9-Year-Old Fills Chapstick Tube With Cheese To Eat In Class

by Christina Marfice
Originally Published: 
Valerie Schremp Hahn/Twitter and HandmadePictures/Getty

BRB, finding an old lip balm tube to make my own secret cheese snack

Everyone knows the feeling of being stuck in class or a meeting when your tummy starts to rumble. What you would give for a quick, sneaky snack in those moments. Luckily, a 9-year-old girl from Missouri has forever solved our snackless meeting woes by finding a way you can sneakily have a bite or two of cheese no matter where you are.

The girl, whose name hasn’t been shared, came up with a truly genius solution to her problem of having no cheese at school: She sliced tiny circles of sharp cheddar and then stacked them in an old, empty lip balm tube so she could pull it out in class and have a few licks — or a bite. Her mom, Valerie Schremp Hahn, shared a photo of her ingenuity on Twitter and I just — I’m shook by the brilliance of this youth.

The kid said she got the idea from a prank video on YouTube.

“I was just looking on YouTube because I was bored and I found this video and I decided to do it,” she told Buzzfeed. “I just took some of my dad’s cheese, sliced it up, and put it in the chapstick container. I just found that, cleaned it out with some soap, and started filling it with cheese.”

In case anyone is wondering, she used sharp cheddar from Aldi. Yep, this kid is brilliant and has great taste.

She said she took two of what she called “cheese stick chapsticks” to school and took some licks and bites during class breaks. Her friends didn’t know at first that it was cheese, which only added to the comedic effect.

Valerie Schremp Hahn

“You can lick it and no one will know,” she said. “At first I didn’t tell them and I was like licking the, quote, ‘cheese,’ and then I told them it was cheese and they just started laughing so hard.”

You know who else is laughing so hard? The entire internet. Mom’s tweet went viral and people all over the world are praising this kid for solving a snacking problem for the ages.

This very accurate comparison to another visionary thinker was made, NBD.

And then this guy said what we were all thinking.

This is great because cheese is great, and always having a snack in your purse or backpack is even greater. Truly, this little girl has given us a gift that will keep on giving, every time we get a rumbly tummy in a meeting.

As far as plans for future cheese sneaking, Schremp Hahn tells Scary Mommy that production has, uh, stalled. “This morning at breakfast she took them out of her backpack (her non-refrigerated backpack, I should add) and the cheese left inside was a bit greasy and funky. So back to the drawing board, I guess.” LOL, guess so. Can’t be eating greasy stank cheese.

Despite the eventual downfall of her truly brilliant idea, her family’s nothing but proud. Schremp Hahn tells us, “We think this is all pretty hilarious, though I’m jokingly giving her ‘trouble’ that she didn’t actually come up with the idea that she got from YouTube. She’s a pretty clever, funny kid, and was already rummaging around in our basement last night for parts for her next big innovation/invention.” Oh, and she did get a shoutout in the principal’s newsletter, which Schremp Hahn says is her idea of “hitting the big-time.”

So once she figures out how to keep that cheddar cold, this brilliant kiddo can solve the next problem — figuring out what household containers to use to disguise salami and crackers to go with it.

This article was originally published on