6 Snack Hacks for the Perfect Picnic

It’s officially summer, and you know what that means: it’s picnic season! Whether you’re poolside, at the park or spending the day at the beach, nothing beats having fun in the sun with a delicious spread of your favorite snacks. These super simple recipes will help make packing your basket a breeze.



1.     Pinwheels: From chicken avocado to ham and cheese, these bite-sized rolls are the perfect finger foods.

2.     Deviled eggs in a carton: Savory and satisfying, this protein-packed snack is sure to please, especially this southern twist with pimento cheese. Pro tip: Slice the eggs crosswise instead of lengthwise, so you can pack them in the egg carton and prevent tipping in transit.

3.     Chips and dip: Whether it’s hummus, salsa or creamy avocado dip with pita, tortilla or pretzel chips, you can’t go wrong with this dynamic duo.

4.     Mason jar parfaits: Parfaits are not only delicious and versatile, they’re also great on the go. Prepare them in 4-ounce Mason jars to make them easy to transport and serve.

5.     Single-serve sweets: Satisfy your sweet tooth with hand-held desserts, like brownies or mini tarts, that can be stored at room temperature in zip-close bags. If you have room in the cooler, try these sopapilla cheesecake bars.

6.     Milk and frozen fruit: What’s more refreshing than an ice-cold glass of milk? Use a thermos and frozen fruit as ice to keep it chilled before serving. Fruit won’t water down the milk like ice would, and it adds flavor – strawberry milk, anyone?



·      Pick up pre-cut veggies and fruit to reduce prep time

·      Use an insulated cooler and ice packs to keep your items cool

·      Be sure to bring disposable utensils, plates, cups and napkins

·      Grab a thick blanket to sit and enjoy your spread

·      Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitizer


Want more inspiration for the perfect picnic spread? Find more recipes.

By Elizabeth Hurst

Elizabeth has been working for dairy farmers at Dairy MAX since 2017. She has a background in marketing and public relations and loves helping tell the dairy story. When she's not working, Elizabeth can be found playing with her son and making our moist banana bread recipe. Learn more about Elizabeth

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