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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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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Fairytale's shipping team learns how to bake fudge brownies

Everyone knows that understanding how to do one's job is important in keeping that job. But at Fairytale Brownies, we believe we become more efficient when we understand how others do their jobs within the company. So we shadow train.

Most recently, shipping team members donned white aprons and hair nets, and entered the kitchen to bake gourmet brownies.

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Natalie drops chunks of chocolate and butter into the kettle that to melt. The liquid will then be poured into the mixer with the dry ingredients to create the gourmet brownie batter.

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Baking team member Omar shows Natalie proper melting procedures.

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Meanwhile, Cindy and Susan learn how to wrap Magic Morsels.

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Eugene prepares brownie trays for refrigeration.

 

 

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Fairytale Brownies Make Unique and Memorable Birthday Gifts

Happy Birthday Brownies for Dave!

Let's face it, we all have birthday gifts to buy for that "hard to buy for person"; we try to get creative and find something unique that will always be remembered, right? Well, stop racking your brain and start thinking Fairytale Brownies. That's exactly what I did when I had an out of town relative visiting Arizona while on a business trip and wanted to get together for dinner. My cousin Dave just happened to mention that it was his birthday and I had to act quickly!

I didn't have to think long before I decided to buy a gift of Fairytale Brownies; I chose a Birthday 8-Sprite gift favor and it was the perfect gift for Dave as I know he loves chocolate! It's a one size fits all kind of gift that everyone will enjoy! There's no doubt that a gift from Fairytale Brownies is unique and will always be remembered because chocolate is a comfort food and birthdays are special so who could ever forget that combination? Dave loved the gift of brownies and proudly...

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5 Reasons to Gift Gourmet Brownies

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It's never been easier to send gourmet brownies to your friends, family and loved ones. Looking for a reason to gift gourmet brownies? Here are 5 to get you started: 

  1. Health Benefits of Chocolate: According to women's health mag, chocolate is now considered a "superfood!" Cacao, the bean chocolate is made from is packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, which has disease-killing components. Stick to chocolate with at least 70% cacao, you'll reap the benefits. Fairytale Brownies are baked with Callebaut Dark Belgian Chocolate (pure - unsweetened). 
  2. Evoke childhood memories and sensations: According to howstuffworks, smells and tastes can bring on a flood of memories that influence people moods. Because we encounter most new smells and tastes in our youth, they often call up childhood memories. Childhood memories shape our lives, and reliving the  loving sensation of eating Mom's brownies after school is one that I want to relive as many times as possible.
  3. Send a Thank...
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Prepare for a gourmet Easter - order brownies online now

order browniesAlthough Easter is still three weeks away, those who have chosen to give up dessert, chocolate or sweets for Lent might be planning what treat they will eat first when they return to "sugarland."

If gourmet brownies, cookies or bars are high on your list, order online now and choose your delivery date. Now through April 7, Fairytale Brownies offers 25% off all Easter gifts. Use code ML657 at check out.

Fairytale Brownies ships to all APO/FPO addresses, so don't forget to treat your military friends and family who won't be home for the holiday. Remember that shipping to APO/FPO addresses may take a little longer than the standard UPS 3-Day.

Fairytale's individually wrapped treats also make great Easter basket fillers. Buy in bulk, add jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and Peeps, and you've got the perfect basket for Easter morning.

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Bake Sally’s gourmet cookies between brownie deliveries

Sally McKenney, a writer and photographer from Baltimore, has developed quite a following for her excellent food blog Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s a great stop for gourmet cookie and dessert recipes to fill the gap between brownie deliveries from Fairytale Brownies.

Sally’s blog recently caught the attention of NPR, which published her recipe for Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies. Sally’s gourmet cookies are sprinkled with sea salt and stuffed with caramel. Last year, the recipe won a Nestle Toll House contest—and the accompanying $5,000 grand prize!

So, how does one go about stuffing caramel into a gourmet cookie? As Sally's told to NPR, “The trick to stuffing the caramel candy inside is to make sure the dough completely envelops it. Otherwise you'll have a leaking caramel mess on your cookie sheets!”

Yeah, we’re guessing that’s not as easy as it sounds.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet combination of chocolate and caramel but you’re not ready to follow Sally into the kitchen, it’s...

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April is all about birthday food gifts in my family

April is birthday month in my family. My brother’s birthday is April 23. My dad’s birthday is April 28. My birthday is April 30. On the other hand, my mom’s birthday is in March. What a challenge it must’ve been for her to lead a household of three stubborn Taurus men!

In addition to my immediate family’s birthdays, my uncle and eldest cousin have April birthdays as well. And to top it all off, my parents’ anniversary is in April. April brings no shortage of excuses to celebrate. And my relationship with Fairytale Brownies offers me no shortage of access to amazing Belgian chocolate brownies to deliver as birthday food gifts.

Rich and delicious, Belgian chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies are ideal gifts for life’s meaningful moments—like birthdays. If you’re wondering which to send me this April, you’re in luck. I’ve been taste testing for years waiting for this moment.

My favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownie with its velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate and the Pecan...

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Caramel brownies and cookie gifts for National Caramel Day

caramel cookie giftEarly April is a time for delicious chewy caramel. That’s because April 5 is National Caramel Day.

At Fairytale Brownies, we deliver fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookie gifts flavored with delightful caramel.

According to Wikipedia, the process of caramelization involves the slow heating of sugar to approximately 170 degrees. The heating process breaks down the molecules, which then reform into compounds with the beige or light brown color and sugary sweet flavor that we all know and love.

Of course, you probably didn’t stop by this blog to learn how to make your own caramel. You came here to see how we use caramel to create amazing food gifts. Well, here’s the scoop.

Fairytale Brownies offers two delicious caramel food gifts for friends, family members, and colleagues celebrating National Caramel Day.

Our Caramel Brownie adds a creamy caramel layer to our traditional fudgy chocolate brownie to create the ultimate chewy temptation.

Our Caramel Pecan Cookie combines organic vanilla...

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Invite Fudgy Chocolate Brownies to a Picnic

It is almost Spring time! The weather warms up and the plants are in bloom. It is time to get outside and enjoy it! One way to enjoy the great outdoors is with a picnic! Taking time to relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings, while feasting on some delicious food! What could be better? Of course, make sure you bring fudgy chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies for dessert. 

Picnics are really all about three things: choosing the right location, bringing the right supplies, and preparing a delicious menu. It is really up to you to create a great picnic, so here are some tips!

Location. Choosing where you picnic is really half the fun. Choose a place with beautiful scenery that appeals to all your senses. You can search online for picnic spots in your area or maybe you prefer something as simple as your backyard. It is really up to you. Check out Travel and Leisure's article on America's Best Picnic Spots for inspiration. 

Supplies. Once you have your location chosen, you can start...

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