The 15 Best Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids (and Grown Ups Too!)
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The 15 Best Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids (and Grown Ups Too!)

Written by Melissa Mitri, MS, RD on November 15, 2023


The 15 Best Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids (and Grown Ups Too!)

While most adults enjoy the decadent comfort meals that come along with Thanksgiving, many kids are having too much fun to eat their entire meal. If your child is a picky eater or gets distracted, offering easy and tasty Thanksgiving snacks for kids can ensure they fill their bellies in a fun and satisfying way.

From savory and sweet and everything in between, we got you covered with plenty of fun Thanksgiving snacks your kids (and even the pickiest of eaters!) will love.

Let your child’s creativity run wild with these 15 delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving snacks for kids and adults alike!

15 Thanksgiving Snacks Kids and Grown Ups Will Love!

These 15 snacks are flavorful and visually engaging, making them perfect for getting the kids excited about Thanksgiving! These snacks are also wonderful for the adults to enjoy before the big meal.

1. Turkey fruit platter

Create a turkey-shaped arrangement using various fruits like apples, grapes, and berries for feathers. Kids will love the turkey's fun appearance and the decorative fruit's natural sweetness! Plus, the protein in the turkey will give them steady energy to play all day with friends and family.

2. Cranberry yogurt pops

Freeze cranberry juice and yogurt into popsicle molds overnight. This healthy sweet treat will satisfy any sweet tooth and is also incredibly portable and fun to eat! In addition, these are great as a health-conscious dessert for adults.

3. Turkey-shaped sandwiches

These sandwiches are one of the most kid-friendly snacks for Thanksgiving. Use a turkey-shaped cookie cutter to make fun sandwiches your kids love. A few ideas to try are ham, turkey, or pepperoni stick sandwiches that are super easy to make and eat while playing with their cousins.

4. Kids charcuterie plate 

Arrange a kid-friendly charcuterie board with various cheeses, jerky, veggies like cucumbers, baby carrots, bell peppers, and dip. Kids can pick and choose their favorites and have plenty of nutritious and filling choices to choose from!

5. Cinnamon apple chips

Making cinnamon apple chips is one of the most delicious and easy Thanksgiving snacks. Simply dust thin apple slices with cinnamon and layer on a sheet pan with a few pats of butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until apples are tender. 

What a fun way for the kids to get in a fruit serving - we promise it will become one of their favorite Thanksgiving treats

6. Thanksgiving trail mix

A simple trail mix wins the prize if you’re looking for a quick and easy Thanksgiving snack. Add popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix, yogurt-covered raisins, and dark chocolate chips to a bowl, toss, and serve in individual serving cups. Your kids will love this portable sweet and savory snack packed with fiber and antioxidants!

7. Beef cheese and cracker plate

Layer cubed cheese, cut-up beef jerky sticks, and whole-grain crackers on a plate. Leave it out on the counter for the kiddos to grab as they play! This is also another great one for adults as well and it is super easy to munch on while basting the turkey.

8. Mini pizza bagels

If your kids are pizza lovers, these mini pizza bagels will surely become a fan favorite for Thanksgiving. Place mini bagels on a baking sheet and top with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and thinly sliced Turkey Chomps Sticks. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

9. Sweet potato mini-muffins

These Thanksgiving-themed muffins are easy to make and include sweet potato puree in the mix. These are great for kids who love muffins but don’t get enough veggies around the holidays. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Also, they are perfect for breakfast the following day!

10. Cornucopia fruit cones

Fill waffle cones with a mix of fresh fruits to resemble festive mini cornucopias. Your kids will have a ball walking around with these colorful fruit cones and get in their daily fruit and fiber dose to boost. 

You can include fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and grapes. The sky is the limit!

11. Kid-friendly pizza lunchables 

If lunchables are a staple in your house, the kiddos will love these grab-and-go pizza lunchables for Thanksgiving. You can use cut-up small tortillas or Trader Joe’s cauliflower thins as the crust, then add sauce, cheese, and 2-3 Pepperoni Turkey Chomps into separate compartments in the lunchbox. 

Don’t forget to add in a fruit and a cookie for a sweet treat!

12. Thanksgiving Day cheese board

This is another one of the best Thanksgiving snacks for kids and adults too! Layer various fruits, cheeses, crackers, and meat, such as Original Beef Chomps sticks, and organize them across your board. 

This cheese board also makes for a fun family activity while prepping Thanksgiving dinner!

13. Turkey cranberry pinwheels 

These mini wraps are so easy and delicious for the kids to munch on and only take a few minutes to make. Savory ingredients such as fresh turkey breast and Original Turkey Chomps sticks are paired with unsweetened dried cranberries for a balanced Thanksgiving snack that won’t disappoint.

14. Pumpkin pie parfait

Layer pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs into small cups. Leave out on a tray with plastic spoons for a snack or kid-friendly dessert that is lower in fat and fun to eat. This will be a hit in your family, especially for the pumpkin lovers.

15. No-bake Pilgrim hat cookies

These no-bake cookies are one of the best and easiest Thanksgiving treats for kids. You’ll only need 4 ingredients - Chocolate striped cookies, orange and yellow candy melts, Rolo caramel candy, and M&M’s.

Simply melt the chocolate candy melts, place it on top of the Rolo candy, and add the M&M’s onto the candy melt band. No oven is required for this one, and the kids will love helping you put them together!

Create Lasting Memories with these Thanksgiving Snack Ideas

In addition to the main meal, offering Thanksgiving snacks for kids creates a festive atmosphere for the whole family. Having healthy snacks available can also provide peace of mind for parents of picky eaters that there will be plenty of nutritious options to choose from.

Plus, these Thanksgiving snack ideas can help hold you until the main meal so you don’t overeat. Try this list of 15 curated snack ideas to make your Thanksgiving celebration even more fun

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Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Melissa Mitri, RD Melissa is a health writer with over 12 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She specializes in helping women move away from restrictive habits that lead to vicious yo-yo weight cycles. Melissa enjoys writing about health, nutrition, and fitness with the goal of simplifying complex health topics for the reader. You can find out more about Melissa at