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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Send those college students some sugar!

It is finals time! Many college students are hitting the books hard, preparing for finals before taking their holiday break. I can recall those college finals weeks, well sort of.  It was more of a haze of cramming and caffeine than anything, and longing for the fun of holiday break.

If you have a student away at college, send them a little pre-holiday treat from Fairytale Brownies. The sugar will do them good and they will be reminded that they are so close to coming home to family, friends and festivities.

Kristine from Portland, Oregon sent some to her college student. She said, “A friend received these as a gift and shared at work. Delicious! Can't wait for my University of Oregon son to get them for Finals Week! -- I work at Portland State University so I know college kids. --This is a great item to send your college kid. Quick, easy, affordable, and nothing says I love you like brownies!”

We have many occasions to choose from, including Christmas, Holiday, and Celebrate the Season Gi...

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Don't stress over gifting this year, focus on the benefits!

We do it for people’s birthdays, when they are sick, around the holidays, and sometimes just because. Gifting is a huge part of our culture and steeped in tradition. With the holidays coming up I am sure many of you have gifting on your mind, and it can get a bit overwhelming. Before we start making our lists and getting caught up in the shopping frenzy, I’d like to take a moment to remind us all of the benefits of gift giving.

Start with this question: Why do you give gifts?

“I like to make someone else feel good,” is a common response. However, the benefits also extend to the giver and the relationship between them and their recipient. When you decide to give a gift to someone, you are thinking about them. You consider their likes and dislikes. The search for the gift itself can be an emotional lift and reinforce your relationship. You show an interest and appreciation toward another person and this strengthens the bond and it also helps to define the relationship.

According to Devin A....

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Halloween Play at the Best Brownie Company

At Fairytale Brownies we believe in the importance of play. With a product that is so fun and such a whimsical brand, how could we not! That is why we partner with the non-profit organization KaBOOM! Their goal is to create a safe place to play in walking distance of every child in America. I have gotten the opportunity to work at one of the playground builds and it is amazing how many people come together to create a fun place for kids to learn through play!

Of course play isn’t just for kids, or Halloween. Many of our employees dressed up for the occasion, including myself. We really do work at the best brownie company, not just because we make the tastiest gourmet brownies, but because of the great work environment.

From all of us at Fairytale Brownies, have a very playful and fun Halloween! 

  

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Get crafty with Halloween themed fudgy chocolate brownies!

Halloween is my favorite holiday to get crafty. Something about creating fun and spooky decorations, costumes, and food! It is the season of tricks and treats and I found some really fun ways to get creative with those treats!

Leave the candy for the kids and create some fun, but most important, delicious sweets!  With so many ideas out there, I am going to focus on getting Halloween creative with brownies! For all of these you can bake your own, but if you want something that is guaranteed to bewitch your guests order fudgy chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies. I recommend purchasing your favorite flavor in bulk.

Now down to the fun part: getting creative with decorating these fudgy brownies. Check out this pin from craftymorning.com: 13 Brownie Halloween Ideas. I love the idea of using frosted pretzels to make skeleton bodies, and the Monster Face Brownies is a great craft to do with the kids!  

You can also try making Fairytale Brownies Spooky Halloween Brownies. Get creative...

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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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