Worst Kid Treats, From Ring Dings to Zebra Cakes to Yodels

The Daily Beast finds the 20 worst kid treats for back to school.

As much as parents may hate to admit it, there are myriad things beyond their control when the school year starts. School politics will continue to evolve and change regardless of the individual kids in the classrooms. Budget squabbles can mean scrambling to find last-minute child care. And, of course, there are the teenage breakups, which a parent can only hope will turn out for the best. 

Yet one of the easiest things to take charge of in a child’s school day starts with choosing nutritious foods for the brown bag torn open during lunchtime. And it’s not just about keeping waistlines trim and establishing healthy habits—recent research suggests that a healthy diet can lead to a higher IQ in kids.
 
While there are plenty of healthy alternatives to cream-filled chocolate cakes, sometimes it’s just easier for a busy parent to pick up prepackaged items. If that’s the case, these are the 20 snacks moms and dads are going to want to avoid.
 
To find the 20 worst treats for kids, The Daily Beast equally weighted the calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugar in popular kids’ snacks, measured by the total nutrition content on manufacturer packaging.

Drake's Ring Dings

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 330
Saturated fat (g): 12
Carbohydrates: 44
Sugar (g): 34

Little Debbie Zebra Cakes

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 320
Saturated fat (g): 8
Carbohydrates: 48
Sugar (g): 32

Oreo Cakesters Double Stuf Packs

Serving: 1 package
 
Calories: 350
Saturated fat (g): 4
Carbohydrates: 48
Sugar (g): 35

Little Debbie Fancy Cakes

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 310
Saturated fat (g): 8
Carbohydrates: 43
Sugar (g): 31

Drake's Funny Bones

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 310
Saturated fat (g): 8
Carbohydrates: 38
Sugar (g): 28

Drake's Yodels

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 280
Saturated fat (g): 8
Carbohydrates: 36
Sugar (g): 30

TastyKake Cherry Pie

Serving: 1 pie
 
Calories: 290
Saturated fat (g): 5
Carbohydrates: 45
Sugar (g): 23

Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 270
Saturated fat (g): 6
Carbohydrates: 38
Sugar (g): 27

Little Debbie Devil Squares

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 260
Saturated fat (g): 6
Carbohydrates: 38
Sugar (g): 26

Hostess Mini Brownie Bites

Serving: 1 package
 
Calories: 290
Saturated fat (g): 4
Carbohydrates: 36
Sugar (g): 26

TastyKake Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 260
Saturated fat (g): 2.5
Carbohydrates: 40
Sugar (g): 26

Oreos 2 Go Pack

Serving: 1 package
 
Calories: 270
Saturated fat (g): 2.5
Carbohydrates: 41
Sugar (g): 23

Drake's Coffee Cake

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 280
Saturated fat (g): 2.5
Carbohydrates: 40
Sugar (g): 22

Entenmann's Little Bites - Fudge Brownies

Serving: 1 package
 
Calories: 270
Saturated fat (g): 4
Carbohydrates: 35
Sugar (g): 25

Entenmann's Enten-mini's Sponge Crème Cakes

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 260
Saturated fat (g): 3
Carbohydrates: 36
Sugar (g): 25

Hostess Suzy Q's

Serving: 1 cake
 
Calories: 220
Saturated fat (g): 4.5
Carbohydrates: 34
Sugar (g): 24

Oreo Cakesters

Serving: 1 package
 
Calories: 250
Saturated fat (g): 2.5
Carbohydrates: 36
Sugar (g): 24

TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpet

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 210
Saturated fat (g): 2
Carbohydrates: 37
Sugar (g): 26

TastyKake Kream Filled Koffee Kake Cupcakes

Serving: 2 cakes
 
Calories: 250
Saturated fat (g): 3.5
Carbohydrates: 35
Sugar (g): 22

Hostess Golden Cupcakes

Serving: 1 cupcake
 
Calories: 200
Saturated fat (g): 3
Carbohydrates: 33
Sugar (g): 25