Lemon Puppy Chow

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A fun twist on a classic. This Lemon Puppy Chow is loaded with white chocolate and plenty of lemon for a citrusy treat!

a bowl with lemon muddy buddies


Contrary to the name, lemon puppy chow is a snack made for humans! The name came about probably during the 1980’s because the Chocolate Puppy Chow version looks more like dog food than a snack. Over the years it has also been called Muddy Buddies.

Lemon Puppy Chow is made with your favorite Chex cereal with white chocolate and plenty of lemon for a sweet and citrusy treat.

Why You’ll Love Lemon Puppy Chow

  • Easy – It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and just simple easy to find ingredients!
  • No Bake – No oven required, just melting a little chocolate and stirring together.
  • Sweet & Tart – the perfect balance of sweet and tart, not overly sweet!
lemon puppy chow ingredients

What You’ll Need

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  • Chex Cereal – use your favorite. Corn or Rice Chex let the lemon flavor shine through the best.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • White Chocolate – white chocolate almond bark melts really well and works great.
  • Butter – I always use unsalted
  • Lemon Extract – see recipe notes for using lemon juice if you don’t have extract
  • Lemon Zest
pouring white chocolate over chex cereal

How To Make Lemon Puppy Chow

  1. Melt Chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl melt together white chocolate and butter until smooth and completely melted. Stir in lemon extract.
  2. Mix Together. Pour white chocolate mixture over a bowl of Chex cereal and mix until well coated.
  3. Toss To Coat. In a zip top bag mix together powdered sugar and lemon zest. Pour in coated cereal, seal the bag, and toss to coat.
  4. Set Up. Spread the cereal onto a baking sheet and let it set up before storing and serving.
looking down on a baking sheet with lemon puppy chow

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

  • Don’t have lemon extract, no worries! Use 2 Tablespoons lemon juice instead and add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar since the mixture has more liquid.
  • Use whatever Chex cereal you enjoy. I think Rice and Corn Chex are best, as they are mild enough that the lemon flavor shines through.
  • White chocolate almond bark melts quickly and very smooth. I find it the easiest to work with. But you can use a melting bar of chocolate or even chocolate chips. Just melt at 50% power, and stir often so it melts smoothly.
a bowl of lemon puppy chow


Once the lemon muddy buddies have set up, store in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can store them in the fridge, but it is not necessary.

Freezing – yes you can freeze muddy buddies. They will last for up to 3 months in an airtight container in the freezer.

lemon muddy buddies in a bowl

More Lemon Dessert Recipes

cropped close up lemon puppy chow
5 from 6 votes

Lemon Puppy Chow

By Erin
A fun twist on a classic. This Lemon Puppy Chow is loaded with white chocolate and plenty of lemon for a citrusy treat!
Prep: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 5 cups Chex cereal
  • 8 oz white chocolate almond bark
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested


  • In a microwave safe bowl heat together white chocolate and butter on 50% power, for 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until completely melted and smooth. Stir in lemon extract.
  • Pour white chocolate mixture over a bowl of Chex cereal and mix until well coated.
  • Add powdered sugar and lemon zest to a zip top plastic bag. Pour in cereal mixture. Seal the bag and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  • Spread mixture onto a baking sheet and let it set up for 30 minutes before storing or serving.


If you don't have lemon extract, you can use 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Increase powdered sugar by 1/2 cup since there will be more liquid in the mixture.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 73mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 273
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  1. 5 stars
    This is so good! I never had lemon puppy chow until I found this recipe. It’s a permanent part of my rotation now. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Love everything about this! It’s so versatile, possibilities are endless. I have a feeling lemon is definitely a fav!