Monday, December 19, 2011

A Citrus Christmas Treat - Easy Lemon Chex

My kids love Muddy Buddies - if you haven't made them, here's the recipe.  It's essentially Chex, chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar.  They are always a big hit and very easy to do with the kids.  If you make a full batch, there's plenty to give away to friends as well.

This year, my oldest son is living on his own.  He missed a lot of our baking being away from the house, so I wanted to make him a special treat.  He LOVES lemon.  Lemon pie, lemon bars, you name it. 

I saw on the Chex box that you can make lemon buddies - they are essentially the lemon version of muddy buddies.  Perfect!

The hubby was headed to the grocery, so I asked him to pickup some vanilla chips and more Chex so I could make them.  When he returned, they didn't have vanilla, so he bought white chocolate.  Well, it worked.

First, the ingredients (we made half a batch):

9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 1/4 cups white vanilla baking chips (we used white chocolate)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
4 tsp grated lemon peel
2 tbl fresh lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar

Put all the ingredients minus the Chex and powdered suger in the bowl and microwave.  I didn't know how the lemon would affect the melting.  It did a bit.  Let me recommend a whisk for mixing them all together.

Pour over the Chex and mix.  This isn't as smooth as the muddy buddies - again, I think it's the acidity of the lemon throwing off the smoothness you would expect, but with a little effort, the Chex will coat.

Then, into the powdered sugar.  Shake.

Yum!  I would recommend doubling the amount of lemon juice added - it could have been more lemony flavored.  Of course, Oldest says you can never have too much lemon flavor.

This is a nice twist on all the chocolate of the holidays!  Enjoy! 

The Chex mix website has all kinds of cool recipes - check them out here

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