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Article Date » 10-18-2012

Animal Crackers In My Soup

When you think of Animal Crackers it's very difficult not to think of (or start singing) the iconic song by America's darling in the film ‘Curleytop'. While most people equate this snack enjoyed by many generations as an American treat, did you know that they originally hail from across the pond?

· That's right, in the late nineteenth century the English started producing animal ‘biscuits' (as the Brits call their cookies), simply called ‘animals', for children to enjoy at tea-time. When they were brought over to the United States they became an instant sensation. As the popularity soared, a biscuit company from York, Pennsylvania named Stauffer's began producing these tasty little treats in 1871.

· Several other brands began to replicate these mini biscuits, but it was the Stauffer Biscuit Company that led the way, and they have been producing them, along with other delectable cookie treats ever since.

· The thirteen animals in the Stauffer's bag of these biscuits have a unique taste that sets them apart from other s due to their use of the spices nutmeg and mace.

For the reality cooking competition All Mixed Up™, the representative for Stauffer's Animal Crackers is Chef Michael Gilligan, Executive Chef of the Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Key Biscayne, FL. Chef Gilligan is not only an accomplished chef, but he originally hails from England the birthplace of these tasty treats, making him a perfect choice to judge the students on their use of Stauffer's Animal Crackers.

The student chefs are challenged to incorporate Vanilla and Chocolate Stauffer's Animal Crackers into three courses. Dessert proves to be the easiest for these sweet little biscuits; however they have to create appetizer and entrée dishes as well. It was a real challenge that all 3 students rose to with remarkable results.

The first of the 3 episodes of this series will highlight how to use Stauffer's animal crackers into appetizers the whole family will love!

Don't forget to tune in Fridays November 9th, 16th and 23rd at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime, and then after the show log on to to get the recipes!

Until then we leave you with a snippet from the famous poem about Animal Crackers by Christopher Morley:

Animal Crackers and cocoa to drink,
This is the finest of suppers I think;
When I'm grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.
What do YOU choose when you're offered a treat?
When Mother says, 'What would you like best to eat?'
Is it waffles and syrup or cinnamon toast?
It's cocoa and animals that I love most!

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