Willy Wonka Lunch for Roald Dahl Day!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Year 2, Week 3: Willy Wonka Lunch for Roald Dahl Day.  This Friday the 13th is Roald Dahl's birthday, so in honor of this I made a lunch based on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory many times when I was a kid and I always wanted to visit the heart of the chocolate factory.  I watched the movie with my kids this past week (the original, not the latest version).  Gene Wilder will always be Willy Wonka to me, no exceptions.  I'll challenge anyone to prove differently.  Besides, the oompa loompas in the new movie are just...creepy!  I was reminded just how magical this story is and what an amazing author Roald Dahl was.  This is a book every kid should read and a movie every parent should watch with their own kids.  My daughter's new dream is to go visit the factory.  So in honor of Roald Dahl Day, here is the lunch for this week, made in an easy lunch boxes container.

You will also want to look at all my friends' Roald Dahl Day bento lunches in this blog hop.  It features lunches from James and The Giant Peach to The Fantastic Mr. Fox and more!  Just click the picture Roald Dahl picture below to get started!
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Willy Wonka food
--2 slices of whole wheat bread
--1 slice of roast beef
--2 slices of cheddar cheese
--1 slice of any white cheese
--1 red sweet pepper, cut into strips
--3 lettuce leaves
--black food coloring
--1 handful of blueberries
--8-9 roundish grapes
--1 package of fruit snacks
--4-5 toothpicks

1. Cut both pieces of bread into rectangles.  Cut roast beef the size and shape of the bread pieces.  Arrange strips of sweet pepper around the border.  Attach them with pieces of toothpicks if desired.  Cut pieces of cheese into the shape of Wonka Bar text and logo as shown in picture.  A sharp non-serrated blade knife will help make this a snap!  Place on top of roast beef to look like the Wonka Bar.

2. Cut slice of cheddar cheese to partially fit under the Wonka Bar sandwich.  Trim around the edge in a circular pattern and write "Wonka Golden Ticket" along the top.  Use black food coloring and a toothpick.  If you slide part of the golden ticket underneath the bread, you only need to write a small amount on the cheese.

3. Arrange lettuce leaves in container and place Wonka Bar Sandwich on top with Golden ticket partially underneath.  Sprinkle blueberries around.  I had to bring Violet Beauregard into the lunch didn't I?  A giant blueberry scene is just too good to pass up!

4. Place grapes in a small side dish.  Use grapes that are round and multi-colored.  I arranged them to look like gumballs and my daughter loves them!

5. The Everlasting Gobstopper is a bit trickier.  I used a packet of fruit snacks.  I usually try to use organic but I only had regular this time.  I cut at least one side of each fruit snack so they would stick together easier.  I also attached them together with toothpick pieces to form the "Gobstopper" shape.
willy wonka kids lunch
I hope you have a great Roald Dahl Day.  Take some time this week to week a good book with your kids.  Maybe you could watch a great movie.  Either way spend some time with your kids and have fun, your kids will remember it for a long time--and you will too!  Remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  1. This is so amazing!!!! Fantastic work! :D

    1. Thanks Jenn, I had a ton of fun with this one, especially the gobstopper

  2. Wow! Nice lunch ^_^ My kids liked the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" book as well!

  3. This rocks, and the everlasting gobstopper? Genius!

    1. Thanks Sarah, that is my favorite part also.

  4. Love the ticket poking out from the wonky bar, great job!

    1. Thanks Sarah. I thought the ticket would be fun, plus it saved me from having to do a whole golden ticket!

  5. Oh my gosh i love Gene Wilder, have read all of his books he wrote and seen most of his movies he is in. You like him are one of a kind, this just made my day seeing this post. I do have to say this the other movie is good but you have to remember its TIM and Johnny its a class of its own. Yes at first i hated the movie but then the creepy factor makes it so TIM. I will always love the first one but so glad for the second one it taught my son a lot even with all the creepy stuff.

    1. Thanks for visiting Melissa! Thank you so much for the kind words. While I love the older Willy Wonka I do appreciate the new one. Johnny Depp is a great actor. I just prefer the old one but it might be a generational thing as well.


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