Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thermos Review

Thermos generously sent me two FUNtainer food containers and two FUNtainer drink containers to review and I am so excited to share my review with you!

First, we tried out the food containers. I have several food containers that keep food warm for lunch already but so far my kids have always been disappointed when the food was not warm anymore once they opened the containers at lunch. I wanted to try how long the food stayed warm in the FUNtainers as well as if food would stay cold as well.

I was pleasantly surprised! When I tried to keep hot water warm as a test at home the FUNtainers kept the water warm well beyond the advertised 5 hours and some of the ice water I tried at home stayed cold up to 10 hours. 

So, next we of course packed some yummy food to take to school to test if this would be true for food packed. The first day I wanted to send in yogurt and placed the FUNtainers in the freezer for 30 min in the morning before filling it. 

I packed yogurt topped with Swiss Muesli, blueberries and raspberries!

The food was nice and cold once lunch time came around 11 am and my kids were very happy with the result! I am excited as well because this is a great power food and I love packing food like this for lunch for myself as well. The kids also loved how easy the containers opened since we also had issues with hard to open insulated containers before. So thumbs up so far!

I added 6 oz of vanilla yogurt topped with 3 Tablespoons of Swiss Muesli and a few raspberries and blueberries. For myself I like adding almond slices and hazelnuts as well and I bet dried fruit would be delicious as well!

I can highly recommend the Thermos FUNtainers if you are looking to send in cold fruit, yogurt or any other cold food! Some of the yogurt I sent was still very chilled by the time the food came home at the end of the day!

Of course after such wonderful results we wanted to test out as well if the food would stay warm long enough until lunch!

Looking for some fun and nutritious food to pack I decided to pack Oatmeal and again with blueberries and raspberries - my kids favorites!

Before filling the FUNtainers I added some hot water to the container 10 minutes prior to adding Oatmeal.

My son did not finish the whole container of food at school and it was still warm when he got home at 2:30pm and he was able to finish it for snack! This is the only container that has food kept warm for this long and we are definitely going to get more containers for soup, chili, oatmeal and more! My kids loved both the yogurt and cereal and the hot oatmeal and since I can be sure that their food stays warm or cold I feel like I have many more options to send in food now!

Thermos also provided us with two 12 oz FUNtainers bottles. And my kids absolutely fell in love with them! The bottles state that drinks would stay cold for up to 12 hours and that is absolutely true! I placed the bottles briefly in the freezer before filling them and my kids have been taking cold milk, smoothies and fruit water to school and if I add ice cubes they are barely melted by lunch time. I feel much more comfortable now sending in milk products or smoothies and my kids love how easy to use the bottles they are! 

To sum up: 
  • We were pleasantly surprised that the Thermos FUNtainer hold what they promise! 
  • They keep your food chilled or hot until lunch time and beyond. 
  • They are easy to use for kids and easy to clean for Mom since all the parts come apart. 
Overall, a great product!

If you are interested in some of the {Recipes} I used to fill our Thermos FUNtainers, here they are:


What you need:

1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of milk or water

Bring milk (or water) to just before boiling. Add oats. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle boil for about 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add your favorite topping!


What you need:

1/2 banana
1 cup of frozen sliced strawberries
milk/coconut milk or any other liquid

Add all the above to blender. Blend and fill in your favorite FUNtainer! This is enough to fill two 12 oz FUNtainers!

Fruit Water:

8 oz of cold water
fruit of your choice ( we prefer frozen)
(we added strawberries. About 6 sliced frozen strawberries per FUNtainer)

Add frozen fruit to your FUNtainer and let soak over night in the fridge! You will have a lightly flavored fruit water in the morning!

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