So everything’s packed and planned for the wild camp, except you want something sweet to go with your supper. While my first choice would always be the Travellunch Chocolate mousse, it can work out a bit expensive if you’re out for a long trip or every other weekend. Here’s a selection of puddings that are reasonably cheap, mostly light and will last without refrigeration.
1 – Camping Rice Pudding – this is an easily produced pudding using flaked rice, dried milk and sugar to taste. We added some nutmeg to ours.
2 – Instant Custard – Comes in many varieties, much better if eaten with a chocolate cake bar or two in order to make it a full blown pud. You can also add chunks of chocolate, or even a stick of powdered hot chocolate for a bit more flavour.
3 – Individual Steam Puddings – These take a bit of time to cook, but you can leave them to stand in the water once it’s boiled and they should warm through. Luxurious if combined with the custard above. They’re available without needing refrigeration, which makes them a luxury to look forward to on longer trips. Don’t get these confused with those that come in tins. These are in plastic pots and are lighter. Usually available in chocolate or sticky toffee, unless you’re in our local Tesco which stocks seven sticky toffee varieties but not a single chocolate one (seriously!)
4 – Aero Chocolate Desert or similar – While we weren’t overly impressed with the Aero variety, there’s always the similar puddings by Angel Delight or just the supermarket brands to try out. Made up with powdered milk, these are cheap and palatable enough after a hard day in the hills or on the trails. We recommend the use of a wide mouthed shaker bottle to reduce frustration!
5 – Not a pudding itself, but something that’ll make anything else taste better. Squeezy Condensed milk in a tube can make everything taste creamier and is also pasable in coffee.