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Kids Snacks

Check out these healthy recipes for kids snacks, including popcorn, nachos, empanadas, chicken wings, fries, pretzels, trail mix, kabobs, elephant ears, pinwheels, flat bread, cheese puffs, fruit snacks, pizza pockets, apple dip and more.

Ginger Lime Dip

Ginger Lime Dip

Ginger Lime Dip

"This creamy snack is tangy and refreshing," remarks field editor Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "It's a fun alternative to sweet fruit dips."

Perky Olive Penguins

Perky Olive Penguins

Perky Olive Penguins

These tuxedo-clad tidbits are actually ripe olives stuffed with a subtly seasoned cream cheese filling. The adorable appetizers are dressed for success with pimiento and carrot accessories.

Golden Veggie Dip

Golden Veggie Dip

Golden Veggie Dip

Evelyn Hill of Marion Station, Maryland shares a snack that's sure to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. "This thick, mild-tasting dip is easy to prepare and has always been my favorite," she notes.
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Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

These Mexican-style snacks will surely add sparkle to a slumber party spread! To make them, our home economists lined muffin cups with tortilla shells, then filled each with a not-too-spicy beef mixture kids can garnish with cheese, lettuce and other toppings. For tasty dippers besides, you could serve the cutout stars with salsa.

Catch Some Z's

Catch Some Z's

Catch Some Z's

Moms won't lose sleep preparing this savory finger food for a get-together. That's because the CT kitchen staff kept the goodies simple—by cutting "Z" shapes from refrigerated crescent rolls and seasoning them before baking. If you like, provide a bowl of warmed pizza sauce on the side...then watch kids start dipping!

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

The creamy dipping sauce in this recipe is so easy to make. Its pleasant banana flavor, sweetened with honey, complement fresh fruit.—LaChelle Olivet, Pace, Florida

Apple-Raisin Ladybug

Apple-Raisin Ladybug

Apple-Raisin Ladybug

"Children seem to be fascinated by bugs. So during a spring visit, my great-nieces and I had fun making fresh fruit salads that looked like garden insects," says Sherry Masters, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mandy Paige-Wrischnik assembled this lovely ladybug while her sister made a cute caterpillar.

Banana-Pear Caterpillar

Banana-Pear Caterpillar

Banana-Pear Caterpillar

With Sherry's guidance, Kendra Paige-Wrischnik, now 11, transformed banana and pear slices into this creepy crawler. "The girls' brother, Joey, was too young to help prepare the salads, but he sure enjoyed eating them," Sherry adds.

Pizza Roll-Ups

Pizza Roll-Ups

Pizza Roll-Ups

Since receiving this recipe through 4-H, it's been a regular after-school snack. These bite-size pizza treats, made with refrigerated crescent rolls, are especially good served with spaghetti sauce for dipping. —Donna Klettke, Wheatland, Missouri

Apple Person

Apple Person

Apple Person

—Julie Lavender, Oceanside, California

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri
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