23 of the Best Non-Perishable Snacks for Families

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Today’s families seem to always be rushing from one activity to the next—school, work, soccer practice, playdates…you get the idea. That’s why snacks for on the go are so important.

While fresh fruits and vegetables may be the ideal snack choice, it’s pretty common to offer kids a wide range of snacks that are convenient and readily available to grab and go at all times.

Ready to stock your pantry with the best non-perishable snacks for families so that you’ll always have shelf-stable options on hand? Let’s go!

1. Toaster Pastries

Whether you heat them in the toaster or eat them straight out of the box, toaster pastries are one of the most popular non-perishable food items for kids. They make a great on-the-go breakfast on days when everyone is rushing out the door.

2. Pretzels

Pretzels are one of those easy non-perishable snack ideas that tend to be universally liked. They also make great dippers for peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, and more. We like to offer kids different shapes for variety, like pretzel rods, pretzel twists, pretzel sticks, and more.

3. Pudding Cups

Sweeten up your kid’s lunch box with a creamy and delicious chocolate or vanilla pudding cup.  They’re the perfect non-perishable snacks for school.

4. Welch’s® Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks

Welch’s® Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are made with real fruit surrounded by creamy yogurt. A good source of calcium and Vitamin D, these better-for-you, shelf stable snacks are available in yummy varieties like Strawberry, Blueberry-Acai, and Mango-Peach so your kid can find their favorite.

5. Beef Jerky Sticks

Beef jerky sticks deliver tasty protein while being convenient to hold and inviting to munch on—making them great non-refrigerated snacks for on the go! Try different flavors like teriyaki, hot & spicy, and barbeque to suit every taste.

6. Animal Crackers

Next on our list of non-perishable snacks we have animal crackers. These bite-sized, tasty treats come in animal shapes, making them a fun and memorable choice for kids. Plus, they typically come in a cute box with a handle, making them the perfect road trip snacks.

7. Graham Crackers

Eat these yummy non-perishable snacks on their own, or add chocolate and marshmallows to make s’mores. Graham crackers can also be used for pie crust, so they’re good shelf stable snacks to have in your pantry.

8. Granola Bars

Grab-and-go granola bars are the perfect airplane snacks for kids to tide them over on your next flight. You’ve got to love non-messy, portable snacks that parents can steal, too.

9. Protein Bars

Similarly, protein bars also make great non-perishable snacks for travel. They’re handy, filling, and can act as a meal replacement in a pinch. Don’t forget them when packing a travel snack bag!

10. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks

The perfect allergen-friendly non-perishable snacks for travel, Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit and are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C & E, making them a better-for-you kids’ snack. Plus, they’re individually packaged and ready to go!

11. Dried Seaweed Snacks

For a crunchy and protein-rich option, try roasted seaweed snacks. Unique and nutritious, they make great afternoon snacks for the office.

12. Mini Muffins

Individual pouches of mini muffins are always a moist and yummy crowd-pleaser whether enjoyed for snack time or dessert.

13. Pita Chips

Offering a touch of saltiness and a satisfying crunch, pita chips are next on our list of the best non-perishable snacks. Shake things up with flavored options like garlic, parmesan, or rosemary—or opt for plain pita chips dipped in hummus.

14. Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

Peanut butter sandwich crackers remind us of childhood school lunches and give us a nostalgic feeling. That’s why they made our list of great non-perishable snacks for school.

15. Squeezable Pouches

Looking for a fun way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies? Squeezable pouches are one of the best snacks that don’t need refrigeration.

16. Veggie Chips

These crunchy, non-perishable snacks are another fun way to get kids to eat their veggies. Typically baked or dehydrated, veggie chips are usually made from sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other root vegetables.

17. Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are one of our favorite easy non-perishable snack ideas because you can make them your own by adding different toppings. Spread them with peanut butter, cream cheese, hummus or just about any other spread you’d like. Or drizzle them with caramel or honey as a sweet treat.

18. Nuts

Packed with protein and healthy fats, nuts are a great way to satisfy hunger. Fill your pantry with individual baggies so you have portable snacks ready to go. Or keep a larger bag of nuts for recipes, toppings, and at-home snacking.

19. Applesauce Cups

Applesauce cups are the ideal non-perishable snacks for school because you can quickly toss them in your kid’s lunchbox as a portable, post-lunch treat. Look for reduced sugar varieties or flavored options like cinnamon and cherry.

20. Cereal

Cereal isn’t just for breakfast!  It’s a great “anytime snack” to keep in your pantry. Look for varieties with whole grains to make both kids and parents happy. If you’re looking for road trip snacks, cereal in a portable container is a great choice. You can also use no-spill cups for the littlest travelers.

21. Canned Fruit

Next in our roundup of the best non-perishable snacks we have canned fruit. From diced peaches to sliced pears to pineapple chunks, there are plenty of shelf-stable options to choose from. Eat canned fruit alone or use it as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, and more.

22. Protein Shakes

Many premade protein shakes are shelf stable—making them one of the best snacks that don’t need refrigeration. They’re a nice option for both kids and parents who want a dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals to go.

23. Welch’s® Juicefuls® Juicy Fruit Snacks

Grab-and-go Welch’s® Juicefuls® Juicy Fruit Snacks are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, and E as well as gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with no preservatives. Individual pouches make them a great option for your stash of portable snacks.

That wraps up our list of the best non-perishable snacks for families! Be sure to add Welch’s® Fruit Snacks to your pantry for the ultimate ready-to-go treat.

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