Nothing quite says family bonding more than a backyard camping excursion under the stars. Warm summer nights are the perfect time to introduce kids to this longtime favorite, all without having to actually rough it. The backyard is full of fun things for camping. Pull out a tent, sleeping bags, some lanterns and add a few games. To make the experience all the more memorable, try making these campfire snacks.
Artisan S’mores Kit
It wouldn’t be a camping trip with s’mores. This convenient bundle of pre-packaged classic s’mores supplies comes in different flavors like Chocolate Lover’s, Dulce de Leche and Lemon Dream.
Available at Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills. (610) 459-2400.
Grilled Veggie Foil Packets
Balance out the sweet treats with these sumptuous veggies. For an effortless dinner, create your own foil packet of vegetables, season it and let them roast right over the campfire. Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne has some of the freshest vegetables to choose from. Bonus: there’s little to no clean up.
Bridge Street Chocolates
If you want the best custom s’mores, Phoenixville’s Bridge Street Chocolate shop sells decadent chocolates and gourmet marshmallows of all different flavors, like espresso and peanut butter, to make truly unique tastings.
158 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-8100.
Grilled Banana Boats
This slightly healthier snack is easy to make. Skewer a banana, wrap it in foil, then let it roast over the fire. When it’s done, top it with sweet treats like peanut butter, granola, chocolate chips or coconut.
Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores
This unconventional take requires little extra effort, but is sure to make these treats all the more indulgent. Substitute fudge-striped shortbread cookies for graham crackers for an upscale s’mores.
DIY Pigs in a Blanket
Revert to the old-fashion way of roasting hot dogs, with a twist. Use any kind of crescent roll dough to wrap your hot dog, skewer it and then let it cook over the fire.