Sep 092014
 
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When we tailgate, I like to provide a lot of options.  Appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages – I want my family and friends to leave feeling like they couldn’t eat another thing even if they wanted to.  It’s a trait I picked up from my Gram, who always said “Your plate is looking a little empty” no matter how much was left on your plate.

Over the weekend, we were planning to watch a lot of football.  So of course I needed to plan a lot of food to go with it!  I decided to run to Meijer to pick up everything I needed for my Buffalo Chicken Dip (always a crowd-pleaser) and my Mom’s Ice Cream Dream Squares, one of my absolute favorite desserts.

Ice Cream Dream Squares Recipe

Before I left, I made sure to log into my Meijer’s mPerks app to see what savings were available.  Having coupons and sales at my fingertips is great and can help with meal planning if you like to cook based on what’s on sale.  As I looked down through the coupons I found one for Kraft Shredded Cheese, which was perfect, because it’s a key ingredient in my Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip - Great for Tailgating!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (8oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I use the Triple Cheddar Blend)
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ½ cup Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • extra shredded cheese for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix buffalo sauce and ranch sauce together until well-combined.
  3. Add softened cream cheese and blend well.
  4. Mix in ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Gently fold in cooked chicken until just combined.
  6. Spray cooking dish (ramekins, a small pie plate, etc.) with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Spread the chicken mixture in prepared dish, then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
  8. Finish by placing under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.

Once I had squared away everything I needed for the Buffalo Chicken Dip – including celery and tortilla scoops for dipping – I turned to what I would need for my Mom’s Ice Cream Squares.  Honestly, I’m not sure what the correct name for them is.  Sometimes she called them Dream Squares, sometimes Ice Cream Squares.  I just called them delicious.

Dream Whip & Pudding are found together at Meijer

One of the ingredients is called Dream Whip.  Not everyone is familiar with it, but it can be found with the pudding and gelatin mixes (see above).  It can be used for a lot of different things, including a yummy whipped topping, which is how it’s used here.

Ice Cream Dream Squares

Ice Cream Dream Squares RecipeIngredients

  • 2 cups crushed crackers
  • 1 1/3 sticks butter, melted
  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 boxes vanilla Jell-O Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 quarter vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 envelopes Dream Whip
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Heath candy bar, crushed

Ice Cream Dream Squares IngredientsDirections

  1. Place crushed crackers and sugar in a medium bowl; combine.
  2. Pour melted butter over crumbs and mix until butter is fully incorporated.
  3. Press cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl beat softened ice cream, both boxes of pudding mix, and 2 cups of milk until thick.
  5. Pour ice cream mixture over the cracker crust.  Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, beat 2 envelops of Dream Whip and 1 cup of milk together until fluffy (I use the whisk attachment on my stand mixer for ease).
  7. Spread over ice cream mixture, coating entirely.  Sprinkle with crushed candy bar.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Ice Cream Dream Squares

With two great recipes like these you will be all set to cheer on your favorite team on game day!

What are your favorite tailgating recipes?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  52 Responses to “Ready to Tailgate with Buffalo Chicken Dip and Ice Cream Dream Squares”

  1. Oh I love Buffalo Chicken Dip….I mean, I like Buffalo Wings in general, but I’m crazy about the dip. And your Ice Cream Dream Squares look delicious too…I’m a fan of anything with Heath bars on it! #client

  2. Your recipes look yummy, Liza! I’ve never used shredded chicken in a dip before, I’ll bet it’s a big hit!

    • Thanks so much, June! And honestly, my husband said “please tell them that no picture could ever convey just how good this stuff is”. Case in point? I had to make it twice during the games this weekend!

  3. These sound delish! My tailgating favorite is hot wings, I think these would pair well with them!

  4. Both of these recipes look delicious! Perfect for our next Saints football party! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow, this looks like a feast to me! I love anything with heath bars in it, I bet everyone enjoyed this meal!!

  6. This would be really fun to make for a potluck. I might just do that with the buffalo chicken dip.

  7. Sounds just like us, part savory, and part sweet! I like a little bit of everything that’s for sure! I could go for either one right about now actually.

  8. Buffalo chicken dip is one of my favorites. Yours sounds delicious!

  9. These recipes look delicious. I need to try those ice cream squares, they look easy to make and oh so good.

  10. What you made looks really delicious. I love football season because of the food! I like lil’ weenies, guacamole, wings, and fresh baked cookies for my “tailgate party”.

  11. That dip looks amazing!!! Pinning to our Monday Funday board! Thanks for linking it up!

  12. We are huge tailgating chili fans. Hubby can make a mean pot of chili to eat while watching the Bears win!

    Your recipes look so tasty! Pinned

  13. I love buffalo chicken anything, so I am going to have to try this dip for sure. It looks pretty amazing.

  14. Buffalo chicken dip is one of my favorite recipes for parties. It’s delicious!

  15. Girlfriend, scootch on over. I’m comin’ to YOUR house!! That dip looks fantastic and my husband would devour those ice cream dream squares!!! I love any and every kind of tailgating foods, but I sure do love a good pot of chili!

  16. oh my goodness, golly, this is a dream meal. All cheesy and then sugary goodness!

  17. This is awesome. These cover every major food group. Protein, dairy, SUGAR!

  18. I love Meijer. They have everything I need every time I go there. These recipes look divine!

  19. Buffalo chicken dip + ice cream dream squares = touchdown! So yummy looking.

  20. Whew, I should not have come over here hungry! Everything looks absolutely delicious.

  21. never did a tailgating party before but your dessert looks delicious and definitely something I’m going to try. Off to pin this one so I don’t forget it.

  22. Ok, I want to come tailgating with you. That dip looks amazing!

  23. I love buffalo chicken dip. A friend of ours brought some to a party recently. I’ve been wanting to try a recipe.

  24. I absolutely love buffalo chicken dip! And those ice cream squares look so yummy!

  25. That looks like a great tailgate. I think both recipes sounds delish!!

  26. I soo want to try that buffalo chicken dip!!!

  27. Buffalo Chicken Dip is definitely up there as a fave! We love potato skins too

  28. Da Bears…. and that dip. Perfect football day I’d say!

  29. I’m eyeballing all the chocolate! Because… chocolate!

  30. I mostly watch football for the awesome food that goes with it. Im in for this dip!

  31. WOW! Those look amazing! I want to come to your tailgate party! :))

  32. making both of these this weekend. that dip looks amazing

  33. Definitely going to give that buffalo chicken dip recipe a try! It looks so tasty.

  34. that looks delicious! My BF likes buffalo wings, I should make that dip for him

  35. I don’t know which I want to eat first! They both look awesomely delish!

  36. Both of these recipes look and sound amazing! I’m not sure which one I would start with!

  37. Both of these recipes look so good and fairly simple to prepare. My favorite tailgate party dish is fresh fruit. Its a great option and offers something healthy in the mix.

  38. Wow that dip looks incredible but those dream squares??? Oh yes please! This whole post is delicious!

  39. Both of these recipes sounds amazing! I love a good tailgate with yummy food!

  40. I love wings for tailgating! And Oh. Em. Gee. That dessert has me drooling here!

  41. Oh YUM!!! What a delicious recipe, looks like it would be easy to make too!!!

  42. So…kickoff at noon? I’ll be there!
    Both of these dishes look fantastic, but I’m always a sucker for a dip. Plus, my son is on a huge buffalo wing craze lately. I need to try this dip!

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