19 Beach Snacks to Stash in Your Cooler

Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

The waves are splashing, the sun is shinning...you're even sitting in a beach chair with your own personal umbrella. You haven't a care in the world, until someone asks for a snack. If you're unprepared, the simple question is enough to throw you off your zen. Whether it's your spouse, the kids, or even cousin Jean, there's something about playing the sand that has beach goers hankering for a snack no matter how recent your last meal.

A bag of chips or two is a start, but the best beach days pair the everyday goods with a little something homemade–portable dips and treats that don't take a lot of time but are sure to satisfy even the most active sandcastle architect. Plus, expert beach goers know it doesn't hurt to pack a heftier option or two. Something almost lunch-worthy might keep you from trekking back to the house midday. To keep things easy, we've rounded up recipes that can be prepared in advance so you can pull them right out of the fridge or pantry and pop them straight into your cooler.

Don't head out to the shore empty handed. These easy beach snacks are worth putting on your packing list.

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Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Simple and satisfying, these easy cracker snacks come together with just two ingredients: buttery crackers and salty bacon slices.

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Buttermilk-Peach Popsicles

Buttermilk-Peach Popsicles
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Buttermilk-Peach Popsicles

For a fun and refreshing way to serve fruit by the surf, pack these peach popsicles in your cooler straight from the freezer in their frozen pop molds to help them stay frozen. Be sure to eat quickly before the summer sun does it's job.

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Classic Boiled Peanuts

Classic Boiled Peanuts
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Classic Boiled Peanuts

You don't need a ballgame to enjoy boiled peanuts. Pair them with boldly flavored ingredients, like barbecue sauce to Old Bay seasoning, to create your own unique peanut adventure.

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Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

This Southern twist on guacamole will turn your beach day into an outdoor fiesta. The addition of bacon and pimiento really turns this dish into something special.

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Crack Crackers

Crack Crackers Recipe
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Crack Crackers

Our Crack Crackers is one of those snacks that's nearly impossible to stop eating. This easy snack uses ranch seasoning mix and a few other spice rack staples to upgrade store-bought cheese crackers.

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No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars
Photo: Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars

This no-bake recipe uses rice cereal, oats, almond butter, maple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon to satisfy any craving.

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Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

Whether you're at the beach for Memorial Day, July 4th, or just because it's hot, nothing says summer like a patriotic popsicle. Just be sure to get to licking quickly before they become slush in your cooler.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

Think this classic Southern snack is only meant for parties? Think again. Pull these straws out by the sand and get ready for a welcomed substitution for gold fish crackers or Cheezits.

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Homemade Onion Dip

Homemade Onion Dip
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip

Upgrade your bag of chips with a little something homemade. This onion dip comes together so quickly you'll wonder why anyone ever makes onion dip from a packet.

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Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise

Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Mini Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon Mayonnaise

Crust-free for the kids and full of flavor for the adults, these mini sandwiches are just the thing to hold you over for a few more hours in the sun before heading in for lunch.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Back Bean Corn Salsa
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Grab the tortilla chips and get to dipping. The black beans and fresh corn kernels are the bright addition your bag of chip needs.

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Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars

Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
Helen Norman; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars

Satisfy a surf-side sweet tooth with a blackberry cobbler in bar form. Since they can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, you can make them at home in advance of your trip.

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Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

It's not a trip to the beach without some watermelon. While we're always up for a simple slice, this salad takes things up a notch.

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Muddy Buddy Mix

Muddy Buddy Mix

Recipe: Muddy Buddy Mix

Get your chocolate and peanut butter fix while the kids burry your feat in the sand with this simple, 10-minute snack mix.

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Ranch Snacker Crackers

Ranch Snacker Crackers
Sheri Castle

Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers

These addictive seasoned oyster crackers delight every time. They're crisp and just salty and savory enough to keep you away from the true junk food.

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Apple Chips

Apple Chips
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Chips

This two-ingredient snack is just as simple and healthy as it sounds. Bake them in advance and you can enjoy your snack guilt-free. They maintain the fiber and nutrients of an apple with no added sugar.

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Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad
Jen Causey

Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad

Pack it in some Tupperware and bring down some forks. There's nothing more refreshing than a Fresh Fruit Salad.

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Pickled Strawberries

Pickled Strawberries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Pickled Strawberries

Sweet-tart Pickled Strawberries are the beach snack that will set you apart from the pack. These berries have irresistible sweet and spicy kick that can be enjoyed on their own or in a salad.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad

Make this pasta salad as a side for your beach meals and bring it down to the shore for snacking. Don't forget the forks!

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