Summer is the one time of year my husband can drag me outside to camp.
One of the joys of camping is gathering around a cozy campfire with your loved ones, feeling the warmth on your face and listening to the soothing sound of the wood burning. But a campfire is not just a source of heat and light, it’s also a great way to make some mouthwatering desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. With just a few basic ingredients that you can easily pack and carry, and some imagination, you can create amazing campfire desserts that everyone will love.
Whether you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, caramelized, crispy, or tangy, there’s a campfire dessert that will suit your taste buds. We’ll introduce you to some of the best campfire desserts you can make on your next camping adventure, from the classic s’mores to banana boats, apple pies, and more.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR CAMPFIRE FOODS?
- Hot dogs: These are easy to cook, inexpensive, and loved by many. You can customize them with different toppings and sauces.
- Marshmallows: These are the classic campfire dessert, especially when paired with graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores. You can also experiment with different flavors and add-ons for more variety.
- Meat kabobs: These are a great way to enjoy grilled meat and vegetables on a stick. You can marinate the meat beforehand and use different combinations of ingredients to suit your taste.
- Corn on the cob: This is a summer staple that tastes even better when cooked over a fire. You can either wrap it in foil or soak it in water and cook it with the husk on. You can also season it with butter, salt, pepper, cheese, or lime juice.
- Chicken: This is a versatile protein that can be cooked in different ways over a campfire. You can grill it, roast it, bake it in foil packets, or make it into a stew or soup. You can also use different marinades, sauces, and spices to flavor it.
I have yet to figure out why one would want to sleep outside if S’mores were not involved. This year, I’d like to expand my dessert options with some of these great campfire desserts!
What? Fresh eclairs outside? Are you kidding me? I’d sleep outside for a month if I could have these every night.
My daughter recently discovered the joys of ice cream cones. She would lose her marbles if she knew you could fill them with other goodies like marshmallows!
These work well as a dessert or breakfast while camping. What would make waking up on the cold, hard ground better than knowing you had warm muffins waiting for you?
This makes S’mores look like a lame dessert. (Ok S’mores, if you are reading this I’m sorry and I don’t really believe what I just said it’s just that it is freakin’ Tiramisu that you can make outside. That is insane.)
These are easy and I’m always one for getting some fruit in with dessert.
Tasty cookies to make around the campfire!
Cobbler is my go-to dessert recipe when I am at home, so why not enjoy it while camping as well? You can use raspberries as the recipe calls for, or sub in peaches, cherries, or plums.
This barely qualifies as dessert in my book because it is just fruit with a little butter, but it is so good that I’ll let the lack of chocolate slide.
This is a lovely combination of warm dough, cinnamon, and sugar. Even young kids will be able to help make it by winding the dough and sprinkling on the topping.
Ok, I couldn’t totally ignore the original camping dessert! This one has all new flavors though so it will be like the old classic kicked up a few notches.