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How to make an octodog

As promised, here’s another tutorial. This time, it’s the simple yet well-loved octodog!!

First, cut the hot dog into half. You can actually use the entire hot dog if you want really long tentacles. I’ve even done a 3/4 and 1/4 size for a mommy and baby octodog. But I find that this particular size fits well in my bento boxes.

Octodog 1

Using a knife, make a slit in the middle and down till almost 3/4 way down.

Octodog 2

Then make a few more additional slits till you get 8 legs. Sometimes I use a scissors to make those slits especially when I am making a baby octodog. The knife can get a little slippery, so I find it easier just to snip with a scissors.

Octodog 3

Dump the hotdog into a pot of boiling water. As it sits in the boiling water, the tentacles will start curling up.

Octodog 4

Remove from heat after a few minutes.

Octodog 5

For the eyes & mouth, I use chocolate rice sprinkles. Just poke 3 little holes with the tip of a chopstick and stuff 3 chocolate sprinkles in them. If you don’t like sprinkles, you can also use these Food Writer Edible Markers or anything else you fancy.

Octodog 6

And you’ll have the Octodog!!! 😛  Have fun making these!!

Octodog 7

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  • Susan October 5, 2009, 1:34 pm

    I’m lazy, I have an octodog cutter. Is that really really bad?????

  • ana October 5, 2011, 7:31 pm

    This is great! Do you make these the night before and send to school cold?

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