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15 Easy Hot Chocolate Recipes to Make While Camping

A warm drink and camping go hand in hand, especially when fall hits and the temperatures start to dip. For you chocolate lovers, these easy hot chocolate recipes are perfect for those camping and RV trips.

Different Ways to Heat Up Water While Camping & RVing

Here are some of the best methods for boiling water while camping:

  • Use a Jetboil, which boils water in just over two minutes with half the fuel consumption of traditional systems. 
  • Use an outdoor kettle like this Kelly Kettle which boils water in minutes using whatever fuel is naturally occurring in the area.
  • Use a camping stove and outdoor kettle to heat up water. It takes a bit longer than the options above, but the stove is obviously useful for meals as well.
  • If you’re car camping or want something as minimal as possible, this car kettle heats up water using the cigarette lighter.

If you’re RVing, you could use any of the methods above or use an electric kettle, which is my favorite way to heat up water for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, ramen, etc. Here are a few electric kettle options:

15 Easy Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm You While Camping

These easy hot chocolate recipes don’t require a lot of ingredients and are perfect for sipping while sitting by the campfire or in front of the fireplace in your RV.

*I’ve noted the ones that are vegan or have alcohol.

1. Herbal Hot Chocolate Recipe

Make the most of homegrown dried herbs by mixing up a batch of comforting herbal hot chocolate on a chilly night to comfort the body & soul.

Only 3 ingredients required!

Get the recipe here.

2. Sugar Pie Hot Chocolate

A rich, sweet, and decadent hot chocolate! This may be the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had.

The recipe calls for cassonade syrup, but if you don’t have that you can substitute golden syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, or even sorghum molasses.

Get the recipe here.

3. Hot Chocolate for One

Are you on a solo camping adventure? Here’s a hot chocolate recipe for one. It’s easy, yummy and is like drinking of mug of pure chocolate.

Get the recipe here.

4. Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix (Vegan)

Warm-up in cold weather with this instant Dairy-Free hot Cocoa Mix! It’s healthier than store-bought cocoa mix and it’s allergy-friendly. You can whip up this mix before you leave on your camping trip. Just store it in an air-tight container.

Get the recipe here.

5. Nutella Hot Chocolate

This recipe only calls for five easy to find, basic ingredients and comes together quickly in a saucepan. I can just imagine enjoying a cup of this creamy, dreamy hot chocolate while sitting around a campfire.

Get the recipe here.

6. Bourbon Hot Chocolate (Vegan & Alcoholic)

With just four ingredients, this vegan and dairy-free hot chocolate will warm you from the inside out. If you’re looking for a boozy, dairy-free, decadent drink for adults, this is it.

Get the recipe here.

7. Raspberry Hot Chocolate

This Raspberry Hot Chocolate is made with real food ingredients, is easy to make and very versatile. Adjust the recipe to your tastes or dietary preferences.

Get the recipe here.

8. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe (Vegan)

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe

Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers! This easy hot chocolate recipe is ready in 10 minutes and is healthier than your average cup of hot chocolate. It’s vegan, dairy-free and can be made refined-sugar-free as well. If you’re not vegan, you can also make this with regular milk for amazing results.

Get the recipe here.

9. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

If you love hot chocolate but are looking to mix things up a bit, this peppermint white hot chocolate might be perfect. With only four ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you’ll easily be on your way to drinking a decadent, rich cup of white hot chocolate.

Get the recipe here.

10. How to Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch

Here’s a basic recipe for how to make hot chocolate from scratch. Start with this simple recipe and add what you like to make it uniquely yours. 

All you need is a chocolate bar or chips, your favorite sweetener, and milk (dairy or dairy-free). To make it even more decadent, add some vanilla extract, dry spices & a creamy topping. 

Get the recipe here.

11. Spiked Hot Chocolate

This spiked hot chocolate is perfect for camping. You start with a basic store-bought hot chocolate mix and add one shot of spiced rum to each mug. Top it with whipped cream (use the canned variety for ease!) and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Is your mouth watering like mine? Yum.

Get the recipe here.

12. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

What do you get when you combine sea salt and caramel? A cup of heaven, that’s what! Easily whip up this salted caramel hot chocolate in minutes with just a few ingredients. 

This is a delicious mix of milk chocolate chips, caramel sauce, sea salt, heavy cream, and whole milk topped with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle of caramel. 

Get the recipe here.

13. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate (Vegan)

You definitely won’t mind packing up a few spices to make this gingerbread hot chocolate while camping. This recipe is full of spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg making it a fantastic hot drink choice for the holidays.

Get the recipe here.

14. Thick & Creamy Double Hot Chocolate

Have you seen Somebody Feed Phil? If you haven’t, it’s a must-watch for food and travel lovers. In one episode he travels to Mexico and has some of the best-looking churros on the planet and he dips them in some of the best looking hot chocolate on the planet. This hot chocolate recipe reminds me of that episode, which makes it a must-try.

With only two steps and a handful of ingredients, you’ll have you a thick and creamy cup of hot chocolate.

Get the recipe here.

15. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate (Vegan)

Crack open a can of pumpkin and a dash of spices for this yummy pumpkin hot chocolate. Use a milk substitute to make it vegan and you’re good to go! 

Get the recipe here.

Are you ready for some cold weather camping with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand? I sure am! Whether you’re sitting outside by the campfire or snuggled up on the sofa in your RV, these hot chocolate recipes for camping are the perfect way to enjoy the season.


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