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Surprise Lunch Message

10 May 2012
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I’ve been packing lunches for Eddie lately. I saw a neat idea for sending bananas in lunches via pinterest, and decided to try it out!

secret lunch message for bananas in packed lunches

All you need are a banana and a pointed-but-not-too-sharp object. The website above suggests using a toothpick, but I had better results using a mechanical pencil with no lead – just the plastic tip. You want to press hard enough to leave an indention, but not break the skin.

The top picture was really hard to take – it really is hard to see when you first ‘write’ on the banana. By the time your spouse/child/whoever you pack lunches for gets lunch, a nice, dark message has developed.

Some science fun – you know how banana skins get brown spots as they ripen? This is because of oxidation that occurs naturally as and is sped up when the skin or the whole banana is bruised. Bruising causes the banana to emit an enzyme called polyphenoloxidase which speeds up oxidation, and is the same enzyme that causes the brown color in coffee and tea! Basically, indenting the skin causes the same brown as those brown spots, only faster and exactly where you tell it to! This is not the same as rotting, and does not affect the part of the banana you eat underneath the skin.

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  1. 2 August 2012 9:49 AM

    Oh my word – SUPER CUTE!
    totally doing this…gotta pin it.

  2. 28 May 2012 4:28 PM

    This is the cutest idea! You are one of this week’s List Makers! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!
    The Blackberry Vine

  3. 23 May 2012 1:42 AM

    You’ve been featured at Grits & Giggles!

  4. 22 May 2012 10:03 PM

    Such a great idea! Pinning this one! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  5. pdee permalink
    22 May 2012 1:55 AM

    so sweet! super like :)

  6. 20 May 2012 8:56 PM

    What a neat idea! I will have to try this soon before school lets out! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,


  7. 20 May 2012 3:15 PM

    This is super sweet! I’m sure anyone you pack lunch for would enjoy receiving a secret message! Found you on Happy Hour Projects; drop by for a visit when you can. Tx

  8. 18 May 2012 11:02 AM

    Featuring this on CountryMommaCooks…..thanks for linkin’ up…hope to see you again this weekend : )

  9. 17 May 2012 7:39 PM

    I love it!!! You rock!! I’m going to do it!

  10. jmarling permalink
    17 May 2012 6:31 PM

    That is so easy but thoughtful.. Thanks for sharing. Following from Happy Hour Projects. Love for you to follow back when you can!

  11. 17 May 2012 11:46 AM

    that is cute! follwing from Thrifty Thursday hop, Please follow me

  12. 17 May 2012 8:45 AM

    How cute! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday this week.

  13. 17 May 2012 1:15 AM

    What a simple but sweet idea. Love it!

  14. 16 May 2012 8:41 PM

    So cool, my kids would love this and I love that it isn’t using ink or anything!


  15. 16 May 2012 2:18 PM

    oh my, why didn’t we all think of that lol ;) love it

  16. 16 May 2012 10:07 AM

    This is soo much fun!! I’m going to try it tomorrow in my daughter’s lunch!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  17. 16 May 2012 9:25 AM

    I love this! My mom used to leave “draw” hearts and smiley faces inside our PB&J sandwiches (into the PB side). Can’t wait till my kiddo is old enough to do all these fun things for!

  18. 16 May 2012 9:19 AM

    I absolutely love this idea and will use it often! Thank you!

  19. 15 May 2012 10:52 PM

    Love this, wondering if my son would be embarrassed if I sent him with one to school.

  20. 15 May 2012 8:15 PM

    I love this! So sweet. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays. I’m sharing this on my Facebook page.

  21. 15 May 2012 1:18 PM

    Super cute! My hubby takes bananas all the time, I am definitely doing this tomorrow! Oh orrrr… I can write on them tonight when everyone goes to bed and wake up in the morning and try to convince the family that the bananas are trying to talk to us!

  22. 15 May 2012 10:14 AM

    I love this idea! Thanks!

  23. 15 May 2012 9:04 AM

    So easy and so sweet! I could see this becoming a tradition that your child can remember as an adult. I found you via Tip Junkie’s link party! Beautiful site! My husband is a professor of engineering, so we have something in common!

  24. 15 May 2012 12:53 AM

    What a sweet idea. I absolutely love it. I am excited to be able to stick notes in the kids lunches when they start school. This is just so clever.

  25. 14 May 2012 10:14 PM

    love this idea so super cute

  26. 14 May 2012 10:06 PM

    That is really neat, I’m going to try that!

  27. kaysiscrafts permalink
    14 May 2012 9:01 PM

    That is such a fun idea!!

  28. 14 May 2012 6:54 PM

    What a great idea! This looks like so much fun for kids or even my hubby.;)

  29. 14 May 2012 5:11 PM

    Super cute idea!

  30. 14 May 2012 12:58 PM

    So Cute! I’ll have to do this for small one C:

  31. Dpd494 permalink
    13 May 2012 3:19 PM

    Oh I get it it’s rotting

    • 13 May 2012 8:32 PM

      Actually, the skin is turning brown as a result of oxidation – it is not becoming rotten, and this only affects the banana peel – not the part of the banana you eat.

  32. 12 May 2012 12:21 PM

    Awesome idea! :)

  33. 12 May 2012 9:55 AM

    This is so cool. I gotta try it! Thanks for the great idea.

  34. jillflory permalink
    11 May 2012 9:02 PM

    That is a really cool idea! Glad you linked it up and I saw it :)

  35. 11 May 2012 8:17 PM

    My kids would love this! I’m going to try it!

  36. Terri Betz permalink
    10 May 2012 5:11 PM

    Cute idea!


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