Kosher Kids Snacks
June 13, 2016 8:17 PM   Subscribe

I'm going to a multi-day event where the homes/restaurants/event halls are all kosher. Give me your top 3 kosher kids snacks.

I have a toddler who must eat, even when its not eating time and we'll be at event locations that are 100% kosher. I'd like to bring a bag of non-perishable, kosher snacks without spending an hour looking for the "kosher" insignia on every gold fish box in the supermarket. Vegetarian would probably be easier, and everything needs to not be refrigerated/could sit in hot car for the day and be ok. There is no potential for set-up time, so chopping up fruit is not ok and well, as much as I love bananas and apples, after they've sat in a hot car, they just aren't appealing - so I guess I'd like to stick to things that come in a box. Assume no access to microwave, fridge etc. What do you recommend?
posted by Toddles to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
When I was a day camp counselor, the campers who kept kosher were always eating kid sized clif bars.
posted by justjess at 8:31 PM on June 13, 2016


There's a company called Go Picnic who makes shelf-stable snack boxes, some of which are kosher certified. Their website kind of sucks at least on mobile, but I have bought them at Target. They are not however friendly for nut allergies if that's a concern. They aren't exactly economical (I tend to buy them up if they hit the clearance end cap bc they are great for emergency road trips) but they offer variety of nibbles and that's really what toddlers care about IME. They're basically fancy lunchables thst don't require a cooler.
posted by padraigin at 8:44 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is not as daunting as you think. Kosher is very common. For example, if you have access to Trader Joe's, here's a list of all their kosher products. Many of them would be perfect for toddler snack time.
posted by stoneweaver at 9:10 PM on June 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


Just to be clear: you're aware of the dairy, meat, and pareve thing, right?
posted by kickingtheground at 9:58 PM on June 13, 2016


Just to be clear: you're aware of the dairy, meat, and pareve thing, right?
Hopefully avoiding dairy and meat altogether (no fridge)
posted by Toddles at 10:27 PM on June 13, 2016


In that case, look for "parve" things or things that won't leave crumbs. The label will either say "parve" or have a "p" next to the kosher symbol. The dairy/meat thing applies to shelf stable items that use milk or cheese as an ingredient, too. Nuts, trail mixes, dried fruit and many cereals are good parve options.
posted by stoneweaver at 10:38 PM on June 13, 2016


Do you know if it'll be generally dairy or meat? Often events like these pick one so people can bring food without worrying about mixing them.

If it will be mostly dairy, it's pretty easy: string cheese, goldfish crackers, lots of candies and cookies, almost every snack that doesn't involve meat. But watch out for gelatin! -- you want to look specifically for kosher gelatin or vegan gelatin.

If you don't know if it's going to be mostly/all dairy:

Bread is really easy and peanut butter is almost always kosher. Peanut butter and crackers is a great snack.

You should also grab a ton of the fruit puree pouches.

(If it were me and I were not Jewish I would not worry about the actual certification as much as I would just avoid all the big obvious ingredients, and I would just be careful not to share food, but YMMV)
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 12:08 AM on June 14, 2016


Ironically, Goldfish are one of the (very few) mainstream packaged snack foods that are not Kosher. Almost everything else in the "boxed snack food" category is, though. If you want to make it even easier, many if not most US grocery stores have an "ethnic" section which includes Kosher foods. TimTams are delicious crackers that are good with peanut butter or hummus. I don't have it right in front of me but I can almost guarantee that Sabra brand hummus (as well as many other brands) is Kosher.
posted by charmcityblues at 1:08 AM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


(If it were me and I were not Jewish I would not worry about the actual certification as much as I would just avoid all the big obvious ingredients, and I would just be careful not to share food, but YMMV)

This is why most if not all kosher venues have a No Outside Food rule, so as not to jeopardize their own certification, and the poster could find themselves kicked out if they follow this advice. Sticking to things with reliable supervision is a better bet.

Bissli is an Israeli snack that comes in bunch of flavors and is immediately recognzable. Bamba is another, but it's peanut based. You should be able to find one or the other in the kosher section of your grocery store.

The Trader Joe's suggestion is a good one, a lot of the 365 snacks at Whole Foods and most grocery store brands that don't contain cheese will have supervision as well. Here's a list of generally accepted kosher symbols to look for on the box. The only national symbols that won't fly if it's an Orthodox home/ venue are this one, this one, and - except on Kellogg's cereal - just a K.
posted by Mchelly at 4:22 AM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine had fruit / dried fruit as her standard go to present when she was invited to dinner by people who kept kosher. This might work for you?
posted by jazh at 8:02 AM on June 14, 2016


I have to pack kosher dairy lunch for my kiddo every day and it's not too bad. Horizon snacks and Goldfish aren't kosher, but a lot of things are. Here are some we like (you can get all at Target):

Annie's Really Peely Fruit Tape
Veggie Straws
Snyder's Mini Pretzels
Pirate's Booty
Fruit Leather
posted by LKWorking at 8:06 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Where Mchelly and I disagree, definitely listen to Mchelly.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 8:12 AM on June 14, 2016


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