Munchkin Bento Mealtime Set Review & Giveaway

Good morning, and welcome to another day of the Eats Amazing Back to School 2014 Giveaway Bonanza! Over the course of this week I am helping you to prepare for the new school year in style with several reviews and some fantastic giveaways (10 prizes in all!) of some of my favourite lunch-making supplies.  Today I am reviewing the lovely Bento Mealtime Set by Munchkin.  Munchkin UK are also very kindly providing today’s giveaway prize of a Bento Mealtime Set for not one, but two lucky readers, so be sure to read on to find out how you can enter for a chance to win one of your own!

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The Munchkin Bento Mealtime Set is officially designed for toddlers, and I can see that it certainly fits the bill there, but having seen several other bloggers pack their children’s lunches in it I wanted to give it a try for Small Child’s lunches, because it looked like it would be big enough to hold enough food for an older child too.  When it arrived, I was pleased to see that I had judged correctly – whilst it is fairly compact, it does still have plenty of room for a decent amount of food.

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My first impression of the set was of a fairly plain, straightforward divided lunch box.  Once I opened it up, I was impressed with the quality of it.  There has clearly been a lot of thought gone into the design, with great attention to detail.  The box is chunky and sturdy, with lovely rounded edges.  The two clips that hold it shut are a decent size, and 6 year old Small Child found it easy to open (if a little stiff at first – younger children might have a little trouble with it to start with).  Inside, the box has one main compartment, and two smaller ones, all of which are lidded.

On closer inspection, the smaller compartments turned out to be removable containers, which means that the lunch box can be used without them, giving you two sections with room for a little more food if you need it.  The two smaller plastic lids are labelled ‘veggies’ and ‘fruits’ and are subtly engraved with cute designs.  They are easy to remove, and the lids clip firmly on, sealing the containers.

I’m not sure I would put anything too wet in the main compartment, as the inner lid seems to be more of a cover to prevent food from moving around too much than a leakproof lid,  but the smaller containers appear to be leakproof.  I couldn’t find any official information from Munchkin claiming that they are leakproof, but I ran a (very scientific!) experiment, where I put yoghurt in one of the pots, popped it back in the lunch box and gave it a good shake, and it didn’t leak at all, so I would be happy to pack yoghurt or juicy fruits in them.

Inside the main lid of the box is a matching plastic cutlery set (spoon and fork) that easily clips on and off, although again, a younger child might need to practice that bit! The spoon and fork are a little more flexible than they initially appeared, but perfectly adequate for a child’s lunch.  There is a spoon and fork shape etched into the inside of the lid too, which would be helpful for a child when the time comes to put them away after lunch! I like the fact that the inner lids keep food away from the cutlery, so they are still clean when you come to eat.

Eats Amazing UK - Munchkin Bento Mealtime Lunch Box Set Review and Giveaway - click here to enterOnce I’d had a good look at the box, it was time to make a lunch in it! Despite it being the middle of the summer holidays, Small Child was delighted to have the chance to try ‘his’ new lunch box (he lays instant claim to any new lunch boxes that enter the house!).  He was particularly taken with the brand name, having watched the Wizard of Oz recently! I took inspiration from the Munchkin logo, and gave it a heart theme.

In this lunch, Small Child had a pizza quesadilla (a tortilla wrap spread with a little tomato puree, sprinkled with grated cheese and chopped ham before being folded in half and cooked in a dry frying pan until toasty), which I cut into hearts using our heart shaped sandwich cutter.  On the side he had a few Organix Tomato Noughts & Crosses (I thought they looked like kisses!), cucumber slices (under the carrots), raw carrot hearts (cut into shape using a mini bento cutter and decorated with a rabbit pick), sliced strawberries and blueberries, with heart picks and an M alphabet pick (for Munchkin), and finally some red grapes, in a heart shaped silicone cup, topped with a mini heart fork pick.

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As you can see above, the mini compartments were pretty full, but there was still room in the main compartment for more food if necessary.  Having packed a meal in the box now, I’d say that whilst the smaller compartments initially looked a bit too small for my liking, once I packed food in them I found they were deeper than I expected, and so held quite a lot.  The main compartment was also bigger than I expected, it has plenty of room to hold the main ‘course’ of a meal.

Overall, I was really impressed with this lunch box.  The only negative I can find is that it is a little bit fiddly, with the separate lidded compartments – you have to take them out of the box to get the lids off them, so there is the potential for losing them in a busy lunch hall, but that is a minor thing really.  The quality of the box is good, and with its rounded corners and smooth plastic it’s a very nice box to handle.  I was particularly impressed with the seemingly leakproof containers, and the fact that the main compartment has an inner lid too, which could potentially be used as a little plate at lunch time. I think this box has been really well thought out, and I will definitely be using it for some of Small Child’s lunches in September!

The Bento Mealtime Set is BPA free, dishwasher safe, microwave safe and freezer safe, comes in three colours – green, pink and blue, and and is available to buy online from Amazon UK.  If you’d like the chance to win a Bento Mealtime set for yourself, read on, because Munchkin UK are have agreed to give away a set each to two lucky Eats Amazing readers!

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Disclaimer; I received a free Munchkin Bento Mealtime Set for the purposes of carrying out this review, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.  I have no affiliation to Munchkin UK, and was not otherwise compensated for this review.  Munchkin UK also very generously provided the giveaway prizes.
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Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon says

    My youngest daughter – she loves to stay for packed lunch- my other three would do anything to come home for lunch each day!

  2. Sarah says

    My 18 Month old son, I work full time and make him up a packed bento style lunch every week day as my hubby is not a natural in the kitchen!

  3. Soph says

    This looks a good size for two different dips and lots of crudités for me and the youngest to share on days out

  4. Clare says

    Ooooh this is a fantastic idea and perfect for a fussy eater who stars Pre-School in September who needs distracting from her food. This beauty with the compartments and knife and fork will be perfecto!! xx

  5. Gina M says

    My husband because no matter how much I go on at him (…nag!) he never takes a decent lunch to work with him!

  6. Sally Ann Savo says

    My sister, since having a baby she’s hardly had time for herself and tends to each anything out of a packet.

  7. Penelope says

    I would love to pack lunches for my toddler who will be going to Mother’s Day Out twice a week starting next month!

  8. Victoria says

    I would love one of these for my 3 year old – she’s not great with picnic food, which is a real pain when we’re all out together, so anything that makes it more exciting for her would be a bonus, and this looks like a great size.

  9. Sarina Scholes says

    Cannot wait to pack lunches for my little girl who starts school in September, it’s going to be a very emotional day!

  10. Susan Elai Carter says

    For our Christopher as he would enjoy having his own food box when we’re out and about …would save so much time and hassle.

  11. Tracy Newton says

    My son starts “big boy nursery” soon. I can’t wait to start making his packed lunches. If I had to choose somebody else I would like to make a packed lunch for the tooth fairy. She must get awfully busy on an evening.

  12. Christina Brown says

    My daughter. She’s just started bringing packed lunch to school at the end of last term and she says it makes her feel like a big girl. :-)

  13. Jessica Catterall says

    For my son – back to pre-school soon and hes fed up of having to find his cashew nuts amongst all the other bits of lunch and his cucumber making his crackers soggy!

  14. Diane S says

    I’d like to pack a lunch for David Tennant, of course he would have to come to my house to pick it up 😉

  15. says

    I love that I found this blog. My daughter is just now entering the 1st grade and now I need to make her lunch every day. I bought a bunch of bentos so that I can make her lunch and I am excited for the challenge :) So I would be making my lunches for my daughter :)

  16. Kristy Brown says

    Who would I most like to pack a lunch for? Well – Hugh Jackman wouldn’t go a miss providing he came back for more 😉

  17. RACHAEL JONES says

    my youngest son …. he has ASD and trying to find new things for him to eat is intresting and challenging !

  18. Leigh Larkin says

    For my little girl. She’s just started at a new nursery where they need to take a packed lunch and I love thinking of new exciting bits to make her smile :)

  19. Gillian Hutchison says

    Gerard Butler cos if I am making him lunch, I’d need to meet him and see if hes as lovely in the flesh.

  20. claire wilkinson says

    husband – i wish he would take a packed lunch to work but he doesnt he spends a fortune on his lunch every day so id make him a nice healthy packed lunch in this box!!!

  21. Kiran Parry says

    This would be very handy when I go out for the day. There’s room for fruit, crisps, sausage rolls and sandwiches so this would be very useful.

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