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Camping Bento Lunch Idea

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Creating mini corn dog bento lunches is easy and delicious for those in your family who like hot dogs but don’t want them every day of the week. With just a few ingredients, you can make these fun retro treats for school!

For some people, the days of packing a lunchbox with sandwiches and fruit are long gone. Busy Moms can come up with creative ways to pack their children’s lunches so that they’re not only nutritious but also appealing. One way is by using bento boxes or containers to create cute lunch creations!

When I think of camping I think of smores, hot dogs, cornbread, fruit, sweet corn, and lots of other yummy campfire food. With this Bento Lunch, we took those camp food ideas and turned them into a fun lunch.

Make up some of these corn dog bites and then grab fruits, veggies, and smores! Pack it all together in an easy-to-carry bento box so that when the kiddos wake up tomorrow morning to find breakfast prepared for them, all they have to do is grab this yummy lunch option or pack one themselves thanks to your awesome job.

Bento Box Tools Needed:

In order to make all the exact pieces we used for this box, you will need the following Bento Box supplies. We have linked (affiliate links) to the tools on Amazon to help you understand exactly what they look like.

You can also find all of our choices for the best Bento Box tools and accessories here and a few of our best picks below!

Boxed Lunch Ingredients:

You can find a printable recipe with instructions and ingredients below, but I like to show the ingredients list with (affiliate) links to help you see what we used for this box.

Making this Camping Lunch is very simple and I used ingredients that I had on hand and would have sent with them to lunch anyway.  I just created a new and fun way to serve them.

We may not have included all ingredients above, like pantry staples. So be sure to reference the entire recipe card below!

Important Tips for this Bento Box Idea:

We just dropped some mini marshmallows in the container with the cookies to simulate Smores. But, if you really want to make some simple smores:

Use two round fudge-striped cookies and a regular-sized marshmallow.

Put one cookie on the bottom with a marshmallow on top and microwave for 10 seconds. 

Place your second cookie on top of the marshmallow and squish together.

Why are bento boxes so popular?

Bento boxes have taken the world by storm, becoming increasingly popular over the years. One reason for their popularity may be their versatility.

A bento box contains a variety of foods and flavors all in one meal, giving the eater the chance to customize their own meal according to their tastes.

The compact and portable design of bento boxes also makes them an excellent option for those who are on the go.

Additionally, bento boxes offer a healthier alternative to fast food, as they often include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

In Japan, where bento boxes originated, they have been a traditional way to prepare and enjoy food for centuries, and it seems this tradition has spread throughout the world, captivating foodies everywhere.

Can I use a bento box for school lunches?

As you plan your child’s school lunches, you may be wondering if a bento box is a suitable option. The answer is yes! Bento boxes are a popular lunchbox choice in Japan due to their compact size and ability to hold various small portions.

Many bento boxes also come with dividers, making it easy to separate different foods. They are typically made of durable materials like plastic or stainless steel, making them durable for daily use.

Plus, bento boxes are a great way to encourage healthy eating habits by including a variety of fruits, vegetables, and proteins in each meal.

Overall, using a bento box for school lunches is a great option for parents and children alike.

How do I pack cold foods in a bento box?

When it comes to packing cold foods in your bento box, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure that the foods you’re packing are already cold before placing them in the box.

This will help to maintain their temperature and prevent spoilage. To keep your food cool throughout the day, consider adding a small ice pack to your bento box or placing the entire box in the refrigerator before leaving the house.

You can also use temperature-resistant containers or wrap your food in foil to help keep it cool.

Finally, remember to pack your bento box in an insulated bag or cooler, especially if you’ll be outside in warm temperatures.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your cold foods stay fresh and delicious throughout the day.

Is themed food a good idea for kids’ meals?

Parents are always looking for creative ways to make mealtimes fun for their kids. One such way is by incorporating themed food into their meals.

Themed food is not only visually appealing but can also be a great way to teach kids about different cultures, industries, and so on.

However, while themed food may seem like a great idea, it is important to consider its nutritional value.

Parents should ensure that the themed food they prepare is not only fun but also healthy and well-balanced.

That way, kids can enjoy their meals while still getting the nutrients they need to grow and develop.

Ultimately, themed food can be a fantastic way to make mealtimes more enjoyable, but it should always be done in moderation.

How do I get my child to start helping out more with making meals?

As a parent, teaching your child the importance of self-reliance and responsibility is an invaluable life lesson. One way to instill independence is by involving them in meal preparation.

However, getting your child to start helping out more in the kitchen can be challenging.

To start, consider age-appropriate tasks such as setting the table or stirring ingredients.

Encouraging positive reinforcement, such as praise for a job well done, can also help build confidence while fostering a love for cooking.

Additionally, make meal preparation a fun and interactive experience by allowing them to choose ingredients or try new recipes.

By involving your child in the kitchen, you not only teach them valuable life skills but also make family mealtime a cherished tradition.

Are bento boxes freezer-safe?

If you’re a fan of bento boxes, whether for meal prep or for packing lunches for you and your family, you may be wondering if bento boxes are freezer-safe.

In general, most bento boxes made from materials like plastic or glass are freezer-safe.

However, it’s important to note that some bento boxes may not be suitable for freezing, such as those made from thin or flimsy materials.

It’s always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that the bento box you have is indeed safe for the freezer.

Freezing your bento box can be a great way to save time and ensure that your meals stay fresh, so try it if you have a freezer-safe bento box at home!

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Corn Dog Bento Lunch

Corn Dog Bento Lunch


  • Honey Corn Bread Muffin Mix & Ingredients according to package
  • Lil' Smokies
  • Round Fudge Striped Cookies
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Fruit or vegetables


  1. Make your Cornbread Hotdog Bites by making a package of cornbread according to the instructions and placing a smokie cut in half in the middle of the mini muffin tin with the mixture.
  2. Place the cookies and marshmallows into the bento
  3. Add fruit, sweet corn, etc. to the lunch and enjoy!

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Crystal & Co

Friday 17th of May 2013

Love the mini hotdog muffins!

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