A Spiced Spin on a Classic Campfire Dessert

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A Spiced Spin on a Classic Campfire Dessert

Philosophical question: If s’mores aren’t consumed around a campfire, is it really a summer camp-out? 

Silly, I know — the answer is obviously: no. 

But if you’re professional chef Zack Squier, you’re not going to resist the opportunity to spice up this fireside classic, upgrading the graham sandwich with two types of chocolate and layering in a seasonal berry compote mixed with Chinese five-spice. 

Ready for s’more? 


Blackberry Black & White S’mores


Spiced Blackberry Filling 

6 oz fresh blackberries, sliced thin 

1 teaspoon white sugar 

¼ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder or powdered cinnamon 

¼ teaspoon lemon juice


Ingredients for Assembly 

1–2 white chocolate bars* 

1–2 dark chocolate bars* 

1–2 packages graham crackers  


*Sure, Hershey is a classic, but take the opportunity to try a more elevated chocolate for an even better experience. Grab a favorite local variety or, when options are limited, some Lindt from the convenience store. 


  1. Make the filling by mixing blackberries, sugar, five-spice, and lemon juice together in a bowl and let sit for 10–15 minutes. Stir occasionally, mashing the mixture with the back of a spoon.

  2. Once the berries have macerated, ready your s’more assembly line.

  3. Start with a graham cracker base, then add a heap of spiced blackberries, one piece of white chocolate, one marshmallow toasted to your liking, and one piece of dark chocolate. Top it all off with another graham cracker and enjoy! 



Zack Squier is a professional chef, business owner, and New England native who’s currently based in Maine. His company, Squier’s Specialty Edibles, specializes in chef-crafted, Maine-grown edibles, recipes, and events. His preferred style of toasted marshmallow is well-done but not burnt — a true exercise in patience that yields golden-brown caramelization and s’mores perfection. 

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