Lemon Puppy Chow is light and sweet with the perfect amount of lemon flavor. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy to make recipe.

Lemon puppy chow in a bowl.
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Lemon fans should make this right away. It is seriously that good and so easy to make. In just minutes, you can be enjoying a tasty treat. It is light and refreshing and full of lemon flavor. It is one of our favorite lemon desserts along with Lemon Cake Mix Cookies and Homemade Lemon Brownies.

If you love lemon, this is the recipe to try. Muddy Buddies recipe is a family favorite and is easy to make. Also, check out all our Best Puppy Chow Recipes along with Sweet Chex Mix Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

It is a delicious treat mixed with melted white chocolate, lemon peel and powdered sugar. These simple ingredients are combined with Chex Mix cereal for a delicious treat. It is the perfect party mix.


Ingredients for recipe - chex cereal, melting chocolate, lemon zest, powdered sugar, oil.
  • Chex Cereal. Rice or Corn Chex is fine to use.
  • White Melting Chocolate. You can also use white chocolate chips.
  • Lemon Zest. The fresh lemon zest adds so much flavor.

Get the complete ingredients for the recipe at the bottom of the page.

Variation Ideas

  • Sprinkles – Add sprinkles to make this treat even more festive. This is a nice touch if you are making this for a Spring Garden party, bridal shower, baby shower and more.
  • Nuts – Try adding nuts to the recipe.
  • Change Cereal – You can use different flavors of Chex Cereal to make this recipe. You can use Rice Chex or Corn Chex.
  • Peanut Butter – If you love peanut butter, you can add a tablespoon to the mixture for a delicious flavor.
  • White Chocolate – We used white almond bark in this recipe, but you can also use white baking chips.

How to Make Lemon Puppy Chow

Melted chocolate in bowl.

Step 1. First, put the white melting chocolates and the vegetable oil in a bowl that is microwave safe. Start by heating this in 30 second intervals. Make sure to stir between each interval until the white chocolate is totally melted.

Lemon zest added to melted chocolate.

Step 2. Next, add the lemon zest into the melted chocolate.

Melted chocolate poured on the cereal.

Step 3. Put the cereal in the large bowl. Then pour the chocolate mixture all over the top.

Cereal and chocolate combined.

Step 4. Stir this together to gently coat all of the cereal.

Ziploc bag with powdered sugar added to cereal mixture.

Step 5. Finally, add the confectioners’ sugar to a gallon zip lock bag. Add the cereal to the bag and seal. Shake to coat.

Cereal mixture spread on baking sheet.

Step 6. Once everything is coated, pour the puppy chow on a baking sheet and let cool.


Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week. You can leave the puppy chow at room temperature or place in the fridge.

Expert Tips

  • Line Baking Sheet – I suggest lining the baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup easy. Wax paper is so handy and a big help in the kitchen. I almost always use it when possible. It is worth the expense and saves a bunch of time.
  • Use Lemon Zest – Don’t use lemon juice or lemon extract. Instead of lemon zest as this will cause the chocolate to harden and become clumpy.
  • Melting Chocolate – Be careful when melting the white chocolate as it will burn easily.  Heat in small intervals. Continue to stir and allow the heat from the rest of the candy to melt the remaining candy.
  • Coat the cereal right away –  Don’t let the melted candy coating cool or harden before coating in the cake mix. If you wait too long, it will not stick to the cereal.
  • Seal Bag – When coating the cereal with the powdered sugar, make sure to seal the bag. This ensure that your fully coat the cereal and it doesn’t make a mess.
Lemon puppy chow in cups ready to serve.


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Lemon Puppy Chow

3.65 from 14 votes
Lemon Puppy Chow is light and sweet with the perfect amount of lemon flavor. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy to make recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 292


  • 4 cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 1/2 cup white melting chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
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  • Place the white melting chocolates and the vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until the chocolate if fully melted.
  • Stir the lemon zest into the melted chocolate.
  • Place the cereal in a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Gently stir to coat the cereal with the chocolate.
  • Then place the powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip lock bag and pour the cereal in the bag over the top. Seal the bag tightly and shake to thoroughly coat the cereal with the powdered sugar.
  • Then pour the puppy chow on a baking sheet and allow to cool so that the chocolate can re-hardened.

Recipe Notes

Do not use lemon juice instead of lemon zest as this will cause the chocolate to harden and become clumpy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 292kcal, Carbohydrates 43g, Protein 4g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 121mg, Potassium 246mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 23g, Vitamin A 235IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 64mg, Iron 8mg

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