DIY Handi-Snacks


Did you have a favorite snack when you were a kid?

I always loved Handi-snacks.  Scooping up the cheese with that little red plastic spreader.  Or Dipping the Pretzels in the cheese.  They were always so good.  My parents never bought pre packaged snacks like Handi-snacks.

I think my parents we onto something though.   Because do I buy overly processed, pre-packaged snacks for my kids?

Nope! 🙂

I don’t like buying anything where I don’t recognize the ingredients.

I decided to try  making my own Handi-snacks.  With only simple REAL ingredients.  I used store-bought pretzels though.  I feel like store-bought pretzels are usually pretty safe.

My biggest challenge, when making these Homemade Handi-snacks was the presentation.  People recognize Handi-snacks by the cute little container and the little red spreader.

Welp, I wasn’t gonna go out and buy Handi-snacks just to get the little red spreader, so I just opted for pretzels instead of crackers.   I used a little “sauce” container for the cheese sauce.  I am sure that the teeny plastic containers,used to store baby food would also work for the cheese sauce container if you wanted to pack these for school lunches.


The Cheese sauce was SUPER easy and I made it using only TWO ingredients!

“Handi-Snack” Cheese Sauce 


1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

2 tablespoons of ultra pasteurized half and half.  – You can also use milk.  I chose ultra pasteurized half and half because I wanted to store it in the fridge for a few days, and I didn’t want to worry about the expiration date on the milk.

Procedure : Place Cheese and milk in a food processor or blender and blend until you get your desired consistency.

That’s it!  It only takes about 5 minutes to make!


My husband loved this, but suggested maybe a little more milk in the cheese to make it creamier.  Nevertheless, it was tasty!


If you wanted to make this snack ” Handi”  for school lunches, you can store it in a plastic bag or a small Tupperware container.

This would also work with your favorite kind of healthy cracker.  You can always save your “sample spoons” from costco to use as the spreader!



  1. That is genius!!! Perfect to add to my sons lunch!!!! I am so excited by this. My parents bought the overly processed crap and my brother and I loved dipping the red spreader thing in the cheese and layering it all over the crackers. I try my hardest not to buy overly processed food, so this will be a nice switch to mix things up for him. 🙂

  2. I never knew their name but Handy Snacks was one of my favorite childhood snacks. I love that you made your own version. Great idea.

  3. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    This is such a cool idea! I have to try this for my son, he loves cheese 🙂

  4. This is incredible! I love handi-snacks like no other, so I am totally going to make these! They look so good!

  5. Who knew cheese dip was so easy to make? I always thought it would be much more complicated. I’ll definitely need to try this recipe out!

  6. I haven’t had Handi-snacks in YEARS!!!!! I used to love them as a kid. I should totally make these for my kids. SUPER awesome idea!!

  7. Holy cow! This looks so great and I love that it is homemade and we know all the ingredients. Nice post.

  8. That looks so good! I’m going to have to try this. I know my girls will love it!


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