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This cute Candyland-themed lunch is sure to put a smile on a very lucky kid’s face during mid-day break at school! I mean, common…how cool is this? I’d go back to school if it meant opening my backpack to such a sight.
My daughter is a super picky eater, so I have to get creative when it comes to lunch at school, if I want her to refuel her energy when she’s not on my watch. This Candyland lunch is sure to draw her in and entice her to partake. 🙂
I used to love playing Candyland as a kid. Heck, I still love playing it with my own children. I haven’t grown up all the way yet. There’s just something so enticing about sweet things no matter how old I am. 🙂
I seem to have poor luck, so more often than not, I end up drawing a picture card that sends me back to the beginning. I cry and stamp my feet, pout for a bit, and then move on. I’m only half kidding. There are lessons to be learned when Mom throws a mimicking fit to top them all. 🙂 But usually it’s all kicks-and-giggles when we play Candyland at our house. We try to find joy in the journey, whether it takes us forward or back a few spaces.
So I thought, how fun would it be to incorporate the colorful essence and happy memories of the game into a lunch for kids to enjoy at school?! Here’s my solution:
All the colors and fun of the game board in edible form! I’m a fan. I’ll live my unfulfilled childhood dreams vicariously through my children as I watch them enjoy this lunch. And then I’ll eat one myself when no one’s looking. 🙂
I know you’re thinking, “Now that’s cute, but I would never go to that much work for a lunch.”
I hear you. Most days we’re lucky if we make it to school before the bell rings with a simple peanut butter sandwich in tow. I’ve even dropped the ball on that at times and have to run it over just in the nick of time. But I’m serious when I say this meal was deceivingly quick to put together and will be the talk of the lunch table. It can be made the night before, too, if your mornings are hectic like ours.
It’s also a perfect celebration lunch for birthdays, after tests, and even just to say, “Hooray, it’s Friday!”
I used a few inexpensive items that I added to my weekly Walmart grocery list, to put this fun lunch together:
I looked in a few different areas for the Nesquik and ended up finding it by the snack foods.
My kids are total milk-lovers, but add chocolate to it, and they are in heaven! Are your kids the same way? These 8-ounce NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Chocolate Milks fit perfectly in lunch boxes and are ready for immediate drinking!
Candy just tastes better in “fun size”, am I right? The mini WONKA® NERDS® are ideal for making lollipops! I’ll explain myself below.
Make this cute candy-wrapper sandwich by preparing the sandwich as you would normally (I did PB&J), and then using a cookie cutter or the top of a cup to cut a circle in your sandwich. Then simply wrap in patterned cellophane (I used a cellophane party bag) and tie each side with ribbon. It’s almost too pretty to eat! Almost.
It wouldn’t be Candyland without the peppermint sticks, now would it? This one is a cheese stick that I removed from its original packaging and wrapped a small piece of cellophane around, which I had drawn slanted stripes on with red permanent marker. Just make sure the writing is on the outside and not touching the food, or it could become an icky situation.
The chocolate milk is actually wrapped with a napkin that includes a straw for easy sipping. I love when cute and functional collide!
You can watch this short tutorial to see how to quickly put it together.
Don’t you just want to take a lick? I can guarantee the tiny, adorable candies inside taste much better though. 🙂
To make the square NERDS® Lollipops, I wrapped a few boxes of fun-size NERDS® in orange and white striped wrapping paper. Then I taped a sucker stick on the back.
For the fruit pops I just threaded popsicle sticks with sliced strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwis, and some blueberries to incorporate key colors from the Candyland game board. I arranged it all in a simple clear plastic container with a seal-able top, because it’s what’s inside that really counts!
So there you have it! A colorful lunch filled with magical, edible Candyland memories!