I want to make some Parkin, Gingerbread (which I think I have down to a tee), cinder toffee and treacle toffee for Halloween and Bonfire night. Is it possible to make cinder toffee and treacle toffee without using a candy thermometer? If so, anyone have a good tried and tested recipe? I love bonfire night and want loads of sweeties to feed to everyone while huddle round the bonfire and watch the fireworks! I'd make some to give to kids trick or treating on Halloween as well but I guess they'd prefer shop-bought stuff.
Anyway, do I need to buy a candy thermometer if I want to make these kinds of sweeties?