Best back-to-school snacks at Costco, Target, Walmart & more

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It’s back-to-school season, which means it’s also time to start lining up quick and easy snacks to get your kids through the day. Whether you’re looking for a healthy midday snack or a chocolatey treat to celebrate the end of their first day of school, we’ve rounded up some of the best snacks you can buy at some of your favorite stores.

Virginia Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
Costco

1. Virginia Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

This snack is great for all ages. These bite-sized, salty, crunchy pretzels are filled with creamy peanut butter filling.

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Kirkland Signature Organic Dried Mangoes
Costco

2. Kirkland Signature Organic Dried Mangoes

Looking for a healthier alternative to fruit snacks? Dried fruit may be a great choice, and these dried mangoes are practically a cult classic for Costco snack fans!

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Barcel Takis Tortilla Chips Flavor Pack
Costco

3. Barcel Takis Tortilla Chips Flavor Pack

If your kids have a taste for salty, spicy snacks, they’ll love these mini bags of Takis! You might even find yourself snagging a bag or two for yourself…

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Nutella & Go
Costco

4. Nutella & Go

This is a quick, on-the-go version of the classic hazelnut spread. It’s great for busy kids who have a sweet tooth.

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Kirkland Signature Organic Applesauce
Costco

5. Kirkland Signature Organic Applesauce

This organic applesauce is a great (and cheap!) swap if you’re looking to find a less sugary applesauce without sacrificing taste.

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Kar's Trail Mix Variety Pack
Costco

6. Kar’s Trail Mix Variety Pack

Variety packs of trail mix are great for a multi-kid household, as there’s always a flavor for every kid!

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Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts
Costco

7. Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts

While these mixed nuts don’t come in a convenient on-the-go size, they are a great, cheaper alternative. If you need to take them to go, just throw them in a reusable tupperware or a sandwich bag!

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Kirkland Signature Cheese, Fruit & Nut Snack Packs
Costco

8. Kirkland Signature Cheese, Fruit & Nut Snack Packs

Do you want a snack that’s actually three-in-one? This cheese, fruit & nut snack pack is a healthy, protein-filled option that you will feel great giving to your kids!

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Nutri-Grain Bars 64 Pack
Costco

9. Nutri-Grain Bars 64 Pack

Sure, you can get Nutri-Grain Bars anywhere, but can you get 64 for them for about $16? You can at Costco!

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Paradise Green Dried Ginger Chunks
Costco

10. Paradise Green Dried Ginger Chunks

OK, so this one may take some convincing to get your kids to try, but they’ll be glad they did! It’s a great, healthier candy alternative for those who like strong flavors!

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Trader Joe's
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Trader Joe’s

Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors
Trader Joe’s

11. Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors

Veggies are always easier to eat when they look pretty, and these colorful carrots are no exception! Keep reading for a great dipping option.

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Dill Pickle Hummus
Trader Joe’s

12. Dill Pickle Hummus

We all know that person who’s obsessed with dill pickles … and the odds are high that someone in your household is one such person! Encourage them to eat their veggies by giving them this tasty dip!

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World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Trader Joe’s

13. World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs

We can’t confirm that these actually are the world’s puffiest corn puffs, but we can tell you they sure are addictive!

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These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars
Trader Joe’s

14. These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars

These bars not only have a cute name, but they’re also full of natural flavors that your kids will love.

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Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts
Trader Joe’s

15. Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts

Candy, chocolate and peanuts. Need we say more?

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Five Seed Almond Bars
Trader Joe’s

16. Five Seed Almond Bars

If you’re looking for more easy-to-grab bars, these almond bars are worth picking up. They’re full of nutty goodness and have a great crunch.

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Scandinavian Swimmers
Trader Joe’s

17. Scandinavian Swimmers

So these may just be gummy snacks, but they sure are cuter than gummy worms!

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PB & J Snack Duo
Trader Joe’s

18. PB & J Snack Duo

Do your kids love peanut butter and jelly? Then this snack duo may be a great ready-to-go alternative that’s less messy!

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Soft Strawberry Licorice Twists
Trader Joe’s

19. Soft Strawberry Licorice Twists

Licorice isn’t usually the first snack your kids may think of, but these super-soft and flavorful strawberry ones are well worth giving a try.

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Dark Chocolate Cookie Sticks
Trader Joe’s

20. Dark Chocolate Cookie Sticks

If your kids like Pocky, then these cookie sticks are a must-buy alternative!

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Tropical Trail Mix
Aldi

21. Tropical Trail Mix

This tropical trail mix is a great snack to have on hand for some after school, pre-dinner munchies.

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Simply Nature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Aldi

22. Simply Nature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

While these do taste great with salsa, they’re so good you can even eat them plain!

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Benton's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
Aldi

23. Benton’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Are Girl Scout Cookies a big hit at your home? Then you must try these peanut butter cookies, which taste like Tagalongs.

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Southern Grove Pumpkin Seeds
Aldi

24. Southern Grove Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin is a great fall flavor, but these pumpkin seeds are so good  (and cheap!) that you’ll be buying them year-round!

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Southern Grove On The Go Trail Sweet and Salty Mix
Aldi

25. Southern Grove On The Go Trail Sweet and Salty Mix

Still looking for some easy snacks to add to a backpack or lunchbox? Grab this classic trail mix that’s in a ready-to-eat container.

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Simply Nature Fruit Strips Wildberry
Aldi

26. Simply Nature Fruit Strips Wildberry

These fruit strips will be a hit for kids who love sugary fruit snacks. They won’t even notice that these are healthier!

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Simply Nature Freeze Dried Apples
Aldi

27. Simply Nature Freeze Dried Apples

We’ve already recommended freeze dried mangoes, but have you had freeze dried apples? They’re equally great for kids who like sweet, fruity flavors.

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Fit & Active Caramel Rice Snacks
Aldi

28. Fit & Active Caramel Rice Snacks

Caramel rice snacks are a fantastic mix of decadent caramel and crunchy rice cakes.

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Simply Nature Organic Fruit Snacks
Aldi

29. Simply Nature Organic Fruit Snacks

These organic fruit snacks not only taste great, but they come in cute animal shapes!

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Simply Nature Apple Cinnamon Fruit Squeezies
Aldi

30. Simply Nature Apple Cinnamon Fruit Squeezies

If you have younger kids, these fruit squeezies are a great mess-free snack.

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Target
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Target

Almond, Peanuts & Sea Salt Nut Bars
Target

31. Almond, Peanuts & Sea Salt Nut Bars

For those with older kids, these sea salt nut bars may feel more “grown up” than some other snacks we’ve got on the list! (And yes, we think they’re great for work snacks, too!)

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Everything Crackers
Target

32. Everything Crackers

Everything flavoring is still trending … and for good reason! These crackers are great plain or with dips or cheese.

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Parmesan Baked Cheese Crisp
Target

33. Parmesan Baked Cheese Crisp

Do your kids like cheesy, salty chips? These baked cheese crisps will be a great alternative to fat-filled regular chips!

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Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar Organic Chickpea Puffs
Target

34. Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar Organic Chickpea Puffs

Hippeas are another alternative for a healthier chip option. they’re also vegan if that’s important to you and your family.

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Harvest Snaps Red Lentil Snack Crisps Tomato Basil
Target

35. Harvest Snaps Red Lentil Snack Crisps Tomato Basil

They may sound boring, but the flavor is anything but! We recommend tomato basil, but they also come in ranch, mango chile lime, white cheddar and more.

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Dried Sweetened Pineapple
Target

36. Dried Sweetened Pineapple

Dried pineapples are another healthier candy alternative for kids who like sweets!

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
Target

37. Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

We had to include these classic sandwich crackers somewhere on the list, and these peanut butter ones from Target are especially great tasting!

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Wild Berry Fruit Twists
Target

38. Wild Berry Fruit Twists

Fruit twists are a fun, dare we say?, twist on the classic fruit roll snack.

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S'mores Trail Mix
Target

39. S’mores Trail Mix

This unique trail mix flavor combines two kid-friendly classics into one epic treat!

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Sea Salt Veggie Straws
Target

40. Sea Salt Veggie Straws

These veggie straws are another great option for chip lovers. Like other items on our list, these also come in a variety of flavors that will vary by location.

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Walmart
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Walmart

Great Value Chips Family Variety Pack
Walmart

41. Great Value Chips Family Variety Pack

Is it your turn to bring snacks for your kid’s sports teams? A variety pack of chips are always a great option!

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Belvita Soft Baked Banana Bread Breakfast Biscuits
Walmart

42. Belvita Soft Baked Banana Bread Breakfast Biscuits

Belvita cookies can do double-time as both a snack and a quick breakfast if you’re running late in the morning.

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Great Value Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps
Walmart

43. Great Value Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps

Kids can’t get enough dried fruits? These one-serving sizes may be a great option for you!

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Great Value Fiber Brownie Chocolate Fudge
Walmart

44. Great Value Fiber Brownie Chocolate Fudge

Like the Belvita cookies, these fiber brownies can be a more filling snack if you have a picky eater who won’t eat a full breakfast in the morning.

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Pop-Tarts Baked Pastry Bites
Walmart

45. Pop-Tarts Baked Pastry Bites

Most kids love Pop-Tarts, but these bite-sized ones are much easier to grab and go!

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Great Value Greek Style Yogurt Raisins
Walmart

46. Great Value Greek Style Yogurt Raisins

Yogurt raisins are yet another classic school treat we had to include on the list.

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Great Value Chocolate Chip Dipped Chewy Granola Bars
Walmart

47. Great Value Chocolate Chip Dipped Chewy Granola Bars

Are your kids bored with plain granola bars? Give these chocolate dipped ones a try!

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Great Value Chocolate Pudding Cups
Walmart

48. Great Value Chocolate Pudding Cups

The great thing about the beloved pudding cup? You can freeze it and have a frozen treat after school!

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Great Value Crispy Apple Cinnamon Rice Treats
Walmart

49. Great Value Crispy Apple Cinnamon Rice Treats

For kids who like Rice Crispy treats, these are a cheaper alternative with an apple cinnamon twist.

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Goldfish Colors Cheddar Crackers Snack Packs
Walmart
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