Best brownie? Of course! First brownies? Well, not so fast.

best browniesAt Fairytale Brownies, we’re confident that when you order brownies from us, you’ll receive the best brownies out there.

That said, we’ll readily admit that our brownies weren’t the first brownies out there. After all, we didn’t start baking brownies until 1992.

Mental Floss, a magazine dedicated to random facts and trivia, recently provided some of the back story on the world’s first brownies. Alas, identifying the inventor of any dessert dish can be a challenge. It’s not like patents are involved. So, the magazine offered up three scenarios:

1) An unknown chef was making biscuits and mixed in melted chocolate by accident. Either that or he was baking a cake and ran out of flour. We think the ambiguity alone is enough to discredit this theory.

2) A housewife in Bangor, Maine, was baking a chocolate cake and forgot to add baking powder. That seems a bit more plausible to us, but it doesn’t explain how brownies gained popularity outside her kitchen.

3) Chefs at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel...

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Get gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee – not in your coffee

gourmet cookies deliveredWould you rather have gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee or gourmet cookies delivered in your coffee?

It seems three of the world’s largest coffee retailers are trying to duplicate the success of the Pumpkin Spice Latte by following up that fall tradition with a new winter specialty: cookie-flavored coffee. According to the Boston Globe, there will be four new cookie coffees released by Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks.

Caribou Coffee recently released its Gingersnap Cookie Mocha which includes hints of ginger, allspice, and clove.

Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline Latte is espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices topped off with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. It’s the first new holiday drink from Starbucks in years.

Not to be outdone, Dunkin’ Donuts is releasing two cookie-flavored drinks. Topped with red and green sugar, the Sugar Cookie Latte emulates the taste of frosted cookies. Meanwhile, the Snickerdoodle Cookie Latte mixes...

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BizRate Platinum "Circle of Excellence" 2014 Winners

Every year BizRate Insights (a division of Connexity and one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States) recognizes retailers who receive outstanding online customer satisfaction scores throughout a one-year period as rated by millions of verified online buyers. Fairytale Brownies has won this prestigious award for the past twelve consecutive years. What makes this award so special is that it is based on real customer feedback. Additionally, this year (2014) Fairytale Brownies placed in the Platinum Award category. The Platinum Award in awarded to retailers that not only achieve winner status, but also earn a score of at least 9 out of 10 in all seven key satisfaction areas reviewed for the award. Among the factors taking into consideration to be named a BizRate Circle of Excellence winner are:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • Ease of Finding
  • Repurchase Intent
  • On-time Delivery
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Customer Support

To see what...

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Sweet Treats Are a Must at Every Wedding Reception

There's something about a wedding. Whether an extravagant affair or a simple civil ceremony, the romance of it all warms my heart.

gourmet browniesAlthough the celebration after the vows also can be extravagant or simple, one fact remains:. Something sweet ALWAYS is served. Cake, cupcakes, pie, candy, cookies, fudge brownies - as the official dessert or a gift favor takeaway, a sweet treat is required.

A good friend of mine in the Midwest was married this past summer.

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Although I couldn't make it to her bridal shower, I sent her a gift and some fudge brownies with her engagement photo on it to use as a keepsake box.

After receiving the gift, she remembered that our bite-sized Magic Morsels are wrapped in purple foil - the color of her bridesmaids' dresses! The Morsels would be a perfect fit as table favors for her reception.

She ordered them in bulk in a variety of flavors.

The Magic Morsels gourmet brownies were such a hit, that several people approached the mother of the bride with news that they spotted...

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Patriotic brownie gifts for Veterans Day

At Fairytale Brownies, we’re serious about supporting our troops. That’s why we send 10 brownie gifts as soldier care packages to U.S. service members worldwide every month through Soldier’s Angels.

Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population. Veterans Day is a powerful reminder of the need for organizations like Soldiers’ Angels.

We invite you to join Soldiers’ Angels in supporting our veterans and active soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors at home and overseas. We offer a variety of brownie gifts wrapped in patriotic bands starting as low as $28.95. 

A Fairytale Brownies fan in Austin, Texas, is particularly fond of sending our Patriotic Sprite 24 brownie gift as soldier care packages.

Reviewing under the online name “Military Supporter”, the fan wrote:  "I love sending these brownies to our...

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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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5 ways we make ordering custom gifts easy

At Fairytale Brownies our goal is to "simplify gift giving and spread joy through gourmet chocolate brownies." For each one of the business services we create, we ask ourselves, "will this feature make the ordering process easier for the customer?" Especially when it comes to corporate gift giving and business gift giving. We understand that the business world is very hectic and the last thing that we have time for these days is to figure out how to send holiday gifts, or say thank you to referrals, clients and business associates alike.

Here are a few of the business services that Fairytale Brownies has implemented to ease the strain of ordering corporate gifts or business gifts for the holidays or for year-round incentive programs.

1) Custom logo gifts: Fairytale Brownies features delicious brownies, cookies and bars with distinctive packaging which can be personalized with your full-color logo or photo. Simply upload your high resolution logo or photo in .jpg format to order online....

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Go mobile! Now order brownies from the comfort of your mobile device

I've written about this topic a few times, mobile commerce is a huge part of everyday life for people today. For me, it is a HUGE part of my life . . . I check my email, get coupons for groceries, interact on social networks, shop on Amazon (yes, I said it!), do my banking and pay credit cards, and a multitude of other things all on my phone. So as the percentage of people who own smartphones is at an all-time high, and use them for much more than making phone calls and texting, it made sense for us as a business to create a mobile optimized experience. Part of our mission statement at Fairytale Brownies has always been, "We simplify gift-giving", so naturally we had to make gift-giving easy for our customers who are plugged in. With a clear understanding of our strategy, I was tasked with creating a mobile optimized experience for our tablet customers as well as our mobile customers. 

This was a massive project that I've literally been working on since early last year. We've gone...

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Generous Customers Support KaBOOM! at Fairytale Open House

fudge browniesFairytale Brownies was prepared with plenty of $1 rejects for customers to purchase at last week's Open House, and our customers didn't disappoint. Generous "promoters of play" donated $2,000 to the national nonprofit KaBOOM! in just three hours!

Fairytale Brownies and KaBOOM! have been play partners since 2001. Since that time, we have contributed more than $100,000, along with brownies, cookies and countless volunteer hours working toward building safe places for children to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Fairytale Brownies customers help us promote play by donating funds at the end of their online purchases. We match ever dollar donated, up to $5,000 at the end of the year. Visit here to learn more about giving the gift of play.

A big thank you to all though who came by to purchase rejects, sample product and say hello to the Fairytale crew. It was so nice to chat with all of you!

Here are some other photos from our Open House last week:

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