No-mess applesauce: single-serve cup + straw

No-mess applesauce

THE CUTENESS! Oh, and the hack’s good, too. From Erin:

While on vacation with my aunt, my daughter (almost 2) messed up a ton of outfits while eating applesauce. She loves to feed herself, but is such a messy eater. My aunt had the brilliant idea to put a straw in the top of the applesauce so she could suck it out. The kids loved it so much they asked for more!

Related: Serve yogurt to-go with a straw


  1. Sarah says

    I am too cheap to buy single serve anything, but I use this hack by putting a serving of applesauce in a child-size cup instead of a bowl and letting the kids use a straw instead of a spoon. They think it’s hilarious.

  2. says

    We’ve done this for a while and it works great! The same works for yogurt (especially the less thick yogurt). Even though Danimals seem to be easy and “drinkable” we put straws in those too!

  3. says

    In Europe, they make applesauce in pouches like Capri Sun, but with screw off caps the kids drink out. They’re super popular and practical (also inexpensive.) I’ve started to see them here, but they’re incredibly expensive (in the natural food section). This is a great compromise! Thanks!!!

  4. Robyn says

    What a great idea! I’m going to try it after naptime. I make my own yogurt drinks by putting a tiny bit of milk in regular yogurt and mixing really well. It usually makes it runny enough to drink. :)

  5. heather says

    we do this with our son that is on the autism spectrum. it was suggested by his occupational therapist. it is something that is calming and helps organize the brain. we also do it with yogurt and pudding!

  6. Laura says

    When my daughter was about 15 months old, she started occupational therapy for sensory, feeding, and fine motor issues. Her therapist actually suggested she use a straw to eat her yogurt, applesauce, pudding, etc. b/c it helps build the muscles in the mouth and would help with some of the sensory issues. Worked great. Now, at 27 months, we’re working on getting her to use a spoon for these things instead, but we still use the straw if we need to avoid a mess.

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