Come play with Fairytale Brownies and help raise funds to build a playground

We are getting ready for our Playdate/Open House on Thursday and we can't wait for our Fairytale Friends to join us.

This year's theme for the event focuses on PLAY because we are building a playground with our national nonprofit KaBOOM! for Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix.

The biggest draw for our fans is our $1 "imperfect" brownies, cookies and bars. The treats taste delicious, they just don't meet Fairytale's standards for looking perfect. All proceeds from the $1 sale will go the playground which will be built in March 2017. Please be aware that availability of every flavor is not guaranteed with these "imperfect" treats.

Because the $1 treats are such a hit, there usually is a wait to purchase them. But don't worry, you will have options to make the time go by. Throw some bean bags through the Brownie Guy's belly; hula hoop to some tunes; or throw whiffle balls into a bucket to win fudgy brownies.

Thursday's event begins at 3 p.m. The first 100 people attending will receive...

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Fairytale Brownies Celebrates 24 Years of Spreading Sweet Joy

Fairytale Brownies Co-founders David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny, friends since kindergarten, began their business in 1992 armed with an old family brownie recipe and the desire to create a brand, be their own bosses and do something fun. They wanted to be the Ben & Jerry's of brownies. So, with no baking skills, but an awesome brownie recipe, they did it! They learned and listened, and now Fairytale bakes 7 million brownies a year, and is still growing. Fairytale Brownies celebrates 24 years in business this week, and I have to say - I'm so glad that David and Eileen learned how to bake brownies and chose to share them with the world.

And boy, have they've been sharing! From our humble beginnings and samplings at farmer's markets and local street festivals, to our presentations at the Cannes Film Festival, Fairytale Brownies has become a favorite mail order gift among brownie lovers, dessert lovers and chocolate lovers alike. Although many people know about our gourmet treats, our work...

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Stock Up on Peanut Butter Brownies and Cookies; Make Way for New Flavors!

peanut butter brownieI experienced my first Fairytale Brownie 10 years ago this month. I had just interviewed for my position here and was told I could choose any flavor brownie to take with me. Although there were 12 flavors screaming my name, creamy Peanut Butter shouted the loudest.

I was going to wait until I got home at the end of the day to share the giant 3" x 3" dark chocolate square with my husband and children. But as I headed to work from the interview, that Peanut Butter brownie was too tempting to be ignored. I didn't just take a bite... I ate the whole thing! I told myself that I was conducting market research. Then I reasoned that the brownie was breakfast. Then I accepted facts: The fudge brownie was heavenly, and I was hooked.

Since that first brownie experience, I've changed my favorite flavor many times. peanut butter cookieThat's the great thing about Fairytale Brownies - we have plenty of gourmet flavors that turn into customer favorites.

Although we will be retiring our Peanut Butter Brownie and Peanut...

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Show good manners! Value their referrals with gourmet food gifts they'll love

Our Moms taught us the importance of the thank-you note - heartfelt gratitude for kindness shown. It's just good manners.

gourmet brownies, fudge browniesWhen it comes to business, thank-you notes are a must - especially when a customer or client refers your business. They are paying you the ultimate compliment. They value your service, trust you and your product, and have confidence in your abilities.

Why not express your gratitude for their referral with a little more than just a thank-you note?

I recommend a food gift like gourmet brownies from Fairytale Brownies. Think about it. You can't go wrong with a food gift because everyone eats! If you discover your recipient doesn't care for fudge brownies, send chewy cookies or buttery bars instead.

Referrals are strong business builders. When a client or customer tells their friend about your awesome service or product, they not only are advertising for you, they're building your reputation as a trusted and valued business.

The clients don't have to say a word about your...

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Are gourmet cookies a safer pick than cookie dough shots?

gourmet cookieCookie dough is all the rage these days. The Roasting Plant coffee shop in downtown Detroit has hopped on the bandwagon with gourmet cookie dough shots.

As described in an article in the Detroit Free Press, “The uncooked dough balls, studded with chunks of dark chocolate, are sold in shot-glass-sized plastic cups in a cooler in front of the shop's cash registers.”

Small shots, the equivalent of half a cookie, are $1.49. Large shots, equal to a whole cookie, cost $2.49.

As we posted earlier this year, the USDA warned consumers on Twitter: “Don’t eat the raw dough! It contains uncooked eggs that may contain Salmonella bacteria.” But don’t worry about these cookie dough shots being a threat to your health.

Shop manager Kristen Wing has taken this into consideration, as she explained to the Detroit Free Press. “The cookie dough is the same as the cookies, except it's made with pasteurized eggs so it won't make you sick,” Wing said.

Given that, stop by the Roasting Plant and grab a gourmet...

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13 gourmet brownie recipes that’ll knock your socks off

gourmet browniesWith the blogosphere cranking out so many amazing recipes on a daily basis, it’s hard to keep up.

Of course, you can skip the hassle of scouring the Internet for recipes by ordering gourmet brownie and cookie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

However, if you also like to roll up your sleeves and get to work in the kitchen, then you’re in luck. Nettie Moore of Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog recently rounded up 13 knock-your-socks-off brownie recipes for a slideshow in Parade’s Community Table.

Here are five recipes from the list (with Nettie’s delicious descriptions) that really caught our eye.

  • Strawberries and Cream Brownies. An amazing brownie sandwich filled with strawberries and cream!
  • Low Fat Zucchini Brownies. Brownies made with zucchini, bananas and applesauce, no eggs and no oil. They get denser the next day, if they last that long!
  • Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. Rich and decadent brownies have been kicked up to a whole new level!
  • Brownie Cheesecake Bars-P. The chewy brownie and...
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Cookies by mail – or in your ice cream

mail order cookiesAt Fairytale Brownies, we’re known best for our gourmet brownies, but you might also know us for our lineup of delicious mail order cookies.

We’re not the only dessert company to engage into the cookie game. Ben & Jerry’s, which has a long history of producing excellent cookie-based ice cream products, recently launched three new flavors of ice cream that are actually wrapped around a core of cookie and cookie butter. Yum!

Here’s the inside scoop (get it?!) on Ben & Jerry’s new cookie core products:

  • Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core includes mocha and caramel ice creams with chocolate cookies, fudge flakes, and a chocolate cookie core.
  • Peanut Buttah Cookie Core is peanut butter ice cream with crunchy peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies, and a peanut butter cookie core.
  • Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core is dark caramel and vanilla ice cream with speculoos cookies and speculoos cookie butter core.

That all sounds delicious to us! That said, we enjoy cookies outside our ice cream as well.


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Author cooks up the best brownie themed books

best browniesJoanne Fluke has created a unique literary combination that we just had to share with our readers. Fluke writes mystery novels that contain actual baking recipes throughout the text.

Her latest work is Double Fudge Brownie Murder, which is the 18th installment of a series starring character Hannah Swensen. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Even though Hannah’s fabulous brownies can be found at the scene of the crime in the new book, it’s not a poisoning case.”

Whew! That’s certainly a relief to us. We’d hate to see delicious gourmet brownies get a bad rap.

After all, at Fairytale Brownies, we pride ourselves on baking the best brownies in a luxurious assortment of 12 mouthwatering flavors. Our gourmet brownies are the perfect companion to a good book or a great movie.

Speaking of which, for those among us who aren’t big readers, the Hannah Swensen stories are about to jump from the page to the screen. Later this spring, a movie version of the first novel in the series, 2001’s...

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Gourmet brownies the inventor of peanut butter would love

peanut butter cookie giftThirty-five years after he was born on this day in 1849, Marcellus Gilmore Edson changed life as we know it. (Or, at least as I know it, since I’m somewhat addicted to his invention.)

According to Wikipedia, the Canadian pharmacist became the first person to patent peanut butter in 1884. In his patent application, he described peanut butter as having “a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment” and requiring peanuts to be milled to “a fluid or semi-fluid state.”

If that sounds less than appetizing, our peanut butter-flavored gourmet brownies and cookie gifts may do the trick for you.

Our Peanut Butter Cookie combines natural peanut butter and pure cane sugar to create a creamy cookie with that classic peanut butter taste.

Our customer service team lead Ellie Perry is especially fond of the cookie. “The peanut butter cookie is a classic-style cookie,” she said. “Rich peanut butter flavor with just the right amount of crunch on the edge and soft texture in the middle. LOVE IT!”

Our P...

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Gourmet brownies we’d enjoy again and again on Groundhog Day

Well, it's Groundhog Day... again…espresso nib gourmet brownie

Bill Murray’s 1993 comedy hit Groundhog Day is as key to my knowledge of the holiday as Punxsutawney Phil. As you may recall, Murray’s character was doomed to repeat Groundhog Day over and over until he managed to successfully woo costar Andie MacDowell.

Over the last couple years, we’ve asked our teammates which of our gourmet brownie and cookie gifts is their favorite. These are the treats they’d enjoy again and again … just in case Groundhog Day repeats.

“My favorites have got to be the Toffee Crunch Brownie. I love the crunchiness of the toffee when it comes straight out of the refrigerator. Also, the Fairytale Bars are just so good. I can’t resist the Cheesecake Swirl Bar. Our sweet and buttery bars can't be beat.” ~ Jasmin Santiago, retail sales

“My favorite brownie is definitely the Raspberry Swirl Brownie. The raspberry flavor just melts in your mouth. Oh, and the Peanut Butter Cookie is absolutely amazing.” ~ Donna Baker, accounting

“My favorite...

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