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Lemon puppy chow is a fun citrus and vanilla twist on classic muddy buddies. It is bright and easy to make.

Small bowl of lemon puppy chow next to fresh lemon.

If you are looking for a fun new sweet snack mix, you are in the right place. This recipe combines crunchy cereal, creamy white baking chips and fresh squeezed lemon into a munchable package.

Puppy chow has always been a favorite treat for my family. Despite the name, it is not intended for dogs, it is a sweet snack mix that is also called muddy buddies.

It is built on Chex cereal and usually includes chocolate and other flavorings. The classic puppy chow recipe is made with chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar.

Serving bowl filled with lemon cereal snack mix.

We have made several fun flavor twists based on the original. Brownie batter puppy chow is a popular option and so is squirrel chow.

I though it would be fun to do a bright flavor for spring and summer. There was a pile of fresh lemons in the refrigerator, so lemon seemed like a natural choice.

Making the lemon muddy buddies

Start by melting down some butter. I like to get the butter mostly melted before adding the chocolate because sometimes cold butter takes longer than expected to melt and it’s not worth risking scorching your chocolate.

Now stir a bag of vanilla baking chips into the melted butter. Heat the chips using short bursts in the microwave until it stirs smooth.

Now stir in the zest of one lemon and a couple of Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add the cereal and stir to coat.

Cereal, powdered sugar, butter, lemon, and white baking chips ready to be made into lemon muddy buddies.

Now spoon the mixture into a zipper bag with powdered sugar. Make sure that bag is good and sealed and shake it until all of the cereal is coated.

It’s really that easy, you can do the whole process in less than ten minutes. Easy peasy lemon squeeze-y!

Storing puppy chow

Snack mixes like this store best at room temperature. Make sure it is completely set before you transfer it to an airtight container for storage.

In a cool dry place, puppy chow should store for at least a week. Prolonged exposure to hear and humidity can make it get a little soft, but it will still taste good.

Frequently Asked Questions

What flavor of Chex should I use for puppy chow?

Rice Chex (or similar) is my personal preference for making puppy chow or muddy buddies. However corn Chex or Crispix also work well. You can even use a combination of them if you have several boxes to use up.

Can I use other citrus fruit in this recipe?

Yes! Key lime puppy chow would be fun or use a fresh orange fo

More fun cereal based snack mix recipes

For a savory snack mix, try taco Chex mix. It is similar to the original salty snack, but with taco flavors.

Or try making dilly ranch Chex mix for another crunchy savory winner. It is perfect for ranch dressing lovers.

Bowl  of powdered sugar coated lemon puppy chow next to wedge of lemon.

Peanut butter maple snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of flavor, texture and plenty of crunch.

Or try making apple pie Chix mix for a cinnamon apple twist on munchy mixes.

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Small bowl of lemon puppy chow next to fresh lemon.

Lemon Puppy Chow

Servings: 16 half cup servings
Author: Carlee
Lemon puppy chow is a fun citrus and vanilla twist on classic muddy buddies. It is bright and easy to make.
4.67 from 12 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 12 oz white baking chips
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • cups powdered sugar


  • Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl.
    ¼ cup butter
  • Stir in white chips and cook in 20 second bursts until they stir smooth.
    12 oz white baking chips
  • Add lemon zest and lemon juice, stirring to combine.
    2 Tablespoons lemon juice, zest from 1 lemon
  • Fold in cereal until coated.
    8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal
  • Spoon cereal into a gallon zipper bag. Add the powdered sugar, seal the bag, then shake until the cereal is coated.
    1½ cups powdered sugar
  • Spread the puppy chow out to cool.
  • Once completely set, put in an airtight container for storage.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 30th of March 2024

Made 3 different batches and each time, lemon juice made the creamed white chips gritty and clumpy. Very disappointing and very pricey as a loss.


Sunday 31st of March 2024

It does look a little crazy when you put the lemon juice in there. But by the time you stir in the cereal and coat it in powdered sugar, it works out.


Monday 14th of November 2022

I love lemon and was super excited to try this recipe. It was great the first day it was made but the next morning the cereal was soft and it made it really difficult to enjoy because it was almost a stall chip consistency. I was so disappointed because I thought we had a new snack. I waited for it to cool a couple hours and then transfered it to a airtight container so I can't imagine it being any different on the next batch. It was wonderful if we could have eat it all the same day I made it.

Andrea Nine

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

You know I love lemon and I love any kind of puppy chow so this is a win-win!


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

It is so easy and so good!