Winning Over Snack Duty With This Easy Option

Winning Over Snack Duty With This Easy Option


There are two words that make every mom cringe. No, it doesn’t involve the dreaded L-word. That’s a completely different issue. I’m talking about the one you can’t avoid. Well, you can, but it’s kind of frowned upon. If you’ve ever been in the predicament, you probably already know what I’m going to say. Better yet, if you read the title of the article, you should see it coming. Those words?

Snack Duty. Did I just hear a collective groan? I thought so.

When the girls were really little, it was kind of fun. Picking out various treats for their preschool classes. It was empowering for the girls to have foods they loved and were excited to share with friends during snack time. Parents were assigned to bring the food while the school provided the beverages. It was the first time I realized that all those snacks my mom prepared for various sporting events probably wasn’t because she loved to bake or cut up fruit. It was because she had an obligation simply by osmosis from our participation in whatever sport it was.

It has always been normal to send snacks to school for birthdays, but parents quickly learn it doesn’t stop there. As the girls got more involved in activities, we realized there’s always a request – or should I say ‘plea’ – for people to bring food to an event, school party, rehearsal, practice or celebration. Not just sports, either. EVERY activity. While I used to enjoy baking some type of sweet treat, the rules began to change because of allergies and homemade foods are no longer allowed. In one class, I was told I couldn’t even cut up fruit at home because I may not have cleaned the counter, cutlery or cutting board well enough after having peanut butter sandwiches. I understand and appreciate that a child’s health is more important, but the only thing I felt comfortable providing was a case of water.

Stuck on snack duty? Grab a treat that's sweet, comes in its own packaging and a hit with both kids and adults: Wonderful Halos. -

But sometimes there are opportunities and I jump at the chance. This past weekend was Kennedy’s production of Mary Poppins Jr. and the cast wrap-up party was this past Monday. With a new idea in hand, I emailed to volunteer that I would provide a sweet snack that comes in its own package: Wonderful Halos.

Stuck on snack duty? Grab a treat that's sweet, comes in its own packaging and a hit with both kids and adults: Wonderful Halos. -

The director only took a few minutes to reply to my email, “Thank you! The kids love those!” I was delighted to hear that. Upon arrival, we noticed there were plenty of options: pizza, chips, candy, cookies and so many other goodies. Kennedy was one of the first in line to fill up a plate. Halos, which are California mandarins, are one of her favorite snacks and she wanted to make sure she got one.

Stuck on snack duty? Grab a treat that's sweet, comes in its own packaging and a hit with both kids and adults: Wonderful Halos. -

I watched as her friends grabbed some and joined her on the blanket where they would watch a replay of their performance. It warmed my heart to see these kids opting for healthy snacks – even when there were cookies and candy as options. I was sure the 5-lb case I brought would be enough to go around, but I was wrong. They disappeared in no time. Why? Because kids can make good decisions if it’s something they know tastes good!

Stuck on snack duty? Grab a treat that's sweet, comes in its own packaging and a hit with both kids and adults: Wonderful Halos. -

It shouldn’t have surprised me though. Not only has Kennedy been ordering salads since she was about 3, but others in her group make thoughtful snack decisions also. I watched these same kids during cross country season as they encouraged each other to grab a piece of fruit to refuel after a meet. “Fruit is good for you” was something I heard one of Kennedy’s friends announcing.

Snacks are needed for all kinds of activities so try to think inside the box… the fruit crate to be exact. Pick up a box of Halos and watch them disappear. If you’ll be on snack duty in the coming weeks, enter to win a Wonderful Halos Snack Duty Kit using the form below!

Wonderful Halos Snack Duty Kit Giveaway


About Nicole

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

92 comments on «Winning Over Snack Duty With This Easy Option»

  1. Jodie Rector says:

    I lean towards healthy fun snacks like celery with PB and raisins, or veggies & dip.

  2. Thelma Hamm says:

    I like fresh fruit or veggies as a snack. Sometimes a cookie lol

  3. Jackie says:

    I like to provide fruit or granola bars.

  4. I try to make them healthy and fun using cheese, fruits, veggies.



  6. I always had fruit juices, rice krispie treats, raisins and orange segments — you don’t want sit down snack mini meals…I don’t know how that got started. You want a treat to keep their energy going that’s also pretty much on the healthy side without turning the kids off….always think – easy grab, no clean up.

  7. Maddie Allen says:

    Apples, oranges, pretzels, granola bars, anything nutritious and easy to eat on the go


    Celeries and oranges are my favorite.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    As a matter of fact, my favorite healthy snack is Halos! I just bought a bag yesterday, and I have a couple of them right here, peeled & ready to eat!!

  10. Mia E. says:

    Usually fruit like the halos, apple slices, grapes and watermelon when it is available.

  11. christy sweeney says:

    I like to provide fresh fruit

  12. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Yogurt tubes. If you freeze them the night before they are kind of like a Popsicle which is very cool (pun intended) for hot days.

  13. Katrina Weiss says:

    I’m not going to lie-homemade cookies!

  14. jan says:

    snack duty means apples and grapes

  15. Julie Bickham says:

    Usually apple slices, orange slices and go-gurts.

  16. Kelly Hanley says:

    fruits and veggies

  17. John Smith says:

    “What types of foods do you usually provide on snack duty?” A mix of nutritious foods and foods with no nutritional value!

  18. Sonya Allstun says:

    I try to make them healthy and fun using cheese, fruits, veggies.

  19. Sue E says:

    Apples, Bananas, Halos are the fruits we usually have on hand for snacks.

  20. Peter Mogish says:

    Cookies and/or Muffins!

  21. Cynthia C says:

    I usually have fruits and veggies on hand for snacking and often make hummus or bean dip. Cheese is another favorite.

  22. Meagan BS says:

    granola bars are an easy one.

  23. barb popescu says:

    usually fresh fruit or veggies

  24. Abigail Gibson says:

    I like to provide yogurt with granola.

  25. RICHARD SKUSE says:


  26. Darlene Owen says:

    I usually like popcorn for snack

  27. Tasha Cain says:

    Salsa and chips, fruit or granola bars

  28. MaryAnn says:

    Goldfish or fruit snacks

  29. Danielle Marie says:

    I love fruit and almonds

  30. I’ve never actually been on snack duty yet – my oldest is only 5 and we haven’t participated in anything yet that’s required it. I would probably lean towards fruit, veggies, or homemade muffins though.

  31. Josh Christian says:

    A meat and cheese tray, separate fruit and veggie trays, chips and dip, and sometimes I’ll even make some of my famous jalapeno poppers! (Of course, this is when I throw parties.)

  32. Kayte CookWatts says:

    Granola bars or cheese sticks are always great options.

  33. rajee pandi says:

    raw nuts

  34. Eileen T. says:

    Fruit, cheese and nuts

  35. Kailyn Popovich says:

    Apples, oranges, peanut butter, celery, cheese

  36. Caroline Lennek says:

    Fresh fruit and snack mix

  37. Nora Hamlin says:

    Fruit and veggies with dips. Cheese.

  38. Brian R says:

    usually fruit bars or string cheese

  39. Donna Evans says:

    Living in Florida my snacks is always some fresh fruit. Lately it has been strawberries or blackberries.

  40. Tabitha says:

    Cheese sticks are our go to snack!

  41. Whitney Lindeman says:

    I don’t have kiddos, so the only time I have snack duty anymore is for choir rehearsal. It actually is my night on March 20, and I plan to bring some kind of snack mix, as well as some fruit!

  42. Michelle knight says:

    Fruit snacks are always our go to snack

  43. Karley Moore says:

    I usually bring string cheese, cookies, or grapes.

  44. Tamra Gibson says:

    We eat a lot of veggie trays and strawberries. We also love pretzels from stores and baked

  45. Jamie Martin says:

    Peanuts and sugar free gum.

  46. Darcy Koch says:

    I like to offer a healthy snack and tasty also. I usually send graham crackers and slices of cheese.

  47. Rija says:

    I like fresh fruit !

  48. MeMe R says:

    Cookies, fruit roll ups, fruit, or chex mix type things.

  49. Sheila Weisel says:

    Carrot sticks or grapes are usually supplied on snack duty.

  50. Tim says:

    I always give them candy and snack cakes. I have a bad habit of giving my kids the things that I loved as a kid, which probably isn’t the best way to parent, but they don’t seem to mind!! My wife takes the opposite approach, with fruits and vegetables, so I think in the end it all balances out.

  51. Michelle Donovan says:

    Usually fruit snacks, pretzels and peanuts

  52. Angela Adelman says:

    I like to have a variety. Cookies, cakes, fruit, HALOS for sure.

  53. Six says:

    I send homemade blueberry mini muffins or oatmeal raisin cookies if I have the time to make them, or some string cheese or yogurt tubes and apple slices if I don’t have much time.

  54. Brittany Carter says:

    My kids all love fruits veggies and yogurt or cheese for snacks

  55. Denise B. says:

    What’s snack duty?!

  56. jberry says:

    Light duty fruit, big day bagels.

  57. Gina Ferrell says:

    I like to provide crackers and cheese, apples, grapes and bananas.

  58. Jacqueline Punzo says:

    We like to have fruits, nuts, and veggies as snacks!

  59. Misty rummell says:

    String cheese and fruits

  60. Letessha says:

    Fruit, crackers, cheese

  61. Shakeia Rieux says:

    Yogurt with fruit and granola

  62. Kayla Coursey says:

    With six kids it’s hard to keep enough snacks in the home! I try to stay healthy with fruits and granola bars!

  63. Cathy Truman says:

    We have alot of fresh fruit & fresh veggies & cheese . We like apples, oranges, berries, watermelons , carrots, grapes.

  64. Megan Wilson says:

    I like to switch up snacks, and favorites are, apples with caramel dips, halo, other fruits, veggies with ranch dip, yogurt, meat and cheese sticks!

  65. pu ye says:

    I like fresh fruit or veggies as a snack

  66. Nan Bixby says:

    Fresh fruit

  67. Susan P. says:

    Apples, mini bags of pretzels or raisins, juice boxes

  68. Erin LeFebvre says:

    Fresh fruit when I can.

  69. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I usually provide hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, and oranges when I’m on snack duty.

  70. Karen Propes says:

    Cheese, grapes and other fruit for snacks.

  71. Jennifer H. says:

    We bring fruit like oranges.

  72. Antoinette M says:

    fruit, string cheese & gogurt.

  73. Lisa says:

    Mostly fruits like oranges and apples.

  74. jenny says:

    My kids love our homemade lara bars! They also love for me to core out an apple and stuff with almond butter!

  75. Johnna says:

    snack duty we usually do fruit, granola bars, cheese sticks, sometimes yogurt, pretzels. Occasionally we sneak some oreos in there too:)

  76. kathy pease says:

    I usually provide cheese and crackers

  77. Daniel Scott says:

    I like to provide Skinny Pop Popcorn, fruit and string cheese.

  78. Liz M says:

    Granola and carrot sticks 😀 but my kids are too young for me to have to worry about supplying a cast of hungry children!

  79. James Jenkins says:

    I like to put out a veggie and fruit tray.

  80. carl says:

    fruit -cheese

  81. Julie Waldron says:

    I provide veggies.

  82. Betsy Barnes says:

    For healthy snack, I provide trail mix, fruit and string cheese.

  83. Amy Deeter says:

    The foods i you usually provide on snack duty is bananas, oranges, etc

  84. gala says:

    carrot sticks and small fruit

  85. alice Minx says:

    carrot sticks, homemade cookies, and juice boxes

  86. Buddy Garrett says:

    I try to provide what is wanted-cookies, cupcakes, nuts, etc.

  87. Jenn Reed says:

    I usually do some type of fruit or fruit yogurt cup because my daughter loves any kind of fruit.

  88. Cassandra D says:

    I provide granola bars.

  89. Sarah L says:

    I like grapes and string cheese.
    Thanks for the contest.

  90. AEKZ2 says:

    The snacks that I give out are apple slices, mandarin oranges, and granola bars.

  91. Dawn D says:

    A snack you can’t go wrong with

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