Brownie Blogging by Colleen

Hi, my name is Colleen Flynn. I am a Graphic Designer with the Catalog and Web Team at Fairytale Brownies. My duties mainly include working on marketing materials for both web and print. I am still fairly new to the Brownie Team, so read my blog as I work on new, fun projects and discover great gifting ideas!

I love all things crafty and creative, so you will find me blogging alot about ways to get creative with Fairytale Brownies, Cookies, & Bars! I also love finding excuses to celebrate, so my blogs will center around holidays: big and small, nationally recognized and obscure. I will also be giving you and inside look at some of the exciting things I get to do as a designer with Fairytale Brownies, such as photo shoots and catalog printing!

Please feel free to contact me at colleen@brownies.com. I would love to hear your questions, feedback, and random thoughts! 

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Give out Belgian Chocolate Brownies for Sweetest Day.

I was born in California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, so when someone mentioned Sweetest Day to me I asked, “What is that?” I never celebrated it growing up, but my Midwestern boyfriend knows all about it. Turns out, it is a holiday mainly celebrated in the Midwest and Northeastern United States. Wait! Another holiday focused around sweets? I can get behind that! (Any excuse to eat Belgian Chocolate Brownies!)  I decided to do a little research on the history of this day.

Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy maker and philanthropist started Sweetest Day to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and other underprivileged children. Some of the biggest movie stars of the day, including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, distributed the candy. Kingston wanted to show that these children had not been forgotten.

Today, it is celebrated among family and friends. So, I have to ask. Is this like another Valentine’s Day? Apparently hearts, reds and pinks are still related to this day, and Hallmark has...

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New Halloween Pumpkin Spice Fudge Brownies!

As a graphic designer, it is important to remember that the designs you are creating serve a function, and although we are creatives, we must design for the brand or audience and not ourselves. We have to put personal styles and preferences aside and consider who and what we are designing for.  Luckily for me, the company I work for, Fairytale Brownies, has a wonderful and whimsical brand, that I love designing for.

I share this because I recently designed a new label for Halloween that I really enjoyed, and I am very happy with the end result. This Halloween, we have new Halloween themed labels for our new Pumpkin Spice Brownies!

These fudge brownies are my new favorite! Sweet pumpkin puree blends with cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger to create a fanciful seasonal brownie. These individually wrapped brownies come with an enchanting jack-o-lantern design on the label, perfecting for spreading the spirit of Halloween. Hand them out the co-workers, friends, family, and...

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Order brownies for the season of treats (and maybe some tricks)!

It is October! My favorite time of year! The wonderful fall flavors, the temps in Phoenix finally dropping out of the 100’s, and of course Halloween! Although Halloween isn’t until the end of the month, I start decorating right away! It gets me in the mood for the whole month.

I always make sure to have some kind of sweet around as well, because it is the season of treats after all. Sometimes it’s candy, but when I put out Fairytale Brownies Magic Morsels, the bowl doesn’t stay full for long!

I also like spreading the Halloween spirit. I give out Halloween Favors to a few friends who live close, and I like to send the Halloween Morsel 24 to friends and family who live farther away.

I know many people say that Halloween is more of a kids’ holiday, but I think it is the time of year to bring out the kid in adults as well. Now if I could just decide on a costume…

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Send Fudge Brownies in a Personalized Photo Gift

I love personalizing stuff! Everything just becomes so much more special. That is why I love sending personalized photo brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies. Not only does the recipient LOVE the delicious fudge brownies, but they have something special to treasure for years to come.

I recently sent my boyfriend’s family in Minnesota some Photo 8-Sprite Favor Gifts. We had just visited them for a week and I wanted to thank them for making me feel so welcome and like part of the family. They really go out of there way for us, so I want to give them something special in return.

There was one photo we took from the visit that everyone loved. I noticed that several family members had made it their cover photo on Facebook, so I decided to give them that photo in a form they could keep forever! Now they have a high quality, elegant favor box with the photo printed right on top! Once the fudge brownies are gone they can keep it for any other use they like!

Check out our variety of Photo Gifts!...

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What is comfort food to you?

Comfort foods.  We have all heard the term, and I am sure just reading it has put a specific food in your mind. I personally think of mashed potatoes and gravy, must be the Irish in me. But I also think of chocolate, like that found in our Belgian Chocolate Brownies.

The old psychology student in me got curious about our behavior with certain foods and why we find them so comforting. Many people turn to certain foods to positively impact their emotions. They choose foods that either trigger nostalgia or that let them indulge. For some people, comfort food is something that is convenient, while with others it is the actual physical comfort the food provides.

What are specific comfort foods? Well, it really comes down to personal preferences and of course culture plays a big role. A study did reveal some patterns in the United States. The study found that “Males preferred warm, hearty, meal-related comfort foods (such as steak, casseroles, and soup), while females instead preferred comfort...

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Gourmet brownies to celebrate 40 years of marriage!

My parents are celebrating their 40thwedding anniversary! They truly are an inspiration to the lovers out there.  They always filled our home with so much love, and my brother and I are lucky to have them as examples in our lives.

My parents always say, “Don’t get us anything!”  But special occasions like this one deserve recognition, so I had to send them some delicious gourmet brownies from Fairytale Brownies! My mom is a diabetic but thankfully we offer sugar free brownies! I sent them our Happy Anniversary Morsel 36 and opted to choose my own flavors! This is a great feature that allows me to customize the gift based on my parents’ needs and tastes. I made sure half of the delicious bite-size morsels were sugar-free so my mom can enjoy them, and chose non sugar free flavors, like caramel and chocolate chip, so my dad gets what he wants as well.

Delicious gourmet brownies hand-packed and wrapped in an elegant Happy Anniversary Band, delivered right to their door, what a...

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Celebrate birthdays and other occasions with Pumpkin Spice Brownies!

It has finally arrived. Time for me to say farewell to my 20’s and hello 30’s! My birthday is in just a few short days. You know what I love about having a birthday in September, indulging in all those fall flavors! Yes, I am one of the many people who go crazy over pumpkin! Pumpkin latte, pumpkin beer, and now I am so excited to say… Pumpkin Brownies!

Yes, Fairytale Brownies new seasonal flavor this year is the Pumpkin Spice Brownie. Have any family or friends who have a birthday in September like me? Don't just send brownies, send them a Pumpkin Spice Brownie Gift! We have our new Birthday Pumpkin Spice Combo and new Birthday Pumpkin Spice Half-Dozen. Maybe your recipient enjoys pumpkin, but doesn’t go quite as nuts for it as me. That’s fine! Order them a Birthday Dozen Choose Your Own and throw in as many pumpkin brownies as you think will suffice.

Our Pumpkin Spice gifts come in many different occasions, so you have many different excuses to spread the joy of the pumpkin flavor! Your...

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Thank your vacation host or hostess with gourmet brownies!

Summer is winding down, and what a summer it has been! Wonderful thing about the world of social media, we get to see all the fun vacations our friends and loved ones took. I hope everyone got some sort of fun adventure in before fall begins. I am super excited to be going to Minnesota in a few days to visit friends and family. 

When I vacation, it usually means someone is kind enough to put me up for a week or two. Yes, it would sometimes be nice to stay in a luxurious hotel, but we can't always afford that. Plus I often vacation specifically to see people I love, so staying with them is always a fun part of it! However, I know it can be challenging to host someone for week, so make sure you thank those who helped you have such a wonderful vacation. 

Send your hosts or hostesses gourmet brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies. We have made gifting very simple, just go online to brownies.com and order a brownie delivery! Your recipient will be delighted to receive gourmet brownies,...

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New Christmas and Holidays gifts full of delicious fudge brownies!

We have some new gourmet brownie gifts coming out this Fall/Holiday Season. Check out my last blog to learn about the new seasonal brownie flavor, and new gifts for Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

Right now, I want to focus on our new gifts for the Holiday season. Available for ordering starting this Fall we have our new Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas keepsake tin gifts. Holiday and Christmas memories are meant to be saved as well as savored. Our keepsake packaging and delicious product make an extraordinary combination. The Merry Christmas tin features a red and gold ornament adorned with poinsettias and a garland. The Happy Holidays tin features a wintry Fairytale snowflake. Whichever you choose, your friends and families will love the fudge brownies tucked inside!

We also have new Christmas and Holiday wish boxes. If you really want to impress, this packaging is the way to go. Our luxurious, brown wish boxes open to a flood of deep purple inside. Your recipients will be delighted by...

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New Gourmet Brownie Gifts for Fall!

We are busy right now at the Fairytale Bakery, gearing up for the busiest time of year: the Fall/Holiday Season. This has always been my favorite time of year. Probably because growing up in Phoenix, it means the temperature outside finally drops out of the 100s. But I also really love the colors and flavors of fall, the fun of Halloween, the delicious food of Thanksgiving, and of course all the festivities around the Holiday season!

We have some great new products coming out this Fall and Holiday season to help you celebrate and enjoy this great time of year! Starting with Fall, we have a new and amazing seasonal brownie flavor coming out: Pumpkin Spice. My colleague Alyssa was at a sampling of this flavor. Check out the response to this delicious new gourmet brownie.

We also have new favor gifts for Halloween and Thanksgiving! Go beyond the candy bowl with gourmet brownies packed in a purple and white favor box with a festive “Happy Halloween” on the lid. And in November, send brownies...

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