The CuteZCute bento cutter is a lunchbox game-changer. When I first started making bentos, I’d see these adorable animal face-shaped sandwiches and creations all over Pinterest and bento blogs and finally tracked them down to this one kit. CuteZCute graciously provided this 6-piece kit for me to review, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m hooked.
Here’s what you get out of the box:
- 1 outer frame cutter
- 4 face cutters (panda, pig, cat, frog)
- 1 “panda assistant pick” to remove food from the holes (not pictured)
Using it is pretty intuitive, but here’s a quick and easy tutorial:
1. cut two pieces of bread with outer frame cutter
2. press an inner face cutter on one piece to cut out details
3. spread filling of choice on the “back” piece
4. assemble the sandwich and admire the cuteness
It takes a mere minute or two to transform a banal lunch into a bento-fied one, and my kindergartener has said “Wow, you’re a good cook” on more than one occasion while eating a cutezcute-shaped sandwich. I’ll take it!
After using the set for a while, I’ve come to appreciate a few features that may not be obvious at first:
- Each of the face cutters are double-sided. One is to cut, of course, and the other has blunt edges to make stamped impressions. This way, you’re not creating any holes but still taking advantage of the adorable design. I can see this being perfect for goopy sandwiches, or if you don’t want to waste bread by cutting a full head shape.
- It’s easier to store than you might think. Up to two face shapes nest perfectly in the outer frame, and the other two can stack next to them. Or, you can stack all four. I store mine in The Container Store’s small accessory box, along with a few other bento tools.
- The pick is perfect for poking out the pieces. In a pinch, you can use a toothpick or skewer since that may be the only thing slender enough to fit in the holes, but keep that panda pick close.
- All pieces are dishwasher-safe and BPA-, phthalate-, PVC- and lead-free.
Take a look at just a few things I’ve created with the cutter; the top picture gives you an idea of the creative ways you can improvise the shape. The ice cream and turtle are simply upside-down versions of the outer cutter, and the letter “a” is the shape on its side with a few freehand cuts to make the hole.
The CuteZCute website has a ton of creative ideas, and tips, like ways that you can use the eyes/ears/mouth cutouts so nothing is wasted (think kitty wink as eyelash, panda eyes as mustache, etc). Even if you’re pressed for time, this simple mix-and-match idea takes lunch to the next level:
If there were any “cons”, it would be for those of you who are wary of plastic and prefer stainless steel or tin cutters. Again, though, keep in mind that the plastic is BPA-free.
At $9.99, the bevy of options at your fingertips makes this kit a steal. Browse Pinterest for more jaw-dropping inspiration. I hope to get to those one day; for now, I’m perfectly happy with panda pb&j. You can buy the kit on Amazon or All Things for Sale, or enter the giveaway below!Full disclosure: I received this kit to review and did not receive any compensation beside the product. Some links above may contain affiliate links.
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