The Week in Bentos: July 7-10, 2009

by Wendy Copley on July 10, 2009

This was the week of new and exciting bento boxes!

We kicked things off with the jelly bean bento box. Check it out:

Jelly Belly Bento Box

When the boys and I were touring the Jelly Belly factory on Monday I found a whole display of jelly bean shaped bento boxes in the gift shop. The price was quite a bit higher than what I’m normally willing to pay, but come on — how could I pass up a  Jelly Belly bento box?? There was absolutely no way that was going to happen. I let Wyatt pick the color and he chose this crazy bright green one. Cool!

Preschooler Bento #209: July 7, 2009

Of course I had to use the new box on Tuesday. The top tier of this box is quite a bit shallower than the bottom tier — about the height of the raspberries you see there. In addition to the raspberries, I put some blueberries, half a bun and two skewers of carne asada leftover from dinner the night before. And there was no way I could send a jelly bean bento box off on its inaugural journey without putting a few jelly beans inside. These are “belly flops” — the imperfect Jelly Bellies they sell at the factory.

Preschooler Bento #210: July 8, 2009

I broke out the same box on Wednesday too. This time it had salami, a really unattractive hunk of bun (it looks like I wadded it up in a ball, but I really didn’t), a half banana stamped with a robot (I used food safe markers, of course) and some utterly divine strawberries from the farmer’s market.

Preschool Bento #211: July 9, 2009

Thursday we broke out the Laptop Lunchbox for the first time. We’ve had this for a while but haven’t used it before because Wyatt couldn’t open it and it seemed too big for him. He was messing around with it the night before (yes, my kid plays with his lunch boxes) and he managed to get it open on his own for the first time. I told him that if he could get it open five times in a row he could have his lunch in it the next day. He followed through on his end of the bargain, so I followed through on mine.

Of course then I was faced with all that space to fill. I first started off by putting a Capri Sun in instead of one of the big containers. I don’t normally buy these, but we have a ton left over from our bbq on the 4th so he’ll be getting these in his lunches for awhile. He also got a hot dog, catsup (in the little blue box), a half banana, Cheez-its, a hard boiled egg, strawberries and a few raspberries. Phwew! I didn’t think there was a chance in hell he’d eat all that, but he swore up and down that he would. And when I opened his lunch box that night, this is what I saw:

Preschool Bento #211: He ate it ALL!

All that was left was the egg yolk and some catsup! I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Preschooler Bento #212: July 10, 2009

This morning, he wanted this lunch box again. This is what I packed: pink lemonade, blueberries, salami, an egg molded into a car shape, leftover pasta, and peas. I’m doubting that my luck is going to hold with the 98% consumption rate, so we’ll just see how much food comes home.

Edited to add the after photo:

Preschooler Bento #212: Aftermath

I knew it wouldn’t last!

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  • Victoria

    Why am I so addicted to these bento blogs? I especially enjoy the before and after photos.

  • It's a slippery slope, my dear. Soon you will find yourself packing your own lunch with additional cute-ness. Bwa ha ha ha!

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  • Aunt Linda

    Wow. That Jelly Bean Bento Box( said 3X fast) is A++! The cuteness factor is more than anyone could resist. I cannot believe that a small boy ate as much as Wyatt did on Thursday.
    Apparently he really likes the laptop bento?

  • mrsconniekrebs

    Check out Bento Crazy, she has tons of cools Bentos…a little pricey, but I am in love with the pink Jelly Belly bento box. (And the strawberry box, and the Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, oh and the Bunny boxes…….lol!)

  • Karol

    I have that same laptop one. Did your's come with tops for all the little boxes? Mine did not and I do not like the drama of opening it up at work and finding all my stuff has integrated into the other boxes!! Yuck. The little bitty box did have a lid but no others. I love the Jelly Belly one. I am on the look out everywhere I go. I noticed the other day at The Evil Empire ( Wal-Mart) that the school supplies are out, so I will be all into that! I am still looking for some thing taco shaped. I know, I am obsessed….glad to have company in my crazed world!! Ha.

  • Ours only has lids for the big red and little blue boxes, but Wyatt said the stuff didn't get all mixed together. It might be because I'm putting fairly “dry” stuff in his lunch — nothing too juicy or saucy. I bet if I put yogurt in it would slop around though.

  • Brookita_Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness, I was just poking around at your blog and I absolutely love it! 😀 And as a daycare worker, I appreciate that you pack healthy foods for your son; I can't tell you how many times I've seen so much junk food in ridiculous proportions packed for a toddler! lol

  • I love the jelly bean bento box!!! Awesomeness!!!

  • family

    Does Wyatt eat those lovely lunches you make for him?

  • As with most preschoolers, it varies. Some days he eats every bite, some days he barely touches his lunch, but most often it's somewhere in between. This post shows a typical week of “after” shots:

    http://wendolonia.com/blog/2009/05/25/the-week-

  • Amy

    I love seeing the before-and-after shots, especially when there is a great story like this to go along with it!

  • rebeccamomtolaurel

    How did you get the egg shaped like a car? So cute!

  • Hi Rebecca – I use an egg mold (like the ones at this blog: http://www.cookingcute.com/using_egg_molds.htm). Wyatt only recently started eating hard boiled eggs, so I'm thrilled to be able to use them.

  • rebeccamomtolaurel

    How did you get the egg shaped like a car? So cute!

  • Hi Rebecca – I use an egg mold (like the ones at this blog: http://www.cookingcute.com/using_egg_molds.htm). Wyatt only recently started eating hard boiled eggs, so I'm thrilled to be able to use them.

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