Employee Appreciation Day is March 7th!

Bosses have a day to celebrate themselves . . . why not employees too?! Did you know that this Friday, March 7, 2014 is National Employee Appreciation Day? If you're serious about employee recognition, you'll want to pay attention to the rest of this post. Employee recognition is one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce turnover, curb absenteeism, increase productivity and keep employees engaged with their work (source). 

According to the experts, here are a few employee appreciation gift ideas:

  1. Spring for lunch: Breaking bread together is a nice bonding experience for the group. Who wouldn't enjoy taking time off during the workday to do a little team building? Visit a local restaurant, or have lunch catered in. Either way, your employees will love it. 
  2. Starbucks: How about a mid-afternoon Starbucks break where everyone gets their favorite drink? An afternoon caffeine jolt is always welcomed and appreciated.
  3. Plan an activity: Fun activities, or team building exercises can...
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Belgian chocolate brownie gifts for March Madness

March Madness is upon us! In honor of one of our favorite sporting events, we thought it’d be fun to introduce you to some of college basketball’s tastiest mascots. Alas, we scoured the Internet and came up a little shy. belgian chocolate brownie gift

There’s the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. The slugs probably aren’t tasty, but we like bananas. There’s the Penn Quakers. Again, we wouldn’t eat a Quaker, but we do enjoy oatmeal. And there’s the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, who could probably cook up a mean plate of jambalaya.

Since college basketball isn’t offering up the goods, here are a few tasty brownie gifts for your March Madness party.

  • Fairytale Dozen: From cool Mint Chocolate to crunchy Pecan, this delicious brownie gift includes every magical flavor and comes hand packed in a classic gift box, wrapped in our signature purple band.
  • Regal Tower: Wow your friends and loved ones with this impressive four-box tower filled with three sizes of Belgian chocolate brownies, chewy Fairytale Cookies and buttery...
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Order Mint Chocolate Brownies for Mint Chocolate Day!

February 19th is Chocolate Mint Day. It is time to enjoy and celebrate the genius idea of combining these two delicious flavors. What better way to do this than indulging in a Mint Chocolate treat from Fairytale Brownies. We have both a Mint Chocolate Brownie and a Mint Chocolate Cookie.
 
Our Mint Chocolate Brownie is probably considered the best brownie for mint lovers. Cool mint is hand-drizzled over rich chocolate. Yum! If you are more of a cookie person than try the Mint Chocolate Cookie. Cocoa powder & pure peppermint oil create the perfect blend of richness & cool, mint bursts.
 
I know one of my favorite ways to enjoy mint chocolate is with an ice cream or, even better, an ice-cream shake. Co-founders Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz give you a great recipe and instructional video on how to make Fairytale Mint Chocolate Milkshakes.
 
Make sure to visit brownies.com and order these two delicious mint treats from the best brownie company. I recommend ordering the Bulk Mint Chocolate...
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Bizrate Circle of Excellence Winner, 2013!

Bizrate Circle of excellence winners 2013

For the 10th year in a row, Fairytale Brownies has won the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award for excellence in the online gift-giving marketplace. 

"Earning the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award signifies a retailer's unwavering commitment to its customers' satisfaction," noted Bill Glass, CEO of Shopzilla, Inc, parent company to Bizrate and Bizrate Insights. Bizrate Insights is one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the US. Source

The criteria that each company are scored includes:

  • Point of Sale metrics
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • On-Time Delivery
  • East of Finding Post Order Fulfillment Metrics
  • Repurchase Intent
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Custom Support

Fairytale Brownies is honored to be included in this prestigious distinction as we take customer service and customer satisfaction very seriously. Our goal since the beginning has been to create the best-tasting all-natural brownies, bars and cookies in the world. This means that we carefully...

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Gourmet Brownie Gifts are the Stars of the Shoot

As we get ready for the busy holiday season here at Fairytale Brownies, there are a few of us already preparing for the spring and summer season next year. Head graphic Designer Erin Kress and I have been at Rick Gayle Studios shooting images for our 2014 Spring and Summer catalogs. Our gourmet brownies, bars, and cookies are the stars at the shoot, and we take careful measures to make sure they look as delicious as they taste. Our food stylist Kim Krejca does an amazing job preparing the treats and our photographer Rick knows how to capture delicious images of our gourmet brownie gifts.

If you haven't already, make sure you sign up to recieve our catalogs for both this holiday season and next years spring and summer season.  One look at these photos of delicious gourmet treats and you will want to order brownies for everyone on your list. 

A Gourmet Brownie and Cookie Gift is ready on set.

Food Stylist Kim Krejca prepares the treats for their close up.

Photographer Rick Gayle shows Head...

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Send Brownies or Cookies for National Women's Friendship Day!

Many women would agree that our female friends know us better than anyone. Compassionate, understanding, and always there to lend a shoulder, they're what gives us strength and make life fuller. They come in many forms- mother, sister, neighbor, colleague, childhood friend- and it is important to remember and recognize these amazing friendships in our lives.
 
Founded by Kappa Delta Sorority in 1999, National Women's Friendship Day is on September 15. So reach out to those wonderful female friends! Get together for coffee and delicious, fudgy chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies. You can order online at brownies.com and have tasty brownies, bars, and cookies delivered right to your door. For those long distance girlfriends, send brownies! It is a simple, and special way to remind those women who have touched our lives just how much we appreciate them!
 
 
 
21 year long friendship with my best friend, Allyson!
 
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Celebrating 8 Years with Fairytale Brownies

On August 24th, I celebrate my 8th year working on the Catalog & Web team at Fairytale Brownies. My position has evolved immensely over the years, and I wear more hats than I ever thought possible. But I've come to learn with a small business, that's what everyone does! Over the years, I've made great friends with some of my co-workers; friends that I can say I'll have for the rest of my life. I've also seen many friendly faces go on to fill other positions -- but these are moves that were best for them.  I've been given so many great opportunities by working here, and it's been a great 8 years. Here's to 8 more! 

I pulled together some pics of my time here at Fairytale Brownies. I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane! 

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2006: Fairytale Brownies Groundbreaking. The company gathered on what was to be our new 26,000 sq. ft baking facility. It is hard to believe that it's been over 6 years ...

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Melissa’s Q&A: I’d send brownies to my husband’s godmother

Melissa Eisenstein is a customer service team member at Fairytale Brownies. When Fairytale fans like you have a question about an order, she’s the one at the other end of the line. We asked her which of our delicious gourmet brownies was her favorite and who she’d most like to send brownies or cookie gifts to. Here are her answers:

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Q: Why do you love working at Fairytale Brownies?

MelissaA: My job here is very fulfilling! I get to make someone’s day by sending them a gift of gourmet goodies and providing the best customer service I possibly can. It’s wonderful to go above and beyond to please our customers.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I enjoy swimming, hanging out with friends, cooking, baking, and taking vacations to new destinations or old favorites!

Q: Which of our gourmet gifts is your favorite?

A:  My current favorite is our Peanut Butter Cookie. I’m a HUGE peanut butter lover, and the Peanut...

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Fairytale Brownies Scores a High AIB Inspection Rating!

Each year Fairytale Brownies is inspected by AIB International, an organization who provides comprehensive audits and inspections for food production facilities, including a globally-recognized GMP Inspection.

This year Fairytale Brownies scored a 985 rating on it's GMP Inspection, which is one of the highest scores attainable and is considered a superior rating.  AIB no longer rates facilities with titles such as "superior", but now only awards the actual number scored.  We are extremely proud of our team and the efforts made towards maintaining the highest standards in food safety.  We have a HACCP program in place, along with other required practices that put us on track for maintaining compliance under the new regulations of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

So, when you buy delectable treats from Fairytale Brownies, not only can you be assured that they are the best tasting gourmet Belgian chocolate brownies, cookies and bars around, but they are also made in a facility that...

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Order Brownies Early for the Holidays and Save up to 25%

Surprise your co-workers, friends, family and loved ones this Holiday season with the wondrous flavors of Fairytale Brownies gourmet brownie, cookie and bar gifts! Baked with only the purest all-natural ingredients, these delectable delicacies are a most welcome gift!

When you send brownie gifts throughout the year, take advantage of Fairytale Brownies prepayment program with additional discounts - and SAVE UP TO 25%! No addresses or gift selections are needed. Just prepay and receive the volume discount shown here. Prepayment is perfect for monthly incentive programs, planning ahead for birthday gifts, or just thinking early about holiday gifts. Our customer service team will help you find the right gifts for your budget and follow up with you as your occasions approach. To view our brownie gift selections, visit brownies.com (Holiday Gifts will be available for online viewing September 1, 2013).

Here are a few popular Holiday gifts:

1) Christmas Sprite 24 $43.95:Twelve days of...

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