Monday, September 24, 2012

Labyrinth Bento for Jim Henson's Birthday

If Jim Henson was still with us, today would be his birthday! Happy Birthday Mr. Henson, and thank you for all the happy memories!

As a child I loved all his characters, songs, movies, & television programs, and now my children do as well! One of our favourite movies that we have him to thank for is the fantasy film Labyrinth.  I made a Labyrinth lunch for Bella to take to school tomorrow before remembering that tomorrow is Breakfast for Lunch day at school and she wants the Cinnamon French Toast... but as it happens, Sailor Boy is home for lunch today, so now it's a Lunch for the Man :)

Labyrinth bento lunch with bog of eternal stench

In the top left, he has a satsuma orange, and in the top right, Gala apple slices. In the main section, cheese quesadillas on a bed of romaine lettuce, carrot, & cucumber salad. And in the Mini Dipper, a chocolatey peanut butter yogurt dip for the apples. Oh, almost forgot - in the little Squinkies ball, a couple of fruit snacks. It was originally intended for Bella, remember :)

Labyrinth bento lunch

I probably don't need to spell out all the Labyrinth references - if you're a fan of the film you know what they are and if you aren't, they probably won't mean much - but just in case....
  • a peach shaped silicone cup for the girl who ate the peach and forgot everything
  • a Squinkies ball for the crystal that's not a gift for an ordinary girl who takes care of a screaming baby
  • red & white striped apples for Toby's pyjamas
  • "It's not fair" for what Sarah says so often
  • a labyrinth quesadilla - self explanatory :)
  • peanut butter dip for the Bog of Eternal Stench
  •  and a hole in the labyrinth quesadilla for the Oubliette. I'll let you in on a secret - there was a bit of a scorch mark there and Bella won't eat scorched bits so that's how the Oubliette got put in there :)
Sailor Boy enjoyed Bella's lunch, heheh :)  I'm sure Bella will still want a Labyrinth lunch one of these days though, especially after she sees this post, so I'll likely be reproducing this one!

If you haven't seen Labyrinth, I highly recommend it!

UPDATESailor Boy said the Bog of Eternal Stench dip was delicious and I should add the recipe.  As usual, I didn't measure anything, but basically...

To make Chocolatey Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip, stir together:
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt
  • a heaping spoonful of peanut butter
  • a small not-heaping teaspoon of Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (or maybe a few drops of Hershey's syrup if you don't have that)
It really doesn't need to be exact to be yummy :)

Stuff used in this lunch:



  1. Oh my goodness this made me triple happy! 1- Labyrinth is my ALL time childhood movie I could say it word for word. :) 2- Awesome to find out my oldest son & Jim Henson share a birthday (my oldest son turned 14 today) & these Lunches are AWESOME this year I have decided to make more adventurous lunches for my 2 younger kids. (my oldest son's eats at school.) thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you! That's neato about your son sharing his birthday :)

  2. Love the movie... Love the lunch!

  3. For my will is as strong as your's and my kingdom as great...
    And you have no power over me!
    Glad you are keeping this great movie alive for a new generation.

    1. Thanks! And congrats on your LunchBlox win!

  4. That is one of my favorite movies too! I hadn't realized what today was, what a great idea for a themed lunch. I have a bunch of obscure holidays planned out for October now that I have had a couple weeks to get into the swing of things. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Question, how do you get those amazon product boxes? I have tried to figure out how to post them on mine and can't figure it out.

  5. BOG OF ETERNAL STENCH!!! Love it!! <3

  6. I loved Labarinth as a kid! I'm going to have to introduce my kids to it. The true favorite in our house as kids was The Dark Crystal, though. Loved Jim Henson. He's truly missed!

  7. I love it!!! I love labyrinth, Bowie is amazing!

    Henson made soo many great things and its great you made a lunch in his honour, you're so talented!

  8. Love all the references - and peanut butter chocolate dip - yummo!


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