It’s been a while, but foodie pen pals is back for the month of January! This month I was sent a box by Candice (no blog) from Kansas City – and boy did she deliver some great local goods!
This gorgeous notecard greeted me when I opened the box. The flowers and butterfly are actually raised from the card. Seriously, this thing was beautiful.
Inside were some delicious KC treats.
BBQ sauce, of course, and a Tuscan salad dressing from a local restaurant. I haven’t opened either of them quite yet – trying to use some open condiments first – but I cannot wait to try them out.
Next up is some locally packaged taco seasoning, which we will most definitely use. Taco night is a yummy one around here. And, of course, coffee. When Candice asked in her e-mail if I liked coffee, I responded with all caps and exclamation points. I think I’d drink it all day long if I could. I can’t wait to try this Kansas City blend from the Roasterie.
And some delicious sweets. I’d actually heard of Valomilk before, probably on one of those random Food Network shows that features some sort of regional delicacy on each episode. Anyway, it’s milk chocolate filled with marshmallow. There’s no way anything can be wrong with that. It was a bit smushed from it’s journey but still tasted really, really good. The milk chocolate was delicious – much better than plain old Hershey’s
And the Cherry Mash. Yeah, the name sounds weird and maybe a little gross. Also, totally retro and delicious. It’s milk chocolate and peanuts filled with cherry – kind of like those Russell Stover or Fannie May chocolates but somehow much better. It’s the kind of thing I’d never think to try but was really good.
Pretty great month, I’d say!
And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
See you next month!