6 Recipes Reimagining Classic Flavor Combinations

Some foods just go together. When you hear “peanut butter,” it is probably associated with “jelly”  in your mind, and over the years, you’ve probably had countless PB&J sandwiches to fulfill the cravings for that classic combination. Well, nothing against slathering peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread, but don’t you want something just a little different that stays true to the roots of flavors? We certainly do, which is why we’ve got six recipes that are plays on six different classic flavor combinations for you to enjoy.

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1. Banana Split Cake

Depending on who you ask, the banana split originated in either Ohio or Pennsylvania. NPR explains that the experts say that David Strickler, a pharmacy clerk in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was the originator of the sundae in 1904. Both states are in agreement over what goes into the classic banana split. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream is topped with pineapple, strawberry, and chocolate sauces. This is further garnished with a halved whole banana whipped cream, cherries, and nuts. This has been reimagined with a “cake” recipe from Kraft that skips out on chocolate and strawberry, but keeps other key components like vanilla, pineapple, nuts, and of course, bananas.


  • 9 graham crackers, crushed (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 6 bananas, divided
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 cups thawed Cool Whip topping, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions: Mix graham crumbs, ¼ cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch pan. Freeze for 10 minutes. Beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar with mixer until blended. Spread carefully over crust; top with pineapple. Slice 4 bananas; arrange over pineapple.

Beat pudding mixes and milk with whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of Cool Whip and spread over banana layer in pan. Top with remaining Cool whip. Refrigerate 5 hours. Slice remaining bananas just before serving; arrange over dessert. Top with nuts.