Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

As it happens, I’m the only one in my family who enjoys lemon-flavored desserts. I can’t get enough of that particular flavor. And once it’s mixed with vanilla, it’s like this magic elixir that makes me want to devour every last bite of whatever morsel is in front of me. Enter this Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow. I had my first taste of this when I was around  seven years old at a house party that my parents took me to. The hostess had made a few different varieties, but her lemon was my favorite. Of course, I have no idea how she made it, but when I was old enough, I figured out my own version of this delicious treat.

It has everything, really. It’s crunchy and soft, at the same time. It’s sweet and a little sour and smells like heaven melted down from the sky. And above all else, it’s just beautiful to look at. And, it takes no time at all and is a pleasure to prepare.

Here’s what you need.

5 C Rice Chex cereal
¾ C vanilla baking chips
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/4  C powdered sugar

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

In a small bowl, melt the vanilla baking chips and the butter together (about 30 seconds in the microwave). Set aside.

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Use a citrus juicer to juice one lemon until you have about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. (If there is a little more it can be added in for extra flavor!). Mix the lemon juice with the melted vanilla chips and butter.

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow
Measure the Chex cereal into a large bowl, pour the lemon vanilla mixture over the top of the cereal and use a spatula or a spoon to mix well until all of the pieces are coated. Measure the powdered sugar and pour over the coated cereal. Stir gently until the pieces look dry and all of them have a powdered sugar coating.

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Serve for a delicious snack. It’s perfect for parties, but it goes quickly! I always make sure to set some aside in a ziploc bag so that I have some for myself later. It is SO good.

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

Vanilla Lemon Puppy Chow

What’s your favorite kind of puppy chow? Why is it called puppy chow? Who in the world first thought of the idea of coating bland cereal in delectable treats? I want to shake their hand!

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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