Chex Lemon Buddies

I found this recipe by accident when I typed in the words “lemon snacks”, and low-n-behold on the second page of my Google search… there it was, Lemon Buddies.


The name alone begs you to click on the link and I’m so glad that I did. I’ve never heard of lemon buddies in my life. How could this be? I’m like the biggest lemon fan there is and I felt duped… all of these YEARS?! So if I haven’t heard of these cuties… who else in the world is deprived of this snack too then?? I feel as if I’m doing the public a service by passing this recipe on to you all… I hope you love them as much as I do!

After I saw this recipe I thought this would be a perfect little excuse to eat snack to make and use up the rest of those meyer lemons that I had on my counter. But not to worry, if you only have regular lemons those are just as good to use in this recipe too! ThenΒ I thought about not telling my girls about these… I thought about hiding them and myself in the closet and not coming out until I had ate all the buddies and sported a powdered sugar-stache and all the evidence eaten… but with my luck they walked in the front door just as I was stirring the giant bowl of powdered sugar “evidence”… and I was busted. So I shared.

Zest and juice a few lemons. You’ll need 4 teaspoons of zest and two tablespoons of the juice, fyi… I strained my lemon juice through a strainer to catch the pulp and any seeds.

Cube up some butter… you know the butter I forgot to put in the ingredient picture, yeah that butter.

Add the white chocolate chips with the zest and butter into a medium bowl {one that will fit over a small pot of simmering water}.

Add in the lemon juice.

Place the bowl over a small pot of simmering water {make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl} and stir until melted.

Once the chips are just about melted, pull it off of the heat and sample. SO.DANG.DELICIOUS!

I spread the 9 cups of Chex cereal out on a large sheet pan.

Then poured the lemon/white chocolate mixture over top of the cereal. You see where this is going don’t you… yumsville. πŸ˜‰

Stir and coat the cereal with all that citrus-y goodness…

Then pour the coated cereal in the largest bowl you have {I mean real large}.

Add in the powdered sugar.

And gently stir to coat all the cereal. Spread out on a clean piece of parchment paper to cool/dry before storing in an airtight container.

Boom. Done. These snacks are perfect treat for a birthday party, or pack in small baggies for your kiddo’s lunchbox OR to hoard and eat it privacy. Dig in!


Chex Lemon Buddies

Yield: serves 18 (1/2 cup servings)


9 cups Chex Rice Cereal

1-1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips {I used Ghirardelli}

1/2 a stick Unsalted Butter

4 teaspoons Lemon Zest

2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice {strained from pulp and seeds}

2 cups Powdered Sugar


Combine the white chocolate chips, butter, zest and lemon juice into a medium bowl. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer and place the bowl over top making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir while the steam gently melts the chocolate and butter until just about smooth. Remove off of the heat and set aside.

Spread the cereal evenly in a large sheet pan. Drizzle the white chocolate/ lemon mixture and toss to coat. Place the coated cereal in a large bowl and add in the powdered sugar. Gently stir to coat the cereal in the powdered sugar. Spread back out on a large piece of parchment paper and let cool/dry.

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25 Responses to “Chex Lemon Buddies”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Oh my! This is such a yummy idea! Love it!

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    london bakes — March 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I'm absolutely loving the combination of white chocolate and lemon at the moment. These look like such a good way to get my fix!

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    Maria @ Orchard Bloom — March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Oh Wow! This isn't what I was expecting based on the titled, but these are so cute.

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — March 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh I love how powdery they are!

    Remember that movie? Powder?

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    Made in Sonoma — March 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    This looks like the perfect snack!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I have this recipe pinned (the link you gave!) and have been staring at it for a long time…wondering…hmmm, should I really make these. Now I know that YES, I should. You sold me…YUM

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I love lemon desserts. This is a great spring treat!

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    SavithaRaj's Spice Land — March 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    so easy and so yummy !

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

    What a great treat! A spring version of the traditional chocolate and peanut butter version!

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    Alyssa — March 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

    When I made these, they came out sort of soggy and stale tasting even though they were made that day. Just wondering if this happened with anyone else? I even made a second batch to be sure I didnt mess up!

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    Aarthi — March 20, 2012 at 4:21 am

    laurie this makes a perfetc lemony snack

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    Shandi Naugle — March 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

    This looks so delicious. I definitely have to try this out!

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    Shutterbug — March 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

    sounds easy enough! I will have to make this sometime! thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Alyssa, I didn't notice that at all… then again I gave a bunch away and we ate the rest! Did you happen to let them cool before storing?

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    15 — March 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    OMG – this looks so delicious! I am going to give it a try this weekend. We love lemon in our house.

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    Lauren's Latest — March 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I was totally going to make a version of this!! Except you beat me to it….great minds think alike!

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    RE — March 23, 2012 at 1:42 am

    OMG. These are incredible. My life has been changed. I might just eat them for dinner. πŸ˜€

    I mixed everything by hand (as in, with my hands), since the rice chex were so fragile. It was messy, but seemed to work much better than my spatula.

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    Jenni Bennett — March 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This looks amazing! My bff and I love to make Puppy Chow with pb & chocolate, so this will be a very refreshing take on a classic! Thanks!!

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    Sarah — April 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    This SO good! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!:)

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    erica — April 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

    how did you not have an issue with the water in the butter/juice making the chocolate seize up? I had to dump out the first batch b/c it was grainy and nasty. I used shortening and lemon powder for the second batch but the minute I put the zest in – it started to clump up… I dumped it as quickly as possible and mixed – but wastn't nearly as smooth looking as yours…. very strange…

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 25, 2012 at 4:42 am

    That is so strange! I know if the chocolate get's too hot it will seize up. πŸ™

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    Chad — December 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Alyssa- I, too, keep having this problem! In fact, that’s how I came to this site… I searched for “why are my lemon buddies stale” and, viola, here I am! I’ve made these three times in my life: the first time, they were perfect; the last two times have been stale. Hmm… Now that I’m typing & thinking about it, I’m sure I followed the recipe a little more precisely the first time. Maybe I’ll try them again and not do any guess-timating, which I have been known to do. Lol!
    Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer B — April 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I want to start out by saying I LOVE your blog! I do not recall leaving comments before this but I have been following as a subscriber for a couple of years now! Once I found a recipe of yours on pinterest for baked oatmeal and then tried another recipe (the turkey lettuce wraps) I was seriously HOOKED!
    Anyhow, I love this recipe! I love the idea behind it and I love the snack…buttttttttt, (we knew there would be one of these from the start) I cannot seem to get a crispy result. They are alwayzzz soggy (not horribly-wet sock kind of soggy) mostly they just loose about 69% of their crunch! How do I fix this? Is there anything we could do a tiny bit different to get them to stay crunchy longer or is this just the price we pay when we want to mix some kind of wonderful together?! Any-who, I make these a handful of times a year and I’ve tried less butter and less lemon juice, tried less chocolate, not sure what’s next. I always use crispix for traditional puppy chow (but who the heck wants to make that when you can have this glorious lemon-white chocolate snack?!) and I think crispix wouldn’t have the same light flavor with the lemon.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

      Hi Jennifer! It’s been forever and a day since I made these, but I think that’s actually how they’re suppose to be(?). But my thoughts are that maybe popping them into the fridge to quickly chill will harden the chocolate? I’ll have to re-make these and see what happens. Gah… now I need to know! Thanks for your comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you on this! πŸ™‚


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