Graduates: Send fudge brownies to those who helped you get through

So many of us have family and friends who will be graduating from high school and fudge browniescollege this month. Ceremonies and parties to attend, gifts to purchase. As they leave behind the past and ready for the future, I believe they should thank those who encouraged them during the challenging times with fudge brownies.

Whether it's a teacher, friend, relative, or co-worker - a sweet treat for all of the times they made life a little sweeter is a fitting gift.

 

 

My son will be graduating from dental school next week, and of course, I am extremely proud of him. He has worked so hard to achieve his goal. Although these past four years have been the craziest roller coaster ride he's ever experienced, the one thing we noticed is the same mentors, friends and associates who always are by his side ready to help him through.

Theirs a lasting bond, and should be celebrated. My son has placed his order and the gourmet brownie gifts will ship in time for graduation on Friday.

I hope he ordered a little...

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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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Order brownies and cookies in bulk to save

How much would you pay for a shot glass-shaped cookie filled with milk – no dunking required?

order brownies onlineWell, according to Grub Street, a New Yorker recently bought eight of celebrity chef Dominique Ansel's cookie shots at an auction for $6,500. That’s $812.50 per cookie shot!

If that seems reasonable, then boy do we have a deal for you!

When you forgo the packaging to order brownies in bulk, you get them for $31.95 per dozen. That’s just $2.66 per brownie. Not bad, huh?

If cookies are more to your liking, you can order cookies in bulk for just $35.95 per two dozen, or $1.50 per cookie. Of course, these cookies won’t fold into a cylinder and hold milk. But that seems a small price to pay for such a killer deal.  

Now, it’s important to note that the price of Ansel’s cookie shots benefited City Harvest, a nonprofit that collects food to feed the underprivileged of New York. Ansel shared his excitement over the fundraising windfall by tweeting: “8 cookie shots gets $6.5K for City Harvest! It's just 24cents...

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Fudge brownie gifts that double as architectural marvels

North Country Public Radio in northern New York recently reported on an interesting trend. Cookie architects like Rebecca Weld of Potsdam, N.Y., are constructing miniature buildings out of cookies and then posting the photos online.

fudge brownie gifts in a towerYou can see one of Rebecca’s creations hereHow fun is that?!

At Fairytale Brownies, we’re big fans of stacking sweets. Have you seen our collection of fudge brownie gift towers? Nestled inside these splendid pillars are fudge brownies, gourmet cookies, and buttery bars that are revealed one layer of the tower at a time.

Our top-selling stack of sweets is our Regal Tower, which includes 30 fudge brownies in three different sizes, eight gourmet cookies, and three buttery bars. No wonder it weighs in at over six pounds!

Here’s what Ginger from Atlanta had to say about the Regal Tower: “The variety gave us an opportunity to try new products and to sample some new flavors and we've loved them all so far. I love the packaging - it was in the shipping box as 4...

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Capturing the Deliciousness of Gourmet Brownies Through Photography

Most of Fairytale Brownies business is done through mail order. Many people order brownies, cookies and bars online at brownies.com or through a catalog before they even taste them. So it's really important that we have excellent photos of our gourmet desserts. Since you can’t taste the treats, we need to convey just how yummy they are through visuals!

Twice a year, my team and I spend one to two weeks with a professional photographer and food stylists to create the most delicious looking photography that we can. When your brownie delivery arrives, you can tell just by looking at them how great they are going to be, but capturing that in an image takes a lot of time and work. However, it is also a lot of fun!

Our gourmet brownies, cookies and bars really are the stars of the shoot. We spend time making sure each treat looks its best! Of course with all those gourmet brownies around, it is impossible not to treat ourselves to some sweets. After making them look so irresistible how can I not...

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Rich, Callebuat Belgian chocolate vs. Spicy Mexican Chocolate

Having traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico recently, I noticed many delicious confections made with Mexican chocolate that I was dying to try. This got me wondering what exactly Mexican chocolate was and how did it differ from the rich, dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate that Fairytale Brownies uses to bake our decadent treats. Here's what I found:

Mexican chocolate is made from dark, bitter chocolate mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts. The end result is a grainy, less smooth chocolate. It is frequently bought in disks, though you can also purchase the chocolate in bar and syrup form. The traditional uses for Mexican chocolate are hot drinks such as Atole (served with tamales), Champurrado (served as a dessert with churros or a sweet bread called Pan Dulce) and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Mexican Chocolate

Other popular uses for Mexican chocolate are in Tejate (a cold drink made of dark chocolate, corn masa, cocoa flowers, then marinated and frothed), and Mole (a sauce filled with spices, tomato and...

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Cinnamon Crumb Blondie Bars

My favorite gourmet treat that Fairytale Brownies bakes is the Cinnamon Crumb Blondie Bar. I am absolutely in love with it. I was reminded of my love for this tasty treat when I walked into work today and the fragrant aroma of spicy cinnamon mixed with crunchy walnuts wafted through the air. Lucky for me, today was my day for quality assurance. You see, in addition to my job duties as Web Designer and Marketer, I am also on the Quality Assurance Team. This means that once a week, I visit the baking department and taste what delicious treats they've baked that day. I score the product on Appearance, Taste, Texture, Smell, Aroma, and an overall Pass/Hold score. This is a very formal process that involves forms, score sheets, etc. But all of that formality aside, I can't wait to sink my teeth into freshly baked brownies, moist and chewy cookies and especially my favorite, sweet and buttery bars once a week. It's my treat for having the self-control to not indulge every day. Working at...

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Judging Junior Cupcake Challenge Creates Challenge of Its Own

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Providing fudge brownies for 40 bakers entering a local Junior Cupcake Challenge was the easy part of Fairytale Brownies participating in last weekend's event, After all, it's my job to spread joy through gourmet brownies!

Then I was asked to be one of the judges for the 8- to 12-year-olds, and I thought, "How fun!"

It WAS fun.

The girls were separated into eight teams. Each team chose a cupcake flavor and created their own topping design to present to the judges.

They were baking a dozen cupcakes, but the bakers only had to present four perfectly finished creations to the judges.

Although they were given the recipes for both chocolate and vanilla batter, the teams were free to change their cupcake flavor using any of the "secret ingredients" from the table set up nearby.

Teams were given points for creativity, originality, teamwork, taste, plating and appearance.

As I observed each team, I noticed how well they all worked together. Even when they ran into problems - the batter wasn't...

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Celebrate with chocolate chip cookie baskets and brownie gifts

The first line of the Wikipedia entry for chocolate chips keeps it awfully simple. “Chocolate chips,” the entry states, “are small chunks of chocolate.” chocolate chip brownie gift

Yup. That about sums it up. And that’s fine by us, because we don’t need much more reason to celebrate chocolate—especially on May 15 (aka National Chocolate Chip Day).

Chocolate chips have myriad uses from pancakes to hot chocolate and ice cream to trail mix. Of course, our favorite uses for chocolate chips are in our Chocolate Chip Brownie gifts and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie baskets.

Did you ever consider the many types of chips spawned by Ruth Graves Wakefield’s 1937 invention?

According to Wikipedia, Ruth’s semisweet chocolate chips eventually evolved to include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.

Whew!

Like that original Wikipedia entry, we like to keep it simple at...

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Have brownies delivered to a galaxy far far away on Star Wars Day

Geeks like me will celebrate this Sunday. It’s May the fourth. As in, may the fourth be with you. It’s Star Wars Day. Get it?! raspberry brownies delivered

Unfortunately, for Luke Skywalker and the gang, they didn’t have brownies delivered a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Wookiepedia has 139 pages dedicated to individual desserts from the Star Wars universe. (That’s 139 pages out of a total of 110,130 pages on other things like species, battles, and star systems!)

Instead of having brownies delivered, Luke may have soothed his sweet tooth on Octavian fruit pudding, Corellian fried ice cream, or Bantha breakfast biscuits. Wondering what the heck these are? Well, visit Wookiepedia to find descriptions like this one:

“Zoochberry cobbler was a type of dessert dish containing zoochberries. It was one of the Besalisk cook Dexter Jettster's favorite way of eating zoochberries and was served in Dex's Diner on the planet Coruscant where it cost 2.7 credits or with Denta bean ice cream for an extra 3 credits.”

Zoochberry...

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