Some of our favorite, quintessential fall things include pumpkin carving, apple picking, leaf raking, and trick-or-treating. Fall (in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere), however, can also mean the final days of the year where spending an evening outdoors can be enjoyed without shivering!
Taking in the fragrant autumn air under a starry sky is a beloved pastime, which can be made more cozy with the presence of a crackling campfire. As Halloween approaches, both young and old can enjoy traditional ghost stories and seasonal snacks, so let us share with you our favorite fall campfire snacks that deviate from the ordinary.
Sip on spiked apple cider around a fall campfire
‘Tis the season where apples are falling abundant in orchards, making way for a bounty of apple-inspired dishes. From homemade apple sauce to sugary apple crisp, the possibilities are endless. When socializing around a fall campfire, however, what could be better than a fall-inspired cocktail? Whether you want to brew your own cider or buy the store-bought version, adding a little whiskey or other hard alcohol to your steaming beverage while enjoying a romantic fireside evening is perfect for making memories.
Pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a blanket can be considered an All-American hors d’oeuvre and are perfect for snacking while telling spooky stories. Tasty both warm and at room temperature, these snacks can be made the traditional way or with a gourmet twist, for those with a more refined palette. Prepared with hot dogs or sausages wrapped in crescent rolls and then baked, you can feel free to experiment by adding fancy ingredient, such as tiny gherkins, blue cheese, or whole-seed Dijon mustard, depending on the mood you want to set around the fire.
Toast some s’mores over your fall campfire
S’mores are to fall campfires as cookies are to milk, so this seasonal snack will never disappoint when the opportunity arises. The traditional, rustic method never fails and is made even better when using fallen twigs from nearby trees. Add sweet chocolate and graham crackers, and the storytelling will have to be postponed until everyone is finished savoring their sweet—and potentially messy—snack!
Spicy nut mix
After carving pumpkins, do you ever wonder what to do with that abundance of leftover seeds? Fortunately, we have a delicious solution! Lightly roasting the seeds in the oven will dehydrate them and make them beautifully crunchy. With the addition of spices (sweet or spicy) and other ingredients, there is a combination for every type of snacker. Our favorite is a spicy, salty combination of pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, pretzels, and popcorn, mixed with a little bit of cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and, of course, sea salt.
Gourmet candy apples
When throwing a party, the main concern is usually if the guests will be impressed and happy. Mixing rustic with gourmet, these candy and caramel apples will surely make a campfire get-together truly unforgettable. Host and guests alike can participate in choosing their flavor and then decorating them with an interesting topping, all to be enjoyed while sitting fireside.
Pumpkin spice Rice Krispies® treats
The classic Rice Krispies® treats recipe we all enjoy and love is getting a new fall twist. They are the perfect fall dessert to complete the night as the fire dies down. The steps are simple—melting butter and marshmallows in a saucepan over high heat and then adding pumpkin puree, cinnamon, powdered ginger, grated nutmeg, and crispy rice cereal—these treats can be made ahead of time and easily transported to any fireside fiesta. You can even use fall-inspired cookie cutters and colorful sprinkles to make them extra festive.
Chilly weather calls for warming beverages, especially when huddled around a campfire on a chilly night. Mulled wine might remind you of Medieval Times, but it is a truly delicious treat to make when the temperature drops. What makes mulled wine extra special is that is can either be made on the stove or, more spontaneously, outside over a crackling fire. All you need is a few bottles of red wine, spices (such as cinnamon and cloves), oranges, and a bit of sugar. Simmering is key so that the flavors can blend, and, after about a half an hour, this lovely, hot beverage can be enjoyed.
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