Love s’mores but hate the mess? Try making campfire cones with your friends and family for a sweet treat that can be customized to individual tastes.
Imagine a waffle cone stuffed with all your favorite junk food sweets, slowly heated through until everything is ooey-gooey delicious. Maybe you chose traditional s’mores flavors of chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallows. Or you chose butterscotch, peanuts, and cinnamon. Perhaps you went slightly healthier with strawberries, chocolate, and marshmallows. Whatever you chose it won’t be long before you too can be enjoying these decadent campfire cones!
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One of the best parts about camping comes when it is time for dessert. There are so many options available and one of our favorites would be Campfire Cones. They can be filled with all sorts of options and the possibilities are endless. All you need to do is let your creativity flow.
What we love about Campfire Cones:
- These are quick, easy, and fun
- They are customizable to everyone’s tastes
- Cones can be filled with fruit or candy or both
- Waffle Cones
- Assorted Chips (butterscotch, chocolate, cinnamon, etc.)
- Various Fruits (banana slices, strawberry pieces, etc.)
- Assorted Candies (rolos, m&ms, etc.)
- Miniature Marshmallows (helps everything meld)
- For each one: Fill one waffle cone with a mixture of marshmallows, chips, and other items.
- Completely wrap the filled cone with aluminum foil. Wrap first in parchment paper if you want to avoid the foil from touching your food.
- Cook over fire, rotating occasionally, until the marshmallows have melted. Time needed will depend on how hot your fire is.
Note: This can also be accomplished over a grill, in the oven, or even using a torch if you don’t want to build a fire.
Tips for building the best cones:
- Use a waffle or sugar cone with the pointy tip at the bottom. And start with some miniature marshmallows to fit down there. They melt and seal to keep in all other delicious ingredients.
- Alternate your mix-ins with more miniature marshmallows. Again, as the marshmallows melt, they act like glue to hold everything together which makes the campfire cone easier to eat.
- If you are feeding a crowd, set up a charcuterie style board with all of your ingredient choices.
- If you are celebrating a holiday, think about buying a party pack of holiday-colored candies. M&Ms make it easy. You can even buy an entire bag of just one color if you wish. We did that for a birthday one year.
- Wrap tightly in foil. If you are concerned about sticking you could spray your foil or use a layer of parchment paper inside the foil.
- Cook on the cooler side of the fire. And rotate regularly. You are looking to melt the ingredients, not burn the cone. Don’t forget to check often. We have burnt our cones and the disappointment is real.
FAQ and How to Customize:
Q. We don’t have waffle cones. Can we use regular cones?
A. We recommend a pyramid shaped cone but in a pinch any cone will do. Time to cook will vary though so keep an eye on thinner cones.
Q. We want to make our Campfire Cones healthier and more like a snack pack. Can we omit the candy & chips?
A. You bet! Just fill your cone with marshmallows, nuts, and fruit. We don’t advise skipping the marshmallows as their melting action works magic for holding everything together.
Q. We don’t have a campfire. Can we make these in the oven?
A. Yes! Simply cook at 350 degrees until marshmallows are gooey (check about 5 minutes). They can also be placed on the grill for 5-10 minutes, don’t forget to turn frequently.
More Ingredients to Try:
- almond, cookie, nutella, or peanut butter
- blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries
- almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans
- caramel, chocolate, or marshmallow sauce
- chocolate stuffed with peanut butter (reese’s), caramel (rolo’s), or mint (patties)
- flavored m&ms such as peanut, peanut butter, hazelnut, etc.
Ten Plus Specific Combinations to Try:
- Traditional — graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow
- Berrylicious — assorted berries, chocolate, marshmallow
- Cookies and Cream — marshmallow, white chocolate chips, crushed oreos
- Fluffernutter — peanut butter, marshmallow, graham crackers
- Mexican Chocolate — chocolate, marshmallow, cinnamon & chili powder
- Milky Way — malt powder, caramel sauce, chocolate
- Minted — graham crackers, peppermint patty, marshmallow
- Pretzel — salted pretzels, chocolate, marshmallow
- Rocky Road — almonds, chocolate, marshmallow
- Salted Caramel — caramel sauce, sea salt, chocolate
- Strawberry Banana — chopped bananas, diced strawberries, marshmallows, chocolate chips
- The Elvis — peanut butter, banana slices, candied bacon pieces
- Aluminum foil and (optional) parchment paper: You are going to want heavy duty foil for this as your cone is apt to get burnt in regular foil. Ask us how we know. If you don’t like to eat food that has been in contact with foil under heated conditions, wrap your cone in parchment paper prior to the foil.
- Cutting board and knife: You will want to have a clean surface to work with, as well as knives for cutting any large ingredients into smaller pieces.
- Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.
More Dessert Recipes to Enjoy:
Now that you’ve made Campfire Cones, what are your favorite ingredients?
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- 4 Waffle cones
- Miniature marshmallows
- Assorted candies
- Assorted fruits
- Chocolate and/or Peanut Butter and/or Butterscotch Chips
- For each cone: Fill one waffle cone with a mixture of marshmallows, chips, and fruit or candies.
- Completely wrap the filled cone in (optional: parchment paper and then) aluminum foil.
- Heat the foil-wrapped cones over your heat source for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until the marshmallows have melted.