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Critter Crunch Recipe

Critter Crunch Recipe

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. YIELD:11 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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

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

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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!"

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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."

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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 servings...no hands in the container! the staff loves it"

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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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brillig45 User ID: 2119794 69137
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This is a great recipe! Everyone who tries it really enjoys it!"

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Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 69135
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"My wife is diabetic, so I used the Splenda Light Brown Sugar for baking and salt free butter and pretzels and added Dry Roasted salt free peanuts and Salt Free Roasted Almonds. My Grandkids devoured it and wanted to know when I was making more. If yor allergic to something or don't like an item then just leave it out. But this is Great !!"

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Regi M User ID: 4585753 72200
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"Thanks for a great recipe Wilma. I like the new twist on an old idea - using the animal and bear shaped crackers. Great for adults and grandkids. To those fault finders - variety is the spice of life! Moderation is they key."

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hot1likeme User ID: 788002 33786
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"To CarmelN: You could reduce the sodium by using unsalted butter and unsalted mini pretzels."

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mamafick User ID: 1358881 86702
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I agree! This is a great snack for kids and adults alike."

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slam1964 User ID: 2115537 26000
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This was so good even my picky husband liked it! If I can get him to eat something then I know the rest of the family will most likely like it! For those worried about the sugar and salt, go somewhere else to find recipes! This one is a keeper in my book!!!"

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CarmelN User ID: 1395071 25999
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"What can be changed to lessen the sodium?"

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Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 86701
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This is awesome and not just for kids. We adults love it too. Since I just don't like pretzels, I substituted salted peanuts for them. I still get the sweet/salty taste I love. Thanks for the recipe"

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KateH21 User ID: 5658236 33487
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"I am a high school teacher and I made this for my class one day and all of my students LOVED it! They beg for the recipe! My mom used to make this when I was younger and it was a favorite with my siblings and my self."

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HDMac_WA User ID: 226085 86699
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

" This sounds like something my grandkids would love.  I like to make up treats and mail them to the kids because we do no live in the same town.  This would be great for Valentines day. :) "

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JZAnderson User ID: 1266313 26587
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"I make this about once a month. It is so yummy. It is one of my most requested recipes."

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JennyTaylor User ID: 2874618 33784
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"I originally made this for my son but it was so good that my husband and I ended up eating it all! I had to make another batch. :)"

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