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Hey there, campers!

Summer is almost here, and there’s something about the crackle of a campfire that always makes you feel like a kid again. I mean, who doesn’t love roasting gloriously gooey marshmallows or looking up at the starry skies on a warm summer evening, right?

But whether you love the great outdoors or “outdoorsy” for you means drinking on a patio this summer, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! From the bonfire to the backyard, here are some sweet outdoor desserts – guaranteed to make everyone a happy camper.

8 Cool Desserts for Camping & Grilling
 

1. Grilled Strawberry & Pound Cake Kabobs. Stacked with toasted marshmallows, strawberries and cubed pound cake, these sweet skewers make a delicious summertime treat.

Grilled Strawberry & Pound Cake Kabobs

Use your grill, or carefully place them on a grate over the campfire, rotating occasionally, until the marshmallows are roasty-toasty.

2. S’more Mocha Muddy Buddies. Planning to hike? Or worried about a rainy forecast? Bring along this s’more-inspired snack mix (aka “puppy chow”), filled with crunchy grahams, mini marshmallows and mocha sweetness. No campfire required!

S’more Mocha Muddy Buddies

Tip: store in a large container, but reserve a couple individual portions in small resealable bags to tuck into backpacks. Oh, and if you’d prefer a fruity version, try this citrusy version instead: Key Lime Pie Muddy Buddies.

3. Campfire Berry Cake Skillet. Buttery pound cake. Fresh summer berries. Melty chocolate.

Campfire Berry Cake Skillet

Simply bring a prepared Absolutely Almond Pound Cake in your cooler, and you’ll be able to assemble this heavenly campfire skillet in minutes. Tip: use caramel-filled Rolo® or Caramello® chocolate candies for your skillet, or roughly chop up other bite-sized favorites like Snickers® or Milky Way®.

4. S’mores with Creamy Caramel Sauce. Honestly, it’s hard to improve upon perfection. But I think it’s possible with a drizzle or dollop of creamy, buttery caramel sauce.

S’mores with Creamy Caramel Sauce

Try this super-simple twist on a classic childhood favorite!

5. Grilled Pineapple Right Side Up Cake. Staying close to home? With lightly grilled cake and juicy pineapple, this tropical dessert is a real breeze – making it perfect for the backyard or patio.

Grilled Pineapple Right Side Up Cake

Serve warm with ice cream. Try this one with grilled peaches, too!

6. S’more Campfire Cake. Bring rich chocolate, ooey-gooey marshmallows, and honey-kissed grahams together in one easy skillet.

S’more Campfire Cake

Just pack a prepared Classy Chocolate Pound Cake alongside your usual s’more fixings, and you’ll have the perfect campfire dessert. (By the way, on a rainy day, you can also bake this skillet in your oven at 350°F for 10 minutes and then broil 1-2 minutes.)

7. Campfire Cones. Have you ever created campfire cones? Fill waffle cones with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and your favorite ice cream toppings. Wrap ‘em with foil, grill, and voila!

Campfire Cones

8. Mix-and-Match Dessert Nachos. You can use the same idea to create “dessert nachos,” too. For a s’more version, simply toss together broken graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars in an 8 x 8 foil pan.

Or if you like sweet-and-salty combinations, try crispy pretzel thins with marshmallows, caramel bits, chocolate chips and a few dollops of Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread.

Mix and Match Dessert Nachos

Cover with foil, and place on a grate over your campfire until the marshmallows begin to melt, about 7-10 minutes. You can try all kinds of different combinations!

It’s time to unplug and unwind, friends.

Let’s take it outside!

– Jen