I was having a look through my ever growing collection of lunch photos recently, and noticed that I have made a lot of lunches involving a Babybel cheese. I am a big fan of Babybel, if only because of the creative possibilities that the wax cover on them provides! Luckily for me Small Child is always happy to eat them.
They come in different colours and flavours these days too, so there's even more opportunity to use them creatively! I thought it would be fun to write a round-up post of my favourite Babybel creations to date, showing just how easy it is to add a bit of extra fun to any lunchbox or meal with one of these cute little cheeses. I should probably add that I am in no way connected with Babybel, I just think they're great!
Spider Babybel - Using a small sharp knife, I scored lines down the sides and back of the cheese to make the legs. I rounded off the end of each ‘leg’ and used the tip of the knife to lift each wax strip away from the cheese. I cut circles from the top of the cheese with a mini cutter to make eyes (using the end of a drinking straw instead of the cutter would probably work too), then dotted them with an edible marker pen. I also carved a little mouth from the wax with the knife.
Alien Babybel - I turned this purple cheddar Babybel into a little alien by cutting a single eye from the wax using mini circle cutters, and adding antennae of purple polka dot picks.
Birdie Babybel - I cut a cute little bird from the wax of this Babybel cheese using a mini bento cutter, then set it on a 'nest' of pretzel sticks.
Big Eyes Babybel - I turned this plain bagel into a funny facing using a Babybel cheese split down the middle, then finished off with a couple of blueberries.
Lego Babybel - Very simple but lots of fun; I cut circles from this Babybel to transform it into a Lego block, which went nicely in a Lego themed lunch.
Butterfly Babybel - Using a mini butterfly shaped cutter, I cut wings from this babybel, leaving the middle of the butterfly intact. I pressed a tiny circle cutter into each wing to decorate it, before carefully lifting the wings away from the cheese with the tip of a small sharp knife.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Babybel - On the subject of butterflies, here's my attempt at the Very Hungry Caterpillar in Babybel form! I cut the eyes from the wax using a mini bento cutter, then folded the pieces of wax that I had removed to make antennae, sticking them back on the cheese by simply warming the ends in my hands and pressing them on. I used a little green food colouring to colour the eyes and add a nose.
Santa Babybel - I made a little Santa belt from a strip of black felt and a piece of yellow foam sheet, then attached it to the outside of the Babybel with the aid of some double sided tape.
Flag Babybel - In honour of St George's Day last year, I carved a simple St George's flag into this Babybel using the tip of a small sharp knife.
Monster Babybel - I transformed this Babybel into a monster by cutting eyes from the wax, dotting them with edible marker pen and adding a fun little hat pick. He also had some arms/tentacles made from strips of raw yellow pepper.
Angry Birds Babybel - One of my favourite Babybel creations, this angry bird was made by cutting a piece from the wax with a circle cutter, then decorating with pieces of carrot and cucumber, and an edible marker pen.
Simple Cut Shapes - These Babybel cheeses were decorated simply with shapes cut from the wax using mini bento cutters. Clockwise from the top left, a rain cloud, a pig's snout cut using the cuteZcute cutter, a fish with an eye dotted on with edible marker pen, and a dinosaur eyeball!
I hope you've enjoyed my Babybel creations!