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30 Fun Kids Birthday Party Snacks

Forget boring cake and ice cream; these kids birthday party snack food ideas will impress your adult guests while delighting the little ones!

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Easy Puppy ChowTaste of Home

Easy Puppy Chow

This easy puppy chow recipe uses whole packages so there are no fussy leftovers. Plus, it makes enough to feed a hungry crowd at your childs birthday party. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Movie Theater Pretzel RodsTaste of Home

Movie Theater Pretzel Rods

My kids and all of their friends clamor for the large, chewy pretzel rods. They are fantastic fresh from the oven. Lisa Shaw, Burnettsville, Indiana

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Cheesy Pepperoni BunsTaste of Home

Cheesy Pepperoni Buns

Like a pizza version of a sloppy joe, this open-faced sandwich is a surefire kid-pleaser! Tanya Belt, Newcomerstown, Ohio

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Cinnamon Monkey BreadTaste of Home

Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Is it possible for four kids to cook together without total chaos in the kitchen? Yes, with the right recipe. This cinnamon roll monkey bread is a favorite with my bunch. They get to "play" with the dough as they roll pieces of refrigerated biscuits into balls. Lisa Combs, Greenville, Ohio

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Fruit and Cheese KabobsTaste of Home

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

We came up with this fresh and fruity summer snack idea. Its easy to make ahead and carry to the ballpark, beach or playground, and the cinnamon-spiced yogurt dip adds a fun touch kids love. We love to serve it at summer parties, too! Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Root Beer CookiesTaste of Home

Root Beer Cookies

When it's too difficult to take along root beer floats on a picnic, take these cookies instead! I've found the flavor is even better the next day. The hard part is convincing my family to wait that long before sampling them.Violette Bawden, West Valley City, Utah

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Mini Burgers with the WorksTaste of Home

Mini Burgers with the Works

I started preparing these mini burgers several years ago as a creative way to use up bread crusts accumulating in my freezer. Theyre delicious and a kid-friendly finger food. Linda Lane, Bennington, Vermont

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Frozen Berry & Yogurt SwirlsTaste of Home

Frozen Berry & Yogurt Swirls

I enjoy these frozen yogurt pops because they double as a healthy snack and a cool, creamy sweet treat. Kids love them at birthday parties, too! Colleen Ludovice, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Rainbow Gelatin CubesTaste of Home

Rainbow Gelatin Cubes

These layered jello cubes are fun to serve and to eat! I vary the colors to match the occasion. Kids of all ages snatch them up. Deanna Pietrowicz, Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Ranch Snack MixTaste of Home

Ranch Snack Mix

This is a wonderful fast-to-fix munchie. The recipe makes tons and doesn't involve any cooking. It's a cinch to package in individual snack bags, it keeps its crunch and it's a savory alternative to the cakes and pies usually offered at bake sales. Linda Murphy, Pulaski, Wisconsin

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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel RodsTaste of Home

Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

Kids of all ages enjoy making and eating these fun treats. The decorated pretzels are a pretty gift in a cellophane bag or a glass jar. Kay Waters, Benld, Illinois

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Mini Mac & Cheese DogsTaste of Home

Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

We wanted to get creative with hot dogs, so we made a mac-and-cheesy one. Pile on the extra cheese, relish and even bacon. Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Party Pesto PinwheelsTaste of Home

Party Pesto Pinwheels

I took a couple of my favorite recipes and combined them into these delicious hors d'oeuvres. The colorful and impressive snacks come together easily with refrigerated crescent roll dough, prepared pesto sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers. Kathleen Farrell, Rochester, New York

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Sugar N Spice PopcornTaste of Home

Sugar N Spice Popcorn

Our family can't get enough of this light, cinnamon-sweet popcorn. The baked kernels are wonderfully crunchy and coated just right. Try mixing some to have on hand as an anytime nibble.

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Fruit PizzaTaste of Home

Fruit Pizza

These pretty fruit pizzas have been a hit every time I've served them. They start with pre-made cookie dough making them super simple! Janet O'Neal, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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Cheesy QuesadillasTaste of Home

Cheesy Quesadillas

We serve these quesadillas as chili dippers or load them up with salsa and sour cream for a super starter. Terri Keeney, Greeley, Colorado

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Bacon-Wrapped Apricot BitesTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Apricot Bites

I love bacon-wrapped recipes, and these sweet-smoky snacks are easy to make and fun to eat, so be prepared with an extra batch. For a change, sprinkle them with a bit of blue cheese or toasted almonds. Tammie Floyd, Plano, Texas

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Mini Zucchini PizzasTaste of Home

Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Looking for low carb? This simple snack recipe is a fantastic way to satisfy your pizza cravings while skipping the usual carb-filled crust. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Brownie Batter DipTaste of Home

Brownie Batter Dip

Im all about the sweeter side of dips, and this brownie-batter variety fits in with my lifes philosophy: Chocolate makes anything better. Grab some fruit, cookies or salty snacks and start dunking. Mel Gunnell, Boise, Idaho

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Peanut Butter Granola PinwheelsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Granola Pinwheels

I came across this easy and tasty snack while searching online for healthy munchies for kids. Great for after school, it's really quick to make and filling enough to hold the kids until dinner. To satisfy heftier appetites or to serve as a power lunch, cut each tortilla into fewer pieces or provide one per child. The recipe is easy to increase as needed. Mary Haluch, Ludlow, Massachusetts

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Apple Salsa with Cinnamon ChipsTaste of Home

Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Both my husband and I were raised on farms, and we prefer home cooking to eating out. That works out fine since I love trying new recipes! I've served this apple salsa as an appetizer and a snack. Plus, it's sweet enough to be a dessert. It's easy to transport besides. Carolyn Brinkmeyer, Golden, Colorado

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Marshmallow PopsTaste of Home

Marshmallow Pops

Making these pops is a fun activity for a children's party because any age can participate. Customize them for holidays or special occasions by rolling them in coordinating colored sprinkles. Marcia Porch, Winter Park, Florida

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Mini Mac & Cheese BitesTaste of Home

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York

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Gooey Chocolate-Peanut BarsTaste of Home

Gooey Chocolate-Peanut Bars

These are so easy to make and take no time at all. Theyre great to package up for those college kids looking for something from home. Everyone will want this recipe. Elaine Grimme, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Peachy Jalapeno GuacamoleTaste of Home

Peachy Jalapeno Guacamole

Fresh jalapenos and summer-ripe peaches give this creamy guacamole so much flavor. It's got a little kick, but I love that it's not so spicy it burns off my taste buds! Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Marshmallow Fruit DipTaste of Home

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

You can whip up this sweet and creamy dip in just 10 minutes. I like to serve it in a bowl surrounded by fresh-picked strawberries at spring brunches or luncheons. Cindy Steffen, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Crispy Baked WontonsTaste of Home

Crispy Baked Wontons

These quick, versatile wontons are great for a savory snack or paired with a bowl of soothing soup on a cold day. I usually make a large batch, freeze half on a floured baking sheet, then store in an airtight container. Brianna Shade, Beaverton, Oregon

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Muffin-Tin LasagnasTaste of Home

Muffin-Tin Lasagnas

This is a super fun way to serve lasagna for make-ahead lunches, potlucks or other fun get-togethers. My daughter took some of these to work and by noon was emailing me for the recipe. Sally Kilkenny, Granger, Iowa

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Mini S'moresTaste of Home

Mini S'mores

Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth, Illinois

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Basic Banana MuffinsTaste of Home

Basic Banana Muffins

This banana muffin recipe goes over so well with kids. Not only are these banana bread muffins like cupcakes, but theyre ready, start to finish, in just half an hour! Lorna Greene, Harrington, Maine

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.

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