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Bento Supply Expose: Bentgo

on September 23, 2014

You guys, I have been so excited about getting these new bento boxes from Bentgo They’re the first new boxes I’ve gotten this year. Everything else is leftover from last school year. It’s always exciting to play with new toys, isn’t it?

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A dear friend gave me an Amazon gift card as part of a trade. Even though I had originally planned to buy something for myself, I simply couldn’t pass up these boxes. There are four great colors to choose from, blue, purple, green, and grey. I very nearly ordered the green one, because it’s my personal favorite, but I remembered these are for the girls, not me, so I got purple and blue. I will probably end up getting the green and grey ones later on for Ron and myself, though, because these would be great for family picnics.

I’m happy to report these boxes are both dishwasher and microwave safe. (Though they do not recommend you put the lids in the microwave.) They are also BPA-free and FDA approved. Lastly, they come with a 2 year warranty, which I love.

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You can see I also got the matching Bentgo cups. These are awesome, really. They’re not huge, only 12 oz., but they are a perfect addition to lunches. The girls too often forget to take their water bottles with them to the lunch room, and so have to eat without anything to drink. I’ve tried putting one of our other water bottles in their lunch bags, but it’s always such a tight fit. These smaller cups are the perfect size. So the girls have fresh water to drink with their lunch. And, since they’re made for liquids, they’re leak proof. I have read some reviews that folks have a hard time cleaning the seal on the lid, but I haven’t had them long enough to know if that is a problem. If you’re not interested in having a water cup in your lunch, you could also use this for soup, yogurt, or applesauce. You could also use it as a snack container for a tot and fill it with grapes or carrots. The possibilities are endless.

I was concerned that Delaney would have issues opening and closing it properly. She’s only 6 and has a rare neurological condition that causes her muscles to cramp, so opening things can be a challenge. However, I handed her the cup and she made quick work of taking the lid off and putting it back on. I think it would work well for preschoolers as well, though you might want to practice with them a bit to make sure they know how to clip in all four clips.

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The Bentgo is a stacking box. (and we all know how much I love stacking boxes!) There are two tiers, a large one on the bottom, and a smaller top that is divided. Let me tell you, in comparison to the other boxes I use for the girls, these are huge! According to their website, the bottom tier is 7″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″, and the top is 6.8″ x 4.3″ x 1.7″ total, 3.4″ x 4.3″ x 1.7″ per divided section.

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The lid for the bottom tier also houses the included plastic silverware. I love that these come with knife, fork, spoon and an elastic band. My girls won’t have a lot need for the silverware, since most of the food they eat at lunch is fin for fingers. However, this is a great perk to have for an adult’s lunch. I will say, though, that the spoon is rather shallow, so you wouldn’t want to use it for soups. Which brings up another point. According to the website, the lunchboxes are not leak proof. Both lids are sealed, but not enough, apparently for soups. The lid for the top tier has a nice looking seal, similar to the cups, but the lid is a bit concave, so if you were to put, say, yogurt into one side, there’s nothing to keep it from going to the other side and all over the inside of the tier. Better to serve yogurt in a separate container or just not at all.

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I was at first concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find enough food to fill it, and thought I would have to use only a single tier for the girls. I may still do that sometimes, but I managed to play with them a bit for today’s lunches and seemed to do alright with filling them. It is a bit more food than the girls normally get, but it’s just extra fruits and veggies and that’s never a bad thing, is it?

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On the bottom tier, I put four mini frozen tacos from Trader Joe’s. The girls really love these for dinner, so I’m hoping they do well for lunch as well. I also included some sour cream for dipping the tacos in the little cup at the top of the photo. (Incidentally, I found those cups at the dollar spot in Target. They’re perfect for sauces. They’re bigger than the little containers I normally put ketchup in, though, so it didn’t fit in the Bentgo. They’re the perfect size for dressing for an adult salad, though.)

In that same tier, I also included some herb popcorn, also from Trader Joe’s. We all love this popcorn at my house. Now, I’m a firm believer in homemade air popped popcorn, but I normally only put seasoned salt on it with butter. I picked up a bag of this herb popcorn to try for lunches and we all gobbled it up. I’ve got to find a recipe for making it at home, though, because it’s much too pricey considering how much cheaper I can make it at home. If any of you have a recipe you like, please feel free to pass it on to me.

On the top tier, I put lots of colorful fruits and veggies! On one side, we’ve got carrot coins cut from these massive carrots I got at the farmer’s market on Friday. There’s also these funny shaped yellow tomatoes, also from the farmer’s market. On the other side there are slices of golden kiwi that I got from 99 Ranch. We’ve never tried these kiwi before, but the girls like regular kiwi. I upped the cute factor by adding a kitty fork to eat the kiwi with. πŸ™‚ I also included some grapes to fill the extra space, and dates in a bus cup. Since Delaney doesn’t like dates, her bus cup held raisins instead.

So, there’s more food in there, but not too much, I don’t think. I told the girls to make sure to eat the tacos and kiwis first because I figured those would be in the worst shape by the end of school. The rest should be just fine to eat after school if they run out of time at lunch.

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As evident by the links throughout this post, you can buy the Bentgo lunchboxes and accesories from Bentgo directly. You’ll also notice that, in addition to the boxes and cups, they also have insulated lunch bags and sauce containers. I am fully planning on getting sauce containers ASAP. They are meant to fit in the bottom tier, which would be perfect for us. They also sell extra bands and silverware, should yours go missing. Also, while the girls have their own insulated lunch bags that match their school backpacks, I am considering purchasing the Bentgo ones anyway since they are designed to keep the whole thing upright. Plus, I like that it has a mesh pocket in the lid to hold an ice pack in place. That is something my girls’ current lunch bags do not have.

If you’re not keen on purchasing from the company website directly, Bentgo also sells them through Amazon. They carry the boxes, cups, bags, and sauce containers, and all for the same price.

(I have not been given any incentive by Bentgo to write this post. I’m just really that excited about these boxes. πŸ™‚ )

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