Critter Crunch Recipe
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Critter Crunch Recipe

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I make a big batch of this fun sweet snack throughout the year to keep on hand for hungry kids of all ages. Once you get started eating, it's hard to stop. Plus, it makes a great take-along treat.—Wilma Miller, Port Angeles, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups Crispix
  • 1-1/2 cups Cherrios
  • 1-1/2 cups animal crackers
  • 1-1/2 cups honey bear-shaped crackers
  • 1 cup bite-sized Shredded Wheat
  • 1 cup miniature pretzels

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 187 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until butter is melted; stir until blended. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add butter mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 8 cups.
Originally published as Critter Crunch in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p54

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icunrse User ID: 6357713 72936
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Perfectly sweet and salty. It goes fast in this house and my nieces and nephew don't know that there's "healthy cereal" in it and you can change the Cheerios flavors (chocolate/apple cinnamon) to switch it up."

galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 26588
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"a very mildly flavored snack mix. great for young kids."

dyoung2941 User ID: 5477056 72253
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"I am Culinary Arts teacher in High School and we made this for a first grade class that we were working with. Not only did the first graders love it, my students loved it. At Halloween we added candy corn to it and sold bags to raise money for our competition!"

ladymluv09 User ID: 5285938 33830
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"Made this for a car trip last summer. Left out the pretzels cause he wasn't quite 2. Will definitely make it with the pretzels now. He loved it and I enjoyed it as well."

Maam0202 User ID: 5693995 24591
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"I like to make a couple big batches and take some to work in a plastic container with dixie cups for scooping out individual hands in the container! the staff loves it"

thecampinglady User ID: 5290902 33789
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

""Wow! This is great. Just enough salty flavor and just enough sweet flavor". These are the words from my husband. I will definitely make this again."

LVSANIMALS User ID: 2823606 52654
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I took a double recipe to my grandson's birthday party and it was a hit. There was some left over and my daughter wouldn't let me take it home, so I will be making some more. :) Fun and Yummy."

greenpansy User ID: 6156736 33788
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"My family loves this!! We made it for our family movie night and it will permanently be on our movie night snack menu."

bellbarb User ID: 2186403 70988
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"as others have stated this is a good choice as a snack. I am diabetic and also modified it for me. Honey-Nut Cheerios is very good as a substitute also."

nelsonm User ID: 3274964 49899
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"I made it, but used Cocoa Puff Brownie Crunch cereal instead of the shredded wheat. We love it, just hope there is some left for the Grandkids when they stop by."

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