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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3 fun facts about gourmet cookies

gourmet cookiesIf you’re reading this blog, I’d guess there’s not much you don’t know about cookies. I mean, you’re not just here for the brownie gifts are you? Considering our six flavors of gourmet cookies, I’d certainly hope not!

Well, if you’re in the mood for some fun facts about one of our favorite food gifts, you’re in luck. The folks over at Epicurious recently uncovered five little-known facts about chocolate chip cookies on a tour of the headquarters of Nestlé's Toll House Cookies in Solon, Ohio.

You can read her full article of five fun facts here, or get three of our favorite highlights below.

  1. Ruth Wakefield of Whitman, Mass., baked the first chocolate chip cookie ever in the 1930s when she added pieces of a chocolate bar into her cookie batter. 
  2. Size didn’t matter with the world’s first chocolate chip cookie. It was roughly the size of a quarter. Fortunately, the standard size of chocolate chip cookies has increased a bit over the years.
  3. The chocolate chip cookie is America's most popular cookie...
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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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Serve Pecan Blondies in Celebration of National Pecan Pie Day

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Pecan Pie. Yes, it's normally a Thanksgiving Day dessert, but we're thinking about it in July because July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day.

If pecan pie isn't on your list of items to bake in July, you might want to save time and order a food gift of buttery brown sugar bars from Fairytale Brownies.

A Fairytale Brownies Pecan Blondie tastes so much like pecan pie, you might as well top it with vanilla ice cream and dig in. I believe Fairytale's Pecan Blondie recipe is so close to tasting like "real" pecan pie that the only ingredients missing are corn syrup and bourbon...

Hmm. Forget the corn syrup. But you might want to drink the bourbon by the pool while you savor your Pecan Blondie.


 

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Show your love with custom food gifts

custom food gift cookiesYou’ve heard the old adage that the path to a man’s heart is through his stomach. A couple of teenaged boys turned that idea on its head by creating custom food gifts to show their prom dates that that they care.

The Watertown Daily News of New York reported this summer that two local teens asked out their prom dates with custom-made desserts. And they went a bit further than ordering cookies or bite-size Magic Morsels in our heartfelt Thinking of You band.

William Serota formed cookie dough into the shape of the characters: P-R-O-M-?. When the cookies were done baking, he sent his date Carly Sullivan to the kitchen to check on them. Fortunately, she said yes.

Meanwhile, their classmate Jake Turck ordered Chinese food with a special fortune cookie in it. When his date Cassie Birth opened it, a note reading “Will you go to prom with me? – Jake” fell out. Again, she said yes.

Yes, prom season is behind us. But these heart-warming stories reminded us of the power of custom food gifts to show your...

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Send a thank you food gift for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner. If dads are good at one thing, it’s dishing out fatherly advice.

thank you food gift for dadA thank you food gift from Fairytale Brownies is the ideal way to show you appreciate your old man’s wisdom. This Father’s Day, you can send gourmet brownies or cookies by mail wrapped in handsome Father’s Day gift bands.

Speaking of fatherly advice, BuzzSugar compiled a great list of quotes from movie dads – including George Banks of Father of the Bride, Mac MacGuff of Juno, and Jim Baker of Sixteen Candles. You can see the full list here, but these are three of our favorites:

  • "I'm only brave when I have to be, Simba. Being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble." ~ Mufasa, the Lion King
  • "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man." ~ Vito Corleone, The Godfather
  • You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." ~ Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

How will...

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Operations Summit Experiences A Taste of Pure Enchantment!

Each year small and large busineses alike attend the Operations Summit Conference; the only conference exclusively about Direct-to-Customer operations & fulfillment. This years conference was held in Indianapolis, IN from April 22 - 24, and Fairytale Brownies co-founder David Kravetz attended. Not only did David attend, but he also was the speaker at a few sessions regarding the challenges of running a small business in today's economic climate, in addition to hosting a round table lunch which discussed legacy software management. 

Of course you can't discuss the in's and out's of a gourmet brownie business without having plenty of samples to pass around for the guests. Following David's speach, each attendee received an 8-Sprite gift favor to enjoy. Reviews from the operations summit were very positive. Here's an example: "The Operations Summit was a very good experience. I was able to talk to vendors and discuss possible solutions for issues we were experiencing. Also, the breakfast...

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Four reasons to buy brownies for your employees

We have many companies that use Fairytale Brownies gifts within their own business to recognize and reward their employees. Here are four reasons they buy brownies:

buy brownies1. Employee Recognition: When employees go above and beyond the call of duty, why not recognize their efforts with a gift basket? Everyone has a birthday. Celebrate their special day with a birthday food gift.

2. Service Awards: Is your company the type that retains employees longer than a couple of years? Good for you! Celebrate your employees' milestones with fudge brownies or gourmet cookie gifts.

3. Incentive Programs: Use Fairytale brownie gifts as rewards for reaching personal, departmental, or even regional goals. Because we ship worldwide, larger companies often reward regional locations for successful sales campaigns.

4. Safety Awards: Safety is important in all businesses, but some jobs are just higher risk than others. When the number of days without an accident deserves a reward, a gift of fudge brownies will make...

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Fairytale Brownies Make Unique and Memorable Birthday Gifts

Happy Birthday Brownies for Dave!

Let's face it, we all have birthday gifts to buy for that "hard to buy for person"; we try to get creative and find something unique that will always be remembered, right? Well, stop racking your brain and start thinking Fairytale BrowniesThat's exactly what I did when I had an out of town relative visiting Arizona while on a business trip and wanted to get together for dinner. My cousin Dave just happened to mention that it was his birthday and I had to act quickly!

I didn't have to think long before I decided to buy a gift of Fairytale Brownies; I chose a Birthday 8-Sprite gift favor and it was the perfect gift for Dave as I know he loves chocolate! It's a one size fits all kind of gift that everyone will enjoy! There's no doubt that a gift from Fairytale Brownies is unique and will always be remembered because chocolate is a comfort food and birthdays are special so who could ever forget that combination? Dave loved the gift of brownies and proudly...

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April is all about birthday food gifts in my family

April is birthday month in my family. My brother’s birthday is April 23. My dad’s birthday is April 28. My birthday is April 30. On the other hand, my mom’s birthday is in March. What a challenge it must’ve been for her to lead a household of three stubborn Taurus men!

In addition to my immediate family’s birthdays, my uncle and eldest cousin have April birthdays as well. And to top it all off, my parents’ anniversary is in April. April brings no shortage of excuses to celebrate. And my relationship with Fairytale Brownies offers me no shortage of access to amazing Belgian chocolate brownies to deliver as birthday food gifts.

Rich and delicious, Belgian chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies are ideal gifts for life’s meaningful moments—like birthdays. If you’re wondering which to send me this April, you’re in luck. I’ve been taste testing for years waiting for this moment.

My favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownie with its velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate and the Pecan...

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