How many times a day do you get the “I’m hungry!” or “Mom, can you get me a snack?” or “I can’t reach! Will you get that for me?”. With 4 kiddos running around my feet, I hear it a bazillion times…an hour. Along came our family invention called “sandwich bag snacks”. Super inventive, right? I bet you are DYING to know exactly what that means (insert sarcasm). Our sandwich bag snacks are those items that can fit in a snack size baggie or sandwich size baggie. I usually make these ahead of time and place them in the kids reach, or I make sure approved items are on the kid shelf/cupboard so they can build their own. These items can be anything from carrots, apple slices, grapes, crackers, pretzels, cereal and more. Not only are these great for dividing up snacks for every day, but they are also great snacks for hitting the trail and having a family day out.
Half of my kids love cereal mix, also known as party mix (I haven’t found anything that reaches all 4 “favorite” lists at one time, but I’m still looking!). These cereal mixes are GREAT for outdoor adventures. It doesn’t require a cooler, you can divide up per kid, there is minimal garbage, you can close the bag to save for later, and if they get a bit crunched up it isn’t going to end the world (or is it?).
PUPPY CHOW (my personal favorite)
This is known by so many different names, I couldn’t even list them all. Basically it is squared corn or rice cereal covered in sugar. That’s right! Yummers.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups milk chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if that’s your thang)
1 package crispy corn and rice cereal (about 17-17.5 oz)
1 lb of powdered sugar (yeah buddy)
Melt peanut butter, butter and milk chocolate together. You can do this over a double broiler or nice and slow in the microwave. Once melted, pour over the cereal and toss until it is coated to perfection.
Next, grab a large bowl and saran wrap (or large zipper baggie, or paper sack). Add the powdered sugar and coated cereal in to your desired container and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!!
We divide ours up in to sandwich baggies and place in the fridge or freezer before an outing. Yes the chocolate can melt if you are in the hot, hot sun for an extended period of time, but the kids don’t mind at all.
Want some more cereal snack ideas? Try these links below:
What’s your favorite snack that could be turned in to a “sandwhich bag snack”? (Or maybe it already is one!)