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Lemon Puppy Chow

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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.

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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Yield: 16 half cup servings

Lemon Puppy Chow

Small bowl of lemon puppy chow next to fresh lemon.

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 12 oz white baking chips
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir in white chips and cook in 20 second bursts until they stir smooth.
  3. Add lemon zest and lemon juice, stirring to combine.
  4. Fold in cereal until coated.
  5. Spoon cereal into a gallon zipper bag. Add the powdered sugar, seal the bag, then shake until the cereal is coated.
  6. Spread the puppy chow out to cool.
  7. Once completely set, put in an airtight container for storage.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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.

Thanks for sharing!

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!

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