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
In a small bowl, melt the vanilla baking chips and the butter together (about 30 seconds in the microwave). Set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.