Would you pick the biggest brownie or the best brownie?

best brownies in bulkMontreal’s McGill University recently celebrated the start of the fall semester in a BIG way. The public research university welcomed its 37,000 students back to campus by baking the world’s largest fair trade chocolate brownie.

When all was said and done, McGill’s brownie weighed 4,419 pounds!

How does one bake such a large brownie? According to McGill’s faculty newspaper, the chocolate brownie “was cooked in batches in the kitchens of student residences [and] was assembled in a tent on the field over a three-and-a-half hour period.”

Going big is something of a tradition at McGill. In 2013, the school broke the Guinness World Record by making an 11,197-pound fruit salad. Last year, the school invited thousands of people to enjoy a free meal with five tomato-themed courses. Gazpacho. Pizza. You get it.

At Fairytale Brownies, we may not have the biggest brownie. But we believe we have the best brownies!

Our rich fudgy chocolate brownies come in a luxurious assortment of mouthwatering flavors...

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Thank you gifts for new baby

 

For those of you who follow my blogs, you may have noticed that I haven't written in a while. That's because I just returned from a 3-month maternity leave, and am in the midst of sorting through 5,000+ emails and reacquainting myself with tons of loose ends. And yes, I did say maternity leave! I just welcomed a beautiful baby girl to my family in July. Her name is MacKenzie, and she is the absolute light of my life (along with my son, Austin!).

I had sort of a bumpy pregnancy because of my "advanced maternal age" (I loved it when the doctors said that... NOT); since when is 40 advanced?! Additionally, I had an early delivery due to the pregnancy complications, but the result could not have been sweeter. I was extremely lucky to have the support of many family and friends during the entire pregnancy and post partum. It's absolutely true what they say about learning who your true friends are during trials and tribulations.

Thank You brownie giftTo my great surprise, I had many people who in the past I...

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Fall in Love with Pumpkin Spice Brownies at Fairytale's Anniversary Open House

Twenty-two years ago, David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny began their entrepreneurial adventure to bake the best gourmet brownies by co-founding the mail order company Fairytale Brownies. Today, their business not only bakes delicious fudge brownies, the duo has added chewy cookies and buttery blondie bars to the menu... all of which rival their delicious gourmet brownies.

For the past several years we've celebrated Fairytale Brownies' anniversary month with an Open House - sharing new packaging and new products, sampling all of our product flavors, and selling our "reject" brownies for $1. All proceeds from the sale of the rejects go to our national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!

fudge brownies, gourmet brownies, anniversaryThis year's Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at our bakery on Cotton Center Blvd. (48th St. & Broadway Rd.). Because we are introducing our new Pumpkin Spice Brownie, the party has taken on a "fall" theme. We will serve apple cider, water, coffee, and all of the Fairytale Brownies cookie,...

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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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Experience the Difference with Fairytale's Brownie Gift Basket

Because our fudge brownies, gourmet cookies and buttery blondie bars are baked with quality ingredients, and our packaging is custom designed, most people react animatedly when they receive a Fairytale Brownies gift. This reaction is all a part of the "Fairytale Experience." The following is a recent recipient's response when a brownie gift was sent to her from Kim Silva, Operations Team Leader:

OMG!

The Brownies!  OMG! 
My first brownie was the “Espresso Nib”. 
Just the right sweetness…
Just the right cake-like melt-in-your-mouth smoothness…
Just the right crunchiness…
UNBELIEVABLE!
I will be saving them in my freezer and doling them out to myself to savor for the next 6 months.  I will remember you and David with each bite!

But the Experience of JOY!  OMG!
You see, the package may have been delivered last night, but I received it this morning when Jasmine went outside.
The pristine packaging – the white box by my front door…
The name, Fairytale Brownies, Did someone want to send me...

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Gourmet cookies. Fudge brownies. Crackers and biscuits?

fudge browniesI spent this weekend camping in North Cascades National Park and rafting down the Skagit River in northern Washington. What an adventure!

One member of our party was an Englishwoman working as an au pair in Seattle. Now, this young lady loved her desserts, so she’d definitely have loved gourmet cookies and fudge brownies from Fairytale Brownies.

That said, she may have had trouble ordering them – even if we had found an Internet connection out in the wilderness.

As Irish writer George Bernard Shaw once said, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” This woman, like her English countrymen, have got their cookies and brownies all mixed up with their biscuits and crackers.

If you’re unclear where our two nations stand, here’s a rundown:

In England, a biscuit is a small baked product that an American would probably refer to either as a cookie (if it was sweet) or a cracker (if it was savory).

In England, the word cookie is used only to describe a chocolate chip cookie....

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On track for a Fairytale Brownie Holiday Season!

I can hardly believe that it's almost October . . . time really flies when you're having fun!  At least that's how we feel at Fairytale Brownies.  We've been preparing for the upcoming holiday season and things are coming along nicely.  It seems like only yesterday we were talking about getting ready for the 2014 holidays, and now they're just around the corner! Check out our holiday gifts as well as other gourmet brownie gifts at www.brownies.com.

Our newest flavor of brownie for this season, Pumpkin Spice, has been a huge hit so far, and as Halloween approaches it's sure to become a favorite treat.  Our marketing team has some great ideas planned for Halloween, so be on the look out for some very cool trick or treat gift ideas, or just visit us online. 

Cheers to our Fairytale Brownies Teams, they make the world a sweeter place!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Always My Friend - 21 Years Later

When my 7-year-old asked me to meet his new friend's Mom, I was too depressed to make the effort to go outside to do so. We were new to the area, and although my kids were making friends, it wasn't happening for me. But I put on my happy face and went out to introduce myself.

send browniesAlthough I don't remember the exact conversation, I discovered they were newcomers as well. I KNEW we were going to be great friends when I asked her how she liked the area and she burst into tears and said, "I hate it!"

That was 21 years ago. Although we live 1,000 miles away from each other now, our friendship remains just as solid as it was when we were together having adventures with (and without) our families. I DO owe her a phone call though.

As National Women's Friendship Day approaches (Sept. 22), I'm thinking about all of the women friends in my life and my heart is filled with joy. I wish I could send brownies to each of them!

Let your women friends know you're thinking about them, too.

 

 

 

 

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