Sanity-Saving Snacks for Back to School Wins

Tastykake's kid-approved treats are ready to solve some of your snack-related back to school woes.
Tastykake's kid-approved treats are ready to solve some of your snack-related back to school woes.

For moms and dads, the start of the school year means a return to frantic lunch packing, endless carpool planning, and way too many opportunities to drop the ball. But what if you could solve a slew of parenting problems with something as simple as, say, a cupcake?

With the back-to-school season right around the corner, we put our heads together with the baked goods-loving pros over at Tastykake® to brainstorm how their kid-approved treats can solve some of our snack-related back to school woes. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that when a little something sweet is the answer (and sometimes it is), Tastykake has parents covered.

That school supply list isn’t going to buy itself

Could school supply lists be any longer? When you know you’re staring down at least an hour of winding through aisles with an impatient kiddo, a little motivation in the form of a sweet reward just might be in order. Tell that shopping buddy of yours that there’s a Tastykake Kandy Kake® on the other side of the folders, and markers, and glue sticks, and you’ll have strangers complimenting your patient angel-like child in the checkout line.

You’ve got 10 minutes to get your kids fed and out the door

Hey, we all have those mornings. Your little one paints the mirror with toothpaste, your big kid hits the snooze button one too many times, and next thing you know you’ve got hungry children who need to get to school, like, now. Start ‘em off with a glass of milk and a handful of berries or a piece of fresh fruit, then send them out the door with a pouch of Tastykake Mini Muffins. Done and done!

You’re just not a bento box parent

You know what’s fun? Watching videos of Type A parents assembling elaborate food-filled bento boxes for their kids. You know what’s not fun? Trying to cut animal faces out of blueberries. Here’s the thing: you know what kids love more than a piece of cheese that looks like a hippopotamus? Tastykake Krimpets®. So, do yourself, and your kid, a favor and pack them the sweet treat they actually want alongside that healthy balanced lunch (minus the inevitable kitchen injury).

You forgot about the bake sale… that’s today

As if making our kids three meals a day for 18 years isn’t enough, we’re supposed to prepare Pinterest-perfect baked goods at the drop of a dime? Since you’re an actual, sane human being—not a cyborg—you’re looking for a shortcut: Slap some Tastykake Mini Bundt Cakes on a cute dollar-and-nineteen-cent store tray, sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar through a doily on top, and go from hot-mess status to has-it-all-together in under 90 seconds flat.

Step up your after school snack game

Your son got “reader of the week” for finishing the entire Harry Potter series in the second grade. Your daughter nailed a pop quiz on mathematical concepts you barely understand yourself. Sometimes a special treat is clearly in order, but when you’re not the most creative in the kitchen, you need some inspiration and direction. Try whipping up a deceptively easy Instagram-worthy plate of cut up fruit and delicious Tastykake Pecan Swirls designed in the shape of an owl. Take that, influencers!

You’re first on the list to bring snacks to practice

Who knew kids’ soccer could be so stressful? Will judgy-mc-judge-mom look side-eyed at your snack choice? Will your kid lose street cred because you were the carrot-stick-snack dad? Rest easy. Grab a bag of every-body-loves-em Tastykake Mini Powdered Sugar Donuts to make feeding the team as easy as ever.

You could use a little pick-me-up yourself

As we all take on a new school year, let’s keep in mind that adulting is hard, and parenting is even harder. With everything that’s asked of us, it’s way too easy to feel like we’re constantly falling short. Sometimes Tastykake Chocolate Juniors® with your afternoon coffee or some Tastykake Buttercreme Iced Cupcakes shared with your kids at the end of a joy-filled family dinner is exactly the kind of sweet pick-me-up you need.

And remember: you’re killing it at this parenting thing!

All photos courtesy of Tastykake

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