Remember my post about my Halloween bento box? This time around, I had the chance to learn to make a Christmas bento box one weekend as I traveled down south to attend The Bento Mommas’ bento workshop. It couldn’t have been a perfect timing as lil’ Ms. GJG insists I make her a snowman (aka Olaf) bento box for her to enjoy during snack time in school.
The Bento Mommas held their bento box workshop at The Urban Food Collective at Commerce Center in Alabang.
When bento-ing, remember to use Cheez Whiz. It’s a must and a staple when creating creative baon for your child. It’s packed with calcium and creamy milky cheez goodness. Their latest variant, Cheez Whiz Milky Delight is fast becoming the GJG’s household favorite. It’s creamy and sweet!
If you’re not much of a fan of cheese, you’ll love Cheez Whiz Milky Delight. It has a sweet flavor with a hint of cheese. Perfect to spread on your favorite bread, crackers or biscuit.
Bento making looks overwhelming but the truth is, it can also be easy. The first bento box we did is something anyone can do. It’s an easy bento snack box that you can even ask your kid to help you with.
First, prepare a pair of bread and get a circle cutter (or a glass/bowl) to cut two circle shapes. Do the same for another pair but make it smaller than the firs pair. Make sure the circles when put on top can fit inside a snack box.
Next, spread some Cheez Whiz Milky Delight on each circle (one big, one small) and stick their equivalent circle together. Don’t forget to cut a little half circle on the bigger circles to serve as the body of the snowman where you’ll stick the small circle to create your snowman.
Your snowman is now starting to take shape. Now, you can start decorating it. Use chocolate kisses, sour tapes and colored candies to do so. You can use straws, toothpick and even uncooked noodles as props to stick things to your creations.
Splitting the sour tapes into smaller pieces to create accent decors for my snowman.
Another bento food staple is apples. You can carve it to your heart’s desire and practically create anything you can think of.
Quick tip: dip the apple on Sprite to delay its oxidation, which makes the apple turn brown.
Here’s apple Christmas tree. I was kinda proud of myself for carving that teeny tiny star on the top tier. Heehee.
My first Christmas Bento Snack Box.
As if the star on my tree wasn’t enough that I had to put ornaments to it. Heehee.
My Christmas lantern made with cookies and Cheez Whiz.
Next Christmas bento box was a reindeer! This one’s a perfect festive lunch baon that your kids will surely love.
First, mold a circle made of rice. Use a zip lock to mold it so your hands won’t get all sticky. Make sure it can fit inside the bento box. Flatten it out a little, then stick some pretzels on top to serve as antlers.
Cut a heart shape out of a bread and stick it to the rice as the reindeer’s snout.
Next, cut out two small circles from a cheese sheet to serve as the reindeer’s eyes.
To give more life to the reindeer’s eyes, you can punch smaller holes of seaweeds.
Slice a cherry tomato and put it in the centre to serve as the reindeer’s nose. I like that it’s easy and I was able to make it a few minutes.
My Chrismtas Bento Lunch Box.
I filled up the box with delicious and healthy food: broccoli, chicken and corn. I also added some carved apples to give a little sweetness for dessert.
Here’s the Bento Momma’s Christmas Bento Boxes.
Hooray for another bento milestone!
Blogger bento-ing. I together with Yen & daughter Ella, Peach & daughter Purple, Michelle Lim, Rochelle Rivera Rowena Lei, Fleur Sombrero, Neva Santos, Ginger Arboleda with southern mommas who also enjoyed learning bento-making.
You too can experiment and create your own Bento for you and for your kids to enjoy. You can also check out www.cheeseanything.com where you can get lots of recipes that involves, what else but CHEESE! 😉