Thursday, November 6, 2008

Blogging by Mail - A surprise package from Nikki

I was very excited yesterday to receive a Blogging By Mail parcel from Nikki of Miss Cupcakeface in the USA. The contents of my parcel are pictured above. Thanks Nikki!

My parcel contains lots of wonderful sweet treats - although I don't blog about it, I am a lolly fiend, so I was very excited to receive box upon box of sweets from Nikki.

Nikki thoughtfully packed graham crackers, marshmallows and bars of Hersheys chocolate so that I could make s'mores. Yum! We don't get Graham crackers in Australia, so it is terrific to be able to see and taste exactly what they are, as they appear as an ingredient in many US recipes.

She also packed a box of red, green and blue Wilton shimmer dust together with Wilton white sparkling sugar so that I can brighten my cake decorations. I love pretty shiny stuff to help me decorate my cakes!

I received three cute cookie cutters in the shape of a heart, a gingerbread man and a flower. These are great, because I didn't previously have these shapes in my collection.

There was also a massive Psychadelic Sour Jawbreaker - I am not yet sure how I will tackle this, but I am up for a challenge!

And last, but not least, I received 7 boxes of candy - Skittles (fruit candies in lime, grape, lemon, orange and strawberry), Jolly Rancher Gummies (soft fruit candies in watermelon, apple, orange, cherry, grape and lemon flavours), Wonka Everlasting Gobstoppers (jawbreakers that change colours and flavours), Wonka Nerds (tiny, tangy crunchy candies), Mike and Ike Fruit Candies (cherry, lime, lemon, orange and strawberry flavours), Ferrara Pan Lemonheads and Wonka Sweet Tarts. Eat your heart out! (Although don't tell Boris, my dentist ;).) I have only tried the Mike and Ike so far, but they are good, and are not sold here. I also love fruit candies, so I now have a lot to choose from.

Thanks so much to Nikki for this lovely surprise package and to the tireless Stephanie of
Dispensing Happiness who organises Blogging By Mail, collecting data and matching bloggers and keeping track of what is going on (this time, for 117 participants!).


Happy cook said...

You are having lot of fun with bloging with mails isn't it.
Enjoy the goodies

Lorraine E said...

Fabulous haul! There are so many things that we just don't get here but we always hear about. Wow, those shimmers sound great. I love that idea, will check out the Dispensing Happiness site :D

gabe's girl said...

What a wonderful parcel to receive! I love candy.

miss.cupcake.face said...

Yay! I'm glad you liked everything! I can't believe you can't get Graham Crackers! That's CRAZY!

The Blonde Duck said...

I should have sent you some Candy corn! I bet you would have loved it! Next year, I swear!

Emiline said...

Coooool! So much candy, so little time, right?

Don't go into a coma.

Rosie said...

Wow what a wonderful parcel of goodies you have there cakelaw! Lucky you :)

Rosie x

Tammy said...

that is so cool! I would love to participate in somehting like that. it is amazing all the things that we cant get here in NZ as well - like graham crackers and hersheys bits etc! I look forward to seeing your crerations with the glitter!!

Swati said...

Thats a lovely parcel with some of the best goodies..
Am just trying not feel "J"... LOL!!

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Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Wow that parcel is full of fantastic things! A wonderful experience!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Happy Cook, it is great fun - just a few anxious moments for me still waiting to see if my mailout reaches its destination.

Hi Lorraine, it s fun to try things that we just don't get here (or could get at great expense from a speciality store).

Hi Gabe, I'm with you!

Hi Nikki, I think it's crazy too - Graham crackers are in so many base recipes, but I could previously only guess as to a suitable substitute. Thanks again!

Hi Blonde Duck, that's very sweet of you. I will have to practise my technique from studying your fab photos.

Hi Em, I think I will keep the phone by the bed just in case, but I am sooo looking forward to a little sugar. Woohoo!

Thanks Rosie.

Hi Tammy, this is why BBM is so much fun! I'm looking forward to playing with glitter too.

LOL Swati - thanks :)

Thanks Tennen.

Hi Silvia, thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

I remember last year when I received your wonderful package :)

Cakelaw said...

Glad you liked it Maryann :)

Anonymous said... your blog - just to let you know, I'm pretty sure you can get graham crackers at kosher food stores here in Melbourne (Kraus Foods in Elsternwick and Rishon Foods in Balaclava to name a couple) should go and check them out..I think they also have mike and ike candy etc. Enjoy!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Anonymous :) I'll have to check out those stores - I'm a south of the river person.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome- I was hoping you'd see my comment :-) It's totally worth it to check out those shops if you get the chance..lots of great goodies..heaps of american lollies etc!

Psychgrad said...

In my limited experience of jawbreakers...I've learned that really is no technique. There's not quick way (short of bring out power tools) of getting through them.

I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on this event because I'd love to put together a care package. Not to mention that I love packages.

Anonymous said...

Are graham crackers anything like shredded wheatmeals or more like granitas? I could never work that out from the description

Cakelaw said...

Hi Anonymous, they look almost like Ryvita, and taste like a cross between shredded wheatmeal and malt biscuits in flavour. If I was looking for an Aussie substitute, I think I would go for Arnotts Malt O' Milk biscuits.