10 amazing facts about brownies!

Sometimes at work with most of my focus on design, development and marketing, I sometimes forget that it's supposed to be a fun and lighthearted thing I'm doing. I mean we are talking about baking brownies, right? That's why I wanted to write about something fun today - so I decided to research fun facts about brownies. I was surprised at some of the facts I found, especially how the brownie was created. Who knew?! Hope you enjoy :)

  1. brownies There are three myths about the creation of brownies. #1, a chef accidentally added melted chocolate to biscuit dough. #2, a cook forgot to add flour to the batter. And #3 and most popular, a housewife did not have baking powder and improvised with this new treat. It was said that she was baking for guests and decided to service these "flattened" cakes to them. 
  2. The classic brownie consists of only butter, sugar, chocolate, eggs and flour. Unsweetened chocolate is normally used so more sugar is required to balance the bitterness.
  3. Fudgy brownies have minimum...
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Banned from Elyria’s cookie craze? Order cookies by mail from us

chocolate cookies by mailOhio’s Elyria City School District recently found itself in hot water with the federal government. The district’s popular pink cookies – loaded with butter, sugar, vegetable shortening, and sour cream – were deemed unhealthy by new federal guidelines for school cafeterias.

As a result, Elyria’s best cookie was banned from the district’s 16 schools. And, as is so often the case, demand only grew once the cookies were banned. It didn’t hurt that national media outlets, including Fox News and newspapers nationwide, ran with the story.

According to the Chronicle-Telegram of Lorain County, Ohio, the school district received over 100 calls and emails from across North America requesting the pink cookies by mail.

If you can’t get a hold of Elyria’s banned pink cookies, we’ve got you covered. With Fairytale Brownies, you can order cookies by mail in a variety of flavors.

Double Chocolate is one of our best cookie flavors. They certainly go over well in the Phoenix home of Fairytale Brownies regular...

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Fall in Love with Pumpkin Spice Brownies at Fairytale's Anniversary Open House

Twenty-two years ago, David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny began their entrepreneurial adventure to bake the best gourmet brownies by co-founding the mail order company Fairytale Brownies. Today, their business not only bakes delicious fudge brownies, the duo has added chewy cookies and buttery blondie bars to the menu... all of which rival their delicious gourmet brownies.

For the past several years we've celebrated Fairytale Brownies' anniversary month with an Open House - sharing new packaging and new products, sampling all of our product flavors, and selling our "reject" brownies for $1. All proceeds from the sale of the rejects go to our national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!

fudge brownies, gourmet brownies, anniversaryThis year's Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at our bakery on Cotton Center Blvd. (48th St. & Broadway Rd.). Because we are introducing our new Pumpkin Spice Brownie, the party has taken on a "fall" theme. We will serve apple cider, water, coffee, and all of the Fairytale Brownies cookie,...

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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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Gourmet Brownie Gifts are great for all your Fall and Holiday gifting!

We are busy here at Fairytale Brownies, gearing up for the busiest time of year: the Fall and Holiday season! It is the most popular time to send Gourmet Brownie Gifts! Our gourmet brownies, chewy cookies, and buttery bars are a great gift to send to family and friends around the country. We have some exciting new products coming out this year as well!

Make sure you are signed up to receive our catalogs so you will be informed on all our new and best selling gifts! Our Senior Graphic Designer, Erin Kress, recently attended the press check at the Arandell Corporation in Menomonee Falls, WI where we print our catalogs. Let me tell you, there are some delicious looking treats in these books!

That is our new seasonal flavor that you see on the front catalog. Available for purchase beginning September 1 is our new Pumpkin Spice Brownie! I have gotten the chance to try these several times now, and they are my new favorite. If you like pumpkin, you are going to go crazy for these delectable...

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Bake cookies on your patio or order a cookie delivery?

We ship brownies worldwide, but our bakery and retail location is in Phoenix, Arizona. While the rest of the country looks forward to summer all year, most Phoenicians are anxiously waiting fall and winter again. That is because it is reaching temperatures of 114 degrees right now! Yes, it is a dry heat, but whether you are in a dishwasher or oven it is still hot! And it does feel like an oven around here, so much so that our local news team decided they would try baking cookies outside using the Arizona heat alone!

ABC 15 Arizona put cookie dough on a baking sheet, and then placed it outside on their patio to cook for six hours. Some of their team then tried the cookies to see how it worked. Check out their video to see the brave tasters’ reactions.

Although it may be hot enough to bake cookies outside, we still use the ovens in our bakery to bake the best cookies around! With 6 moist, chewy cookie flavors to try, you are sure to find a favorite. So, it is up to you. Take the chance and...

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More than just the best brownie, the best cookies and bars too!

Working for Fairytale Brownies, I am often asked what my favorite flavor is. Well hold on, flavor of what: brownies, cookies, or bars? I am surprised at how many people do not realize that besides making the best brownie ever, we also make delicious chewy cookies and soft, buttery blondie bars.

We may be well known for our brownies, but our cookies and bars are just as delicious. Doc O., from Paradise Valley, Arizona is a big fan of our Fairytale Bars. He said, "These bars are fabulously rich and moist. Worth every calorie!"  And Linda from Manteca, CA loves our cookies, "Sinfully good....everyone was all smiles when I served these cookies." So if you haven't tried our cookies and bars, what are you waiting for?!

Visit brownies.com and order cookies and bars to try. For cookies, I recommend the Fairytale Cookie Dozen. This gift comes with 2 each of our six divine flavors, so you can try them all and find your favorite! If you are interested in trying the bars, then go for the Fairytale...

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Capturing the Deliciousness of Gourmet Brownies Through Photography

Most of Fairytale Brownies business is done through mail order. Many people order brownies, cookies and bars online at brownies.com or through a catalog before they even taste them. So it's really important that we have excellent photos of our gourmet desserts. Since you can’t taste the treats, we need to convey just how yummy they are through visuals!

Twice a year, my team and I spend one to two weeks with a professional photographer and food stylists to create the most delicious looking photography that we can. When your brownie delivery arrives, you can tell just by looking at them how great they are going to be, but capturing that in an image takes a lot of time and work. However, it is also a lot of fun!

Our gourmet brownies, cookies and bars really are the stars of the shoot. We spend time making sure each treat looks its best! Of course with all those gourmet brownies around, it is impossible not to treat ourselves to some sweets. After making them look so irresistible how can I not...

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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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Save money when you send brownies!

Are you like me, and just love finding deals! I am always on the look out for sales, especially when I shop online. With Fairytale Brownies, getting a good deal is as easy as signing up for our promotional emails. Exclusive offers are sent right to your inbox, so you will always get the best price for your gourmet brownies! Just visit our website, brownies.com, and look for the box on the left navigation. Enter your email and click the green "get offers" button. And that's it! We get the best deals directly to you. 

Some up coming offers include percentage off Mother's and Father's Day gifts. We offer deals like this throughout the year for almost all major holidays. We also offer deals with shipping such as free shipping, and free upgraded shipping (great for those last minute gifts). We also don't clog up your inbox with unnecessary emails. Just great deals on delicious gourmet brownies, cookies, and bars. So what is stopping you from getting the best brownies at the best price? Sign...

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