Price Points: Quiet fireworks

Selection of quiet fireworks | H is for Home

Like bubbly and Auld Lang Syne, fireworks are synonymous with New Year’s Eve. However, it’s a night to which many people don’t look forward. Lots of pets get very distressed at the loud bangs & explosions. Not to mention, the parents trying to get their young children to sleep!

There’s such a thing as quiet fireworks that fizz, spark and cascade with pretty colours – they just do so quietly! If you’re planning on having a few friends around on the 31st and letting off a few firecrackers outdoors, your neighbours will thank you for choosing any of the selections above.

  1. Orion selection box: £7.56, Epic Fireworks
  2. Spellbound selection box: £14.99, Jordans Fireworks
  3. Champagne Rain – 61-shot barrage: £87.99, Fantastic Fireworks

Etsy List: Fireworks

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'Fireworks' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

It’s a busy week for celebration – Halloween has just departed and in three days time it will be Bonfire Night. These autumnal feasts are exciting & atmospheric… and feature all kinds of distinctive food, drink, decorations, costumes, fire crackers and sparklers. Outdoor fun for kids – big & small.

Remember, remember the 5th of November – here’s our Etsy selection!

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Cakes & Bakes: Plot toffee

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Jar of home-made plot toffee | @hisforhome #recipe #toffee #candy #sweets

Plot toffee otherwise known as bonfire toffee is a traditional Yorkshire sweet eaten in the autumn around Halloween and – you guessed it – Bonfire Night!

It’s called Plot toffee after the Gunpowder Plot. It’s referred to by different names in different parts of the country; loshin du or taffi triog (Wales), Tom Trot (Yorkshire), claggum, clag or clack (Scotland).

Some recipes include a little milk and malt vinegar like this one I’m using from A Yorkshire Cookbook by Mary Hanson Moore. Others I’ve come across include ginger, cayenne pepper and even chilli powder.

Plot toffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 300g

Plot toffee


  • 225g Demerara sugar
  • 55g black treacle
  • 55g butter
  • 2tsp water
  • 2tsp milk
  • 2tsp malt vinegar


  1. Bring all the ingredients except the vinegar to the boil stirring constantly
  2. Boil gently for 15-20 minutes, still stirring, until the mixture becomes brittle when a small piece is dropped into cold water. Even better, if you have a jam thermometer the temperature needs to reach the hard crack stage of 149-154°C / 300-310°F
  3. Stir in the vinegar and then pour into a well-greased tin
  4. When nearly set, you can score it deeply into squares. Alternatively, allow to cool and give it a bash with a toffee hammer
  5. Store in an airtight jar or container