Judging Junior Cupcake Challenge Creates Challenge of Its Own

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Providing fudge brownies for 40 bakers entering a local Junior Cupcake Challenge was the easy part of Fairytale Brownies participating in last weekend's event, After all, it's my job to spread joy through gourmet brownies!

Then I was asked to be one of the judges for the 8- to 12-year-olds, and I thought, "How fun!"

It WAS fun.

The girls were separated into eight teams. Each team chose a cupcake flavor and created their own topping design to present to the judges.

They were baking a dozen cupcakes, but the bakers only had to present four perfectly finished creations to the judges.

Although they were given the recipes for both chocolate and vanilla batter, the teams were free to change their cupcake flavor using any of the "secret ingredients" from the table set up nearby.

Teams were given points for creativity, originality, teamwork, taste, plating and appearance.

As I observed each team, I noticed how well they all worked together. Even when they ran into problems - the batter wasn't...

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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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Have brownies delivered to a galaxy far far away on Star Wars Day

Geeks like me will celebrate this Sunday. It’s May the fourth. As in, may the fourth be with you. It’s Star Wars Day. Get it?! raspberry brownies delivered

Unfortunately, for Luke Skywalker and the gang, they didn’t have brownies delivered a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Wookiepedia has 139 pages dedicated to individual desserts from the Star Wars universe. (That’s 139 pages out of a total of 110,130 pages on other things like species, battles, and star systems!)

Instead of having brownies delivered, Luke may have soothed his sweet tooth on Octavian fruit pudding, Corellian fried ice cream, or Bantha breakfast biscuits. Wondering what the heck these are? Well, visit Wookiepedia to find descriptions like this one:

“Zoochberry cobbler was a type of dessert dish containing zoochberries. It was one of the Besalisk cook Dexter Jettster's favorite way of eating zoochberries and was served in Dex's Diner on the planet Coruscant where it cost 2.7 credits or with Denta bean ice cream for an extra 3 credits.”

Zoochberry...

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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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Dedicated Riders are rewarded with Fairytale Brownies

Every Friday at 5:45am at my local gym, there are a core group of dedicated indoor bicyclists, including myself, who attend Kim Lovell’s spin class. Last Friday, I decided to ask the class if they would dedicate the ride to my dear friend, Maureen, who is very sick. I wanted to do something for my friend that would be inspirational and to give our ride a true purpose. I ended up receiving more than I could ever imagined from this amazing group of people! Blood, sweat, and tears flowed as we pushed our bodies to the maximum with Maureen as our inspiration. Throughout our ride, Kim motivated us in a caring way that was so heartfelt; you could honestly feel the compassion in the dedicated riders. After a ride of about 15 miles, you certainly need to fuel your body so I rewarded my spin friends with fudgy chocolate snack-size Fairytale Sprites. I thanked this group from the bottom of my heart and walked out with a feeling of great accomplishment!

The following day, I returned to the gym for...

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Graduation Brownies Go to the Dogs!

Graduation is upon us in many forms this time of year including Dog Training Graduation. Yes, doggie training graduation! I rescued a Border Collie a year ago who came to me with many challenges so I placed him in obedience and agility training to help him overcome his obstacles. After six weeks of hard work and lots and lots of treats for positive re-enforcement behavior, Jah has proudly graduated! There's no doubt that Jah is more confident now as are his other 12 classmates.

The handlers, including myself, have been so dedicated every week literally trying to teach old and young dogs new tricks! The dogs have been rewarded with treats, confidence, and pride in pleasing their owners. I decided to extend a little "treat" to the owners for a job well done by sharing Gourmet Chocolate Fairytale Brownies so I selected a combination of flavors of snack sized fudgy Fairytale Sprites and buttery Fairytale Bars. My treats were received with a response of, "Oh, wow! Fairytale Brownies?? We...

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Perfect Easter Dessert - Browned Butter Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosted brownies!

After being in the gourmet brownie business for over 21 years, we at Fairytale Brownies often hear from our customers about how they use our brownies, bars and cookies to make amazing desserts. Over the years, we've seen (and made!) many delicious recipes ourselves. Here's one of my personal favorites. The perfect accompaniment to a rich Easter dessert are Browned Butter Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosted brownies and cookies. Visit Fairytale Brownies recipe page for more serving suggestions, or for other fun and delicious ways to bake using our gourmet brownies, cookies and bars. Recipes include everything from Brownie Trifles, Ice-Cream Sandwiches, and Spicy Chili Chocolate Fondue to delicious Peanut Butter Pie. Enjoy! ~Hilary

Easter Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Cook butter in a small, heavy saucepot over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 6 minutes or until butter begins to...

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