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Foodie Penpal from Idaho


Have I mentioned how much I love Foodie Penpals?!

One thing I absolutely love about the program is that I’m matched with different people from different regions of the U.S. every month. And they almost always send something from where they are from. I adore that!

This month, my Foodie PenPal box was sent from Amber, all the way from Idaho! {No, she didn’t send me potatoes.} Though I do love potatoes, she was a little more clever than that. 😉

Sage Milk Chocolate

Sage Milk Chocolate from Boise

This was the first thing I unwrapped and dug into from the box. Sage and milk chocolate? Who knew?! It’s an excellent combination. I promptly broke the bar up into pieces to put in my lunches for the week. You know, I do eat a little bit of chocolate every day. I did save a piece for Rob. When he got home from work, I made him try a piece and told him to tell me what he tasted in the chocolate. “Is that rosemary?” he asked. SO CLOSE!

Via, Chocolate

Starbucks Via Refreshers – Valencia Orange flavor, Corazona’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Squares, Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter

You know, I had never tried the Starbucks Refreshers before. What a great introduction! The Valencia Orange flavor really took me back. It reminded me of TANG! They were so fun to try and to break up my water routine.

I had never heard of Corazona’s nor their White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Squares. I always love a good protein, nut or oatmeal bar for a quick breakfast or snack and these did not disappoint. I forget about macadamia nuts sometimes, even though I love nuts. It might be partially because I rarely buy them – they are expensive. But dear hubby is also allergic. Okay, better chance to keep them all to myself!

And you can never go wrong with any Justin’s nut butter. As a francophile, I adore Nutella. And somehow, somewhere along the way, Rob learned he is allergic to hazelnuts. That means All The Nutella is for Me… Mwahhhhhahahaha! But the discovery of chocolate almond butter makes it more accessible to Rob now. 😉

Huckleberry Jam, also from Idaho

Wild Huckleberry Jam, also from Idaho

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a huckleberry, much less Huckleberry Jam. New to me and from Idaho – win-win! I’ve been stirring it into my overnight oats. Sometimes I add a few chocolate chips, chia seeds {from my last Foodie Penpal} and slivered almonds, too. Perfect!

And last, but most certainly not least:


Angie’s Salted Caramel Kettle Corn


Recently, I learned that Angie’s Kettle Corn is out of Minnesota. My husband and I love the stuff. But how is it that I’ve never had nor have I even known about the Salted Caramel flavor?! Thank you, Amber, for introducing me. Well, maybe it isn’t a good thing. I did open the bag to give it a try and probably ate half of it… Next time, pour a serving into a bowl, Carrie! 😉

Thank you so much, Amber, for your thoughtful package and the kind note, too.

I love that you put some of your favorites in the box as well as items from your homeland.

Cheers to you!


Thinking you want to become a Foodie Penpal? You don’t even need to be a blogger to do it! Nor do you have to participate every month. Here’s how:

1. Sign up by the 4th of the month that you want to participate.
2. On the 5th of the month, you are assigned a Foodie Penpal.
3. You communicate with your penpal about any food allergies or preferences, as well as where to ship the package.
4. By the 15th of the month, send $15 worth of food to your penpal that may include homemade goodies, local treats or just some of your favorite discoveries that you want to share! The box must also contain something handwritten.
5. You’ll receive a package from another Foodie Penpal, who was assigned to you.
6. If you are like me, you squeal with delight when your package arrives.
7. You enjoy said goodies, which you may have never known about otherwise.
8. If you are a blogger, you post about the package you received on the last day of the month – Reveal Day! {If you are not a blogger, you do not need to do anything, but thank your Penpal, of course! However, if your Penpal does blog, you can choose to write a guest post, if you so wish.}
9. To sign up for September by September 4th, click here.


What would you have liked to try most out of this box and why?