Ah, summer camp — the place where we learned the importance of sunscreen, how to tie a square knot, and most importantly, what to cook on the campfire. Sure, there were hot dogs and foil-packet meals, but the real joy of summer camp was learning to make campfire desserts. Here are five of our favorite fire-cooked treats.
Obviously, s'mores top the list of well-loved campfire treats, and for good reason — they are easy to make and infinitely customizable. The first record of a "some mores" recipe appeared in the Girl Scout of America's Tramping and Trailing in 1923. S'mores are the original summer-camp dessert.
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2. Foil-Pack Fruit Crumble
There was always that one camp counselor trying keep us "healthy'" by serving fruit for dessert. Topping any fruit with a crispy oat topping (granola works in a pinch, too) and cooking them together in a foil packet in the dying coals is a quintessential summer treat.
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3. Dutch-Oven Fruit Cobbler
Dutch-oven cooking is a lost art form. I remember, not too fondly, that each girl at Girl Scout camp had to take a turn scrubbing and hauling the large Dutch oven that cooked our camp meals. Any fruit can become a rich, sweet cobbler with a little bit of sugar; a biscuit topping; and a long, slow cook over the campfire. This is a perfect place to use store-bought biscuit dough.
4. Campfire Cones
These treat-filled cones became popular on the web a few years ago, but they were always a favorite of campers in my camp counselor days. The beauty of the cone, as opposed to a traditional s'more, is that it requires very little tending to. Cones are also a great vessel for gooey sauces and juicy fruits, along with chocolate and marshmallows.
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5. Banana Boats
This might be the best campfire dessert. Fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, and crisp graham cracker bits that you can cook over the campfire — no foil required. They are as comforting as banana pudding, and make for a satisfying treat after a long day of hiking.
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What are some of your favorite recipes for campfire desserts?