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top chef key lime crunch

Top Chef Key Lime Crunch

Top Chef Key Lime Crunch is a tropical take on the classic puppy chow, created by Chef Kelsey Barnard from Season 16 of Top Chef. I have slightly modified this recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 servings


  • 3 Cups Honey Bunches Of Oats, Honey Roasted
  • 3 Cups Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups Life Cereal, Original Flavor
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup roasted and salted cashews
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 2 Teaspoons lime juice
  • zest from one lime
  • zest from half of a lemon
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips melted
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil optional


  1. The first step to making this Top Chef Key Lime Crunch is to mix together your three different cereals into the largest bowl you can find. Then add in the banana chips, nuts, lime and lemon zests, and shredded coconut.

    Then use a double boiler to melt your white chocolate chips. Use the optional coconut oil at this time. Once they are melted, take a half cup of the melted white chocolate and stir it with the key lime juice in a separate bowl, Note that it will seize up. This breaks up once you mix it all in and will distribute the key lime flavor throughout the puppy chow. Pour it onto the mixture and then add in the rest of the melted chocolate. Stir to coat.

    Then put the puppy chow onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle on the salt and the crushed up graham crackers. Use your hands to finish mixing it up.