Employee Appreciation Day is March 7th!

Bosses have a day to celebrate themselves . . . why not employees too?! Did you know that this Friday, March 7, 2014 is National Employee Appreciation Day? If you're serious about employee recognition, you'll want to pay attention to the rest of this post. Employee recognition is one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce turnover, curb absenteeism, increase productivity and keep employees engaged with their work (source). 

According to the experts, here are a few employee appreciation gift ideas:

  1. Spring for lunch: Breaking bread together is a nice bonding experience for the group. Who wouldn't enjoy taking time off during the workday to do a little team building? Visit a local restaurant, or have lunch catered in. Either way, your employees will love it. 
  2. Starbucks: How about a mid-afternoon Starbucks break where everyone gets their favorite drink? An afternoon caffeine jolt is always welcomed and appreciated.
  3. Plan an activity: Fun activities, or team building exercises can...
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5 Reasons to Give Corporate Food Gifts Year Round

The days of giving corporate food gifts just during the holidays have long gone. Businesses send gifts for a variety of reasons and at various times throughout the year. Here are five reasons to use Fairytale Brownies corporate food gifts throughout the year:

corporate food gifts1. Welcome New Employees - You've recruited, interviewed and hired those new employees. Now it's time to welcome them to the team. Surprise them with a branded gourmet brownie gift sent to their home. They'll feel a part of the team before they even start their first day at work.

2. Reward Existing Employees - They're hard working, loyal and willing to go the extra mile. Show your employees a little appreciation for a job well done with a gourmet gift of fudge brownies, cookies or bars. Any time of year is the right time to say, "thank you."

corporate food gifts3. Attract New Clients - Send prospective clients a little food gift customized with your full-color logo. Include a personalized gift message offering your services. They'll enjoy the delicious...

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Celebrate Spring with Gourmet Brownies!

Fairytale Brownies Spring 2014 Catalogs are in the mail! The cover shot features two delicious gourmet brownies served with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, surrounded by colorful Italian Sodas. Just looking at it makes my mouth water and gets me excited for Spring. But why just look, when we can taste! Let's recreate this delicious spread!

First, we need to make sure we have our gourmet brownies. If you do not yet receive our catalogs in the mail, then make sure to Request a Free Catalog. You can also order brownies online at brownies.com. Ordering is easy and gift options are numerous! The flavors of brownies in the catalog cover shot are White Chocolate and Raspberry Swirl, so either purchase a gift with these flavors included, or you can also shop bulk and get a dozen of just one flavor. 

Once your brownie delivery has arrived, cut up fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Place them around the brownies on a plate. I don't know about you, but I love the...

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Belgian chocolate brownie gifts for March Madness

March Madness is upon us! In honor of one of our favorite sporting events, we thought it’d be fun to introduce you to some of college basketball’s tastiest mascots. Alas, we scoured the Internet and came up a little shy. belgian chocolate brownie gift

There’s the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. The slugs probably aren’t tasty, but we like bananas. There’s the Penn Quakers. Again, we wouldn’t eat a Quaker, but we do enjoy oatmeal. And there’s the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, who could probably cook up a mean plate of jambalaya.

Since college basketball isn’t offering up the goods, here are a few tasty brownie gifts for your March Madness party.

  • Fairytale Dozen: From cool Mint Chocolate to crunchy Pecan, this delicious brownie gift includes every magical flavor and comes hand packed in a classic gift box, wrapped in our signature purple band.
  • Regal Tower: Wow your friends and loved ones with this impressive four-box tower filled with three sizes of Belgian chocolate brownies, chewy Fairytale Cookies and buttery...
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Gourmet gift baskets with a lemon zest

If you live in Arizona like us, you know that spring time is citrus time. Maybe that’s why someone decided that March 29 should be National Lemon Chiffon Day. lemon blondie gourmet gift

At Fairytale Brownies, we don’t do lemon chiffon. But we do bake delicious Lemon Blondies. These treats combine a touch of tart and a bite of sweet and are topped with lemony icing for pure enjoyment. You can send Lemon Blondies as a single-flavor gourmet gift or in a mixed gift basket with other bar flavors.

In honor of national lemon chiffon cake day and courtesy of Sunkist, here are a few fun facts about lemons:

  • Although lemon cultivation started in the Mediterranean in the first century A.D., 95 percent of all lemons in the U.S. are grown in California and Arizona.
  • Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is known to ward off scurvy. As a result, lemons have spread through history thanks to the British navy, California gold miners (namesakes for the San Francisco 49ers), and more.
  • You probably won’t ever get scurvy. But you’ll almost...
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A Twenty Year Fairytale with Fairytale Brownies!

I never thought I'd still be here, but twenty years later here I am still working at Fairytale Brownies, and what a Fairytale it's been!

This "Fairytale Journey" (as I call it) began when I answered a want ad in the Arizona State University school paper.  At the time I was hired to sell our delicious gourmet Belgian chocolate brownies at street fairs, festivals and farmer's markets across the Valley.  I also helped out wherever I was needed - in a small entrepreneurial start-up, everyone does everything.  Some days that meant cracking eggs to help Mike (Eileen's husband and our first baker) and Ron (neighborhood friend, baker, band member) in the kitchen, delivering brownies to grocery stores, working our tiny retail shop, taking orders over the phone. . . the list goes on and on!  As the word got out and we attended more events, people began asking if we would ship Fairytale Brownies to family and friends, so we did, and that's how the mail order aspect of the business came to be.  Now...

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Fairytale Brownies is NOW Hiring!

Why work for Fairytale Brownies?

As a recruiter for Fairytale Brownies, I sometimes find it difficult to put into words what it's like to work here. How do I sell Fairytale Brownies to someone looking for work? I guess I'll put it in my own words. Every day when I walk into work, I am embraced with the sweet, warm chocolate brownie smell penetrating its way from the kitchen, down the hall, and into my office. I inhale deeply, smile, and think.......this is just the start of my Fairytale day....

A little about our Operations

Fairytale Brownies entire Operations is under one roof. Baking, Shipping, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, HR, Catalog & Web, Accounting, & Information Technology. We work as a team, collaborate, share ideas, share our knowledge. Each year we strive to be better than the last. We empower, recognize, & compensate our team members.

Current Job Openings:

Fairytale Brownies is now hiring Inside Sales Reps for Corporate & Incentive Sales

Salary: Competitive Base Salary,...

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Potential employers meet ASU engineering students, sample fudge brownies

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For the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of participating in the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Fair. Twice a year, 2,500 engineering students have the opportunity to meet about 150 future employers from all over the country.

I bring plenty of fudge brownies and gourmet cookies to the fair for the students and visiting corporations. The fair is a great way for the students to learn what types career opportunities are available in either a full-time position or in paid or unpaid internships.

From Fairytale Brownies' viewpoint, the fair is an opportunity to be a part of the community and show attending corporations our gourmet brownie gifts and custom options.

We so enjoy collaborating with the folks at ASU School of Engineering. With each semester, our partnership strengthens and the business grows. Here's to a bright future with ASU!

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Win Fairytale fudge brownies with clever little Valentine poem

When I was a child, I remember hearing my aunt recite this silly poem to my uncle on Valentine's Day:

There are tulips in the garden,

There are tulips in the park.

But the two lips I like best are your two lips in the dark.

They laughed and then gave each other a smooch.

Those aren't lines from Shakespeare, but I love that little poem and the memory it brings.

Because I'm always thinking, "chocolate," I have another little poem for Fairytale's fudge brownie lovers:

Violets are purple and roses are red,

Flowers are beautiful, but send fudge brownies instead.

Yes. That one is silly as well. I know our Fairytale Brownies fans can write much better lines than mine! Dazzle me with your poetry skills and you could win a gourmet brownie gift. I'll send the winner a Fairytale Dozen.  Respond wherever this blog is posted.

I will monitor the responses, and then a few of us will choose our favorite one on Friday.

 

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