Lemon Buddies

Summer is almost over and I’d be willing to bet there are plenty of parents out there who, while very happy for school to begin, are also thinking about all the things they wanted to do with the kids this summer but didn’t.  For plenty of parents, this wish list may have included spending time together in the kitchen.

When I was younger To this day, I love spending time in the kitchen with my mom.  As a girl, I loved seeing how she turned ingredients into yummy meals.  I loved the way we could just talk about whatever happened that day while we worked.  As an adult, I love hearing the stories behind family recipes.  I also love that I can now contribute my own cooking knowledge to our meals.

If you’re looking for a simple, fun, and tasty recipe to make with the kids, this is a sure winner.  It’s just like the childhood snack known as muddy buddies or sometimes puppy chow (I always thought that was kinda gross!) but with a lemon flair.  Yum!

lemon buddies


Lemon Buddies

from Chex


9 c. rice Chex cereal

1 1/4 c. vanilla or white chocolate chips

1/4 c. unsalted butter

4 tsp. lemon zest (from two large lemons)

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

2 c. confectioner’s sugar


1.  Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

2.  Place all ingredients except confectioner’s sugar into a one quart microwaveable bowl.  Microwave on high for one minute, then remove and stir.  Continue microwaving and stirring in 30 second intervals until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

3.  Pour lemon mixture over cereal and mix completely.

4.  Place cereal in a gallon size resealable bag.  Add confectioner’s sugar, seal bag, and shake to coat.  Pour onto wax paper to dry.  Store in an airtight container up to one week.

one year ago: lemon chicken

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  1. Krystal
    August 5, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    I'm sad that summer is almost over…like really where did it go? I also love that I have everything for this – I randomly bought too much Chex when it was on sale…maybe this will be my sweet snack for tomorrow!

  2. That Girl
    August 5, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    This is perfect for snacking!

  3. Anonymous
    August 5, 2011 / 11:12 pm

    Love this spin on an old childhood favorite. Definitely going to try this out.

  4. Tina
    August 6, 2011 / 1:58 am

    Sadly, summer is coming to a close. Cool snack idea with the Chex, kids will love these. Thanks for sharing

  5. Alida
    August 6, 2011 / 2:14 am

    This is such a good idea! Sounds delicious…definitely going to make this.

  6. Lexie
    August 6, 2011 / 5:11 am

    It was the best cooking with you. I miss those days, but it is even better cooking with you now. I love you

  7. Erin
    August 7, 2011 / 3:10 am

    What a great idea! Perfect for summer with the tangy lemon! Summer just went by way too fast!

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    August 7, 2011 / 3:45 am

    This looks so yummy! I've actually never tried any version of this. I've seen puppy chow before but never tried it. I'm way more likely to try this though, the lemon sounds great!

  9. Tres Delicious
    August 7, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    am definitely going to try this out. Was thinking with my kid what to make atleast now we got a recipe in mind. Thanks.

  10. Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras
    August 14, 2011 / 6:08 am

    Mmm, I'll bet this would be really fabulous with a little King Arthur lemon powder thrown in the mix. I like bright flavors! I'll definitely have to remember this during the winter, when I'm trying to figure out what to do with the many lemons from our tree.

  11. Kyle & Alyssa
    August 20, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    So, I made these the other day and the cereal got really soggy and never dried out, So they tasted good, but were chewy and stale-like. Perhaps my mixture was too wet? Any suggestions? Did this happen to you?I want to make them today for a picnic but and afraid they wont turn out again 🙁

  12. Anonymous
    August 30, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    I made this as well, and mine got stale and chewy the next day as well. I stored it in an air tight container. I was so disappointed because it was so good the same day I made it!! Next time I will make it and serve it the same day.

  13. Kelsey
    August 31, 2011 / 3:56 am

    I'm sorry to hear your batch became stale/soggy. My advice is to make sure they are very, very dry. I let mine sit out for probably close to six hours before storing.

  14. heather
    January 8, 2012 / 4:59 am

    My husband and I just made this recipe and it was perfect! Thanks!

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