Sipping hot chocolate while camping with your folks is a time-honored tradition. A cup of hot cocoa is the best way to warm up a cold winter camping night.  Campfires are the greatest place to enjoy the best camping recipes.  If you’re gearing up for a cold-weather expedition, this easy hot cocoa recipe is just what you need.

The best thing is, you can prepare the blend in advance and store it in an airtight container like an emptied peanut butter jar. Make enough for everyone when you get there by warming the liquids in a Dutch Oven and preparing a batch large enough for everyone.

While you’re making and serving this delicious hot cocoa recipe, toast some marshmallows for the tops for each camper.

Now, let’s get into the details.



You will need two types of ingredients- dry and liquid.


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened powdered cocoa
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ cups of powdered milk
  • ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • Large marshmallows for toasting


Liquid Ingredients

To be fair, we know it’s a hassle to bring liquid components on a camping trip. But there are some compromises that must be made if you want to enjoy the best hot cocoa recipe in the world! Pack the following in some strong bottles or jars.

  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • Chocolate syrup



  1. Combine the dry ingredients at home in a big bowl and store them in an airtight container for later use.
  2. In a Dutch oven or other fire-safe pot, add three generous tablespoons of the mix with half cup heavy cream and half cup milk (per serving).
  3. Start warming it up over a campfire. Make sure it’s heated but not boiling. You need to completely melt the chocolate chip pieces.
  4. Toast a few large marshmallows over the flame until they are nicely golden brown and almost liquid in the middle.
  5. Pour or scoop the delicious hot cocoa into mugs and whisk in any syrups to your liking.
  6. Add a few toasted marshmallows on top, if desired. Stir the drink with the marshmallow’s center oozing out.
  7. Drink while it’s hot and steamy.

Pro Tip: Peppermint Schnapps and Vanilla Vodka can be added to your hot cocoa recipe for a little extra oomph. Drinking hot chocolate with these treats is a wonderful combination.


Other Alternatives

You’ve just discovered the secret to making the best hot cocoa on the planet. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a family camping trip or a deer hunting excursion with the best deer hunting binoculars; this hot cocoa recipe will lift your night in the woods to a new level of excellence.

However, if you want to try some other excellent hot cocoa recipes, here are some suggestions to consider. Take a look!


Wrapping Up

Get your hot cocoa ready because it’s time to go camping in the wild.  This camping hot cocoa recipe is the best way to experience the chilliest nights with wilderness, whether you’re lounging outside by the fire or curled up on the couch in your RV.