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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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."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

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

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!"

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."

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"

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