Giveaway: BNTO from Cuppow

August 26, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

stack of BNTO

Back in July, the folks who make the Cuppow launched a new product. Called BNTO, it’s a 6 ounce plastic cup that fits snugly into a wide mouth mason jar, making it possible for you to pack a whole meal into a single jar.

It’s a handy item if you’re the type who is mildly jar obsessed (no shame in that) and likes to tote your meals to and fro while creating as little waste as possible. We use it a lot around my household for the packing of carrot sticks and hummus (one of my husband’s favorite mid-day snacks), but it’s also particularly good for yogurt and granola.

BNTOs in a box

Because we’re now smack dab in the middle of the start-of-school, pack-a-lunch season, the Cuppow team and I thought it would be fun to give away a whole bunch of BNTOs. Ten, in fact. Pretty nice of them, huh? Here’s how to enter to be one of the ten winners.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a favorite packed lunch memory. Did you have a favorite lunch box as a kid? Or did you leave your milk in your thermos over the weekend, only to have it explode when your mom opened it on Sunday night? (Not that I’d know anything about that!)
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, August 30, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Cuppow is a sponsor of this website and has provided the ten BNTOs for this giveaway. They also sent me a few to use earlier in the year at no cost to me. However, my opinions remain my own. 

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894 thoughts on "Giveaway: BNTO from Cuppow"

  • oh please please please!!! this is so awesome.

    favorite lunchbox item: ants on a log. celery + peanut butter + raisins. i don’t think my kids would eat it if i paid them. i do think that, were i packing it today for the me of yesterday, i would do it like that picture up top, celery below, pb up top, because i would’ve gotten such a kick out of making it myself!

    also, i exploded a few thermoses in my day 🙂

  • I like the simplicity of packed lunches. I don’t have to worry about running out to get something to eat everyday. And my coworkers are amazed by my home canned peaches.

  • I was a very picky eater, plain peanut butter sandwiches (NO jelly) on a single piece of bread folded over on itself kept me alive for years. Once in a while I’d let mom slip something else into my brown bag, like an olive loaf and yellow mustard sandwich on white bread. How things change! Now I crave variety in my meals, but PB is still a favorite.

  • I had pb sandwiches on homemade bread – I always wanted the white store bread like the other kids. Now I appreciate the homemade bread!

  • My grandmother used to make the best pimento cheese spread, and she’d send those sandwiches with us to school! YUM!

  • I remember lunch in a brown paper bag with my name on it. At the beginning of the week it was a crisp new bag but by the end of the week that paper bag was wrinkled and torn. But no matter the condition of the bag the lunch was always good. Except for pears that did not take the trip from home to school very well.

  • My Dad packed lunches for my brother and I for years. Regardless of what else was in our lunchboxes, we always had carrot sticks. Without fail. I used to joke that we were going to turn orange from eating so many carrots.

  • I loved finding unique lunch boxes before the school year started. My two favorite lunch boxes of all time were an old-fashioned tin box with a retro photo of Wonder Woman and a faux Chinese takeout container. They always started a conversation! I still wish I had that Chinese take out container lunchbox today!

  • I don’t remember any lunch disasters! Except the time I got in trouble for tieing a classmates shoes laces to the lunch table… 😉

  • My mom was a fan of the thermos, so my favourite packed lunch was hot pasta in a thermos, with veggies, juice and cookies as sides. : )

  • I usually had school lunch. I however loved when my Mom would make me the classic PB& J for my school lunch.

  • I loved my metal lunchbox and my favorite days were when the big thermos with the cup as lid was filled with yummy soup on a cold day!

  • I loved making my daughter’s lunch. I always drew a picture on the paper bag ~ usually flowers. When we switched to a lunch box, I drew a picture and put it inside.

    Sweet memories!

  • I loved my plastic lunch boxes so much I collected them as a kid. There are still like 100 of them up in my dad’s attic. Not sure they survived the heat/cold temps though :(.

  • Was always jealous of the kid with the “colorful milk.” In retrospect warm milk with food coloring doesn’t seem that exciting.

  • The only school lunches i remember are from those days where i forgot my lunch at home, usually on the counter, and had to call my mom or beg other kids for food. On those days, lunch usually amounted to a strange collection of snacks.

  • Plucking the healthy sprouts off my pita bread sandwich. My mom sure was ahead of the times–thanks for the example, mom!

  • My favorite is a Looney Tunes lunchbox that was originally my husband’s & was then used by our son through middle school. We still use it once in a while on road trips.

  • Didn’t bring lunches to school as a kid because we got free lunches in the school cafeteria. But I do remember sneaking in paper grocery bags full of homemade popcorn and Rice Krispy treats when we saw a movie at the drive-in! We’d pop the popcorn, then put it in the bag, add butter and salt, fold the top of the bag closed, and shake it all up. Messy but good!

  • Scrambled egg sandwhiches on wheat bread and an apple – the way my great aunt took care of me in my early school years…..this lovely, beautiful memory i will never forget.

  • A red “Thermos” with a white cup on top was one of my lunchtime standards… but I can’t remember what my Mom put in it!! Probably chicken noodle soup.

  • These are genius! I had a favorite Fi Fi the french poodle lunch box in first grade. It was pink with a Eiffel Tower on it. LOL I can still smell the plastic.

  • My favorite lunch memory would be the cool classic lunch boxes with matching thermos. Tiny boxes of hard stale raisins that you never ate, and the usual pb&j sandwich

  • I always looked forward to the days that we had “shop bread” instead of homemade. Shop bread always made the best tuna sandwiches. I learned that homemade is nicer eventually.

  • My favorite packed lunch memory was getting to actually bring lunch from home for elementary school field trips. See, my mom had me eat hot lunch every day in grade school despite my pleas for a sack lunch, so field trip lunches were extra special.

  • I had a sweet my little pony lunch box. Loved having soup in my little thermos. I always envied the kids who had lunchables though. haha Now I can’t imagine eating those. Children are strange

  • it’s a shame that i just started canning and have so many delicious jams because i HATE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. from kindergarten through the third grade, it is all i ate. everyday. one half of a pb and j. grape jelly, creamy peanut butter and wheat bread (my mom refused to buy white). NOTHING WEIRD. and then i got sick of it…forever.

  • I used to love having crispy things in my lunches, especially crackers. And I bought the cracker book, I definitely need a BNTO!

  • My favorite lunch was cut up tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado topped with tuna salad and French dressing drizzled on top. Delicious!! Still a favorite. I used to bring it to school in my alf lunchbox.

  • I will always remember when my Mom packed an apple in my lunch with a note explaining that it was “nature’s toothbrush”.

  • All 3 of my kids always brought homemade lunches to school. They never wanted to buy their lunches. With 2 in college now, and lots of takeout options, they still choose to pack a quick, simple lunch before heading to classes for the day. My daughter loves plain Greek yogurt with homemade granola. Looks like the BNTO would be perfect for that and many other things!

  • I always had the best lunches, my grandma would get up early in the morning to either cook something for me or heat up leftovers and put them in one of those thermal lunch containers so it would still be hot at lunch time. Best was probably rice with Thai curry. My high school history teacher would actually come up to me and ask if my grandma would pack him a lunch every day too if he paid her a lot of money, lol.

  • I was obsessed with the movie National Velvet and would only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

    Love your website, I’ve tried lots of your recipes. Many thanks 🙂

  • Ooooh! Scrambled egg sandwiches! Wheat bread, schmear of mayo, warm scrambled egg, salt & pepper. Cut and wrapped in waxed paper while still warm….Heaven!

  • My memory is whenever dad would be in charge of making lunch. You just never knew what you would find…including peanut butter with butter sandwiches. Yikes!

  • My Dad was the fire chief in our small rural town, so I was very interested in all things fire engine related. I had a fire engine lunch box and the thermos was round with tiny little fireman climbing up the side of the brick building – over 50 years later, I still think about that lunchbox.

  • My favorite packed lunch memories are shopping for a new lunchbox at the beginning of the school year. It was always so fun to pick out a new color or shape of lunch tote. We actually always wanted those hard plastic lunchboxes with a thermos in them, but my mom was a firm believer in the soft-sided insulated totes!

  • My all time favorite packed lunch memories are from day trips with my parents. My mom would pack up one of those soft sided coolers with american cheese sandwiches with mustard on snow flake rolls from a local bakery. Everything was wrapped in wax paper, even the cookies! On the side was a big tin of Charles Chips and ice water or grape Kool Aid from a very large very old thermos. We would find a picnic area off of whatever highway or bi-way we were traveling and just stop and enjoy our time together. They are both gone now…. Good memories & good times. <3

  • My mom never allowed us to carry lunches. She felt we did better by having the warm lunches at school. But when i was in school, the lunches were good. Actually real home cooking. We didn’t have the pizza and fries and such as today.

  • Lots of PB&J and air popped popcorn. Certainly not my *favorite*, but with 5 kids to pack lunches for, this was my Mom’s go-to.

    As a grown up, my favorite lunch-on-the-go item is Veganomicon’s Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango – in a jar, of course!!

  • I was always a “build your meal” type of gal, I’d bring all of the fixings for a burger or fajita, or all out full meal and put it together at the lunch table. I also brought snacks, enough to share of course, so I had a ginormous lunch pale. 🙂 food was always meant for sharing.

  • Awesome website and great giveaways. I grew up taking a lunch to school. And w/out fail, mom or dad would include a note, joke or drawing on my napkin. I loved it. Continuing the tradition with my son.

  • I had a Tupperware lunch box in JR High that I loved. It had all these little mini containers inside that kept all the food separate and fresh. No mushy sandwiches, no soggy carrot sticks. It was the best!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I love reading what everyone ate for lunches : ) I remember the old thermos with chicken noodle soup in it. Most of the time we bought school lunches. That was back when they cooked good food.

  • I remember the paper lunches, filled with pbj, and my mom baked goods. She was a awesome baker!
    Some days I bought a hot lunch.

  • I wouldn’t know anything about not eating my sandwich at lunch, not wanting to throw it in the kitchen trash, hiding it under my bed, then forgetting about it. Stained carpet, busted. Bento would save future unsatisfied child lunchers!

  • I think I lived on PB&J as a kid. Usually with some carrot sticks or fruit. But the best thing about bringing my lunch in a paper bag was the picture my dad would draw on it for me! Something new every day.

  • I always loved St Patrick’s day growing up. My mom would buy green sandwich bread, and fill my lunchbox with other green goodies. It was always so festive!

  • my favorite take with me lunch is pinto beans and cornbread. i could probably eat that everyday. people might think i’m weird, but i love it. i guess i could use the bnto to put beans in bottom of jar and cornbread in top…

  • i had a snoopy soup thermos that i thought was pretty sweet until i ditched it in 3rd grade when my jem and the rockers set became much cooler.

  • I only lunch I remember is balogna sandwiches with mayo nonrefrigerated until noon. It’s a wonder I didn’t get food poisoning!

  • Always had school lunch growing up. Now I’m lunchbox obsessed. I have a few dozen different bento boxes, and a love for peanut butter and jelly…

  • Yaay cuppow! I will always remember when my mom bought a big banana-shaped plastic container thingie to protect (you guessed it) bananas from bruises — a good idea in itself but perhaps not the best item for the cool teenager. She was really surprised when none of use would use it! Awww, moms.

  • When I was in the first grade, I brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to lunch every day. I toted them to and from school in my purple Beverly Hills 90210 lunchbox (which was frequently forgotten in the lunch box bin at school). It took me years to eat a PB & J again… but home-canned jam makes it much tastier!

  • Genius! I love carrying jars with me– and this would expand the possibilities infinitely! I do love my carrots or celery and hummus, yogurt and granola, salads, etc. etc. etc. The real dilemma is wether to put the yogurt in the top part with granola on the bottom of a pint jar, or the reverse??

  • I always got “hot lunch” at school, so when my mom let me bring my own lunch, I was SO excited. Part of the joy of field trips was getting to bring my own sack lunch. The kids who brought their lunches every day never quite saw the joy of it…

  • I am so excited about this product!! It’s definitely one of those…”Why didn’t I think of that” products! Brilliant!

    My favorite lunches was my Mom’s soups/stews in my thermos with a grilled cheese sandwich! (Loved Campbell’s Tomato Soup too!!)

  • I had a Dukes of Hazzard lunch box that I LOVED LOVED LOVED! And I was always that kid who left oj in their thermos on the last day of school and then threw my lunch box in the closet as soon as I got home. It was generally found by the end of July and I would get a big lecture from my mom about “wasting good money”. I hear myself telling my kids the same thing now, but their lunch boxes are no where near as cool as that Dukes of Hazzard box was.

  • My mother is Japanese, so my thermos was always full of miso soup and I typically had a nigiri (rice ball) with pickled plum center. It was always neatly packed & healthy, but no one would ever offer to trade lunch with me. I loved my lunch & never understood why the other kids didn’t.

  • Peanut butter and celery topped with raisins, tucked neatly into my Barbie lunch box. Back in the days of metal lunch boxes.gasp, the horror

  • I never really had good packed lunches when I was a kid, but my school had a good cafeteria with a salad bar. I looooved salad even when I was a kid, so I guess it worked out?

  • I never could bring my lunch as a child – I was a reduced/free lunch recipient, so I had what the school served. BUT, since then (many, many years have passed), I bring my lunch all the time and hate that I have to mix up my yogurt and granola and have soggy granola or that I have to bring many containers with me. This looks like a great product!

  • My favorite lunch memories are shopping for the box. To be honest, I don’t even remember the boxes I chose, but I remember scanning the lunch box aisle with my mom and loving the thermos that fit inside the box. I got to re-live some of that last week as my oldest son, who started full day school three days ago, and I bought reusable containers to fit inside the lunch box he had selected months ago. Aah, memories

  • In high school, I ate a tuna sandwich every day that was prepared by mom. I was a picky eater back then but appreciated that mom took care of me every day.

  • My favorite lunches as a child had something chilled or warm in a thermos- I think it was the novelty of warm soup or cold fruit or pudding instead of all room temp 🙂

  • So, I rarely took my lunch. In my grade school years, we lived a block away from the school, and I walked home for lunch…imagine a first grader doing that now. Later, we moved, hit upon hard times and I ate lunch at school, thanks to the reduced-fee lunch program. I am now packing lunches for growing teens, who are also in sports and very health conscious. This would be a great lunch surprise, for one kid or my hubby.

  • Throughout grade school my mom and dad always were sure to pack me a lunch sack, but what I remember most is that I would sometimes get them mixed up with other kids lunches and then have to go find find where my mom’s special turkey sandwich ended up.

  • Mom always packed me a brown paper bag lunch. Mostly a cheese sandwich. Sometimes I got a diced peach Snack Pack which was a real treat.

  • At my kids school they have a day that families can come to school and have lunch with their kids out on the grass. I always look forward to it every year. I fix something special for us all and we always have pink lemonade slushies in canning jars. I always take bubbles along for the kids too! Teachers have been known to come by our blanket just to see what we are having for lunch.

  • I mostly ate the school cafeteria meal so when I took my lunch it was quite special. My mother and I would plan what would go in it. It always seemed like a kind of food present to myself.

  • I mostly took my lunch to school but occasionally got to buy lunch. Thought that was such a treat!
    I pack my husbands lunch every morning for him. He “goes to school” every day as he is a high school administrator.

  • I went to schools very close to home so I got to go home for lunch…. mostly previous night’s dinner left-overs. Our kids, however got the best of both worlds – they will review their school lunch menu ( published monthly ) and will buy lunch if they like it and will bring their lunch on days when the menu is not to their liking. I will pack cold cut sandwiches, PB&Js, soup in thermos, etc with a cookie or a piece of brownie, and some fruit….I usually tuck a “sweet” note to let them know I’m thinking of them I miss the good, ole days when my kids were kids, they were a lot of fun ( still are, in a different way ). Nowadays, I use their old metal lunch boxes to store small items so they don’t get misplaced. I love the Transformer theme the most.

  • I always ate the horribly bad cafeteria food when I was school age but as an undergraduate I became obsessed with those old fashioned lunch boxes (this sort:$T2eC16h,!zEE9s3!Z%29%29RBRzOPJcZ%28w~~60_35.JPG) so I searched for 2 years until I got one that was usable if cosmetically terrible. I then spent another year slowly transforming it into my gorgeous decoupaged lunch box, I carry for digs.