While the youngsters may not be ready for Maxwell House or A.1. Steak Sauce, they are sure to appreciate brands such as Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables and Kraft Mac n' Cheese.
Shares have erupted nearly 23% year-to-date and future growth will likely always be there as long as kids keep eating.
The 3.6% dividend yield is also nice, despite the large run in share prices. The company will likely continue acquiring large brand-name foods that are enjoyed around the world to maintain competitive shelf space among grocers.Perhaps it's the solid dividend that would attract this generation of kids to these stocks. This next stock yields close to 3.25%, is up 22% this year, and makes Barbies, Polly Pockets and Hot Wheelz. Mattel (MAT) began operations in 1948 and has been going strong ever since. Mattel also makes American Girl dolls and gets these kid-investors started early with their brands through Fischer-Price. Some savvy kids could double dip by gobbling up shares of the 3.6% yielder Hasbro (HAS - Get Report). The toy company is responsible for brands like Nerf, G.I. Joe, Transformers and Marvel action figures. It also has board games such as Twister and Hungry Hungry Hippos, making this another obvious choice for youngsters. Finally, what kid doesn't like to get a meal with a toy? Better yet, a Happy Meal from McDonald's (MCD)? The Golden Arches introduced the Happy Meal in 1979 and it has been a winning strategy. McDonald's is one of the most recognizable brands around the world for just about any age group. Toss in a PlayPlace and kids could spend hours in a Mickey D's. So why not invest in it? Although McDonald's, at 11.5%, has underperformed the S&P 500's 14.5% growth, it does have a 3.1% dividend yield and has one of the most consistent payouts in the industry. It's clear that while the kid-approved portfolio is certainly tailored to their liking, the stocks have a responsible focus on balancing growth, stability and income. With the exception of Disney, all the companies above have a yield north of 3%. While kids might names they can recognize, they might also care about the importance and efficiency of compound growth, which will pay for future summer vacations down the road. At the time of publication the author was long DIS and MCD. Follow @traderboy23 This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.