Today sees the launch of something very exciting that I have been planning for some time now – the massive Eats Amazing Back to School 2014 Giveaway Bonanza! Over the next 6 days I will be helping you to prepare for the new school year in style with some fantastic giveaways (10 prizes in all!) of some of my favourite lunch-making supplies. Today I’m starting with the gorgeous new ‘Myrtille Blue’ Yumbox, together with a voucher for the Eats Amazing Shop to help one lucky reader get started on their bento journey! Read on to find out how you can enter to win this fantastic prize!
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll no doubt be aware that I am a big fan of the Yumbox. We have had ours for nearly 6 months, and in that time have used it for countless lunches throughout the school year. When Yumbox announced that they were releasing some new designs, I was couldn’t wait to see what they had come up with! I wasn’t disappointed – not only have they designed a new Yumbox with larger compartments (the Panino – watch out for my review of it coming soon), but they are also releasing several new colours, and a new extra fun design for the inner tray too, featuring pirates and mermaids.
When Yumbox UK offered me the new Myrtille Blue Yumbox to review, I jumped at the chance! Our green Yumbox is still pretty much as new, despite 6 months of very regular use but I love the blue colour and knew that Small Child would love the new Pirate theme.
This new box has all the features of the original green and pink boxes, but comes in a really nice dark blue with a red clip. You can read my original Yumbox review here, but I’ll briefly summarise the key features below:
- Front clasp holds the box firmly closed but is also easy for small hands to open.
- Removable clear inner tray which could be used alone as a fun compartmented plate too.
- 5 compartments labelled with the main food groups (plus a dip well) that tie in perfectly with the government recommended Eatwell Plate.
- The label designs are applied to the bottom of the clear tray, so there’s no danger of them peeling off into the food.
- Silicone lining built in to the lid, which is moulded to the shape of the compartments, creating a leakproof seal when closed.
- Two part design makes it very easy to clean and no small pieces to lose either.
- Compact size means that it fits nicely in most standard lunch bags.
- Sturdy and well made of great quality materials, I can see ours lasting for years.
(Please note: the blue didn’t come out very accurately in the pictures above, it’s actually a bit darker.)
As well as being a new colour, the Myrtille Blue Yumbox also has a really fun new design for the labels in the compartments. The labelled compartments have always been one of my favourite features of the Yumbox; they make packing a balanced lunch really easy and help with controlling portions sizes too. These new labels have a pirate and mermaid theme, and are really beautifully done! The tray is compatible with the other classic Yumboxes too, so you can swap them around if you like.
Even though we’re in the middle of the summer holidays right now, Small Child was desperate to try out his new pirate Yumbox, so I made him a quick lunch in it. He ate it in the garden, setting up a table and chair for himself with an umbrella to shade him from the sun – he knows how to eat in style!
I didn’t have a huge amount of food in the house, so I improvised with various bits and pieces from the fridge. Luckily, the Yumbox is perfect for that kind of meal. I also tried to give the lunch a bit of an under the sea/pirate theme, to celebrate the new themed tray.
In this lunch Small Child had ham and chicken slices, rolled and skewered on ocean creature picks, a stack of sesame and poppy seed crackers, a cheese triangle and cubed cheddar cheese, raw sugar snap peas (under the lettuce), some lettuce ‘seaweed’ and little pepper fish, cut from a yellow pepper using a mini bento cutter. On the side he had a clementine octopus, topped with an eye pick (you can see my very brief clementine octopus tutorial here) and a few blueberries, tucked around to octopus. I added a few more blueberries to the mini dip well, and finished the lunch off with a couple of gold doubloons (chocolate coins) for my little pirate!
Small Child thoroughly enjoyed his lunch, the first ‘fancy’ one he’s had for a while, and ate every last bit of it, even the lettuce!
The Myrtille Blue Yumbox is now available for pre-order through the Yumbox UK website. The classic green and pink Yumboxes are also available from the Eats Amazing Shop. Update: the Myrtille blue classic Yumbox is now unavailable, however several new designs and colours have been released to replace it – you’ll find the full range of current Yumbox bento boxes for sale in the Eats Amazing Shop.
If you’d like the chance to win a Yumbox for yourself, read on, because I’ve teamed up with Yumbox UK to give away a Myrtille Blue Yumbox to one lucky Eats Amazing reader, and to make the prize even more fun, I’m also offering a voucher for the Eats Amazing Shop to the value of £20 to go with it!