April Foodie Penpals Reveal!

April was my first month participating in the Foodie Penpals swap and I have to admit I was nervous! I loved the idea of sending out goodies and getting my own set back but I was really worried my penpal wouldn’t like her box. Then I was worried the treats I sent would be all broken before they got to my penpal.

All of that worrying got me to forget that I was getting my own box of goodies in the mail so when I saw this huge box on my porch I just knew it wasn’t for me.

Until it was.


When I saw Ellen’s name on the return address I knew immediately what it was and I was ready to rip into it right away!


She packed everything so neatly with pretty tissue paper. I was good and read the card first even though I wanted to just see what she’d gotten me.


I was really excited to find lots of delicious snacks in my box! And out of all of these I’d only ever had Lavash chips before so most of them were totally new to me.

Everything Ellen packed me was yummy but out of the entire selection I would most highly recommend the baked Lentil chips. They’re definitely going to be a staple in my house. The second runner up would be those iced mint mango candies – I wasn’t sure mint and mango would be such a winning combination but I loved them!

My penpal hasn’t posted any pictures of the box I sent her but I will update this when she has so you can see the fun things I put together.

The Lean Green Bean

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals. Here’s 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 Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. 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.

If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send Lindsay an email and she’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

What’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?


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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    April 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    i’ve heard good things about lentil chips. i think my dad would love them
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      May 1, 2012 at 7:17 am

      They’re kind of addictive, I have to admit. Perfect with hummus!

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    Meg @ Moments Like This
    April 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for this info! I just signed up. I’m sooo excited! Does your pen pal change or do you keep the same one?
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      May 1, 2012 at 7:17 am

      From what I understand it changes every month. I’m glad you signed up!!

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    April 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Oh cool! Thank you for posting up the deets – I wanted to participate but it looked like people were spending ~$30 (I must be a bad judge!) and I didn’t reeeeally wanna drop that much dough – but I could totally get in on this!

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      May 1, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Well, the trick comes with the shipping. I used a flat rate box so I ended up spending around $21 ($10 for purchased food, $11 for shipping and not counting whatever I spent on my homemade goodies cause I already had those ingredients). If you’re careful you can keep your costs down – there’s no minimum spend amount, just a max!

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    May 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Found you through Foodie Penpals and love your header picture!

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      May 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Thanks, Julie! Glad you stopped by : )

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