little pockets of colour explode in the water, putting on a display as they dissolve…

What you will need…

  • An empty Bonne Maman jar
  • Warm water
  • An assortment of food colouring (we used red, yellow, green and blue)
  • Vegetable oil

Method…

  • Fill your empty Bonne Maman jar up to the lid ridge with warm water
  • Into the overturned jar lid, spoon in approximately 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Gently drop around 6 droplets of each food colouring into the vegetable oil, trying to space them out
  • With a fork, gently mix the vegetable oil and colouring, so that the drops break up into smaller scatter droplets
  • Pour the mixture into your warm water, screw on the lid and watch as the colours start to explode in the jar!

The ‘fireworks’ appear when the colouring dissolves in the water – a process slowed down by mixing the colours with the oil, which does not dissolve. This way, the oil remains at the top of the water, whilst the more dense food colouring sinks to the bottom, gradually dissolving into a pretty ‘fireworks’ display!

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