Give out Belgian Chocolate Brownies for Sweetest Day.

I was born in California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, so when someone mentioned Sweetest Day to me I asked, “What is that?” I never celebrated it growing up, but my Midwestern boyfriend knows all about it. Turns out, it is a holiday mainly celebrated in the Midwest and Northeastern United States. Wait! Another holiday focused around sweets? I can get behind that! (Any excuse to eat Belgian Chocolate Brownies!)  I decided to do a little research on the history of this day.

Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy maker and philanthropist started Sweetest Day to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and other underprivileged children. Some of the biggest movie stars of the day, including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, distributed the candy. Kingston wanted to show that these children had not been forgotten.

Today, it is celebrated among family and friends. So, I have to ask. Is this like another Valentine’s Day? Apparently hearts, reds and pinks are still related to this day, and Hallmark has...

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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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What is comfort food to you?

Comfort foods.  We have all heard the term, and I am sure just reading it has put a specific food in your mind. I personally think of mashed potatoes and gravy, must be the Irish in me. But I also think of chocolate, like that found in our Belgian Chocolate Brownies.

The old psychology student in me got curious about our behavior with certain foods and why we find them so comforting. Many people turn to certain foods to positively impact their emotions. They choose foods that either trigger nostalgia or that let them indulge. For some people, comfort food is something that is convenient, while with others it is the actual physical comfort the food provides.

What are specific comfort foods? Well, it really comes down to personal preferences and of course culture plays a big role. A study did reveal some patterns in the United States. The study found that “Males preferred warm, hearty, meal-related comfort foods (such as steak, casseroles, and soup), while females instead preferred comfort...

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New Seasonal Gourmet Brownie Flavor Popular at SAAC Show

Last week we were in Long Beach for the SAAC Show 2014 - an international trade show for distributors of promotional products. This was our second year exhibiting, and I have to say that we enjoy everything about the show - the people, the venue, the location.

This year, we introduced our new Pumpkin Spice Brownie to all SAAC Show attendees. Although the gourmet brownies will not be available for purchase until Sept. 2, we wanted to share our NEW flavor ahead of time for when it debuts. Because the Pumpkin Spice Brownie is seasonal, it will only be available for purchase between Sept. 2 and Dec. 31.

pumpkin, gourmet brownieThe Pumpkin Spice Brownie was a hit with show attendees. Even those who said they don't like pumpkin pie said they liked the brownie because the pumpkin flavor isn't overpowering. Our Pumpkin Spice brownie begins with a rich, Belgian dark chocolate base. Then we take sweet pumpkin puree and blend it with cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger, and swirl it into the brownie...

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Celebrate Chocolate Day with Belgian Chocolate Brownies

July 7th is Chocolate Day, and what better way to celebrate it than with some Belgian chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies? When you first take a bite of our rich, fudge brownies you will amaze at the decadent flavor. The reason our brownies taste so delicious is because we start with premium ingredients like farm-fresh eggs and real creamery butter. Of course the star ingredient is the chocolate, more specifically, imported Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate!

When you taste Fairytale Brownies the chocolate is sweet and oh so yummy, but did you know the chocolate you taste actually came from a vegetable? Yes, chocolate is produced from the exotic cocoa bean trees which grow in the warm and humid equatorial belt. The trees produce cocoa beans, and the seeds inside are harvested, dried, cleaned, and then roasted. The shell is then removed to produce cocoa nibs, which are then put into grinders so that they can first be ground coarsely, then to a super fine cocoa liquor. Cocoa butter...

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Fairytale Brownies Gains Superior Score With AIB

Every year Fairytale Brownies voluntarily submits to a Food Safety/GMP Inspection administered by AIB (American Institute of Baking).  These inspections are in addition to the local Maricopa County Health Dept. Inspections and routine FDA Inspections.

AIB International provides Food Safety Inspections, Audits and Certifications, Food Safety Education, and Research & Technical Services.  This particular inspection covers 5 key areas that represent standard requirements a facility must meet in order to keep food products wholesome and safe.  The "Standards" also reflect what an inspector would expect in a facility that maintains a food-safe processing environment.  Each year these standards become more strict in order to ensure that the food supply chain is safe.  At Fairytale Brownies we have always believed in producing the highest quality products under the safest conditions. 

This year Fairytale Brownies once again scored in the "Superior" range, gaining perfect scores in...

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Rich, Callebuat Belgian chocolate vs. Spicy Mexican Chocolate

Having traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico recently, I noticed many delicious confections made with Mexican chocolate that I was dying to try. This got me wondering what exactly Mexican chocolate was and how did it differ from the rich, dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate that Fairytale Brownies uses to bake our decadent treats. Here's what I found:

Mexican chocolate is made from dark, bitter chocolate mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts. The end result is a grainy, less smooth chocolate. It is frequently bought in disks, though you can also purchase the chocolate in bar and syrup form. The traditional uses for Mexican chocolate are hot drinks such as Atole (served with tamales), Champurrado (served as a dessert with churros or a sweet bread called Pan Dulce) and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Mexican Chocolate

Other popular uses for Mexican chocolate are in Tejate (a cold drink made of dark chocolate, corn masa, cocoa flowers, then marinated and frothed), and Mole (a sauce filled with spices, tomato and...

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Celebrate with chocolate chip cookie baskets and brownie gifts

The first line of the Wikipedia entry for chocolate chips keeps it awfully simple. “Chocolate chips,” the entry states, “are small chunks of chocolate.” chocolate chip brownie gift

Yup. That about sums it up. And that’s fine by us, because we don’t need much more reason to celebrate chocolate—especially on May 15 (aka National Chocolate Chip Day).

Chocolate chips have myriad uses from pancakes to hot chocolate and ice cream to trail mix. Of course, our favorite uses for chocolate chips are in our Chocolate Chip Brownie gifts and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie baskets.

Did you ever consider the many types of chips spawned by Ruth Graves Wakefield’s 1937 invention?

According to Wikipedia, Ruth’s semisweet chocolate chips eventually evolved to include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.

Whew!

Like that original Wikipedia entry, we like to keep it simple at...

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5 Reasons to Gift Gourmet Brownies

Gift Gourmet Brownies

It's never been easier to send gourmet brownies to your friends, family and loved ones. Looking for a reason to gift gourmet brownies? Here are 5 to get you started: 

  1. Health Benefits of Chocolate: According to women's health mag, chocolate is now considered a "superfood!" Cacao, the bean chocolate is made from is packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, which has disease-killing components. Stick to chocolate with at least 70% cacao, you'll reap the benefits. Fairytale Brownies are baked with Callebaut Dark Belgian Chocolate (pure - unsweetened). 
  2. Evoke childhood memories and sensations: According to howstuffworks, smells and tastes can bring on a flood of memories that influence people moods. Because we encounter most new smells and tastes in our youth, they often call up childhood memories. Childhood memories shape our lives, and reliving the  loving sensation of eating Mom's brownies after school is one that I want to relive as many times as possible.
  3. Send a Thank...
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April is all about birthday food gifts in my family

April is birthday month in my family. My brother’s birthday is April 23. My dad’s birthday is April 28. My birthday is April 30. On the other hand, my mom’s birthday is in March. What a challenge it must’ve been for her to lead a household of three stubborn Taurus men!

In addition to my immediate family’s birthdays, my uncle and eldest cousin have April birthdays as well. And to top it all off, my parents’ anniversary is in April. April brings no shortage of excuses to celebrate. And my relationship with Fairytale Brownies offers me no shortage of access to amazing Belgian chocolate brownies to deliver as birthday food gifts.

Rich and delicious, Belgian chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies are ideal gifts for life’s meaningful moments—like birthdays. If you’re wondering which to send me this April, you’re in luck. I’ve been taste testing for years waiting for this moment.

My favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownie with its velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate and the Pecan...

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