Puzzles can be feasts — 3000-piece beasts that take up your table and brain-space for days — but they can also be snacks. Areaware’s Little Puzzle Thing mini puzzles are meant to take just twenty minutes or less, and they’re shaped like food.

The mini puzzles come in the shapes of shrimp, ramen, popcorn, pizza, an eggplant, coffee, a pickle, a durian, a slice of birthday cake, a birthday candle, broccoli, cereal, fries, a gummy bear, a whole fish, a cheese puff, and way more. Their exact puzzle-piece number varies, but each one includes more than 70 pieces and measures around eight-by-eight inches when assembled.

Whether you’re working your way up to puzzle mastery or already do single-color, 4000-piece puzzles just for fun, think of these as an appetizer or a palette cleanser.

The puzzles are packaged in stylish square boxes apparently designed to make you want to build up a whole collection. They’re also released batch by batch in themed, limited-edition series (so far: Food, Munchies, and Party). Each mini puzzle costs $15, but if you buy seven or more at once, they’re 10% off.

Areaware is a gift and home accessories brand that works with independent designers to offer creative products. It sells other puzzles beyond Little Puzzle Thing, including 1000-piece Gradient Puzzles, which it calls “a vibrant way to meditate on color.” Its Pattern Puzzles, by Dusen Dusen, come in two sizes and three playful patterns.





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