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Recipe Collection: Deserts

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You can make meals even easier by planning a breakfast or lunch at a local restaurant. Ask the park staff for recommendations.

S'more Varieties

Basic S'mores

1 bag of marshmallows
chocolate bars
graham crackers

Toast marshmallows over campfire, then place them on a graham cracker with a piece of chocolate. Take a second graham cracker and mash it on top to complete.

Carmel Apple S'mores


Thin apple slices
Peanut Butter

Toasted mallows
Cut apple in half and make two thin slices from each half. Remove any seeds. Spread small amount of peanut butter on apple slice. Toast marshmallow and place between apple slices.


Other variations:

Replace chocolate with peppermint candy chocolate or carmel-filled chocolates.

Use fruits like strawberries, bananas or pears.

Ziploc Ice Cream

Your kids will enjoy making, and eating, this ice cream made in a Ziploc bag.


1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
6 tablespoons rock salt


Put milk, vanilla and sugar into a pint or quart-sized freezer bag. Seal well. Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt. Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal. Shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes. You can also let the kids gently throw the bag back and forth to help mix the ice cream. The bag gets very cold, so you might want to use towels to hold it.

Servings: 1 serving

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Cinnamon Apples


1 apple
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Stick apple on a stick and roast it over the campfire like you would a marshmallow. After a minute or so the skin will loosen up. Peel off the skin. (Be careful, skin may be hot). Put cinnamon and sugar in a Ziploc bag and put the apple in there. Shake it up, remove and eat.

Servings: Each

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