First Day of School Bento

With Homemade Fruit Snacks!
A bento box with heart-shaped sandwiches, homemade fruit snacks, cubed cheese and veggie sticks.
Prep Time: 
10 minutes (plus one hour or overnight cooling)
Number of Servings: 
Recipe Source: 
Bento : Over 50 Make-Ahead, Delicious Box Lunches , Yuko, Noriko, FRONTLIST | On Sale Date: September 1, 2020, ISBN: 9781631067303, Race Point Publishing


  • 12 cup (120 ml) juice of choice
  • 1 tablespoon (6 g) gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon (20 g) honey


  • Silicone Candy Molds


Fruit Snacks

  1. In a small saucepan, add the juice and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let the gelatin bloom for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin melts. (Do not boil.)
  3. Transfer the liquid to silicone candy molds. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight and remove from the molds.

Plan Ahead

  1. Make a large batch of fruit snacks ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator.
  2. Hard-boil the egg, cut the vegetable sticks, and cube the cheese the night before.
  3. In the morning, make the cut-out sandwiches.


Here are some tips on what to pack in a bento filled with love for little children who are starting school, especially for the first time:

  • Pack something they like.
  • Don’t overpack. You don’t want to make them feel bad for not finishing the food you made.
  • Make it fun (just a little). It takes only a few extra minutes to cut out sandwiches into fun shapes or mold hard-boiled eggs.

These homemade fruit snacks are healthier than store-bought versions and are naturally sweetened! Silicone candy molds are available in many different shapes.


Yuko and Noriko

Yuko and Noriko launched in 2012 to show the world how to make fresh, simple, and tasty Japanese meals that can be prepared at home by everyone. Yuko and Noriko grew up in Japan watching their mothers and grandmothers prepare food at home. Norika is also a professionally trained pastry chef. They create recipes based on those memories, as well as their own years of experience cooking at home for their families. They both live in San Diego, California.