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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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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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Send some fudge brownie love to those you love on Grandparents Day

"Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love." - Author Unknown

fudge brownies, grandparents dayIf you're lucky enough to live near your grandparents, let them know how special they are with a visit on Sunday, Grandparents Day. Depending on how active the grandparents are, your day could be as strenuous as listening to music on the living room couch, or playing football in the park.

Even if you don't live close to your grandparents, let them know you're thinking of them by sending a gourmet gift from Fairytale Brownies. What a treat it would be to receive a delicious batch of fudge brownies or a cookie gift from a loved one. Usually it's the Grandma that bakes the dessert!

I'm not a grandparent yet, but many friends and most of my siblings have been granted that honor. I've seen the love they have for their children and it doesn't compare to the love they have for the grandchildren. It's like someone sprinkled fairy dust on them and their "happy place" IS their...

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Pumpkin Spice Fudge Brownies Are Just Weeks Away From Debut

fudge browniesOoh!

Aah!

You're killing me.

What IS that?

Mmmmm!

Oh, that is the bomb.

What a pleasure to hear people's reactions to tasting Fairytale Brownies' new Pumpkin Spice Brownie at a recent trade show in Long Beach, Calif. The new seasonal brownie debuts Sept. 2 and we gave show attendees a sneak preview.

Overall, the reviews were positive. On the first day of our show, we only had one person say he didn't care for the new flavor. He not only didn't care for it, he passionately said, "I hate it."

He brought his wife back with him to our booth on the second day and told her how much he hated the fudge brownie. He wanted her to sample it and give her opinion. She tasted it and loved it.

I get it. Not everyone likes pumpkin. Not everyone likes chocolate either. I can't imagine why, but to each his own. Personally, I LOVE pumpkin. I can't wait for the season of everything pumpkin to return. And now that Fairytale will have a Pumpkin Spice Brownie, I couldn't be happier.

Our Pumpkin Spice Brownie doesn't...

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Keep bag lunches exciting with Fairytale gourmet cookies, Magic Morsels

Now that children are heading back to school, parents are looking for ways to keep lunches exciting throughout the whole year.

Adding a gourmet cookie, or Magic Morsel to any lunch box might do the trick.

Fairytale Cookies are baked in six different flavors - Double Chocolate, Coconut Walnut, Toffee Chocolate Chip, Caramel Pecan, Mint Chocolate, and MY favorite - Peanut Butter.

Magic Morsels also are baked in six different flavors - Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Cream Cheese, Original, Raspberry Swirl and Walnut.

Each treat is individually wrapped for freshness. Between the gourmet cookies and the Magic Morsels, you've covered 12 days of lunches. We also have six flavors of blondie bars and 12 flavors of snack-sized Sprites... that's 18 MORE lunch box days! If you think about it, we can cover the whole month with our flavor varieties. All you need to do is reorder the fudgy treats when they're gone.

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Send brownies to your cousins for their special day

I grew up in a large Italian family in small town in northern New York. We seemed to be related to everyone.

cousins day, gourmet brownies, send brownies

The good thing about having a large family was being able to spend time with my cousins. It didn't matter whose house we visited - theirs or ours - there always was someone to hang out with and always something to do.

gourmet brownies, send browniesDid you know that July 24 is Cousin's Day? Now you have an excuse to send brownies to your favorite cousins to let them know you're thinking about them.

July 24 also is National Tequila Day. Because I like tequila, my perfect Cousin's Day would be to hang out with my cousins, eat gourmet brownies and drink tequila.

It would be a magical day. :)

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Serve Pecan Blondies in Celebration of National Pecan Pie Day

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Pecan Pie. Yes, it's normally a Thanksgiving Day dessert, but we're thinking about it in July because July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day.

If pecan pie isn't on your list of items to bake in July, you might want to save time and order a food gift of buttery brown sugar bars from Fairytale Brownies.

A Fairytale Brownies Pecan Blondie tastes so much like pecan pie, you might as well top it with vanilla ice cream and dig in. I believe Fairytale's Pecan Blondie recipe is so close to tasting like "real" pecan pie that the only ingredients missing are corn syrup and bourbon...

Hmm. Forget the corn syrup. But you might want to drink the bourbon by the pool while you savor your Pecan Blondie.


 

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Stay Cool Through Dog Days of Summer With Gourmet Brownies

gourmet browniesAccording to the Old Farmer's Almanac, July 3 marks the beginning of the Dog Days of Summer because it coincides with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Although the rising of Sirius doesn't affect the weather, temperatures seem to climb as well as our cravings for frozen treats.

Our Fairytale Brownies buddy, Chuy, isn't concerned about the Dog Star or the weather. But he is serious about gourmet brownies... and buttery bars... and, of course, chewy "chuy" cookies.

Chuy recommends using Fairytale Brownies treats for all of your summer desserts. Store fudge brownies, cookies and bars in the freezer and thaw as needed. (Some customers enjoy our products frozen!) Serve Fairytale Brownies treats by themselves or as a part of a frozen confection like an Ice Cream Sandwich or Ice Cream Sundae. Or create a brownie trifle, a brownie parfait, or a brownie pie.

Keep cool through the Dog Days of Summer with gourmet brownies from Fairytale Brownies.

 

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Fairytale Brownies offers free shipping on select special occasion gifts

It's officially summer! Although temperatures might not seem to be cooperating in your neck of the woods, here in Arizona, the sun is burnin' bright. Most of our Fairytale Brownies customers know that once our temps consistently reach 100, we charge an extra $2 to ship each gift with reusable ice packs and Styrofoam insulation. But for a limited time, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on select special occasion gifts.

Are you having a July 4th party next week? Order your gourmet brownies now. Is someone having a birthday? Send a brownie gift with free shipping. Need to thank someone or congratulate them? Free standard shipping.

It's important to plan accordingly. During the summer months we only ship Monday through Wednesday (standard delivery) so that brownie gifts won't sit in a un-airconditioned shipping warehouse over the weekend.

When you receive your fudge brownies, the ice packs will be melted and the brownies may be warm and soft. This is normal. Put the ice packs in the freezer and...

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