How to Make a Hot Dog Octopus

If you need new ideas of what to put in a child's bento or lunch box, this unique hot dog treat takes just a few minutes. It can definitely make any lunch different from any other. Here is how to make a hot dog octopus.


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    Cut a hot dog in half.
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    Turn one half on its flat side. From about an inch (2.54 cm) from the top, cut a slit all the way through to the bottom. This would make 2 legs.
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    Turn the hot dog 90 degrees to the uncut side and repeat. This would make 4 legs so far.
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    Hold 3 legs up and look "inside". You are going to cut the "ridge" of the 4th leg, matching the length of the cuts. One of these slits are going to make 2 legs. Repeat for the 3 other legs to make 8 legs total.
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    Boil the hot dogs. Be aware that the legs will curl up in the process, so be sure that there's enough room in the pot.
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    Drain them using a slotted spoon.
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    Cool and enjoy.


  • Use ingredients, such as tiny cheese circles or sesame seeds to create a face.

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