Confectionary and salty snacks

Only snacks with a Health Star Rating of 3.5 stars and above can be sold in NSW school canteens and vending machines.

Most or all types of confectionery will have a lower star rating, so shouldn’t be sold.

Some salty snacks can be sold as Occasional items, though they mustn’t exceed a 30g portion size limit.

Examples of confectionary

Confectionery is high in added sugar and kilojoules and has no nutritional value. It can also cause tooth decay.

  • chocolate, e.g. chocolate bars, individual chocolates, chocolate coatings, choc-chips, chocolate spreads.
  • lollies, cough lollies, eucalyptus drops, chewing gum with sugar.
  • liquorice, fruit gummies, jelly, icing, 100s and 1000s.
  • carob-type confectionery, carob coatings, yoghurt-type confectionery or yoghurt-coated food and food containing confectionery.

Examples of salty snacks

Australian children are consuming well above recommended maximum levels of salt. Salty snack foods are high in kilojoules and may also contain unhealthy levels of saturated fat.

  • potato crisps, corn chips, vegetable chips, grain chips, pretzels.
  • extruded snacks such as cheese/BBQ-flavoured puffs, twists.
  • flavoured or salted rice snacks and crackers, noodle snacks.
  • soy crisps, popcorn (salted/flavoured/microwave) and legume snacks.

Alternative snacks

  • English muffins, plain wholegrain crackers, crispbreads
  • rice and corn cakes, vegetables, falafels, dip
  • cheese, boiled eggs
  • popcorn (plain, air-popped)
  • fresh fruit and dried fruit (uncoated)
  • bread, fruit bread and buns (without icing)
  • breakfast cereal and milk
  • scones, pikelets and pancakes
  • yoghurt, custard, frozen yoghurts and fruit juice ice blocks
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