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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Remember your favorite service person with Patriotic brownies for Memorial Day

send browniesMy son has always wanted to be a pilot. Except for an obsession with cooking shows, and my pots and pans when he was 2, he's always loved everything about flight, planes, jets, and the military.

Although I'm extremely proud of all that he's accomplished, and thankful for his service to our country (U.S. Air Force), like any Mom, I miss him terribly. Because he's stationed 6,000 miles away, I can't just hop on a plane and pop in for a visit. So we Facetime and email, and I send brownie care packages whenever the mood strikes.

brownie care packagesMemorial Day weekend is coming up. Whether you remember your favorite military person with a Patriotic gift from Fairytale Brownies, or order brownies for the party you're having in the back yard, we've got Memorial Day covered.

Fairytale makes it easy to send brownies - we ship to APO/FPO addresses.

But don't forget to send extras. They WILL share.

 

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Cinnamon Crumb Blondie Bars

My favorite gourmet treat that Fairytale Brownies bakes is the Cinnamon Crumb Blondie Bar. I am absolutely in love with it. I was reminded of my love for this tasty treat when I walked into work today and the fragrant aroma of spicy cinnamon mixed with crunchy walnuts wafted through the air. Lucky for me, today was my day for quality assurance. You see, in addition to my job duties as Web Designer and Marketer, I am also on the Quality Assurance Team. This means that once a week, I visit the baking department and taste what delicious treats they've baked that day. I score the product on Appearance, Taste, Texture, Smell, Aroma, and an overall Pass/Hold score. This is a very formal process that involves forms, score sheets, etc. But all of that formality aside, I can't wait to sink my teeth into freshly baked brownies, moist and chewy cookies and especially my favorite, sweet and buttery bars once a week. It's my treat for having the self-control to not indulge every day. Working at...

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GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a gourmet Mother's Day brownie gift!

Fairytale Brownies Giveaway

Enter to win our new Mother's Day Wish Dozen!  Contest runs from 12am PST Monday, May 5th through 10am PST Tuesday, May 6th. Two winners will be chosen at random after 10am PST, Tuesday May 6th. Winners will be notified by email with plenty of time for your brownie gift to arrive by Mother's Day!

How To Enter: Visit Fairytale Brownies giveaway page: http://www.brownies.com/giveaway.aspx, then Facebook, Tweet, Pin and more about the giveaway for more entries. Good Luck!

The Gift: Mother's Day Wish Dozen - Let Mom savor the complete Fairytale Brownies assortment with our most popular gift. From cool Mint Chocolate to crunchy Pecan, this delicious dozen incudes every magical brownie flavor and comes hand packed in our new luxurious wish gift box. Retail value, $44.95.

Whether you're entering to win for your Mom or for yourself, the sublime, refined taste of all-natural Fairytale Brownies will captivate with every spellbinding bite. Find our family of gourmet brownie flavors here: http://www.b...

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Welcome New Employees to the Team with Brownie Gifts

Starting a new job is an exciting venture, but for some, it can be a stressful experience. Some of our business buyers hope to ease those new job jitters by sending employees "welcome to the team" brownie gifts.

brownie giftsI received a Fairytale Dozen the week before I started working for Fairytale Brownies. I was so surprised by the brownie delivery - I felt beyond special! When my first day finally arrived, I felt as though I was already a part of the team.

Credit unions, banks, employment agencies, gourmet brownie companies. Some places of busniess just know how to make a new employee feel a part of the team before they even start working there! Why not be one of them?

 

 

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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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Don't fly to Japan! Order cookie or brownie gifts instead

Cookies or coffee? Thanks to a new summer promotional drink by Starbucks, you won’t have to choose—if you’re willing to fly to Japan, that is. espresso brownie gift

If not, you may just have to order cookies or espresso-flavored brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

According to Rocket News 24, Starbucks Japan will soon release the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. The specialty beverage will be available in Japanese Starbucks stores until August 31.

As described by Rocket News 24, “With a vanilla base, chocolate chunk cookie clusters, and even almonds, it sounds like it’ll be another tempting option on their menu … with an entire cookie crumbled up and blended in!”

At Fairytale Brownies, we may not be able to match the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. But we do know a thing or two about cookies. And coffee.

You probably already knew you could order cookies from us in six varieties: Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Double Chocolate, Caramel Pecan, Coconut Walnut, and Toffee Chocolate Chip.

But did you know we also dabble in...

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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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Operations Summit Experiences A Taste of Pure Enchantment!

Each year small and large busineses alike attend the Operations Summit Conference; the only conference exclusively about Direct-to-Customer operations & fulfillment. This years conference was held in Indianapolis, IN from April 22 - 24, and Fairytale Brownies co-founder David Kravetz attended. Not only did David attend, but he also was the speaker at a few sessions regarding the challenges of running a small business in today's economic climate, in addition to hosting a round table lunch which discussed legacy software management. 

Of course you can't discuss the in's and out's of a gourmet brownie business without having plenty of samples to pass around for the guests. Following David's speach, each attendee received an 8-Sprite gift favor to enjoy. Reviews from the operations summit were very positive. Here's an example: "The Operations Summit was a very good experience. I was able to talk to vendors and discuss possible solutions for issues we were experiencing. Also, the breakfast...

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Thank your favorite teachers with gourmet brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies

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.

gourmet brownie giftIf 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...

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