Lemon Puppy Chow

Lemon Puppy Chow

I’m guessing most people are familiar with puppy chow – chex mix coated in a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter then covered in powdered sugar. But I’m also guessing that you’ve never tried a lemon version! This lemon puppy chow is a recipe that’s perfect for Summer. It has a bright citrus flavor, but it has the same texture and addictive nature of regular puppy chow.  I couldn’t seem to stop eating it! Everyone I’ve shared it with has felt the same way – this stuff is so good! You can bet that I’ll be making this again and I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did. But I’m warning you – you should only make this if you have plenty of people to share it with – it’s too dangerous otherwise!

Lemon Puppy Chow

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Lemon Puppy Chow


10 cups rice Chex
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar


Pour the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Combine the white chocolate, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.

Pour the white chocolate mixture over the cereal and gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated. Transfer the cereal into a gallon size ziploc bag, add the powdered sugar and shake until cereal is evenly coated.

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24 Responses to “Lemon Puppy Chow”

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 31, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    my college friends & i would always make puppy chow. last week one of the girls was visiting me and we made puppy chow brownies. guess i know what i need to make next!

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    Anna — August 1, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    This looks sooo yummy. A really interesting twist on regular puppy chow.

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    Charlotte Moore — August 1, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    YUM!!! This would be something I would love.

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    Rachel — August 1, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Love this! The lemon makes these seem like a lighter take on puppy chow, so I can tell myself that I’m not eating boatloads of white chocolate & sugar :)

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    Cookbook Queen — August 1, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I am seriously in love with this idea. GENIUS, Megan!!

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — August 1, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Love this recipe – so creative! I love puppy chow and love lemon desserts so I know this must taste amazing – great idea! :)

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    Julie — August 1, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    This looks irresistible! I will be making this stat!

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    Megan's Cookin' — August 1, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Ohhh my. This got my attention. I bet it sure is addicting!

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    gift4gab — August 1, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    Oh my is right! This definitely captured my attention. I really enjoy puppy chow. But I also love light lemony sweet goodness and this sounds like a total winner. Adding this to my to-do list!

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — August 1, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Love this idea! Perfect for those of us with nut allergies who can’t do normal puppy chow.

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    Becky | Becky Bakes — August 2, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    This sounds so good! A perfect movie snack:-)

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    Lemon Puppy Chow | A Sweeter Thing — August 2, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    [...] Recipe adapted ever so slightly from What Megan's Making  [...]

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 2, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    This is a great twist to traditional puppy chow!

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    An Update on Kimm…and Friday Favorites #11 « Okay, Kaye? — August 12, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    [...] Favorite twist on an old classic snack…anyone remember munching on Puppy Chow at sleepovers as a kid…I’d love to try this Lemon Puppy Chow! [...]

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    julie — September 9, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    this is my new favorite party food!! it was a big hit at our family reunion today :)

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    Nicole — April 2, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Just made this. I was a bit worried because it didn’t look like there was enough chocolate to coat the cereal, but I kept stirring and it turned out fantastic! It reminds us of the old lemon shortbread cookies! Delicious!!

    • megan replied: — April 8th, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

      I’m so glad you liked this, and that it turned out well! :)

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    75 Puppy Chow Recipes — April 25, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

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    Vickie — November 20, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    Just made these and they are awesome! I added just a little sprinkle of citric acid to the chocolate to take down the sweetness of it.

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    Lemon Puppy Chow — March 3, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    [...] Recipe adapted ever so slightly from What Megan's Making  [...]

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    Andria — January 19, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    I want to make 3 different kinds of puppy chow for my son’s birthday party and was wondering how far in advance I could make them and have it keep its crunch ?

    • megan replied: — January 19th, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

      At least a few days should be fine I would think.

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