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As much as it hurts it’s time to start planning for back-to-school time.  It always pays to be prepared and with that in mind today I’m sharing two simple after school snack ideas with you.  The one can even be used in lunches as a snacky nibbler {I’m not sure what you’d call it so that’s my best attempt}.

sweet, salty and chocolate snack mix in jar at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The family and I went on a Pokemon Go run the other night….I drive….they tell me where to stop so they can collect Pokemon…..I sit, I wait, I drive in circles, it’s fun. 😉 Two of my always hungry sons picking Goldfish CrackersOn the way home I hit my local Giant Eagle Market District and did some shopping.  Some shopping means I told everyone I only had to get a few items but ended up with a cart full but they didn’t mind….the Giant Eagle Market District is fun so they never complain when I have to go there.  {A+ for me!}

Back to school snack shopping with Giant Eagle

I did great with everything I bought but I couldn’t get lunch meat….apparently when you are on a Poke run until 11:00 pm the deli is closed – which totally makes sense so ignore the lone loaf of Schwebel’s Bread….there will be meat to go with it later today and the Capri Sun won’t be lonely…it will be tucked neatly beside a delicious sandwich.

Okay….now it’s snack time!  I have two different easy recipes for you so be sure to check them both out.

First up:

Sweet, salty and chocolatey snack mix from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Sweet, Salty, Chocolate-y Snack Mix

Goldfish Grahams S'Mores - so cute!

Ingredients:

Sweet and Salty and Choclate Snack Mix from cupcakesandcrinoline.com - ingredients

1 cup of Goldfish S'mores1 cup Goldfish Grahams S’mores

1 cup of Goldfish Pretzels1 cup Goldfish Pretzels

1 cup Chex Mix Chocolate Mix

1 cup Chex Chocolate cereal

1 cup Rolos candies unwrapped

1/2 cup Rolos candies

Sweet, Salty and Chocolate Snack Mix from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Mix gently – that’s it! 

Now that you have your snack mix it’s time to store it.  

Individual Serving Size Snacks

While shopping I found these portion size bags (genius!) so I used these to measure out 3/4 cup of the mix.  I don’t have to worry about the kids eating too much (and ruining dinner) and they can grab a bag whenever they want a quick and easy snack.

sweet, salty and chocolate snack mix in jar at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

If any is left after you fill your bags or you just like to put things in glass jars – yes, I do that all the time – you can put some in a jar and grab a handful whenever you need a sweet, salty, chocolate fix – and who doesn’t need that once in a while? 😉

Round Two! 

Chocolate S'mores Parfait from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Quick and Easy Chocolate S’Mores and Oreo Parfait

Chocolate S'mores Oreo Parfait - after school snack ideas from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Ingredients:

Snack Pack Pudding – chocolate

Entenmann’s Little Bites – S’mores

Oreo minis

Whipped Cream

S'mores muffins layered with chocolate pudding - after school snack parfait at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Layer Little Bites S’mores, one, then some pudding, then another Little Bites S’mores, then more pudding.  mini chocolate s'mores and oreo parfait from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Top with whipped cream…..

Mini chocolate s'mores and Oreo parfait from cupcakesandcrinoline.com 2

and an Oreo mini.Chocolate S'mores parfait at cupcakesandcrinoline.comAdd spoon and watch the smiles! 

So there you have it – some back to school and after school snack ideas for the kids….or anyone that needs a snack.

hugs, mb new logo March 2016