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Even though I’m not that mom who makes super creative meals for my kids every day, I do manage to pull one out on occasion. Since all of the men in my life are huge MARVEL comic book and superhero fans, I planned to make Dub a super special bento-inspired superhero lunch for his very first day of school. My little man is starting Pre-K this year and that calls for something special.
The inspiration for this bento-style lunch were a box of MARVEL granola bars that I found at the store. For this lunch fit for my little superhero, each hero included in the granola bars was represented. In addition to the MARVEL chewy granola bars, I made Spider-Man strawberries, Thor’s cheesy lightning bolts, Captain America sandwiches, Iron Man punch, Hulk’s green grapes, and a MARVELous gelatin cup.
These Spider-Man strawberries were the biggest hit and they were so simple to do! Trust me, I am not crafty or artistic and these were the only four that I made. Aren’t they cute? I bought tubes of white and black frosting in the cake decorating section of the baking aisle. With the black frosting, I made the outline then filled it in with a little dot of white frosting. Small effort, big impact.
Funny story about the creation of the Spider-Man strawberries: my husband came in the house after mowing the lawn. When he saw me making the strawberries, he said, “I was going to come in and tell you how proud I was of my lines in the lawn and here you are turning strawberries into Spider-Man! It seems kind of insignificant now.”
Thor’s cheesy lightning bolts are mild cheddar cheese that I sliced and then using a paring knife, cut the slices into lightning bolt shapes. Again, I am not artistic and these were easy and fun to do.
My Captain America sandwiches are peanut butter and jelly that I cut into star shapes with a cookie cutter. You could make ham, tuna, grilled cheese, or any other sandwich that your child likes. To make Captain America’s shield I printed two shields, put glue around the inside of one of them, put a toothpick in between the two shields and stuck them together to make a fun sandwich decoration.
Dub loves grapes. If he gets ahold of a bag of grapes, he can finish them all in no time. So when I needed something to represent Hulk, the first thing that came to mind were grapes in our fun reusable sandwich bag. To make it obvious that they were Hulk’s grapes, I printed a picture of Hulk, cut it out and propped him up in between the grapes as if he was running through a pile of rubble.
In our house, gelatin is always a crowd pleaser. To make it super, I poured it into MARVEL cups from the party supply section and let it set for a superhero treat.
One thing that my grandmother introduced me to was orange juice and cranberry juice mixed together. Have you tried it? Orange and cranberry is such a great combination and the colors match Iron Man. I was hoping that the juice would have more of a layered effect, but Iron Man glued to a paper straw turns it into Iron Man punch.
How perfect are the MARVEL chewy granola bars for your little superhero fan? Each bar has a different hero on the wrapper so your child can have a new hero for each day of the week. Not only are they delicious, MARVEL chewy granola are 40% bigger than the average chewy granola bar, making them a great value, too. They are available in two popular flavors, peanut butter chocolate chip, and plain chocolate chip. Find your superhero lunch inspiration in the granola aisle at Walmart.
Print this MARVEL comic printable to make your own cut-outs and decorations.
Be sure to check out how to make snack time even more SUPER at the MARVEL hub. How do you play superhero during lunch time?