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Lemon puppy chow is a simple snack mix treat with a sweet and light citrusy flavor that almost tastes refreshing! This easy recipe requires only a few ingredients and is ready in just fifteen minutes--no baking required.
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  1. Simple Lemon Puppy Chow Snack Mix
  2. Why We Love This Lemon Puppy Chow
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Variations / Options / Add-In's
  5. How To Make Lemon Puppy Chow
  6. Tips
  7. Other Heading and information options
  8. Other Easy Lemon Recipes
  9. Lemon Puppy Chow Recipe

Lemon puppy chow is a simple snack mix treat with a sweet and light citrusy flavor that almost tastes refreshing! This easy recipe requires only a few ingredients and is ready in just fifteen minutes–no baking required.

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Simple Lemon Puppy Chow Snack Mix

Wondering what this crazy concoction is? Simply put, it’s puppy chow for people! Made from Chex cereal, white baking chips, powdered sugar, and fresh lemon zest, this irresistible sweet snack is a twist on the classic recipe, often referred to as “muddy buddies”. While this version has the same texture and addictive nature as the traditional treat, ours contains fresh lemon zest that gives it a bright and vibrant summery lemon flavor. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour. Think white chocolate muddy buddy meets refreshing lemonade. This crunchy snack is a must-make!

I love how the light and tart lemon flavor combines with the sweetness of the baking chips and powdered sugar. And when this sweet, citrusy mixture coats the crunchy Chex cereal, it creates the ultimate easy snacking treat. Our lemon puppy chow is naturally gluten-free which makes it a great allergy-friendly snack and a perfect party pleaser. It’s dangerously delicious and “whips up” the best munchable mouthful.

From football parties to birthday parties, one bite and you’ll be hooked.

Why We Love This Lemon Puppy Chow

  • Easy and quick to make
  • Perfect for party time snacking, potlucks, holiday celebrations or gift-giving
  • Feeds a crowd
  • You can make it ahead of time 
  • Customizable–make this recipe with your own add-in favorites
  • Gluten-free snack
  • Deliciously sweet and zesty
lemon puppy chow in a bowl

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Rice Chex: Makes this snack mix super crunchy. You don’t want to use a sweetened cereal or it will end up too sweet. You can substitute Corn Chex for the Rice Chex, or you can also use 5 cups Corn Chex and 5 cups rice chex. Crispix is another alternative, however it is wheat-free but not gluten-free.
  • White baking chips: If you choose to use white chocolate chips instead of the baking chips, you will need to add coconut oil to help thin the chocolate to a pourable consistency and help stabilize it when the lemon zest is added.
  • Vegetable oil: You can substitute butter for the vegetable oil, but the butter can cause the melted chips to become grainy.
  • Zested lemon: Provides a light. Citrusy flavor.
  • Lemon extract: Not to be confused with lemon juice, it provides lemon flavoring. If you do not have lemon extract, you can substitute it with fresh-squeezed lemon juice mixed with powdered sugar (see PRO-TIP below)
  • Powdered sugar: This coating adds additional sweetness to the recipe and makes it socially acceptable to lick your fingers!
puppy chow in wooden bowl

Variations / Options / Add-In’s

  • Stir-Ins: You can stir in M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, crushed candy, cookie pieces or chopped nuts for extra crunch.
  • Sprinkles: Toss colorful sprinkles in the powdered sugar before coating the puppy chow.
  • Color: If you want a big pop of color, you can add 1-2 drops of yellow food coloring as you add the lemon extract to the baking chip mixture. Stir well and continue the recipe as instructed.

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How To Make Lemon Puppy Chow

Ready in just 15 minutes, it is so easy to prepare this sweet crunchy treat!

  1. Add the Rice Chex to an extra-large mixing bowl and set it aside.
    Add the white baking chips and the vegetable oil to a medium size, heat-safe mixing bowl, and microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and heat for another 20 seconds. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
    melted white baking chips in a bowl
  2. Add the lemon extract and lemon zest to the smooth mixture and stir just until combined.
    Pro-Tip: If you do not have lemon extract, you can substitute it with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. You will need to add a ¼ cup of powdered sugar as it will be a wetter coating.
    lemon added to the melted white chips
  3. Pour the white baking chip mixture over the Rice Chex and stir until the Rice Chex is completely coated.
    pour baking chips mixture into the chex
  4. Pour the coated Rice Chex into either a 2-gallon Ziploc baggie or divide the coated Chex into 2 separate gallon-size Ziploc baggies.
    coated Rice Chex inside ziploc bag
  5. Pour the powdered sugar into the baggie with the Rice Chex, seal, and shake it to completely coat.
    Pro-Tip: It’s ok to use extra powdered sugar to coat your puppy chow. Extra sugar will give it a thicker coating. 
    powdered sugar poured inside the ziplog bag
  6. Divide the coated puppy chow between 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
    pour the mixture into baking sheet
  7. Allow the puppy chow to rest for 20 minutes. Plate, serve, and get snacking!
    lemon puppy chow in a white bowl

Tips

  • To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure the Chex you are using is gluten-free. Do not use Wheat Chex in your mix.
  • If you do use white chocolate chips, add coconut oil to help stabilize the chocolate and make it thinner and easier to coat the cereal.
  • If you only have white chocolate morsels, try omitting the lemon extract and adding 1/4 cup of dry lemon pudding to the powdered sugar. This will be the lemon flavoring.

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What is the difference between white baking chips used in this recipe and white chocolate chips?

The main difference is that white chocolate contains cocoa butter. White baking chips contain no cocoa butter and thus can’t be labeled “chocolate”.

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes! You can easily double this recipe. Just make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix the ingredients in and that you can work in batches when coating the cereal.

How long does lemon puppy chow last?

You can store lemon puppy chow in an airtight container or in a ziplock baggie for up to 5 days on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Can you make lemon puppy chow ahead?

This is a great recipe to make ahead, especially during busy party prep! It stays fresh for up to 5 days if stored properly.

Why is it called puppy chow?

The reason is twofold: first, the shape of the pieces resembles dog food. And second, the dog food company, Purina, created the original Chex cereal in 1937 and people then began to call it “human chow” due to the Purina connection.

puppy chow in big bowl

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5 from 3 votes
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Lemon Puppy Chow

Serves — 10
Lemon puppy chow is a simple snack mix treat with a sweet and light citrusy flavor that almost tastes refreshing! This easy recipe requires only a few ingredients and is ready in just fifteen minutes–no baking required.
Prep Time 15 mins
Rest Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 10 cups rice chex or generic version
  • cups white baking chips good quality baking chips are best – Ghirardelli
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly zested lemon (2 lemons)
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Using an extra large mixing bowl, add in the 10 cups rice chex. Set it aside.
  • Using a medium size heat safe mixing bowl, add the white baking chips and the vegetable oil. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and heat for another 20 seconds. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in the lemon extract and lemon zest. Stir just until combined.
  • Pour the white chocolate mixture over the rice chex. Stir until the rice chex is completely coated.
  • Pour the coated rice chex into either a 2 gallon ziploc baggie, or divide the coated chex into 2 gallon size ziploc baggies.
  • Pour the powdered sugar into the baggie, seal the baggie and shake to completely coat.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Divide the coated puppy chow between the 2 baking sheets. Allow the puppy chow to rest for 20 minutes.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • You can store lemon puppy chow in an airtight container or in a ziplock baggie for up to 5 days on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Tips:
  • To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure the Chex you are using is gluten-free. Do not use Wheat Chex in your mix.
  • It’s ok to use extra powdered sugar to coat your puppy chow. Extra sugar will give it a thicker coating.
  • If you do not have lemon extract, you can substitute it with fresh squeezed lemon juice. You will need to add a ¼ cup of powdered sugar as it will be a wetter coating.
  • If you do use white chocolate chips, add coconut oil to help stabilize the chocolate and make it thinner and easier to coat the cereal.
  • If you only have white chocolate morsels, try omitting the lemon extract and adding 1/4 cup of dry lemon pudding to the powdered sugar. This will be the lemon flavoring.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 10mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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