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Hot and Simple Desserts

This article was previously in our April 2013 issue of Cool Tears and Tiny Campers Magazine.

The fire may be dying down, but you can still produce something warm, delicious and easy to make at the end of the day. Each of these desserts can be made with three or fewer ingredients, with several variations, depending on what you brought along your trip.

Hot Caramel Apples


  • One tablespoon butter (optional, but it helps with cleanup)

  • One can sweetened condensed milk

  • Three large or four medium apples, thickly sliced


  • Melt the butter in a heavy pan, tilting to coat the bottom of the pan

  • Add the milk and cook on a grate over warm coals, stirring frequently, until the milk begins to thicken and turn caramel colored. This should take about 15 minutes. (You can cook directly on the coals, but you'll need to stir constantly to keep it from scorching.)

  • Add the apples and stir. Cook just until the apples are warm - they should remain firm.


If you like your apples cooked down, the sauce with taste is just as yummy, but may curdle from the reaction with the apple juice.


  • Add a little molasses or dark brown sugar to increase the caramel flavor

  • Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to make it spicier

  • Add some chopped nuts to make it crunchier

  • Add a handful of chocolate chips, because everything is better with chocolate!

Sugar Cone S'mores


  • Sugar cones

  • Mini marshmallows