My lil’ Ms. GJG loves snack time. She would always ask me what’s in our pantry and would even decide what snack she’ll bring to school. There are times I surprise her by creating different bento snack boxes and she likes it- she gets amazed every time she opens her box at school. I’m starting to get the hang of bento-ing and luckily, I’ve got a few tools to get me started. And because Halloween is just around the corner, I’ve decided to make a Halloween bento snack box for my darling daughter.
You really don’t need to invest much when you plan on doing bento. Start first with the food you already have in your pantry. In our case, bread slices, cookies, biscuits, Cheez Whiz are essentials that we make sure would never run out in our household. These ingredients, plus lots of imagination are all you need to get started.
Bread is one of the bento food staple that’s versatile and easy to prettify. All you need is unleash your creativity, as well as a few other things such as a carving tool and rolling pin. But if you don’t have a blade tool for carving, use knife instead. Oh don’t forget to flatten out the bread (a little or all flat out) first before carving. Use a rolling pin to do so, but if you don’t have one, a glass will do. You can also use cookie cutters so it’s easier for you to shape and mold.
Since it’s a halloween bento, I decided to make pumpkins out of our bread slices. My lil’ Ms. GJG loves bread (like me!) but she only prefers Cheez Whiz on it. So much so that she would always take a peek just to make sure the spread’s Cheez Whiz.
So I figured, I’d cut out a pumpkin face so when I spread Cheez Whiz on the uncarved side, it is obviously seen.
See how kyoooot the pumpkins are? I placed them inside lil’ Ms. GJG’s snack box and filled it with M&Ms and gummy worms- scary, yummy worms! 😉
The other part of the bento includes two other snacks, which are usually composed of fruits, but we ran out of grapes and apples while making this box, so I opted to use two other favourites of lil’ Ms. GJG- cereals and biscuits/cookies. I carved the cookie’s cream filling to a set of teeth & a pair of eyes to make a creepy ghost from Pacman kinda-face. Then, I created a coffin made of honey crackers layered with Cheez Whiz, nestled atop a bed of choco cereal balls that served as the “soil”.
Here’s my easy peasy halloween bento snack box. As usual, lil’ Ms. GJG loved it! She proudly showed it to her classmates. It’s cute and yummy snack box that screams BOOtiful! So easy to do and it’s fun to make too.
If you’re into cooking and reinventing recipes and creating your own menu for you and your family, then I’m pretty sure you can cheese anything. Go ahead and join the growing community of fellow cheese lovers at www.cheeseanything.com. I love that it’s like Instagram for sheese where you can give and take recipes that uses Cheez Whiz. Thank you so much Cheez Whiz for our statsh, I’m excited to make more bento creations. My darling daughter couldn’t be more happier with her snack box.