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