Lava Lunch keeps lunches hot #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

Our writer Jennifer D. received a sample of this product to facilitate her review and was compensated for writing it.

front-page-splashI’ve been packing my kids’ lunches a lot more the last couple of years than I used to. I like being more in control of what they eat, as opposed to them buying a school lunch which they barely pick at because they don’t like the mushy vegetables. I know which fruits and veggies will go over with them, so when I pack it, they eat better.

They like variety, which is often hard to come by, especially when they are bringing their lunches more frequently.

I was so excited for the chance to review Lava Lunch, which promises to keep hot foods hot, and my kids were excited too. I asked my high school-aged daughter what she wanted to try first. We had some leftovers from one of her favorite sides. “Can I have mashed potatoes?” she asked. Can do!

Lava Lunch Collage

I set some of the leftovers aside and packed it up for her on Monday morning. I followed the instructions that Lava Lunch recommends. I purchased a stainless steel container set, because that was their recommendation to keep it the hottest (though it’s safe with all materials). When I saw Amanda after school, I asked how it was. “It was incredible!” I was practically speechless hearing a teenager express that much appreciation. “They were warm, not cold or lumpy at all!”

One concern I had was that the orange I packed would also be warm. I wrapped it in a few extra napkins and put it away from the heat packs, and she said it wasn’t warm. There is a roomy outside sling pocket where I put her drink. You could put something else in there as well, but I didn’t want anything to fall out in her backpack.

lava fireSince it was a hit with my 15-year-old daughter, I tried it out next on my 9-year-old son. I packed Kyle a tin of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich (wrapped in foil). His verdict, “It was awesome!”

We’ve since used it at least half the time they’ve had lunches. I’ve packed warm pastas and soups. It does take a little more effort in the morning, but I love the options it gives us.

You might wonder how it works or if it’s safe for young children. You microwave the “lava bricks” heat packs and put them inside the mesh in the lunch kit. Right out of the microwave, they are very hot to the touch, but they wouldn’t burn you. Since they’re enclosed in the mesh in the lunchkit, they aren’t available for little hands to accidentally get burned. I think it’s marked that it’s not acceptable for kids under 3, but they aren’t usually eating their lunches independently. My 9 year old son hasn’t had any problems.

I was sent one of each of the types of lunch boxes. My high school daughter, who carries around all of her stuff in her backpack all day, prefers the Blue Fire lunch box. It’s more of the traditional lunch sack style. The other style is the one I use for my son (and I actually prefer). It’s the lemon lime and is more of a solid rectangular shape. The pictures of the interior (in collage above) are from this model. It costs $5 more, but it is what I would purchase as a replacement, but my daughter thinks it’s “too big” for her backpack, since it’s not as flexible, I guess.

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One of you will win the Blue Fire lunch box.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Angel S. December 12, 2013 at 2:26 am

I would love to try this lunchbox for my work! If I won a $100 gift card I would buy presents!

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2 Patricia Wojnar Crowley December 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

I’d pack rice and stirfry.

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3 Holly F December 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

This is exciting to think of all the non PB&J options I could send to school!
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4 anne December 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

A pasta dish.

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5 Liz December 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Soup! It’s about 15 degrees here today, so that sounds lovely.

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6 Marti Tabora December 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I would like to pack some tamales for my lunch. Thank you for the chance.

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7 Jessica To December 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I would pack some hot soup!

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8 Lacey Burd December 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

My husband works 3rd shift so it would be great for him to eat our dinner hot every night. Soups and pasta are his favorites!

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9 Noreen December 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

Potato kale soup for my kids

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10 Melissa P. December 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

I would pack soup, mac & cheese, pasta, etc.

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11 latanya December 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

leftover food like spaghetti

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12 Sara Giresi December 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Chicken Parm! I love it leftover for lunch but hate it has to be cold!

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13 Tram Le December 14, 2013 at 2:59 am

I would pack enchiladas.

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14 Brian L December 14, 2013 at 10:08 am

My housewide famous chili!

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15 Cheryl F. December 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I’d like to pack soup and quesadillas.
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16 Ruth Hill December 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I would take my leftovers from the night before!
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17 lana December 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I would pack soups or rice

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18 Nicole December 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

My daughter always wants me to pack her soup, so this would be great to keep it warm.

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19 Susan P. December 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

I would pack casserole leftovers or black beans and rice.

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20 Tracy L Davis December 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Beef Stew is what I would pack

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21 Ashley Salyer December 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Leftover spaghetti would be great!

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22 Jessica Tan December 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I’d pack hot soup!

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23 marian boll December 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Leftovers such as meatloaf, pasta, salads, soup..etc

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24 mrsshukra December 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Lentil soup and leftovers would be great in the Lava lunch bag!

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25 julie murphy December 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I would pack chili

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26 Christine December 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I would like to pack grilled chicken.
Thanks for the chance!

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27 amanda hardesty December 16, 2013 at 5:40 am

I would like to pack soup and sandwiches for my husband

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28 Brittany December 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I would pack my husband fresh veggies and fish for lunch

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29 Karen Lynch December 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Chicken and noodles.

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30 crystal December 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

working 3rd shift, I really need a lunch box like this. most of the breakrooms are locked and I usually can’t get to a microwave. I’ve been just eating snacky foods just cause I hate eating cold food. This would be AWESOME!!

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31 Jenny December 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

I would pack soup

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32 Aimee C December 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

My son is always complaining he tires of sandwiches so I am always coming up with new things to send. This would open up a whole new world of things…soup, spaghetti..his favorite. Chili…oh how exciting!

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33 candy kratzer wenzel December 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Homemade chicken noodle soup.

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34 staceyk December 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

curry would be great

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35 Sarah S December 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

The hot lunch I would like to pack would be veggie lasagna.

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36 Janet December 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hot dog for lunch , love it !

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37 Tammy Woodall December 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I would pack either Soup or a Casserole.
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38 Jessica December 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I would pack my husband leftover spaghetti.

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39 sharyn December 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

nice item to gift to my granddaughter or daughter

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40 christopher h December 22, 2013 at 3:23 am

quesadillas (I haven’t typed enough words apparently) quesadillas

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41 Crissy D. December 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

Grilled cheese, hot ham and cheese, chicken noodle soup… the list goes on and on. My son would love this!

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42 Sindy Murray December 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I will pack spaghetti!

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43 Brittney House December 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I would pack some hot pasta dishes.

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44 danielle Marie December 23, 2013 at 5:37 am

for me it would be fried rice. yummy.

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45 kathy dalton December 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

I would pack my famous extra cheesy macaroni and cheese

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46 Melissa Nagy December 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

I would pack my kids a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

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47 Kimberly Hilbert December 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I would love to bring gen tso leftovers in it. This sounds great.
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48 David C December 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Hot beef. Yumm! id love to try it and see if it really stays warm.

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49 Paula Michele Hafner December 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I would pack leftovers for my husband’s lunch. We usually have casserole, soup, or stew.

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50 Andrina G December 25, 2013 at 4:51 am

Leftover chicken and rice!

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51 Teresa Thompson December 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

I would pack some chili.

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52 Nicole Newby December 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

This would keep some soup nice and hot!

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53 Dawn K. December 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I’d love to be able to pack oatmeal or soup.

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54 Erica C. December 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Wings would be delicious!

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55 Samantha Daleo December 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I like packing hot leftovers from dinner the night before.

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56 Lorena Keech December 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Soup on these so cold days.

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57 Anita December 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

a piece of lassagna

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58 Emily Morelli December 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I would like to pack beef stew.

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59 Karen Matlock December 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

I would love to send my grandson to school with my veggie chili!

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60 joseph gersch December 26, 2013 at 4:43 am

i would pack a hot roast beef sandwich

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61 Peggy Rydzewski December 26, 2013 at 5:10 am

I like to bring pasta and sauce.

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62 Lauren E. December 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’d pack up the thai noodles my mother in law makes for my daughter

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63 susan smoaks December 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

i want to pack a hot grilled cheese and a bowl of soup

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64 Misha Estrada December 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

I would take soup.

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65 Rachel Ellis December 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

I would pack Chili for my son, it’s his favorite food.

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66 Charlene Kuser December 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I would like to pack a hot vegetable soup and grill cheese sandwich

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67 tina reynolds December 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Chicken and noodles

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68 Candie L December 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

My boys would love to bring chili. Thank you

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69 Roxann December 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I would pack chili or soup for my husband to take to work.

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70 Sonya December 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

My daughter’s been begging to bring soup and hot sandwiches
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71 Judy Chapman December 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

spaghetti, my daughter loves it.

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