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!
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...Read More
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.
If 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...Read More
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.
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.
Baking team member Omar shows Natalie proper melting procedures.
Meanwhile, Cindy and Susan learn how to wrap Magic Morsels.
Eugene prepares brownie trays for refrigeration.
Although 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.Read More
Fairytale 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.
"The brownies were a HUGE HIT!!!" said Alyssa Crockett, Director of Individual Giving with Hospice of the Valley.
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.
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!Read More
Arizona 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.
While 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.
Our 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...Read More
When I was a child, I remember hearing my aunt recite this silly poem to my uncle on Valentine's Day:
There are tulips in the garden,
There are tulips in the park.
But the two lips I like best are your two lips in the dark.
They laughed and then gave each other a smooch.
Those aren't lines from Shakespeare, but I love that little poem and the memory it brings.
Because I'm always thinking, "chocolate," I have another little poem for Fairytale's fudge brownie lovers:
Violets are purple and roses are red,
Flowers are beautiful, but send fudge brownies instead.
Yes. That one is silly as well. I know our Fairytale Brownies fans can write much better lines than mine! Dazzle me with your poetry skills and you could win a gourmet brownie gift. I'll send the winner a Fairytale Dozen. Respond wherever this blog is posted.
I will monitor the responses, and then a few of us will choose our favorite one on Friday.
I heard today is National Chocolate Fondue Day and now I'm craving Fairytale Spicy Chili Chocolate Fondue. Ok, so it's only 8 a.m., but this fondue deserves the early morning rave.
Heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk combine with ancho chili pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne pepper, butter, sugar and, of course, chocolate chips. Gather some fudge brownies, gourmet cookies and bars, fresh fruit and other treats, and dip until the plate is empty. I promise that your taste buds will be in ecstasy.
Licking the spoon on this one is a must!