15+ Back-to-School Snacks Your Kid Won’t Want to Trade
Say goodbye to boring snacks!
Though the school year may look a little different this fall, there’s no doubt that in between all the tests, quizzes, art projects and presentations, kids big and small will need some snacks to keep them fueled throughout the day. Though pretzel sticks and juice boxes are great, there’s nothing more exciting then opening up a lunch box, paper bag or kitchen cupboard and finding a brand-new treat inside. We searched high and low for some of the newest snacks currently available online and in stores, and we have to admit, they even got us super excited for lunch time! Keep reading to see all the sweet and salty snacks you’ll want to stock up on for your kids (and yourself) this back-to-school season.
These miniature snack bars come in a variety of different flavors, like strawberry, peanut butter chocolate chip, chocolate chip and double chocolate, to satisfy all your kiddo's day-to-day cravings. With 0 grams of added sugar and 5 grams of protein, these bars are also made from wholesome ingredients like dates, egg whites, gluten-free oats and coconut oil, so you don't need to feel bad saying "yes" when your child asks for seconds during the remote learning day. Or when you pack two or three in their lunch bag.
Chances are you've bought applesauce cups before. Though they can be tasty, sometimes they also result in a sticky mess if your little one opens them up too quickly. Not only do these squeezable pouches from GoGo SqueeZ completely fix that problem, they’re also healthy and delicious too! With playful flavors like Rad Raspberry, Amazing Apple, Merry Mango, Perry Pineapple, Spunky Strawberry and Playful Pear, each pouch is made from 100% real fruit and a splash of fruit juice. They're also free of high fructose corn syrup and added colors and flavors. Plus, they feature a built-in straw and a twistable cap, so your kid can drink it at their own pace.
Candy and popcorn collide in this exciting and brand-new variety pack from Candy Pop. Each box, which can be purchased exclusively at Sam’s Club locations nationwide, contains 16 snack size bags of delicious Candy Pop made with Twix candy, Candy Pop made with Snickers candy, and the brand's newest flavor collaboration, Candy Pop made with M&M'S Minis candies. It's the perfect solution to all your kid's sweet and salty cravings. Go ahead and grab a bag (or five) for yourself when you add them to your kid’s lunchbox or your family's snack drawer — we promise we won't tattle!
Unlike other rice cereal treats, which are loaded with sugar, these yummy squares from Kristen Bell’s This Saves Lives, contains one full serving of fruits and veggies. They’re also completely free of nuts, gluten and dairy. With flavors like Crocodile Chocolate Crunch, Mammoth Marshmallow Crisp, Bigfoot Campfire Smores, Dragon’s Dream Cookies & Cream and our personal favorite, Unicorn Sprinkle Surprise, they’re also a fun way to add some imagination to your kid’s school day. Best of all — for every box you buy, life-saving food will be donated to malnourished children in Haiti and other countries in need.
If your kid loves chocolate milk, these single-serve oat milks from Elmhurst 1925 are a must-buy. Not only does each bottle have a full serving of whole grains, they also contain half the sugar of other canned and boxed chocolate milks. Each bottle is also completely shelf-stable, so you won’t need to worry about it sitting inside a lunchbox — or even in your pantry — for a while.
Cheese and crackers get a modern makeover thanks to Ritz’s new Cheese Crispers. Part potato chip, part whole wheat cracker, these crunchy treats are perfect for kids who love savory snacks with a touch of extra flavor. Each bite is even filled with real cheese, so you don't need to worry about artificial flavors either. Pack a handful in a resealable bag to easily add them into a lunchbox or keep a box near the kitchen table for in-school and virtual learners alike to enjoy.
Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Amy Schumer can’t stop raving about Magic Spoon’s delicious line of adult- and kid-friendly cereals, and for good reason! With irresistible flavors like Cocoa, Blueberry, Peanut Butter, Honey Nut, Frosted and Fruity, it’ll be hard for your family to choose just one to try first. Not only is each cereal blend gluten- and grain-free, but they’re also low in carbs, high in protein and contain zero grams of sugar. Talk about nutritious and delicious! Though your kiddo can definitely eat them for breakfast in the morning, we love the idea of packing the cereal in a zip-top bag and pairing it with a yogurt cup for a fun take on a parfait.
Pudding cups get the mermaid treatment in Snack Pack’s newest line of colorful treats. Not only are they a yummy way to add a bit of magic and wonder to your child’s lunchtime, each pack also comes with a sheet of temporary mermaid tattoos that kids can trade with their friends or show off to their classmates and teachers on Zoom.
Kids are sure to be roaring with excitement when they see these bestselling whole grain chocolate graham crackers from Kodiak Cakes in their lunchbox or in your pantry. They’re lightly sweetened and made with semisweet chocolate to give kiddos a yummy, filling and protein-packed snack that’s also good for them, too!
This tasty variety pack from Bare Baked is filled with nutritious baked banana, coconut and apple chips to give all kinds of lunch foods — from wraps and sandwiches to salads and chicken fingers — a refreshing, crunchy and healthy companion.
You’ll never need to worry about forgetting to pack a spoon in your child’s lunchbox ever again thanks to these drinkable fruit smoothies from Noosa. With refreshing flavors like Strawberry Banana, Mango, Mixed Berry and Strawberry, they’re a perfect way to sneak some fruit into your kid’s diet without having them get in on the secret.
If you’re looking for a healthier, kid-friendly alternative to greasy potato chips, look no further than these first-ever tortilla-styled plantain chips from Barnana. Not only are they GMO-, gluten- and grain-free, each golden triangle has also been cooked in avocado oil to give them just the right amount of crunch. Pack a handful in a reusable snack bag and pair them with a cup of homemade guacamole or salsa to turn your kiddo’s at home or in-school lunchtime into a miniature celebration.
Lunchtime is sure to get a little bit brighter with these deliciously flavored and colorful drinks from United Sodas. At just 30 calories per can, they’re organically sweetened and completely caffeine-free to give kids of all ages a refreshing and bubbly alternative to traditional sugary colas and fruit juices. With flavors like Orange Nectarine, Toasted Coconut, Cherry Pop, Blackberry Jam and White Grape, they’re a yummy way to introduce kids to newer ingredients and tastes, too!
Forget the milk and cookies; this school year, it’s all about doughnuts. These adorable mini crullers from Krispy Kreme come in packs of two to give your kids a bite-sized way to indulge their sweet tooth without going over the top. They also come in a variety of flavors like Original Glazed, Blueberry and Lemon.
Rind sells dried whole fruits – skin and all. The brand’s sun-dried superfruit blends taste less sweet than typical offerings, but are somehow even more satisfying. They’re oddly addicting, but with the rinds still intact, you can feel good about your kids blazing through half a pouch in one sitting. The skins carry most of a fruits’ vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, so they’re getting nutrients in every bite.
Say goodbye to sad raisins. Joolies’ pitted date snack packs are the boxed fruit update your kids' lunchboxes need. Each little pack comes with three naturally sweet, oh-so-indulgent fruits that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth without any added sugars. It’s like eating candy... but not. We can't stop sinking our teeth into these!