August Foodie Penpals Reveal

The Lean Green Bean

If you’ve been reading the blog in the past few months you’ve seen my loot from previous months of the Foodie Penpal program. I love getting a mystery box of goodies that I would most likely never purchase for myself, while sending off some of my favorite foods to someone else. This month I sent a box of healthy goodies to Jill. I love that she does a weekly menu like I do! I was pleased to receive my box from Elizabeth. While all of my boxes have been a lot of fun, this month really took the cake.

Elizabeth lives in Western Michigan, which is home to a large Dutch population. She stocked up on Dutch treats that were really fun for me to explore.

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First up was a package of Almond St. Claus Cookies. They were a little gingerbread-y and quite large. Luckily a few were broken in shipping. I took this as a good sign, because I can nibble on a little chunk without being (too) tempted to eat an entire cookie. They were really good.

Almond St. Claus Cookies

This package of mints looks just like a pack of cigarettes. My husband wants to roll them in his shirt sleeve.


Did you know there’s such a thing as chocolate oatmeal?! It cooks up super fast in the microwave and comes out smelling just like hot chocolate. I really don’t care for hot chocolate (yes, I am a crazy person) so that was a little unsettling for me, but it tasted good and I’m sure most people would love it.

Chocolate Oatmeal

I had also never heard of buckwheat honey before. It has a really unique flavor, kind of like a sweeter molasses. I haven’t decided how I want to use it yet, but I can’t wait to get creative.

Buckwheat Honey

I’ve saved the best for last. These Stroopie Dutch Syrup Waffles were to die for. Just looking at them I expected a crispy waffle cookie on par with a waffle cone. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I took my first bite and discovered they are thin, soft waffle cookies with an almost imperceptible layer of syrup in the middle. Elizabeth recommended warming them over a hot mug. I’m not a coffee drinker and didn’t have any tea in the house, so I stuck mine in the microwave for a few seconds. When heating the cookie the syrup becomes much more prominent. I preferred them cold, slathered with bit of nutella. They tasted almost exactly like my favorite girl scout cookies, samoas!

Dutch Syrup Waffles

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for the fun and delicious package!

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