Campfire Cones

campfire conesI love camping!  I love planning our menu and cooking while on a camping trip. S’mores are the proverbial camping dessert and I enjoy them but they can be really, really, really messy. I know, that is part of the fun! But sometimes the combination of marshmallow goo, sand, leaves, and the great outdoors is just a little too much for me. I thought up this yummy treat as an alternate option for our family in hopes that it will help cut back on some of the mess.

You have two choices for when to make theseyou can assemble everything, wrap the whole thing in foil, and then just pull it out and place it on the campfire when you are ready to go; or you can bring the “fillings” and let everyone assemble the cones as they choose there by your campfire and then wrap and cook.


For each camper you will need:

  • 1 ice cream cone (I prefer sugar cones)

    Yummy choices for toppings!

  • 1 piece of foil, big enough to wrap the cone

And an assortment of the fillings of your choice. They can include but are not limited to:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch morsels
  • White chocolate morsels
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Toffee pieces
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut
  • Cocoa nibs (raw chocolate)
  • Banana pieces
  • Dried fruit

You essentially create your own custom candy bar!

Allow each camper to design their cone with the fillers of choice in layers. Wrap securely with foil and place over heat near campfire or on grill to allow the chocolates to melt. Unwrap and enjoy.

For a variation you can take waffle cone bowls and fill them with the fresh fruit of choice. Try these delicious combinations:

  • Fresh strawberries and chocolate chips
  • Peaches, white chocolate, and almond slivers
  • Apple slices, cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar, and butter
  • Bananas, butterscotch morsels, and brown sugar

And yes, it is my fault that our drought is ending!  We planned our big “Annual Family Camping Trip” for later this week.  Just GUESS what the forecast is!

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120 Responses to Campfire Cones

  1. Rachel says:

    These look great! Going to make them with my boys when we go camping Memorial Day weekend.

    • admin says:

      Thank you, hope you have an awesome camping trip!

    • Mel says:

      Going to try these at the girl scout campout this weekend. We always try to add a spin to things. Last year we used toasted coconut marshmallows and nutella in the pie iron, can’t go back to standard s’mores after that. Looking forward to their reactions.

  2. Mary says:

    What a great idea !!! Definitely going to try these w!ith my Grand babies! : )

  3. Brenda says:

    Trying these with my Girl Scouts on our camping trip this weekend. Can’t wait.

  4. Claribel Barrera says:

    Cannot WAIT to make these during our June camping trip!!!!! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Crystal says:

    This is genius! So simple and the kids will love to assemble them on their own. Awesome!

    • admin says:

      Thank you, to be honest I was just tired of scraping marshmallows off of every surface thanks to my pre-schooler. At least with the cones they are more contained 🙂

  6. Caren says:

    We made these this weekend at a cub scout camping retreat, the boys loved them!

  7. Christina says:

    Tried these this past weekend….the kids LOVED them!! So easy and clean!! Thanks for the idea!

  8. miracle harper says:

    Love your site and receipe ideas!

  9. Melissa B says:

    We have a burn ban in our county this weekend, and I thought we could try these on the grill. I thought these would be perfect for my daughter who has a milk allergy because she could fill them with “safe foods”. Boy were these a hit!!! Hubby says they are better than s’mores!! We can’t wait to make more creations!!! Thank you!

  10. Sue says:

    Made these for our Memorial Day picnic. The adults loved them as much as the kids!

    • admin says:

      Sounds like you had better weather than we did- Beryl was our guest for Memorial day :). Glad you enjoyed the campfire cones!

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  12. Made these while camping for Memorial Day this weekend, they were delicious!! However we did have some issues getting all of the yumminess to melt without burning the cone 🙁

    • admin says:

      It does take a little practice when working over an open flame- medium heat is best. We love to make a batch and cook them on the grill after grilling too 🙂

  13. Johanna says:

    Wow! These look scrummy. Just a Q … I’m creating a free giveaway on my Travel Blog and wonder if I could use this recipe (or another camping recipe of your choice) if I mention you and link back to your site?

    • admin says:

      Hi Johanna,
      Glad you like the recipe. I would be happy to have you mention my recipe with a link. Thank you!

  14. Lynnett says:

    These sound great! Going to try them on our family camp trip in July. We have a group of about 10 to 15 kids with a wide age range and this is something they all can have!

  15. Peggy S. says:

    We just did these with our American Heritage Girls on our beach campout. Some came out fabulous…others-were left on a little too long.

    NOTE: They burned pretty quickly…and NO ONE wants burned chocolate! 😉

    • Rebecca Estrada says:

      So – HOW QUICKLY did they burn? DId you put them on coals? Or over a grate? I’m doing this with my cubscout pack on Thursday – and want to avoid ‘the burn.’ Would you say 2 min? 5?

      • admin says:

        Remember when you make these you don’t have to actually “cook” them… you are just heating them to melt the filling. How long depends on the temperature of the fire. Do not put them on the coals on in the hot part of the fire. On a grate, not in the direct flame, at about medium to low heat is best. Hope your pack enjoys them!

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  17. Laurie says:

    We are going on a camping trip this weekend with a mother of multiples group, and we’re planning a campfire cone potluck! Every family has signed up to bring their favorite filling, and we’re all very excited to try them!

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  21. Justin says:

    These look good! Going to try the fruit version on our campout this weekend.

  22. Beth says:

    Cannot wait to try these this next week at a family reunion!!!!! Thanks for the yummy fruit options!!

  23. April says:

    I’m practically drooling here. Going to try them with Reese Peanut Butter Cups marshmallows. Yum!

  24. Scott says:

    How close to the fire do you put these? Do you lay them on something or what?

    • admin says:

      You can either attach these to a marshmallow fork and hold them over the fire or place them on a grate or rock near the fire. It is best to not put them directly in the flames but close enough to get moderate heat. They are also great to do on the grill after the main course is cooked.

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  27. neldathuis says:

    love, Love, LOVE this great recipe! My boys were so excited about the dessert they “created”…they ate their ENTIRE meal to show us they were ready for dessert! Haha!
    *tip: use a permanent marker to write names on the foil…boys were so excited to find their “creation”! 🙂

  28. Karen says:

    What a wonderful idea! Can use next fall with students in special ed and I’ve also sent the link to my adult daughter who loves to play around with recipes. Thanks!

  29. Carrie says:

    We are so going to make these in August when we go camping, my kids will LOVE them. Can’t wait to try them.

  30. Vicki says:

    Don’t really do much camping, but these sound so GOOD. Would these work in a warm oven?

    • admin says:

      Yes Vicki, they are awesome to plop in the oven. Especially if you end up with inclement weather and need to make up for lost time by a campfire.

  31. jamie says:

    we don’t camp but i bet they will work on the grill!

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  33. Sophie says:

    I’m going to try these when I go camping in a couple of weeks but I’m thinking of letting the kids fill them 3/4 of the way then once they are melted top them with a scoop of ice cream… I’ll let you know how I get on!

  34. Kate says:

    Hello! Found this via Pinterest. My 12 yr old had a mini Girl Scout camp reunion this past weekend and they made these. They LOVED them! Great idea and I will be sure to share this with everyone I know! Thank you! 🙂

  35. Kelly says:

    Camp fire cones were a great treat for our weekly sunday dinner at gramma and grampa house !!! Thanks for the awesme idea !!!

  36. Jeanne Beck says:

    I LOVE some of the variations everyone has submitted. I just have one question…Can we get you to go camping again? I love rain (esp. when I camp)…and we sure could use it… Lots of burn bans… :(. Jeanne

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  38. Beth says:

    WOW!!! Am making these tomorrow to tailgate at the Redskins vs Ravens game. Looks like fruity gourmet smores in a cone. Can’t wait!!!!

  39. Shelley says:

    I am sooo excited about these! I’m going to do this with our Webelos I den at our Spring campout! They will love it! P.S. I’m in Southeastern North Carolina!

    • admin says:

      My cub scout is a Webelo too now 🙂 I have a few more camping ideas I’m hoping to post soon so please check back!

  40. mary davis says:

    Looks so yummolicious, I wanna go out in the snow and ice and fire up the grill and have one right now 🙂

    • admin says:

      You could try these over your fireplace, if you have one… at least until it warms up a little for you. (the oven also works but is way less fun) 🙂

  41. I don’t camp myself, but a girlfriend of my has grandkids that she is always doing fun things with and one of them is camping. I will be sure to send this along to her and her fiance so that they can enjoy is with their grandchildren. I’m sure they all will LOVE it.

    Makes me even want to do one, but I’m disabled and don’t do much of anything. But my sister and her husband do a lot of camping and have a cabin up in the woods. I’ll bet they would love to do it with their grandchildren as well.

    Thanks for the idea!!

    • admin says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and share the recipe. If you want an indoor version of the recipe- these can also be assembled and baked in an oven for a few minutes until the chocolate melts 🙂

      • Nick says:

        We have “Horror Movie Tuesdays” at our house, and are watching the illustrious first and second “Friday the 13th” -s day after tomorrow.

        In honor, we’ll be drinking cheap beer, making questionable life choices and eating camp food, just like the counselors in the films! I was thinking about how to keep s’mores on the menu, while keeping them off the floor. I believe THIS will be that solution. Thanks!

  42. Judy says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Plan to make on our annuak Family Coast Vacation!

  43. Judy says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Plan to make on our annual Family Coast Vacation!

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  46. Alma Stills says:

    Either version sounds really good! We will try these.

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  49. Roxanna Clark says:

    Thanks for sharing! My daughter is having a camp fire after cake/ice cream for my granddaughter’s 16th Birthday. I am thinking I may bring the goodies to the campfire!!

  50. Anne says:

    I used your idea while camping with this weekend. It was just a group of adults and they were going nuts over how cool that was. Where we would normally eat one s’more, we had guys eating 2, 3, even 4 (although, I’m not sure that’s really GOOD for us..physically anyway, ha!) It was a huge hit!

  51. Fantastic idea! I’ll be adding this to our next camping trip list 😉

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  54. Mary says:

    This is great for my son who is a celiac (gluten free). We tried Gluten free graham crackers for smores and they just crumbled. Gluten free sugar and cake cones work perfect. Thanks!

  55. hi, I will definitely going to try these w!ith my family.

  56. linu says:

    cool will use at scouts

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  61. marissa says:

    these look so good i hope to try them when my sister visits this summer i bet my niece will love making and eating theses

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  63. Bob Ranugad says:

    My thoughts: If using a gas grill (with lava rocks or such), I’d heat the rocks real good, 10 minutes, then turn heat down real low, one side off if possible, or place on upper grill, leave covered 8 – 12 minutes.

    For campfires or charcoal, flank your heat source with ordinary bricks or medium to large flat rocks while cooking meal. Turn bricks hot side up on top of coal bed, making sure not to smother coals, place cones on top of rocks and cover with foil or large pot turned upside down.

    I’m thinkin of drizzling the cones inside with syrup or jam, maybe a spritz of grapeseed oil (I keep grapeseed and olive oil in little spritzer bottles, with a little vinegar and water to facilitate spritzing). Maybe even the outside?

  64. Kat says:

    I’m trying this at my bday bonfire. I am going to try using metal hangers as roasting come tools. I hope it works out! Happy roasting.

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