Every month, one of the food/fitness bloggers I follow organizes a program called Foodie Pen Pals. I saw it a few months ago and finally got involved for the month of July. It’s super easy, fun, and a great way to connect with other foodies!
Basically, every month you get paired with another food lover. You put together a box of some of your favorite foods, snacks, teas, etc that you think they might like (there’s a $15 spending limit) and send it away. In turn, you receive a box from another foodie full of goodies to enjoy. It’s a great way to try new things and experience foods from other parts of the country. You might even get something homemade – YUM! (Check out more details on how it works and how you can get involved below).
I’ve been enjoying all the goodies in my box for the past few weeks. With all my dietary restrictions, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to eat anything in my box, but my Foodie Pen Pal, Lindsay, did a great job of finding some great dairy-free things. Check it out:
Get a little closer:
Details and thoughts on all the goods:
1. True North Almond Pecan Crunch – To say these are amazing is an understatement.
2. Clif Kid Fruit Ropes – These might be marketed as a snack for kids, but why should they get all the good sruff? These are totally organic and have no preservatives or artificial flavors like most gummy-type snacks, so your stomach doesn’t hate you after eating it.
3. GoGo Squeez Apple Cinnamon – This squeezable apple sauce made for a great on-the-go snack last week.
4. Humbles Hummus Chips – This was the only thing in the box I wasn’t able to eat as it contained feta cheese, but that just means my roommate got to enjoy Foodie Pen Pals, too!
5. Simply 7 Lentil Chips – These are delicious, especially when paired with hummus. They are light (not heavy or greasy like regular potato chips) and a whole bag (about 22 chips) is only 110 calories.
6. Boom Choco Boom Bars – My Pen Pal included two of these (a dark chocolate bar and a milk chocolate bar). I’ve only tried the milk chocolate one, and it’s amazing! I haven’t had milk chocolate in so long (it’s rice milk), and I was in heaven.
7. Raspberry Buddy Fruits – I love love love gummy candies, but my sensitive stomach doesn’t take to them so well. These, like the Clif Kid Fruit Ropes, don’t have anything artificial. It’s all fruit, and at only 95 calories, they make for a great snack.
8. Alternative Baking Co Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookie – I’ve had these cookies before, and they are SO good. They are vegan. They are massive, and when I opened the box and saw one of these cookies inside I may have gotten a little too excited. I ate it right away!
9. YummyEarth Organic Candy Drops in Pomegranate Pucker – These claim to be the best lollipop you’ve ever tasted. I thought they were just alright – maybe another flavor.
10. Tea Assortment – Lindsay also included 3 of her favorite teas. One of them, Tazo Awake, is one of my favorites as well. They’ll be great to have in my ice box of an office.
My first experience with Foodie Pen Pals has been everything I thought it would be. Lindsay introduced me to so many great snacks and treats that I’ll definitely be looking out for at my grocery. I can’t wait to do it all again next month!
Want to be a Foodie Pen Pal? Here are all the details:
– Sign up here.
– On the 5th of every month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your pen pal, get their mailing address, and chat about what types of foods they like/don’t like can/cannot eat.
– You have until the 15th of the month to put a box of goodies together and send it out. Boxes should be filled with fun foodie things (local food items, homemade treats, etc) and should always include something written (a note, a recipe, etc). There’s a $15 spending limit.
– On the last day of the month, you post about the goodies you received!