Foodie Penpals #1

Whilst googling for something else last month (July) I came across something called Foodie penpals and it certainly caught my attention.
Foodie penpals started in the USA at The Lean Green Bean back in 2011 and is now over here both in the UK and Europe. Joining is totally free there are no sign up charges and you simply head to the lovely Carol Ann’s site at This is rock salt to sign up.
Foodie pen pals is about meeting new people on line and sharing new foods. The way it works is this
1) after signing up your details go on a database and around the 5th of each month you will be matched to two new foodie pals.
2) one of your foodie pals is the one you send your food package too and you contact them via email to find out if they have any food allergies, likes or dislikes etc and their address.
3) your second foodie pal will contact you and ask the above and they will send you a food parcel.
4) everyone sends there food parcels around the 20th of the month. £10 is the limit to spend on food items to send.
5) you receive your food box YAY and blog about it at the end of the month.

So August was my first go at foodie pals and I’m loving it already. I was firstly matched with the lovely Emma from Bristol. I forgot to take a picture of the food parcel I sent her but I did get a lovely email off Emma so I think she liked it. You can visit Emma’s blog here.
My second foodie pal who sent me a lovely food parcel was Milou all the way over in the Netherlands. Milous blog can be visited at Shimmer-pie I was very happy when I found out I’d be getting a package from so far away as I knew it would things I have never tried. My parcel only took a few days to get here and arrived well packaged and full of lovely goodies.

20130824-192409.jpg. Inside there was a little card from Milou explaining what was in the box and all these delicious things.

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1) firstly Conimex Asian Wasabi crisps – lovely zingy flavour to them and a bit like rice crackers. Very nice and lots in the bag.
2) – Kaas Waffles; these are delicious like a savoury wafer sandwich with a savoury cream filling.
3) – Dutch Stroop waffles: a very sweet treat . Mini butter waffles with syrup.

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4) – Old Dutch Cherry sticks: these reminded me a little of soft rock. Very soft, chewy and fruity.
5) – Old Dutch Classic mix: wow this is like a bag of retro childhood sweets. There is liquorice, cough candy, sours, plus my favourite were the little waffle shape sweets that taste a little like toffee blocks or eclairs. Very nice sweets.

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I have really enjoyed my first month at taking part in foodie penpals. I’m already looking forward to next months.
A big thank you to my lovely August foodie pals- Milou and Emma.

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You can see other what other foodie pal members got and what they think of foodie pals at the Reveal Day .

6 Comments

  1. August 30, 2013 / 09:44

    This is an awesome idea!! How seriously are allergies taken though? I guess I would have to check labels carefully when they arrived 🙂

    • August 30, 2013 / 09:49

      Yes I thought it looked a great idea too. Luckily I don’t have allergies but before sending out a food parcel you have to ask your pal about allergies and dietary requirements then I guess read labels or ask in shops etc.

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