On a rainy Monday in April, I came home to a mystery mail-bag. I knew at once it had to be from my Foodie Penpal, Shana Hart, in Maryland! I was so excited – even before I opened it. It was such a day brightener to have a package in the mail. You know how Mondays can be, and a surprise of any kind is just a glorious event.
I tore open the bag, and found this chocolatey loot:
I unwrapped the Endangered Species Chocolate bar IMMEDIATELY and had myself some chocolate therapy. This chocolate is now on the endangered species list, as I made short work of ending its life. Yum – it had a really yummy cocoa flavor and wasn’t overly sweet. It was awesome.
The Choco-Walla Odwalla bar was something I knew I’d save for my coffee break the next morning. I’ve seen Odwalla bars, but I’ve never tried one. I was pretty excited. After a morning of kindergarten kiddos, and elementary recess, I came in and paired that Choco-Walla with an excellent vintage of Starbucks coffee. It was the perfect morning combo. I will definitely buy myself some more of these little morsels! I can’t remember the calorie count, but it was under 250 – so for a snack that has some staying power, this is a good little energy bar. I may use these for packable snacks when I run.
The trail mix from Nature’s Promise was so chock full of walnuts it was amazing! I couldn’t identify all of the types of dried fruits, but this was also really good. It’s also a product I hadn’t tried before, and will definitely purchase in the future. I love nibbly snacks! I think I just like all kinds of snacks – but especially those that are sweet and go well with coffee. These kept me from going straight for the Reese’s Easter Eggs that are filling the mark-down displays!
I have been saving the coffee for another rainy day! Godiva Chocolate-Raspberry Coffee deserves a special occasion. Maybe I'll share it with my work-friends on the last day of school. Just smelling it through the wrapper is enough to make me want to chew open the bag. I'm showing a lot of restraint!!!
I'm definitely going to keep participating. Are you up for being/having a foodie penpal? Each month you get paired with someone new. The rules are the same: email arrives on the 5th of the month introducing you to the person to whom you'll send a package. Treats in the mail on or before the 15th of the month, and reveal day is the 30th of the month. This is on a month to month basis - it's free to join, and you can skip busy months or money-stretched months if need be. Thanks to Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean - this is a really fun program! Can't wait to see what May will bring.
To Shana - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
I sent a package to Van, in Chicago. If you want to see what my box-o-loot looked like, here's a link to her blog: chieats.com