PSA: It’s OK To Steal Your Kids’ Snacks, According To This New Children’s Book

Written by Una LaMarche
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I don’t know about you, but in my house snacks are hoarded and guarded like lifesaving supplies in a doomsday bunker. While no one in our family practices law, we will often find ourselves engaging in tense courtroom role play over who finished the pretzels, or why a sleeve of cookies ‘accidentally’ ended up behind a couch cushion. At this point I should probably ‘fess up to the fact that it’s almost always me or my husband who stole the snacks; after all, we buy them with our money, and hey, we’re adults! We can eat cheese balls for breakfast if we feel like it. Unsurprisingly, though, our children are not sympathetic to this defense.

Here’s the good news, though: Welch's® Fruit Snacks has my (and every other sticky-fingered parent’s) back with the release of their first-ever storybook, Sometimes It’s Not Stealing.

Sometimes It's Not Stealing is a lighthearted bedtime story that explains to children why the grownups in their lives simply cannot resist the sweet, chewy, fruit-filled goodness of Welch's® Fruit Snacks and encourages forgiveness and understanding at the occasional (or, ahem, constant) snack theft. Beloved actress Kristin Chenoweth even narrates the downloadable audiobook, lending her iconic bubbly delivery to the story’s playful rhymes. In her own words: “I’m excited for everyone to experience this story that celebrates the magic of bonding over a delicious treat with Welch's® Fruit Snacks, a snack that I have loved for years!” The storybook is as fun to look at as it is to read or listen to, starring an illustrated family of perfectly-cast animals: none other than nature’s snack thieves, raccoons!

It makes sense that Welch's® Fruit Snacks came up with this delicious idea — perfectly timed for back-to-school pantry restocking — because there is no snack more coveted by family members of all ages. They’re a staple in our house, perfect for a yummy lunchbox treat or after school pick-me-up since they’re full of real fruit and vitamins in addition to tasting great.

As a delicious bonus, Sometimes It's Not Stealing is being sold with a Mixed Fruit 40-pouch box as a special bundle for $29.99. Plus, there’s a pouch of fruit snacks hidden in the back of the book itself so kids can practice sharing in a fun and memorable way. I mean, c’mon, Welch's® Fruit Snacks, you had me at ‘Mixed Fruit 40-pouch box.’ Order now and get free shipping for a limited time!

Sometimes, at the store, I’ll let my fingers linger on the smaller 22-pouch box before I come to my senses. With two adults, a preteen, and a five year-old who knows how to pull a chair over to the pantry to reach the upper shelves, who am I kidding? Always, always get the bigger box. There’s more for stealing — I mean, um, sharing — that way.