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15 Cheesy Snacks for Kids

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15 Cheesy Snacks for Kids

No neon orange powder here — these healthy cheese snacks are big on the real thing

The bites are heavy on the real thing and light on fakey “flavoring.”

Hop to It

Cute cheddar bunnies are mixed with teeny pretzel “carrots.” Who said kids can’t have fun with their food? Annie’s Snack Mix Bunnies; $4.99

Puff Guys

These magic puffs capture the toasty flavor of a grilled cheese sandwich in each bite. Plus, they come in portioned bags that won’t ruin dinner. Snikiddy Grilled Cheese Puffs; $3.89 for six 1-oz bags

In the Bag

In honor of Earth Day, these classic whole-grain munchies are now packed in a compostable bag. Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar; $3.79


Got a kid who can’t stand milk? Serve up an uber-convenient cheese stick, which has almost as much calcium per serving. Organic Valley Stringles in Colby Jack; $4.99

Curl Up With Them

Whole Foods’s cheese curls are baked instead of fried, so they have about half the fat of other brands. There’s also no neon residue because actual cheese is baked into each bite! 365 Everyday Value Cheese Curls; $1.99

Sea-ing Green

The beloved fishes get a remix: Each portion has a one-third serving of veggies baked right in. Garden Cheddar Goldfish; $2.19


Just when you thought a munchie couldn’t incite any more mania, a new flavor is unveiled: pizza! It’s a snack after a kid’s own arrgh-t. New York Pizza Pirate’s Booty; $1.49

Right on Rice

Thanks to tangy parmesan and roasted garlic, these whole-grain wonders will be gobbled up fast. New York Style Risotto Chips; $2.99

Wrap Star

Mozzarella sheets can be layered with anything pliable: tomatoes, spinach, pepperoni. Roll up tight and slice. Voila! BelGioioso Unwrap & Roll; $4.49

(Sun)flower Power

There’s so much crunch in this cracker that even the Cap’n will run scared! Cheddar and seeds are baked into each bite. Dr. Kracker Sunflower Cheddar; $4.99

All Four One

Cheddar, parmesan, romano, and asiago pack flavor into these toothsome treats. Kids love that they’re more cheese than cracker! Pepperidge Farm Cheese Crisps; $3.49

Not-So-Evil Twin

These new baked-fry stand-ins are relatively healthy as far as fries go: They’ve got about half the calories and seven fewer grams of fat per serving than a Mickey D’s small. Can’t feel bad about that! Snikiddy Parmesan Garlic Fries; $2.69

String Section

Whole Foods’s value-brand string cheese is just what you want it to be: part-skim, organic, full of calcium. And it’s still hot on the lunch-table exchange market. 365 Everyday Value String Cheese; $3.99

Soy Loco

How the heck do you get a kid to eat soy? Tell him it’s a super-cheesy chip. And you won’t be lying, either! Glenny’s Cheddar Soy Crisps; $1.49