Switching up the S'mores:
We tried two different takes on the S'more this year- S'mOreos and using chocolate covered graham crackers.
S'mOreos: You just roast a marshmallow and instead of graham crackers you open up an Oreo cookie and put the marshmallow inside. They're still messy, but you don't have the melted chocolate factor. I personally wasn't a huge fan. They're just ok. They were a hit with my daughter. Man, camping is messy...
The chocolate covered graham crackers on the other hand are genius. I don't know about you, but it seems like whenever I make a traditional S'more the chocolate bar never fully melts. Maybe it's because I'm too impatient to get a really fully roasted marshmallow. The chocolate covered graham crackers (bought at Walmart) were perfect. They're still a mess, and I'd keep them in your camping cooler so they don't melt in the heat, but they really eliminate the hassle of putting a s'more together.
The next night we tried something from this pin, Orange Cinnamon Rolls:
I think I burned them a tiny bit, but overall they turned out pretty well. They were easy to make. I didn't really love the cooked orange flavor on the outside of the roll. They were easier than making a cake in an orange for sure.
And on the last day for dinner we didn't want to deal with a fire, so we cooked Tortilla Pizzas on our camp stove. My kids devoured these, and they're easy to eat with their hands. Just bring the toppings you like on a pizza, spray a frying pan, and make a little pizza pocket with a tortilla instead of pizza crust.
Other camping foods I've tried before:
Red Hot Apples:
Core an apple. Put a marshmallow plug in one end. Fill with red hot candies and plug the other end with another marshmallow. Wrap in foil and cook in the fire until tender.
Peel just one side of a banana and cut a slit into the fruit all the way down. Stuff with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Replace the peel side, wrap in foil and cook in the fire.
Tin foil dinners:
This is really a camping staple for our family. I've seen a lot of variations, but this is what we do.
On a long piece of aluminum foil, layer 1/4 lb ground beef, peeled carrots, peeled and cubed potatoes, sliced onions and 1/2-3/4 of a can of cream of mushroom soup. Really just mix it all in there. Optionally, sprinkle a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix on top and salt and pepper. Wrap in a double layer of aluminum foil and cook on campfire coals about 40 minutes, or until carrots are done and meat is cooked through. Serve with ketchup.
Cut an orange in half and eat the flesh inside so you're left with two little orange bowls. Fill one with prepared cake mix from a box (any flavor is fine, but I have only tried a yellow cake). Place the top of the orange back on, wrap in foil, and cook in the camp fire. We did this for my birthday one year.