When choosing a campsite, we try to find ones that allow fires. While marshmallows are the usual campfire treat, campfire toffee apples are far more engaging.
Note: This activity does need adult supervision, but it is a great way to teach about fire safety and how to use a pocket knife. Also, if it is not clear whether fires are permitted at a campsite check with the local regional council or ranger. Total fire bans are often in place during the height of summer.
First, the stick hunt. Only branches that are on the ground, sturdy enough to hold the apples and long enough to keep little hands away from the flames.
Sharpen the sticks, the older kids love this job, poke into the core of your peeled apples, we used braeburn and granny smith, but any favourite variety of apple will do.
Cover a plate in sugar with some cinnamon ready for the apples.
Heat the apples over your small fire. Once warm, roll and sprinkle the apple with the sugar mix.
Hold over the fire, keep the stick turning until it is dark caramel colour all over. The depth of colour really does depend on how patient the child is.
IMPORTANT: Melted sugar can cause nasty burns. The apple needs a couple of minutes to cool before eating. Alternatively, dipping in the river is a quick way to cool it.