When my four little nieces came for a visit, we armed our supplies with a selection of cookies and crackers to tame their wild side as required. And though I have never cared much for the slightly “soggy” nature of traditional animal crackers, we somehow ended up with a collection of new animal cookies, including KinniKritters.
Luckily, these were not reminiscent of the old Barnum variety. Modernized in taste, texture, and quality of ingredients, not a one failed to please a single child or adult in our party. Yes, none of the grown-ups could keep their hands out of the cookie jar either.
We started with the Bunny Grahams from Annie’s, moved onto the fun shapes from Eco-Planet, and finished out our kid-sized cookie tour with these KinniKritters from Kinnikinnick. Kinnikinnick differs from the other two brands, in that they only sell 100% gluten-free goodies. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how everyone would respond to a gluten-free cookie, so I chose not to divulge the secret.
The littlest ones, ages 6 and 8, were all about the bunnies from Annie’s, the older kids, aged 10, loved the crunchy Eco-Planet cookies, while the three adults had an affinity for the KinniKritters. Of course, no one complained about a single cookie, and every single one of us continued to go back for more of each until they had all vanished, but for some reason the Kinnikinnick Animal Cookies had top appeal to more mature taste buds.
After savoring a few, I think I pinpointed the reason. While not an exact duplicate, and lacking the frosting (though they did have a sort-of baked in icing taste), the KinniKritters reminded me a good deal of Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies from our childhood.
Soft and forgiving without taking on that “soggy” quality, the KinniKritters had a melt in your mouth sweetness that the adults just loved. Of course, we still had to wrestle them away from the kids, as they were not keen to part with any of the cookies! This is one product that gluten-free kids will be proud to share with all of their friends… as long as their parents don’t get to the box first!
To note, we only trialed the Traditional KinniKritters Animal Cookies in our home. They have Chocolate and Graham-Style varieties available, too. My friend Sarena shared her review (and pictures) of both the Graham-Style and Chocolate KinniKritters:
They are very similar to “traditional” animal crackers in texture and taste, but dare I say better??? I just did. It is amazing how many times I hear my husband say that about gluten free products, because I feel the same way. I think it is because the flours actually have flavor! The flavor is a cross between a graham cracker and an animal cracker. The texture is crisp and slightly powdery, so perfect with a cup of coffee or tea for an afternoon snack. They also come in chocolate, which was gone before I got a picture of it! They are similar in flavor to chocolate Teddy Grahams.
Certifications: KinniKritters Animal Cookies are Certified Kosher Parve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, KinniKritters Animal Cookies are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based (the graham variety does contain honey), and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Kinnikinnick website at www.kinnikinnick.com.