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Hello, Fairytale Fans!
 
I'm Alyssa Andrews and work in the Marketing Department at Fairytale Brownies. My official title is Sales and PR. In addition to the obvious, I am Co-Founder Eileen Spitalny's assistant, I research new Fairytale products, coordinate donations, and maintain our KaBOOM! partnership.

I have a journalism background so I'm naturally "nosy." I make it a point to know as much as I can about all things Fairytale Brownies, so if you have any questions, just ask!
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Sweet Treats Are a Must at Every Wedding Reception

There's something about a wedding. Whether an extravagant affair or a simple civil ceremony, the romance of it all warms my heart.

gourmet browniesAlthough the celebration after the vows also can be extravagant or simple, one fact remains:. Something sweet ALWAYS is served. Cake, cupcakes, pie, candy, cookies, fudge brownies - as the official dessert or a gift favor takeaway, a sweet treat is required.

A good friend of mine in the Midwest was married this past summer.

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Although I couldn't make it to her bridal shower, I sent her a gift and some fudge brownies with her engagement photo on it to use as a keepsake box.

After receiving the gift, she remembered that our bite-sized Magic Morsels are wrapped in purple foil - the color of her bridesmaids' dresses! The Morsels would be a perfect fit as table favors for her reception.

She ordered them in bulk in a variety of flavors.

The Magic Morsels gourmet brownies were such a hit, that several people approached the mother of the bride with news that they spotted...

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Send A Brownie Birthday Surprise When You Can't Be There to Celebrate

ship browniesWhen my children were young, people used to tell me to enjoy every minute with them - even the "stressful" ones - because they would grow up too quickly. I couldn't imagine my three little boys ever growing up. I figured I would be forever stepping on stray Lego pieces, and finding rubber balls and Matchbox cars stuffed in the oddest places.

But time does go by, and children do grow up. My "baby" is turning 21 next week! 

Although we won't be together to celebrate this year, I will ship brownies to him so that he can celebrate with friends at school. Fairytale's Birthday Surprise is a fun little party in a box - and I can choose his favorite flavors (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Caramel, Original, Cream Cheese).

Maybe I'll send a few toy cars as well to remind him of the "old" days.

 

 

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Enjoy Arizona Weather, Shopping, Fudge Brownies at Local Fall Festival

If you're looking for a way to spend time in the beautiful outdoors this weekend, Local First Arizona's 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival is the event you'll want to attend at Portland Parkway in Phoenix.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, more than 100 vendors will sell handmade gifts and products you won't be able to find anywhere else. Local restaurants and food trucks will sample and sell their delicious products.

Look for the Duck & Decanter booth and you will find Fairytale Brownies fudge brownie samples. The Duck sells our fudge brownies in case anyone has a craving...

Local First will be giving away gift bags to the first 500 festival attendees, and there will be plenty of raffle and silent auction prizes throughout the day. Two Fall Pumpkin Spice Combos will be given away at the festival.

There will be live music, a wine and beer garden, and fun activities for the kids. The event truly is a family affair.

 

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Generous Customers Support KaBOOM! at Fairytale Open House

fudge browniesFairytale Brownies was prepared with plenty of $1 rejects for customers to purchase at last week's Open House, and our customers didn't disappoint. Generous "promoters of play" donated $2,000 to the national nonprofit KaBOOM! in just three hours!

Fairytale Brownies and KaBOOM! have been play partners since 2001. Since that time, we have contributed more than $100,000, along with brownies, cookies and countless volunteer hours working toward building safe places for children to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Fairytale Brownies customers help us promote play by donating funds at the end of their online purchases. We match ever dollar donated, up to $5,000 at the end of the year. Visit here to learn more about giving the gift of play.

A big thank you to all though who came by to purchase rejects, sample product and say hello to the Fairytale crew. It was so nice to chat with all of you!

Here are some other photos from our Open House last week:

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Pumpkin Dip is especially tasty with Fairytale Brownies, Cookies, Bars

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I've been gathering recipes for a variety of dessert dips and recently made this WHIPPED PUMPKIN DIP to serve with our Fairytale Brownies, Cookies and Bars at next week's After Hours Open House.

It's extremely easy to make, and quite tasty. I brought a batch of dip with a variety of gourmet brownies cut into smaller pieces to a party. During the evening, I noticed someone dipping raw vegetables into the pumpkin mixture. She said she was just using the carrot sticks as a serving utensil to eat the dip by itself.

If you like pumpkin and whipped cream, you might do the same thing.

WHIPPED PUMPKIN DIP

Found on Pinterest from Angela G., via The Mighty Mrs.
1 (8 oz.) container of whipped topping

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin

1 (1.34 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding

A pinch cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice (I used pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to taste)

Mix together pumpkin, vanilla pudding (just the powder) and spices. Fold in whipped cream.

Serve with gourmet brownies, cookies and bars cut into...

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3 Things Your Boss Wants to Know about Gourmet Brownies

gourmet brownies, brownie giftWhen you give your boss Fairytale Brownies for Boss's Day on Thursday, he or she might want to know why you chose gourmet brownies as a gift:

1. Fairytale Brownies are baked with Callebaut brand Belgian dark chocolate, the finest chocolate makers for more than 100 years. Fairytale is a fine brownie baker for 22 years! Bosses love success stories, especially when they're delicious.

2. The definition of "gourmet" as an adjective: involving or purporting to involve high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation. Bosses appreciate high-quality work from their employees, so they more than likely will love high-quality (or gourmet) brownies.

3. Your boss took a chance and hired YOU out of all of the candidates applying for your position. You were the "gourmet" of the group. Recognizing the boss's good taste in hiring practices by giving gourmet brownies is just the right thing to do. Send a brownie gift for Boss's Day.

 

 

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Fall in Love with Pumpkin Spice Brownies at Fairytale's Anniversary Open House

Twenty-two years ago, David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny began their entrepreneurial adventure to bake the best gourmet brownies by co-founding the mail order company Fairytale Brownies. Today, their business not only bakes delicious fudge brownies, the duo has added chewy cookies and buttery blondie bars to the menu... all of which rival their delicious gourmet brownies.

For the past several years we've celebrated Fairytale Brownies' anniversary month with an Open House - sharing new packaging and new products, sampling all of our product flavors, and selling our "reject" brownies for $1. All proceeds from the sale of the rejects go to our national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!

fudge brownies, gourmet brownies, anniversaryThis year's Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at our bakery on Cotton Center Blvd. (48th St. & Broadway Rd.). Because we are introducing our new Pumpkin Spice Brownie, the party has taken on a "fall" theme. We will serve apple cider, water, coffee, and all of the Fairytale Brownies cookie,...

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Experience the Difference with Fairytale's Brownie Gift Basket

Because our fudge brownies, gourmet cookies and buttery blondie bars are baked with quality ingredients, and our packaging is custom designed, most people react animatedly when they receive a Fairytale Brownies gift. This reaction is all a part of the "Fairytale Experience." The following is a recent recipient's response when a brownie gift was sent to her from Kim Silva, Operations Team Leader:

OMG!

The Brownies!  OMG! 
My first brownie was the “Espresso Nib”. 
Just the right sweetness…
Just the right cake-like melt-in-your-mouth smoothness…
Just the right crunchiness…
UNBELIEVABLE!
I will be saving them in my freezer and doling them out to myself to savor for the next 6 months.  I will remember you and David with each bite!

But the Experience of JOY!  OMG!
You see, the package may have been delivered last night, but I received it this morning when Jasmine went outside.
The pristine packaging – the white box by my front door…
The name, Fairytale Brownies, Did someone want to send me...

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Always My Friend - 21 Years Later

When my 7-year-old asked me to meet his new friend's Mom, I was too depressed to make the effort to go outside to do so. We were new to the area, and although my kids were making friends, it wasn't happening for me. But I put on my happy face and went out to introduce myself.

send browniesAlthough I don't remember the exact conversation, I discovered they were newcomers as well. I KNEW we were going to be great friends when I asked her how she liked the area and she burst into tears and said, "I hate it!"

That was 21 years ago. Although we live 1,000 miles away from each other now, our friendship remains just as solid as it was when we were together having adventures with (and without) our families. I DO owe her a phone call though.

As National Women's Friendship Day approaches (Sept. 22), I'm thinking about all of the women friends in my life and my heart is filled with joy. I wish I could send brownies to each of them!

Let your women friends know you're thinking about them, too.

 

 

 

 

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Create Delicious Chocolate Cream Brownie Pie Without Using an Oven

You might have heard that Phoenix had some rain this week - perfect weather to bake something delicious and curl up with a good book. Although I didn't succumb to the "baking" desire, (the temperatures are still in the 90s after all), I DID create a delicious concoction without using an oven.

fudge browniesChocolate Cream Peanut Butter Pie (Mini)

(Makes 12 mini pies)

12 Peanut Butter Fairytale Brownie Sprites

1 package Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (3.9 oz)

1 package Cream Cheese (8 oz.), softened

1 cup confectioner's sugar

2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 container whipped topping (8 oz)

Peanut Butter Cups (3 or 4), chopped

Milk Chocolate Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips

Directions: Spray inside of muffin pan with cooking spray. Unwrap Fairytale Sprites and press inside each muffin cup.

Prepare Chocolate Pudding per instructions and chill while preparing peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Filling: Cream confectioner's sugar, peanut butter and cream cheese together until smooth.

Spoon 2...

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