Who says roasted marshmallows are the only dessert you can make while camping? Try these yummy treats on for size next time you're around a campfire!
Dessert while camping? Um, of course! You can make some mouth-watering sweet treats just as easy as can be when you’ve got a few key ingredients, some foil and a fire. Here is one of my favorites:
Campfire Roasted Caramel Apples
- Granny Smith apples: 1 per camper (or 2 if you’ve got big eaters!)
- Caramel apple dip (like Marzetti’s - found in the produce section)
- Cooking spray or butter
- Optional: walnuts, pecans, Craisins, brown sugar, crumbled shortbread cookies
Spray a sheet of aluminum foil about 8 inches long with cooking spray, or brush with a bit of softened butter. Cut each apple in half lengthwise and scoop out the core. Spread each half with a generous amount of caramel dip. Lay the apple pieces in the center of the foil. Sprinkle with cinnamon. If desired, sprinkle with any (or all) of the optional items.
Then put the two sides of the apple back together and wrap in the foil. Put these apples on a cooking grate over the fire or near hot embers if you don’t have a grate. Do not put the apples directly in the fire! Let the apples roast for 20-30 minutes. Carefully open the foil and let cool for a bit before diving into this yummy dessert.
Let’s also not forget about the camping dessert staple – s’mores! Now, if you are a s’more purist then you probably want your basic graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate bars. But if you want to take your s’mores to the next level, try these fun options:
Instead of regular graham crackers, try chocolate graham crackers, fudge stripe cookies, shortbread cookies, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or oatmeal cookies -- pretty much any cookie will work! You can even deconstruct an Oreo and use that.
Rather than using the same old milk chocolate, why not try dark chocolate, peanut butter cups, Nutella, white chocolate morsels, caramel spread (leftover from the roasted apples), Andes candies, or a peppermint patty? Feel free to combine more than one chocolate selection.
And the marshmallows? Have you seen the varieties available? You can have just about any flavor you want, from regular to peppermint, from strawberry to cinnamon. For those of you who are gourmands, try homemade or handmade marshmallows. You can make them yourself ahead of time or find them at your nearest gourmet grocery store or online.
Finally, how about adding a few extras to your s’more? Who says there can only be 3 ingredients? Here are a few favorites: sliced bananas or strawberries, dried cherries, sea salt, shredded coconut, cinnamon, or nutmeg. The list can go on and on. The best s’more I ever tasted had peppered maple bacon added to it. Oh. My. Word.
So, next time you're in the great outdoors, take the ho-hum out of your camping meals and take things to a gourmet level. And if you have some of your own camping dessert favorites, share them with me at the Domestic CEO page on Facebook.