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.”

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Don't fly to Japan! Order cookie or brownie gifts instead

Cookies or coffee? Thanks to a new summer promotional drink by Starbucks, you won’t have to choose—if you’re willing to fly to Japan, that is. espresso brownie gift

If not, you may just have to order cookies or espresso-flavored brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

According to Rocket News 24, Starbucks Japan will soon release the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. The specialty beverage will be available in Japanese Starbucks stores until August 31.

As described by Rocket News 24, “With a vanilla base, chocolate chunk cookie clusters, and even almonds, it sounds like it’ll be another tempting option on their menu … with an entire cookie crumbled up and blended in!”

At Fairytale Brownies, we may not be able to match the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. But we do know a thing or two about cookies. And coffee.

You probably already knew you could order cookies from us in six varieties: Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Double Chocolate, Caramel Pecan, Coconut Walnut, and Toffee Chocolate Chip.

But did you know we also dabble in...

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Thank your favorite teachers with gourmet brownie gifts from Fairytale Brownies

We all remember a favorite teacher or two from our school years. The characteristics that made them our favorites are as varied as our personalities - encourager, listener, communicator, caretaker, challenger, joker. Those teachers influenced who we are today.

gourmet brownie giftIf you have children, you probably recognize the influence teachers are making in their lives. May 5-9 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Why not thank those teachers with a gourmet brownie gift from Fairytale Brownies?

The Thank You 8-Sprite Favor ($16.95) is just the right size to send those thank-you thoughts. Eight different fudge brownies are individually wrapped and tucked inside the gift box, so the teacher can snack at recess, lunch... well, whenever the teacher pleases.

Are you still thinking about your own favorite teachers? If you know where they are, you might want to surprise them with a gourmet brownie gift as well. Chances are, if you still remember them, they might still remember you.

(Sending a virtual thank you...

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Perfect Easter Dessert - Browned Butter Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosted brownies!

After being in the gourmet brownie business for over 21 years, we at Fairytale Brownies often hear from our customers about how they use our brownies, bars and cookies to make amazing desserts. Over the years, we've seen (and made!) many delicious recipes ourselves. Here's one of my personal favorites. The perfect accompaniment to a rich Easter dessert are Browned Butter Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosted brownies and cookies. Visit Fairytale Brownies recipe page for more serving suggestions, or for other fun and delicious ways to bake using our gourmet brownies, cookies and bars. Recipes include everything from Brownie Trifles, Ice-Cream Sandwiches, and Spicy Chili Chocolate Fondue to delicious Peanut Butter Pie. Enjoy! ~Hilary

Easter Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Cook butter in a small, heavy saucepot over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 6 minutes or until butter begins to...

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Fairytale's shipping team learns how to bake fudge brownies

Everyone knows that understanding how to do one's job is important in keeping that job. But at Fairytale Brownies, we believe we become more efficient when we understand how others do their jobs within the company. So we shadow train.

Most recently, shipping team members donned white aprons and hair nets, and entered the kitchen to bake gourmet brownies.

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Natalie drops chunks of chocolate and butter into the kettle that to melt. The liquid will then be poured into the mixer with the dry ingredients to create the gourmet brownie batter.

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Baking team member Omar shows Natalie proper melting procedures.

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Meanwhile, Cindy and Susan learn how to wrap Magic Morsels.

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Eugene prepares brownie trays for refrigeration.

 

 

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There's still time to order Personalized Photo Gifts for Easter!

Easter is right around the corner and there is still time to order a sweet and memorable photo gift for a truly personalized treat! Your sharp, full-color photo is printed directly onto our gift packing with durable, high-quality inks; we offer a large variety of gift choices to fit any budget. Choose from a Photo 2-Brownie Gift Favor, $15.95  up to a Photo Classic Tower, $63.95 and anything in between. You can chose from fudgy brownies, sweet and buttery bars, or moist and chewy cookies and regardless which gift you select, your photo gift will certainly become a keepsake to treasure! Ordering a photo gift is easy, simply upload your photo and gift message online. 

Below is the Photo Wish Morsel 24 gift that I ordered with my granddaughter's photo and a Happy Easter message printed on the lid. The hinged lid of this regal box opens to reveal 24 bite-size Magic Morsels that are individually wrapped. The Wish Box is beautifully crafted and will make the perfect Easter gift for my...

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Best Brownie Delivery according to our raving fans

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I wanted to share a few of the awesome customer reviews that came into our customer service department over the weekend. These reviews are why I love working for Fairytale Brownies. It's a nice feeling to know that I play a small part in spreading joy and happiness throughout the world when our customers send a brownie delivery. For more information, visit brownies.com online.

- I tasted your wonderful Toffee Crunch Brownie during the intermission of Peter and the Starcatcher at McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs, CA! I loved it so much that I bought a second brownie to take home to Maryland to enjoy as a treat after leg surgery. It really brightened my day! ~ Claire R.

- Hi! We love your delicious brownies and we purchase them regularly. Thank you for making them so good! ~ Kelly G.

- I just wanted to say thank you so much! I sent my girlfriend a brownie delivery and she received them today. She couldn't stop talking about how delicious and fudgy they were. Thank you for baking such a...

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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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