When it comes to mystery movie foods that look delectable despite being… well – not for humans, you know I’m going to want to recreate it for myself.
One of these mystery dishes has stuck with me my entire life: the cat food that Jenny makes for Oliver in the movie Oliver & and Company (1988). In fact, I have very vivid memories of trying to make this dish for myself probably as early as the age of three or four – I remember trying to mix some pizza dough with water and olives… and was very disappointed when it tasted nothing like the incredible looking cat food on my 1990s CRT TV.
This mysterious cat food has been requested numerous times over on my TikTok, so I figured it was prime time to make the dish that sparked a life long love for recreating movie-related meals.
What’s In Oliver’s Cat Food from Oliver & Company?
In the movie, Jenny serves up her creation to Oliver calling it “oeufs a la Jenny avec Cocoa Krispies.” In French, “oeufs” means eggs so we know right off the bat that this is likely the base for the dish. She also pours in what she calls Cocoa Krispies, but what appears to be Cocoa Puffs comes out of the box. Perhaps she misspoke – but personally, I think Cocoa Puffs look more like what is being mixed in.
In my recipe, I used both! But feel free to pick your favorite. I think that Cocoa Puffs look more like dog kibble or kitty chow than Cocoa Krispies – and Jenny does feed Oliver out of Georgette’s bowl which leads me to believe it might be actual dog food on top.
Heck, I even served up my dessert in my dog’s actual bowl, which really completed the effect for me (don’t worry, my dog got to have a little bit of sugar-free whipped cream as a “thank you.”)
Making Jenny’s Cat Food
Unfortunately for Jenny, making this dish for an actual cat would probably be a very bad idea. For humans, however – it’s perfection!
- eggs – technically we just need the yolks from the eggs (you can save or discard the whites)
- sugar – to sweeten the custard pudding
- cornstarch – will thicken the eggs into a custard consistency
- cocoa powder – just enough to color the pudding off white to match the color seen in the movie
- vanilla – for added flavor
- milk – whole milk works best for a thick custard
- heavy cream – to give the custard a silky smooth texture
- Cocoa Krispies & Cocoa Puffs – one or both cereals can be sprinkled on top
- whipped cream topping – right out of the can, a la “Jenny-style”
Start with all of the ingredients in a cold pot. Turn on the heat to medium heat and whisk constantly to prevent burning. It will feel like the custard will never come together – and then feel like it’s too thick. Only let the custard bubble for a few minutes as to not overcook and make into pudding.
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Jenny’s Cat Food from Oliver & Company
- In a large pot, without the heat on, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder.
- Turn the heat to medium. While the pot is still cold, whisk in the cold milk, heavy cream and yolks. Whisk continuously until the yolks have mixed in completely and the liquid is frothy. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Continue to whisk, scraping the bottom as the liquid heats up to prevent burning. This process can take up to 15 minutes. The liquid should quickly thicken and begin to bubble. Only let it bubble for about 1-2 minutes or else the mixture will thicken up too much. Whisk until a custard consistency, then remove from the heat.
- Stir in the cold butter until it is completely melted, then transfer the custard to a heatproof bowl. Place the plastic wrap on top and press down so that the plastic wrap is touching the surface of the custard. Chill for 8-10 hours.
- Spoon the chilled custard into serving bowls (aka clean dog bowls, as desired) and top with Cocoa Krispies. Then add a generous amount of whipped cream and top it off with even more Cocoa Puffs. Serve right away and enjoy!