Foodie Penpal – My First Box!

Want to get a box of surprise food items picked just for you from a total stranger? Um, yes, please!

Last month my friend Sarah from At Home for Dinner blogged about her first Foodie Penpal experience. I was immediately intrigued and signed up myself. Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean matches food bloggers and food lovers from across the country and each participant sends another a box of goodies. In July she paired up nearly 1500 people! I sent my box of goodies to Alexis from Lex’s Life as a New Wife. You should check out her Congo Bars. They look delectable!

Now to the amazing box that I received from Becky, a foodie enthusiast, from Vermont. That’s a picture of the contents up top. In the box I found a jar of pure Vermont maple syrup (Greg, if you’re reading this, perhaps you could make your famous waffles this weekend?), Madhouse Munchies BBQ Chips, vegan Cowboy Cookies from Liz Lovely, cupcakes from My Little Cupcake, a peppermint crunch dark chocolate bar from Lake Champlain Chocolates, and some fun cupcake liners. Finally, I was most excited to see the two pouches from Justin’s Nut Butters. I’ve seen these on other blogs and am so excited to try both the Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend and the Honey Almond Butter. I’m just waiting for the perfect piece of fresh baked bread to slather them on. Thanks Becky for all the great treats!

Interested in participating in August? Here’s how it works:

-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 August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

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

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About mike @ made by mike

Blogger. Baker. Picture Taker. I live near Akron, Ohio with my partner Greg, Ted the wonder dog, and a pantry full of flour and sugar.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in All About Greg, Food & Drink, Foodie Penpal and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Isn’t the program awesome Mike? It’s like Christmas when the box shows up! Glad your on the PenPal band wagon!

  2. What a great idea! I’ve never heard of this, but I want to join!

  3. What a fabulous idea!

  4. I LOVE THIS! such a terrific & fun idea.

  5. Fun isnt it. I take part over in the UK and thinks its the best idea. Everyone loves getting mail and what a thoughtful things to do for someone new every month.

  6. Woop what a great parcel! Vermont maple syrup, lovely stuff.

  7. This sounds amazing!!! I want to sign up!

  8. How fun! I hope you enjoy the Justin’s spreads – they are awesome!!!

  9. That’s such a fun idea. I’m worried that I’d get distracted blogging and forget to mail my stuff.

  10. Wonderful idea…and fun! A new way to experience new flavors and friends!

  11. How fun is this!! I’m too late for August– Can I get in on Spetember?! thanks for the post.

  12. How fun and awesome! Book bloggers often do a type of Christmas book swap around the holidays, but this is something to enjoy year ’round . . . a great idea! Your box looks delectable, and I love those zebra-printed cupcake liners. You’ll have to make something extra fun for them!

  13. Hi, Mike! You have an awesome site, and this penpal thing looks like fun. Thanks for finding my blog, and I’m looking forward to reading more of yours!

  14. What a great find! What did you send your Foodie Penpal? Did Greg make you pancakes? This is so inspiring. I bet it will light up sparks in the minds of folks who have other interests and will immediately see a way to adapt the idea. Thank you for the inspiration. Is there any chocolate left? :-)

  15. Aww wow this sounds amazing soooo wish there were something like this in the UK!!! :(

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