Bento Tips – Sandwich Backgrounds

I continue to experiment with edible backgrounds for my bentos. I make a lot of American food bentos because that is what my nieces and nephews will eat. Many of my bentos contain some type of sandwich. I love the look of a full Japanese bento but it is more difficult to obtain with a sandwich. My goal is a background that looks nice and the kid will eat.

Benefits of putting food backgrounds under a cute sandwich.

  • Increases calories for a bento with a small cute sandwich (for older kids)
  • Adds volume so less food shifting during travel
  • Raises the fun factor

Blueberries under letter sandwiches

Celery sticks and spinach under a Zebra sandwich

Lettuce under a torch quesadilla

Blue tortilla chips under a Saturn bagel

Popcorn under an airplane sandwich

I have tried and would recommend the following backgrounds:

  • blueberries
  • celery (thinly sliced sticks)
  • lettuce
  • popcorn (air popped)
  • snow peas
  • spinach (raw)
  • tortilla chips
  • tortillas (I used flour)

I have tried and caution against using the following backgrounds:

  • caramel popcorn (not as healthy, only as special treat)
  • M&M’s (not as healthy, only as special treat)
  • pistachios in a shell (takes time to eat and only safe for an older child)

If you have suggestions for sandwich backgrounds, please leave a comment.


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1 Response to Bento Tips – Sandwich Backgrounds

  1. Gail says:

    I personally haven’t made or eaten any — yet! — but what about the roasted chick peas that are so popular right now? I love that zebra sandwich everytime I see it!

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