Fear the fork or fear the tree; but tailgate with Fairytale Brownies

It's a big weekend for both college football fans and art festival fans in Arizona. Arizona State University will play Stanford on Saturday to see which team will go to the 100th Rose Bowl, and thousands will attend the 45th Annual Tempe Festival of the Arts along Mill Avenue.

gourmet browniesFairytale Brownies is partial to both events for several reasons.

1. Co-founders Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz used to sell gourmet brownies at street fairs and festivals - specifically at the Tempe Festival of the Arts - when they first began the Fairytale Brownies business 21 years ago.

2. David Kravetz graduated from Stanford University.

3. Many Fairytale Brownies team members (several of us in the Marketing Department and our Operations Team Leader) graduated from Arizona State University.

4. Eileen Spitalny is a member of the Creative Impact Board for the ASU Art Museum.

5. Fairytale Brownies was a finalist for the ASU Spirit of Enterprise Award.

6. Our Senior Web Designer Hilary Lee teaches at ASU.

We couldn't...

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Ship brownie gifts with a holiday message this December

brownie gifts with holiday messageThe holiday season is a magical time … and a busy one at Fairytale Brownies. We ship brownie gifts by the truckload during the holidays. Many are shipped as Christmas gifts. But, of course, many are shipped for other reasons.

That’s why we have four beautiful and unique gift bands that are perfect for brownies shipped in December. What message do you want to send this holiday season?

Are you ready to ship brownies as holiday gifts this December? If not, check out this comment from Dehlia B. of Georgia who ordered brownies to try before Christmas shopping:

“I...

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Fairytale Brownies Holiday Season Blast From the Past!

As we approach the month of December and the upcoming holidays, I find myself reminiscing about the one season we actually ran out of brownies, believe it or not!!!

It was 1997 and we were a few years into the business when we had an unexpected rush on brownies for the holidays, so mid-December we actually ran out of some of our brownie flavors.  We were unable to bake anymore of the delectable Belgian chocolate brownies because our very tiny commercial kitchen had been transformed into a shipping department.  We only had a limited selection of brownie flavors available, so we made due with what we had. . . . Needless to say, we've never forgotten "the season we ran out of brownies".  We've definitely come a long way since then and now occupy a large production facility with plenty of space for baking and shipping, so we plan to never have that problem again!

If you've been a fan of Fairytale Brownies for a while you know that we no longer just carry our famous brownies, but over the...

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Give thanks now and save 20%!

Instead of sending holiday gifts to clients in December, many businesses are opting to ship their brownie gifts in November.

brownie giftsThat seems logical, since November is the month of Thanksgiving. Businesses generally send food gifts to thank customers and clients for their business, referrals, or loyalty.

Sending a Fairytale Brownies gift early is a good idea because you’ll beat the influx of other holiday treats. That means more time to savor the fudge brownies, soft and chewy cookies and buttery blondie bars!

Right now, you can save 20% on all of Fairytale Brownies Thank You gifts. Purchase any Thank You gift through Nov. 18, using the source code ML643, and the discount will be applied. The gift does NOT need to ship by the 18th, so you can plan ahead and still save 20%.

You’re welcome!

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Enchanting Halloween Celebration at Fairytale Brownies

Our Enchanting day in Fairyland..........

Who says you can't work hard and have fun, too? There's nothing healthier in the workplace than adding a little fun and Halloween is the perfect time for our team members to show their true colors and let their hair down! In addition to allowing our team members to dress in costume, we had a company-wide Halloween Dessert Pot Luck! Fairytale Brownies contributed to the Pot Luck by providing our very own Yummy Fairytale Caramel Pecan Cookies!  I honestly don't think I've ever witnessed so many desserts and such creativity by our team members!  

As we were enjoying our treats, we received our 2nd Annual Halloween visit from the cutest little cowboy in all of the southwest "Sully the Cowboy," grandson of Nancy V., CSR. As Sully left Fairyland, his only word was "FUN!" I think its safe to say we had a very enchanting day here at Fairytale Brownies!  

 

 

 

 

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The entrepreneurial dream behind our brownie gifts

order brownies from a small businessFairytale Brownies began like many businesses do. Before we were shipping brownie gifts and cookie baskets around the globe, we were just an entrepreneurial dream.  

In our case, childhood friends David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny launched Fairytale Brownies in the fall of 1992. They baked late at night in a friend’s catering kitchen. With the support of family, friends, and a secret family recipe, they built the successful business that Fairytale Brownies is today.

Our success took hard work, perseverance, and at least a little bit of luck.

That’s why we were struck by the story of Valorie Mitts of Oak Park, Ill. In 2008, Valerie was forced to close the Lil’ Red Wagon Coffee House.

Fortunately, Valerie refused to give up her dream.

According to the Forest Park Patch, she reopened the Lil’ Red Wagon Coffee House in April of this year and business is booming. The coffee shop sells sandwiches, wraps, soups, and muffins, but the focus is on Valerie’s unique cookie creations. She’s...

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Choose Walnut fudge brownies on National Nut Day

fudge browniesDuring the first couple of weeks working at Fairytale Brownies, each team member shadow trains with every department to get a feel for who does what and how the company runs.

On the day I shadow trained with the baking department, we made Walnut fudge brownies. Plump, tender walnuts were weighed and distributed across batter-filled trays so that once baked, each brownie bite would include a walnut piece.

I remember fighting the urge to imitate Little Jack Horner and retreive one of those tempting nutty bits with my fingers. Nothing like being fired my first week on the job! Although I resisted, eight years later, the thought still seems tempting.

Check out this tray of Pecan fudge brownies. Don't you just want a piece?

fudge brownies

Today is National Nut Day. Celebrate with your favorite nut - the NUTRITIOUS: walnut, pecan, hazelnut, almond, etc. - and the WACKY: husband, wife, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, etc.

 

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Buy Gourmet Gifts with Online Catalogs

Did you know you can browse and shop Fairytale Brownies catalogs online? At google.com/catalogs you can browse through our beautifully designed consumer and business catalogs. Browse each page of our catalog and discover a wide variety of brownie gifts to choose from.

Shopping our print catalog is a great way to see our featured gifts and new items, but with our goole catalog you can make a purchase on the spot. It's as easy as finding a gourmet gift you like, then click to purchase. It is a simple and easy way to browse and buy brownie gifts. So check out our catalogs online and buy some gourmet gifts for friends and family this holiday season. 

 

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Baking Gourmet Brownies, Cookies & Bars for the Holiday Season!

As I walked around the facility today, I noticed all the hustle and bustle happening that is all in preparation for the Holiday season - - which is almost upon us! For the last few months of the year, Fairytale Brownies brings on quite a few seasonal team members which include customer service team members, baking team members and shipping team members. When this influx of personnel happens, it gets me really pumped for the coming season. I also really enjoy watching these folks craft our decadent desserts. Brownie, cookie and bar baking is truly an art! Here are a few pics that were snapped in our baking kitchen and shipping warehouse with some of our regular, full-time team members and some of our seasonal team members too. 

Fairytale Brownies bakers making our moist, chewy Fairytale Cookies. We bake 6 flavors of these delicious gourmet cookies: Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Caramel Pecan, Coconut Walnut, Double Chocolate and Toffee Chocolate Chip.

Baking Gourmet Cookies

 

Silky chocolate batter being poured...

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Livin' La Vida Aloha!

Working for Fairytale Brownies has given me a much greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into making our delicious gourmet brownies. From the harvest of the cocoa bean to the sweet taste of chocolate, I’ve learned so much in my years working here and have taught many about chocolate and where it comes from. I’m very passionate, and love sharing my knowledge with others and especially love learning something new.

On a recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands, I toured Purdy’s All Natural Macadamia Nut Farm on the island of Molokai and learned so much about this little nut that has become my personal favorite!  Ever wonder why these nuts are so pricey? It takes seven years for the mac tree to bear fruit and cannot be harvested until the fruit falls, and then it is gathered by hand. Ninety percent of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown in Hawaii and Purdy’s Farm is one of the few that is family owned and all-natural. It was a great learning experience for me and I had a lots of fun...

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