Lemon Puppy Chow

Anna made you a treat. Or that’s how I’m justifying a post that involves microwaving chocolate and stirring in cereal. I promise to use the oven at some point this week and make you something fantastic. Something worthy of sending your salivary glands into overdrive. Promise. Until then…this shall suffice. And it was a great activity to do with Anna, who thinks she’s 20 but has the eye hand coordination of…well…..a 2 year old. So yea.

This is your basic puppy chow recipe with a twist: white chocolate chips instead of chocolate chips, butter instead of peanut butter, a little lemon zest and lemon juice. Melt the butter and white chocolate chips in the microwave. It will be thick, it won’t seem very usable. Throw in the lemon juice and lemon zest though and it turns into this:

We took our melted mixture and some cereal and headed outside to the picnic bench…

We “measured” 10 cups into our bowl of white chocolate/butter/lemon and stirred….and stirred…

This mixture is a little different texture than the traditional peanut butter and chocolate version, not quite as creamy. It takes a lot of stirring to coat all the cereal but stick with it and it should look like this before long

Transfer the mixture to a gallon sized ziploc bag and add powdered sugar. Give it a good toss.

Voila. The perfect summer treat. Or afternoon snack. Except we made this, and ate it, at 10:30 in the morning. It is cereal….therefore also an appropriate breakfast food. You’re welcome.

Lemon Puppy Chow

Recipe adapted ever so slightly from What Megan's Making 


  • 10 cups rice Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 tsp lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


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

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.