In celebration of National Chocolate Week, we’re giving you five delicious chocolatey recipes for your camping trips.
Chocolate brownies are an old favourite and can be easily transported to your destination. They make a yummy treat at any time of day – just remember to take wet wipes for sticky fingers!
• 175g unsalted butter
• 3 medium eggs
• 250g caster sugar
• 75g plain flour
• 175g chocolate
• 40g cocoa powder
• 50 g chopped walnut (Optional)
Preheat oven to 180⁰C, gas mark 4. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then cool slightly.
Whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick and creamy. Pour over the chocolate mixture and fold in.
Sift in the flour and cocoa, and fold in the nuts. Pour into the prepared tin, making sure the mixture goes right into the corners. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is crusty with a slightly springy texture underneath.
Cool completely in the tin and cut into squares or triangles.
Chocolate peanut butter squares
These chocolate crunchy treats are great to make before you set off, making ideal snacks in the car or for when you’re out and about.
• 1 packet chocolate chips
• 75g peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
• 375g Rice Krispies, Cornflakes or similar
• Chopped roasted peanuts for topping
Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch pan with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edges and can easily be lifted out after being filled. Set aside.
Put chocolate chips and peanut butter in a pan and heat gently for 2-3 minutes until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth.
Carefully stir in the Rice Krispies or Cornflakes until completely coated, then spread into the pan. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
Refrigerate for 15-25 minutes until chocolate has set and cut into small squares. Store at room temperature.
Chocolate Banana Boat
This is a great dessert recipe to cook with the kids over a camp fire. Simple and suitably messy to eat!
• Chocolate bar or chocolate chips
• Mini marshmallows
• Heavy duty aluminum foil
Cut your banana down the middle, leaving it in the peel.
Stuff with chocolate and marshmallows.
Wrap in aluminum foil and place over gentle heat for about 5-10 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if you're feeling really decadent!
White Hot Chocolate
Why stick with regular hot chocolate powder when you could have this delicious drink instead? If you’re feeling cheeky you could pop a tot of warming brandy in too.
• 85g cup white baking chocolate
• Milk (1 cup per person)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
Heat the chocolate and cinnamon in sauce pan until the chocolate melts.
Add the milk and heat it until warm/hot and add vanilla.
Add whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate flakes or anything other topping you fancy!
Chocolate fondues make an easy yet tasty dessert, perfect for summer evenings. Simply melt plenty of your favourite chocolate over a pan of boiling water, then dip in strawberries, banana or pineapple chunks, marshmallows, amoretti biscuits or anything else you love to dip!