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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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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Fudgy chocolate brownies and rich cream cheese. What a combo!

Rich cream cheese swirled into fudgy chocolate brownies. What’s not to love? Well, someone loved the idea that they pronounced February 10 as Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Sweet! fudgy chocolate brownies with cream cheese

We deliver two gourmet gifts with a cream cheese kick in our Cheesecake Swirl Bars and our Cream Cheese Brownies. More on those treats in a moment. First, here are three facts about cream cheese from Wikipedia.

Although we think of cream cheese as an American product, early versions were referenced in England as early as 1583 and in France as early as 1651.

William A. Lawrence of New York became the first person to produce cream cheese in mass when he purchased a Neufchatel factory and alteed production processes in 1873.

Cream cheese is versatile! It’s used in everything from gourmet gifts and creamy sauces to crab rangoons and certain western-style sushi rolls.

And, of course, it’s used in several gourmet gifts from Fairytale Brownies. Our Cheesecake Swirl Bar combines fine cake flour, organic vanilla extract, pure...

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Buy Brownies Online and Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! I personally think peanut butter is one of the greatest creations know to man. Filling, chalk full of protein, in a yummy, gooey spread: Who doesn't like Peanut Butter? Plus it goes with almost anything. What is childhood without those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I also love putting it on fruit like apples, and vegetables like celery. Yum! 
 
But of course, we can't forget peanut butter desserts! Here at Fairytale Brownies we bake some pretty amazing peanut butter treats. Velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate compliment each other in our Peanut Butter Brownie. We also make a delicious Peanut Butter Cookie, baked with natural peanut butter and pure sugar cane, giving this cookie that classic peanut butter taste. 
 
Visit brownies.com and buy brownies online or order a cookie delivery. You can choose from a number of gourmet gifts, or if you get hooked on one flavor, like I often do, you can also buy in bulk and save! We offer...
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Pair Gourmet Brownies with Blondie Bars for National Blonde Brownie Day

I love nontraditional, just for fun holidays, like the one on January 22nd: National Blonde Brownie Day! What is a blonde brownie, you may be asking. Where most brownies are baked with chocolate, or in the case of our gourmet brownies, dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate; blonde brownies are made with brown sugar. Here at Fairytale Brownies, our fudgy chocolate brownies may be the star, but if you haven't tried one of our blondie bars then you are missing out! 
 
Dark brown sugar and premium toppings make our six Fairytale Bars instant classics. Try the Cheesecake Swirl, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Crumb, Lemon, Pecan and Raspberry White Chocolate. Visit us online at brownies.com and check out our Brownie and Bar Combo Gifts. This way you can satisfy those gourmet brownie cravings and also try out the sweet, buttery bars! Plus, with January 22nd being Blonde Brownie Day, you have an excuse to eat to your hearts content, or you could also send bar and brownie gifts to friends. In any case,...
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Send Fudgy Chocolate Brownies for the Chinese New Year!

Did you know that January 31st is the Chinese New Year? It is a major holiday in the Chinese culture, where families get together to celebrate good fortune and happiness for the coming new year. Each year is presided over by an animal zodiac, and this year is the year of the horse! 
 
If you or someone you know celebrate the Chinese New Year, then make sure to wish them happiness and good fortune by sending them a Chinese New Year's brownie gift from Fairytale Brownies. As one of the graphic designers here, I got to design the messaging for these new gourmet gifts. In keeping with Chinese traditions, the gift band has a joyful red and yellow message of Happy New Year, and is accompanied by a dragon, a legendary and important animal in the Chinese culture. There are also Chinese lanterns representing the Lantern Festival, a celebration full of lights, firecrackers, and food!
 
So make sure to wish your friends and loved ones a Happy New Year with a Chinese New Year gift. Simply visit brownie...
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A Peak Inside Fairytale Brownies Holiday Rush

As the holidays approach, it's getting busier and busier at Fairytale Brownies and the annual brownie scramble is on! The crews are working overtime to make sure every gourmet brownie gift is packed and ready to ship to chocolate lovers around the world. There is still plenty of time to order your goodies, just check out www.brownies.com. We have something to please everyone on your gift list - from fudgy brownies, to yummy cookies and scrumptious bars!

Pallets and pallets of Fairytale Brownies Gifts.

 

The warehouse dock prepped for loading the UPS trailers.

 

UPS trailer almost fully loaded and ready to pull.

 

 

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Gourmet Cookie S'mores

One of my favorite things about winter is cozying up next to a warm fire! This year I was a little more adventurous and went winter camping. Of course here in Arizona, it didn't get below freezing, but I did appreciate that camp fire. A great past time around the fire is roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Yum! This time, however, I decided to give it a Fairytale Brownies twist by making Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores. It was simple, fun, and delicious! Follow this recipe and instructions to make your own gourmet cookie s'mores!
 
You will need:
Fairytale Brownies' Peanut Butter Cookies- Two for each s'more you would like to make. Simply visit our website at brownies.com and order yourself a cookie delivery! You can buy in bulk and save, or order a cookie gift. I recommend the Peanut Butter Cookies, but try experimenting with other flavors as well!
Large Marshmallows
Chocolate Bar- I used Hershey
A metal wire or stick for roasting
 
Directions:
Start by laying your ingredients out at the...
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12 holiday recipes for fudgy chocolate brownies, gourmet cookies, and more

holiday brownie and cookie giftsThe holiday season is a season for treats. One easy way to deliver is to order fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookies from Fairytale Brownies. Baking treats yourself is another option.

The Associated Press compiled a list of 12 fruit-inspired cookie recipes perfect for the holiday season. You can see the recipes at MassLive.com of Western Massachusetts.

The list includes honeyed apricot tassies, cherry lime brownies, oatmeal blues drop cookies, strawberry pistachio icebox cookies, no-bake cranberry coconut bites, mango marshmallow bars, apple-orange spice drops, peanut butter and jelly cookies, ice cream cone caramel date bars, sweet-and-salty kitchen sink cookies, brown butter fig thumbprint cookies, and tropical almond macaroons.

We’re particularly interested in the oatmeal blues drop cookie, which the Associated Press described as:

“Everyone loves a basic oatmeal cookie. But these are no ordinary oatmeal cookies. In addition to studding them with chewy, sweet dried blueberries,...

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Fairytale Brownies Holiday Season Blast From the Past!

As we approach the month of December and the upcoming holidays, I find myself reminiscing about the one season we actually ran out of brownies, believe it or not!!!

It was 1997 and we were a few years into the business when we had an unexpected rush on brownies for the holidays, so mid-December we actually ran out of some of our brownie flavors.  We were unable to bake anymore of the delectable Belgian chocolate brownies because our very tiny commercial kitchen had been transformed into a shipping department.  We only had a limited selection of brownie flavors available, so we made due with what we had. . . . Needless to say, we've never forgotten "the season we ran out of brownies".  We've definitely come a long way since then and now occupy a large production facility with plenty of space for baking and shipping, so we plan to never have that problem again!

If you've been a fan of Fairytale Brownies for a while you know that we no longer just carry our famous brownies, but over the...

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