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Critter Crunch

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
    about 8 cups


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition 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
    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
    Mar 30, 2014

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

  • dyoung2941
    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
    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
    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
    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.

    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
    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.

  • mjounan
    Aug 25, 2011

    No comment left

  • bellbarb
    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.