Last Updated: Oct 14, 2021 @ 2:32 pm.

Snack time! What are the best (and most healthy) snacks for baby? We assembled a panel of actual babies (and their parents) to test a dozen different snacks, judging them on taste, nutrition and quality. Here are your winners.

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Best Cereal Snack

Yum! Tasty and affordable
Our testers loved these snacks, which come in 2 flavors: banana and strawberry apple. Star-shaped puffs are easy to hold. Critics note they contain cane sugar.
$16.98 ($1.43 / Ounce)

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Best Cereal Snack: Gerber Puffs Cereal Snack

It was a snack smackdown! We had babies and their parents test out several healthy snacks to find the ones that tasted best. When it came to cereal snacks, the winner by a mile was Gerber Puffs Cereal Snacks.

These snacks come in two flavors: banana and strawberry apple. They are made of whole grains with 5 vitamins and minerals; no artificial flavors or sweeteners. The star shaped puff contains rice flour, whole wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, cane sugar, sunflower lecithin (fatty acids—natural and good for you), mixed tocopherols for freshness (less than 1%); vitamins E, B6, Niacinamide (also a B vitamin), B1 and Iron.

Other flavors include dried apple puree, banana flavoring and strawberry/apple flavoring; serving size is 60 pieces (12 servings per container).

What We Liked

• Very tasty, fruity flavor.

• Dissolve easily in baby’s mouth.

• Convenient packaging.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Not organic.

• Contains added cane sugar. 

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Best Organic Cereal Snack

Gluten free, no added sugar
Sweetened by apple juice, these puffs were a favorite with our baby testers. Loved the 6 flavors. Great finger food. Dissenters say they are a bit bland and can quickly go stale.

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Best Organic Cereal Snack: Happy Baby Organic Superfood Puffs

We tested several organic cereal snacks for baby and, honestly, they ranged from tasteless to awful. Happily, we found these snacks: Happy Baby’s Organic Superfood Puffs. They topped other organic snacks in our testing and feature a variety of flavors: kale & spinach, purple carrot & blueberry, sweet potato & carrot, strawberry & beet; banana & pumpkin, apple & broccoli.

What We Liked

• No added sugar. These puffs are sweetened by apple juice—which of course has naturally occurring sugar.

• Gluten free, Kosher. 

• Tastes better than other organic snacks we tried! 

• Affordable.

• Variety of flavors.

What Needs Work

• Only 2% of content is fruit or veggies.

• Hard and bland, said a few testers. This wasn’t the majority opinion, but if your baby tries Gerber’s cereal snacks first, they will probably prefer those given the sweeter flavor!

• Quickly go stale. Eat ’em up once you open the container as they don’t stay fresh long.

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Best Veggie Snack

Organic, gluten free
These vegan veggie snacks were a hit with most of our testers. A minority didn't like the taste, however. And critics knocked the added salt. A bit messy.

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Best Veggie Snack: Sprout Organic Curlz Toddler Snacks

We tried several organic veggie-based snacks—Sprout’s Curlz was the top bet, said our testers. Yes, there was a split opinion here: kiddos who liked these snacks REALLY liked them. A smaller number turned up their noses.

These snacks are made of organic ingredients including chickpea flour, lentil flour, rice flour, corn flour, sunflower and/or safflower oil, sweet potato powder, pea fiber, apple powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and rosemary extract (a preservative).

What We Liked

• Good fiber. A single serving has 7% of daily requirement for fiber.

• Gluten and dairy free.

• Dissolved quickly.

• Made in the the US.

What’s Needs Work

• A bit messy to eat.

• Pricey. It’s true: organic ingredients cost more than conventional snacks.

• Added salt.

• No vitamins or minerals except potassium.

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Best Fruit Snack

Very tasty! Organic, probiotics
Melt in your baby's mouth, these milk-based snacks are beloved. Loved the flavor, but they can be a choking hazard. You baby must be able to chew first!
$27.12 ($4.52 / Ounce)

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Best Fruit Snack: Happy Baby Organic Yogies Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks

Dried fruit and yogurt snacks are all the rage today . . . but which can pass the baby taste test? Happy Baby’s Organic Yogies won, beating out several competitors on taste and texture. This variety pack contains three flavors.

These snacks are made from organic whole milk, skim milk, sugar, strawberry puree, tapioca starch, less than 2% strawberry flavor, whey protein concentrate, pectin, inulin (soluble fiber made of fructose molecules), beet juice concentrate, and mixed tocopheriols (a preservative).

What We Liked

• Great flavor.

• Portable. These snacks were easy to travel with and not messy.

• Made in the US.

What’s Needs Work

• Choking hazard! Your baby must be able to chew before trying these snacks. They don’t dissolve very quickly and can be a choking hazard for novice eaters.

• Expensive.

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