Yes, brace yourself, I use mixes. And this is one I highly recommend. When I make it, I usually add the zest of one lemon to the crust before pressing it into the pan. And I add 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the lemon mixture. This mix is one that I try to keep on hand at all times. Usually I don't make it unless I am taking it somewhere because my husband is allergic to citric acid and stays FAR away from citrus desserts. The kids aren't huge fans of tart things. BUT, I LOVE anything lemon flavored, so it's best that I don't make this one unless I'm taking it AWAY from my house. Otherwise, I will eat all of it...by myself!