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Not only will your kids love the taste of these animal crackers, but it will allow them to play safely with wild animals. What more could you ask for?
Animal crackers seem to a part of everyone’s childhood – no matter how many years ago that was… and they are recorded as far back as 1800. I hope no one is still around who can recall that day. haha
More than 40 million packages of Barnum’s Animal Crackers are sold each year. They are baked in a 300 foot long moving band oven for about four minutes and are baked at the rate of 12,000 per minute! Fifteen thousand cartons and 300,000 crackers are produced in a single shift, using some thirty miles of string for the handles on the packages. This runs to nearly 8,000 miles of string a year.
These commercially made animal crackers are made of; ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS), DEGERMINATED YELLOW CORN FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), NATURAL FLAVOR (CONTAINS MILK), SOY LECITHIN, MOLASSES. These they’re not exactly at the height of nutritional excellence. But here at Nouveau Raw times they are a changing. :)
My raw animal crackers are not baked but dehydrated instead on a 16×16″ tray. They take more than 4 minutes to make… more like 12 hours. And I am sorry to say but I can’t pump out 300,000 in a single shift… more like 48. lol BUT they are made with love, joy and whole organic ingredients! Nothing can compare to that, right?
These crackers would be a lot of fun to make with little ones and if they sneak a little dough here and there, you don’t have worry. :) I used these farm animal cookie cutters that you can purchased through my Amazon link. But gosh, you can use any animal cookie cutter. So much fun… I hope you enjoy them.
Yields 50 crackers, depending on cookie cutter size