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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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Graduates: Send fudge brownies to those who helped you get through

So many of us have family and friends who will be graduating from high school and fudge browniescollege this month. Ceremonies and parties to attend, gifts to purchase. As they leave behind the past and ready for the future, I believe they should thank those who encouraged them during the challenging times with fudge brownies.

Whether it's a teacher, friend, relative, or co-worker - a sweet treat for all of the times they made life a little sweeter is a fitting gift.

 

 

My son will be graduating from dental school next week, and of course, I am extremely proud of him. He has worked so hard to achieve his goal. Although these past four years have been the craziest roller coaster ride he's ever experienced, the one thing we noticed is the same mentors, friends and associates who always are by his side ready to help him through.

Theirs a lasting bond, and should be celebrated. My son has placed his order and the gourmet brownie gifts will ship in time for graduation on Friday.

I hope he ordered a little...

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Remember your favorite service person with Patriotic brownies for Memorial Day

send browniesMy son has always wanted to be a pilot. Except for an obsession with cooking shows, and my pots and pans when he was 2, he's always loved everything about flight, planes, jets, and the military.

Although I'm extremely proud of all that he's accomplished, and thankful for his service to our country (U.S. Air Force), like any Mom, I miss him terribly. Because he's stationed 6,000 miles away, I can't just hop on a plane and pop in for a visit. So we Facetime and email, and I send brownie care packages whenever the mood strikes.

brownie care packagesMemorial Day weekend is coming up. Whether you remember your favorite military person with a Patriotic gift from Fairytale Brownies, or order brownies for the party you're having in the back yard, we've got Memorial Day covered.

Fairytale makes it easy to send brownies - we ship to APO/FPO addresses.

But don't forget to send extras. They WILL share.

 

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Judging Junior Cupcake Challenge Creates Challenge of Its Own

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Providing fudge brownies for 40 bakers entering a local Junior Cupcake Challenge was the easy part of Fairytale Brownies participating in last weekend's event, After all, it's my job to spread joy through gourmet brownies!

Then I was asked to be one of the judges for the 8- to 12-year-olds, and I thought, "How fun!"

It WAS fun.

The girls were separated into eight teams. Each team chose a cupcake flavor and created their own topping design to present to the judges.

They were baking a dozen cupcakes, but the bakers only had to present four perfectly finished creations to the judges.

Although they were given the recipes for both chocolate and vanilla batter, the teams were free to change their cupcake flavor using any of the "secret ingredients" from the table set up nearby.

Teams were given points for creativity, originality, teamwork, taste, plating and appearance.

As I observed each team, I noticed how well they all worked together. Even when they ran into problems - the batter wasn't...

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Thank your favorite teachers with gourmet brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies

We all remember a favorite teacher or two from our school years. The characteristics that made them our favorites are as varied as our personalities - encourager, listener, communicator, caretaker, challenger, joker. Those teachers influenced who we are today.

gourmet brownie giftIf you have children, you probably recognize the influence teachers are making in their lives. May 5-9 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Why not thank those teachers with a gourmet brownie gift from Fairytale Brownies?

The Thank You 8-Sprite Favor ($16.95) is just the right size to send those thank-you thoughts. Eight different fudge brownies are individually wrapped and tucked inside the gift box, so the teacher can snack at recess, lunch... well, whenever the teacher pleases.

Are you still thinking about your own favorite teachers? If you know where they are, you might want to surprise them with a gourmet brownie gift as well. Chances are, if you still remember them, they might still remember you.

(Sending a virtual thank you...

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Fairytale's shipping team learns how to bake fudge brownies

Everyone knows that understanding how to do one's job is important in keeping that job. But at Fairytale Brownies, we believe we become more efficient when we understand how others do their jobs within the company. So we shadow train.

Most recently, shipping team members donned white aprons and hair nets, and entered the kitchen to bake gourmet brownies.

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Natalie drops chunks of chocolate and butter into the kettle that to melt. The liquid will then be poured into the mixer with the dry ingredients to create the gourmet brownie batter.

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Baking team member Omar shows Natalie proper melting procedures.

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Meanwhile, Cindy and Susan learn how to wrap Magic Morsels.

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Eugene prepares brownie trays for refrigeration.

 

 

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Prepare for a gourmet Easter - order brownies online now

order browniesAlthough Easter is still three weeks away, those who have chosen to give up dessert, chocolate or sweets for Lent might be planning what treat they will eat first when they return to "sugarland."

If gourmet brownies, cookies or bars are high on your list, order online now and choose your delivery date. Now through April 7, Fairytale Brownies offers 25% off all Easter gifts. Use code ML657 at check out.

Fairytale Brownies ships to all APO/FPO addresses, so don't forget to treat your military friends and family who won't be home for the holiday. Remember that shipping to APO/FPO addresses may take a little longer than the standard UPS 3-Day.

Fairytale's individually wrapped treats also make great Easter basket fillers. Buy in bulk, add jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and Peeps, and you've got the perfect basket for Easter morning.

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Hospice 'Enchanted Evening' Serves Up Fudge Brownies, Chewy Cookies

fudge browniesFairytale Brownies was a part of Hospice of the Valley's "Some Enchanted Evening" fundraising gala held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on March 15.

The Auction of Heirlooms and Art Event, attended by more than 400, raised $319,000 through live and silent auctions. The money will benefit the not-for-profit organization's patients and their families.

Fairytale Magic Morsels were used as table favors  and full-sized fudge brownies, Fairytale Sprites, chewy cookies, and buttery Fairytale Bars also were served at the dessert bar.

"The brownies were a HUGE HIT!!!" said Alyssa Crockett, Director of Individual Giving with Hospice of the Valley.

 

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Order brownies now to serve Irish Cream St. Patrick's Day dessert

While I'll be wearing green and eating my favorite Shepherd's Pie this St. Patrick's Day, I'm going to incorporate a new dessert into my Irish-themed menu: Irish Cream Espresso Brownies.

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Time is something none of us has to spare, so quick, simple and tasty recipes are a must. This one meets all of the criteria. First, you must order brownies from Fairytale Brownies. Specifically, Espresso Nib brownies purchased in bulk.

Irish Cream Espresso Brownies

1 stick butter (4 oz.)

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 Fairytale Brownies Espresso Nib 3" x 3" Brownies

Soften butter and mix with Irish Cream and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until creamy. Frost brownies.

Optional: Top brownies with green sugar sprinkles.

Cut in half or into small squares.

Serve with your favorite Irish beverage. Slainte!

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Free Peanut Butter Cookie when you visit Fairytale Brownies bakery

gourmet cookieArizona customers who come into the Fairytale Brownies bakery to make a purchase this week will receive a FREE Peanut Butter cookie in honor of National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (March 1).

Fairytale's Peanut Butter cookie is one of our customers' favorite flavors with a soft and creamy center surrounded by chewy edges and an old-fashioned sprinkling of granulated sugar.

According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend almost $800 million each year on peanut butter. We spread it, dip it, freeze it, mix it, bake it and spoon it. But mostly, we love to eat it.

If you're a gourmet cookie lover and also happen to be a peanut butter lover, stop into the Fairytale Brownies bakery Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for your FREE Peanut Butter cookie. Call 800.531.5209 for directions.

 

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Pick up some fudge brownies before Spring Training games

fudge brownies at baseball gameWhile most of the country is dealing with mountains of snow and adverse weather conditions, we in Arizona are preparing for Cactus League Spring Training. For the next five weeks, 15 Major League Baseball teams will play ball, and thousands of us will soak up the Arizona sun and watch.

fudge brownies baseball gameOur Fairytale Brownies bakery is just a short distance to three of the stadiums: the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, The Oakland A's in Phoenix and the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. Because we're so close to the ballparks, you might want to leave the house a little earlier and make your perfect baseball day a "Fairytale Day":

Stop by our bakery early. Watch the bakers melt, mix, bake, cut and wrap fudge brownies. Sample a fudge brownie or a gourmet cookie, and then buy brownies to snack on at the game! Stick them in your purse or pocket and head on over to the ballpark.

Our fudge brownies go great with beer, water and pretty much any beverage that is served at a baseball game so you can't go wrong with picking up a...

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