Brownies and Beer! Check out the Great Arizona Beer Festival this weekend!

This Saturday, March 1st from 2 - 6pm, azbeer.com is holding it's "Great Arizona Beer Festival" at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event and at the door. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. Sun Sounds of Arizona is a non-profit radio reading service helping over 49,000 people in Arizona with print disabilities. Ticket prices range from $10 for general admission with a designated driver, up to $85 for the VIP experience. You can purchase tickets here: http://www.azbeer.com/tempe_tickets.htm

The festival will showcase over 200 different brews from more than 50 breweries from across the globe! Each beer artisan will provide samples of their most successful brewing achievement. Here is a list of breweries and their brews - this list is being updated frequently, so check it out. 

There will also food sponsors attending to feed the masses. Participating sponsors are Fairytale Brownies (donating over 500 fudgy-chocolate brownies for those who love...

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A Twenty Year Fairytale with Fairytale Brownies!

I never thought I'd still be here, but twenty years later here I am still working at Fairytale Brownies, and what a Fairytale it's been!

This "Fairytale Journey" (as I call it) began when I answered a want ad in the Arizona State University school paper.  At the time I was hired to sell our delicious gourmet Belgian chocolate brownies at street fairs, festivals and farmer's markets across the Valley.  I also helped out wherever I was needed - in a small entrepreneurial start-up, everyone does everything.  Some days that meant cracking eggs to help Mike (Eileen's husband and our first baker) and Ron (neighborhood friend, baker, band member) in the kitchen, delivering brownies to grocery stores, working our tiny retail shop, taking orders over the phone. . . the list goes on and on!  As the word got out and we attended more events, people began asking if we would ship Fairytale Brownies to family and friends, so we did, and that's how the mail order aspect of the business came to be.  Now...

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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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Potential employers meet ASU engineering students, sample fudge brownies

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For the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of participating in the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Fair. Twice a year, 2,500 engineering students have the opportunity to meet about 150 future employers from all over the country.

I bring plenty of fudge brownies and gourmet cookies to the fair for the students and visiting corporations. The fair is a great way for the students to learn what types career opportunities are available in either a full-time position or in paid or unpaid internships.

From Fairytale Brownies' viewpoint, the fair is an opportunity to be a part of the community and show attending corporations our gourmet brownie gifts and custom options.

We so enjoy collaborating with the folks at ASU School of Engineering. With each semester, our partnership strengthens and the business grows. Here's to a bright future with ASU!

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Brownies & Beer Pairings - Perfect for a unique Valentine's Day Treat

Ever thought about a mouthwatering pairing such as delicious, gourmet brownies and hoppy, brewery beer? Or, how about fudgy brownies paired with a sweet, Moscato dessert wine? Hello... delicious much?! What a fantastic surprise your loved one will experience when you present them with this unique treat! They are sure to love this sweet surprise.

In 2012, Fairytale Brownies teamed up with Sleepy Dog Brewery to raise money for a local playground build in the Phoenix area. Below are the experts at Sleepy Dog and Fairytale Brownies recommendations for perfect brownie and beer pairings. 

  • White Chocolate Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Light American Lager" (crisp, light purposefully sweet).
  • Walnut Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Spring Marzen Seasonal" (copper lager with characteristic dryness; pleasant finish).
  • Peanut Butter Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Hefeweizen" (light, unfiltered German wheat-style ale; citrus, banana and clove).
  • Toffee Crunch Fairytale Brownie -...
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Win Fairytale fudge brownies with clever little Valentine poem

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.

 

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National Chocolate Fondue Day and fudge brownies - a taste bud sensation

fudge browniesI 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.

There's still time to order brownies from Fairytale for Valentine's Day and serve them with this delicious fondue.

Licking the spoon on this one is a must!

 

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Fudgy chocolate brownies and rich cream cheese. What a combo!

Rich cream cheese swirled into fudgy chocolate brownies. What’s not to love? Well, someone loved the idea that they pronounced February 10 as Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Sweet! fudgy chocolate brownies with cream cheese

We deliver two gourmet gifts with a cream cheese kick in our Cheesecake Swirl Bars and our Cream Cheese Brownies. More on those treats in a moment. First, here are three facts about cream cheese from Wikipedia.

Although we think of cream cheese as an American product, early versions were referenced in England as early as 1583 and in France as early as 1651.

William A. Lawrence of New York became the first person to produce cream cheese in mass when he purchased a Neufchatel factory and alteed production processes in 1873.

Cream cheese is versatile! It’s used in everything from gourmet gifts and creamy sauces to crab rangoons and certain western-style sushi rolls.

And, of course, it’s used in several gourmet gifts from Fairytale Brownies. Our Cheesecake Swirl Bar combines fine cake flour, organic vanilla extract, pure...

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Cookie deliveries for the troops on Valentine’s Day

The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day are busy at Fairytale Brownies as we hand pack and ship brownie and cookie deliveries for sweethearts around the country and globe. gift basket for valentines day

Well, we’re not the only ones working hard to deliver the goods on Valentine’s Day.

This year, we offer a special salute to Bomber Girls LRC of Savannah, Georgia. The Bomber Girls spend the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day collecting home-baked cookies to create delicious gift baskets for our troops serving overseas.

The group’s creative call to arms is: “Fire up your ovens to send the troops some Lovin'.”

The tradition started six years ago with 300 dozen cookies finding their ways into the hands and stomachs of men and women serving our country overseas. By 2012, the number of cookie deliveries had skyrocketed to 6,000 dozen!

Baking that many cookies requires a nationwide effort! Debbie Will of Porter County in northwest Indiana contributed dozens of chocolate chip cookies, plus a 2-pound bag of large dog treats,...

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Buy Brownies Online and Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! I personally think peanut butter is one of the greatest creations know to man. Filling, chalk full of protein, in a yummy, gooey spread: Who doesn't like Peanut Butter? Plus it goes with almost anything. What is childhood without those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I also love putting it on fruit like apples, and vegetables like celery. Yum! 
 
But of course, we can't forget peanut butter desserts! Here at Fairytale Brownies we bake some pretty amazing peanut butter treats. Velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate compliment each other in our Peanut Butter Brownie. We also make a delicious Peanut Butter Cookie, baked with natural peanut butter and pure sugar cane, giving this cookie that classic peanut butter taste. 
 
Visit brownies.com and buy brownies online or order a cookie delivery. You can choose from a number of gourmet gifts, or if you get hooked on one flavor, like I often do, you can also buy in bulk and save! We offer...
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