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February’s Foodie Penpal

on March 1, 2013

Don’t know what a foodie penpal is?

Check out my earlier blog about Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean‘s Foodie Penpal program here.

The Reveal:

The FPP’s big reveal day was supposed to be yesterday but I only got my box on Tuesday and I didn’t have enough time to get photos and get a post about it before now.  I guess there are some up sides to waking up at 3 am 😉 Apologies for such crummy photos but my eyes are still bleary.

My foodie penpal for this month was Nae of the blog,  I Choose The Sun. Let me tell you she must live in my head or something – this box was a treasure chest for me :)  Nae forgot to put her note into the box and mailed it separately. Of course I got the note first.  I opened that little envelope and my jaw dropped when I read what she had packed me.  How unfair- why didn’t I get my box first???!!! Red velvet whoopie pies?!?!  Coconut galore?!?!?  O.M.G., I love this gal! Tuesday I had to do a fast drive-by of my house during lunch and my box was there. Knowing what was in the box my brain instantly had a meltdown.  I tear into the box, palm up those lovely whoopie pies thinking all the while “this stuff is coming with ME!” (insert maniacal laughter here).  As I’m heading out the door my brain finally kicks on “WAIIIITTT a minute!!!! You have to take photos for your blog first” wwwwhhhhaaatttt???  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!  I trudge back inside, head hanging, to return my goodies to the box.  I thought about them all afternoon at work, seriously.  I’m pretty sure all the work I did Tuesday afternoon had a lot of errors.  My poor sugar deprived brain :(  So you better appreciate these photos!


Jace has come to love the FPP program as much as I do.  When these boxes roll through our door he’s is stuck to me like white on rice, waiting to see what treasure he’s going to snatch away from me.  These jellybeans were his pick this month.  He grabbed them up in his little grubby hands and off he runs: me tearing of behind him, the dog chasing me, the cat behind the dog, chaos ensueing…….all for this photograph folks.  As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the jellybeans are G-O-N-E gone.

IMG_1648I haven’t had the time to try this yet but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE peanut butter.  I’m pretty sure I won’t have a problem with this :)


Have you ever seen these before?  We have them in almost every gas station up here but I’ve never tried them.  I didn’t actually know they were (supposed) to be coconut.  I was quite excited about these because I was like, I’m gonna love these AND be able to get them afterwards.  One of the biggest downfalls of the FPP is that I usually can’t find the products I like again. Those coconut bars from September still haunt me. They were delicious but they only make them in the U.K. and on a weird schedule like the-3rd-Thursday-of-the-month-starting-with-M-but-only-if-it’s-a-full-moon type weird schedule. Anyway….. these bars are full of fakeness. You can’t taste (or even feel) the coconut at all.  You know the old style red food coloring taste? That’s what the strawberry taste like….a bunch of gross flavorings.  The chocolate had a fake lemony aftertaste and didn’t taste like chocolate at all.  Needless to say, I was not a big fan of these.


Haven’t had a chance to try these yet either.  I”m kind of afraid to though….I’m not a huge fan of mango. However, it has coconut in it so I WILL be trying these.


These were way disappointing in my book.  Have you ever tried any gluten free stuff? These had the texture of gluten free- heavy and dense- but were so, super crumbly. If you held onto this little treat too long it crumbled to powder right out of your hand.  The flavor was decent and they looked delicious but the overall sandwich…. not good.


I am so, so, so, so, soooooo excited to try this. Seriously, gingerbread cookie butter?????  Um, YUMM-O!!! I’m trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to use it.  I’m thinking this is going to be the base for some delicious frosting. Chocolate cake with some whipped gingerbread frosting?  Sounds good to me!

Thank you so much for such a fun box Nae!  I feel like you are either my sugar soul mate or you took the time to realize that I wasn’t joking when I said I loved sugar :)

One Response to “February’s Foodie Penpal”

  1. Babs says:

    You know, there is a British grocer right up the street from Jason’s campus. They provide me with all the UK candy bars a girl could ask for. I might be able to get you some of those coconut bars.

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