Judging Junior Cupcake Challenge Creates Challenge of Its Own

fudge brownies

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

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.

gourmet brownies

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.

gourmet brownies

Baking team member Omar shows Natalie proper melting procedures.

fudge brownies

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

fudge brownies

Eugene prepares brownie trays for refrigeration.

 

 

Read More »
0 Comments »

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...

Read More »
0 Comments »

5 Reasons to Gift Gourmet Brownies

Gift Gourmet Brownies

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...
Read More »
0 Comments »