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Sep 5, 2006 08:24 PM


Do you have a favorite brand of animal crackers?

Is it the stand-by ones from Nabisco/Kraft or the upstart offering from Keebler? What about those big tubs of animal crackers you can sometimes find at Costco? I've seen TJ's offer some sort of in-house ones as well. Gotta a favorite?

As an aside, are animal crackers really "crackers" or are they more akin to "cookies"?

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  1. I love the McDonald's character crackers.

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      1. Isn't there a song about "animal crackers in my soup"? Shirley Temple maybe? Does this mean animal crackers used to be salty? I have wondered about this for years.

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        1. re: bolivianita

          "......monkeys and rabbits loop the loop..........."

          1. re: bolivianita

            it was Shirley Temple - one of her earliest movies I believe. Based on that song, I've always assumed that animal crackers used to be more savory and that what we get from nabisco is more of an animal cookie.

            I like the Nabisco ones in the circus box. the ones in the big bins seem dry and flavorless to me.

          2. Question is do you bite off the head first or leave that to last?

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            1. re: jfood

              I eat the ENTIRE cracker whole.

              1. re: jfood

                Always head first! And Nabisco because I like the box, to me the whole point of buying and eating animal crackers is that box. Never Keebler, I think those elves are a little sinister.

                1. re: jfood

                  Nibble the feet of the polar bear.
                  Nibble the head off the jiraf (how do you spell that animal)
                  Nibble the tail off the tiger.

                  I LOVE the old stand by original ones that come in the circus box and I remember that I really liked the McD ones but haven't had 'em in years.

                  Wole foods has some pretty good ones that are chocolated chip.

                  I do like the frosted specked pink and white Mothers Cookie amimal but haven't had those in at least 8 years.

                  They taste like cookies to me...why are they called crackers...hmmm?

                2. They have always been a cookie and not a salty cracker. The majority of people bite the head off first. PETA says: "We are glad that the cookies are vegan, but sad that they promote circus animal misery — if only they'd make whip, chain and bull-hook cookies to show kids the full story."

                  Check this out for interesting animal cracker info:



                  Shirley Temple sang it in the movie Curly Top.

                  Animal crackers in my soup
                  Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop
                  Gosh oh gee but I have fun
                  Swallowing animals one by one

                  In every bowl of soup I see
                  Lions and Tigers watching me
                  I make 'em jump right through a hoop
                  Those animal crackers in my soup

                  When I get hold of the big bad wolf
                  I just push him under to drown
                  Then I bite him in a million bits
                  And I gobble him right down

                  When they're inside me where its dark
                  I walk around like Noah's Ark
                  I stuff my tummy like a goop
                  With animal crackers in my soup

                  Animal crackers in my soup
                  Do funny things to me
                  They make me think my neighborhood
                  Is a big menagerie

                  For instance there's our Janitor
                  His name is Mr. Klein
                  And when he hollers at us kids
                  He reminds me of a Lion

                  The Grocer is so big and fat
                  He has a big moustache
                  He looks just like a Walrus
                  Just before he takes a splash

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                  1. re: JMF

                    My lovely wife enjoys eating Nabisco Animal crackers while wearing the mink coat she got last Valentine's Day.

                    P. E. T. A. = People Eating Tasty Animals