Bake Sally’s gourmet cookies between brownie deliveries

Sally McKenney, a writer and photographer from Baltimore, has developed quite a following for her excellent food blog Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s a great stop for gourmet cookie and dessert recipes to fill the gap between brownie deliveries from Fairytale Brownies.

Sally’s blog recently caught the attention of NPR, which published her recipe for Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies. Sally’s gourmet cookies are sprinkled with sea salt and stuffed with caramel. Last year, the recipe won a Nestle Toll House contest—and the accompanying $5,000 grand prize!

So, how does one go about stuffing caramel into a gourmet cookie? As Sally's told to NPR, “The trick to stuffing the caramel candy inside is to make sure the dough completely envelops it. Otherwise you'll have a leaking caramel mess on your cookie sheets!”

Yeah, we’re guessing that’s not as easy as it sounds.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet combination of chocolate and caramel but you’re not ready to follow Sally into the kitchen, it’s...

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Caramel brownies and cookie gifts for National Caramel Day

caramel cookie giftEarly April is a time for delicious chewy caramel. That’s because April 5 is National Caramel Day.

At Fairytale Brownies, we deliver fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookie gifts flavored with delightful caramel.

According to Wikipedia, the process of caramelization involves the slow heating of sugar to approximately 170 degrees. The heating process breaks down the molecules, which then reform into compounds with the beige or light brown color and sugary sweet flavor that we all know and love.

Of course, you probably didn’t stop by this blog to learn how to make your own caramel. You came here to see how we use caramel to create amazing food gifts. Well, here’s the scoop.

Fairytale Brownies offers two delicious caramel food gifts for friends, family members, and colleagues celebrating National Caramel Day.

Our Caramel Brownie adds a creamy caramel layer to our traditional fudgy chocolate brownie to create the ultimate chewy temptation.

Our Caramel Pecan Cookie combines organic vanilla...

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Gourmet Gift Favors for all your Special Occasions

When a little something needs to speak volumes, a photo gourmet brownie or cookie gift favor from Fairytale Brownies is a great solution. Tucked in our elegant silver and purple gift favor boxes with your full-color photo and personalized gift message printed on the lid, our fudgy brownies or chewy cookies will convey a delicious message they will happily receive. Prices range from $14.95 per gift favor - $22.95 per gift favor.

 

  • Engagement Gift Favor: So, you just got engaged? Show off your real-life Fairytale with this unique announcement idea. Fairytale Brownies 4-Sprite Gift Favor contains four snack-size Fairytale Sprites tucked inside a silver and purple gift favor box with your full-color photo and personalized message printed on the lid.  

          engagement gift favor

 

  • Wedding Gift Favor: Wow your guests with easy, affordable and unforgettable wedding gift favors! Eight enchanting flavors of our snack-size Fairytale Sprites come tucked inside our charming 8-Sprite Gift Favor box and printed with...
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Invite Belgian Chocolate Brownies to your next party

I have many hostess friends out there, that just love throwing parties and get togethers. It is just so fun to bring friends and family together, and to remember the important things in life. Of course, we like to show off a bit and get creative as well, especially with food! I know people who have put out quite and impressive spread at their parties, sometimes they cook it themselves, but other times they either don't have the time or prefer to serve something they know will be a hit. Like Belgian Chocolate Brownies, moist cookies, and chewy bars from Fairytale Brownies.

You're guests will not be able to resist our amazingly delicious gourmet treats! We have a lot of different options to choose from! I will layout some of my top suggestions!

Crowd Pleasers- These assortments are large enough to go around and you can choose whether you want just brownies, or an assortment with cookies and bars as well. I suggest the Cookie & Sprite Extravaganza. 48 snack-size Fairytale Sprites are...

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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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Fudgy chocolate brownies or pie? You decide

Excuse us for getting a little nerdy here, but today is Pi Day. Get it? It’s March 14th. That’s 3/14. And the numeric version of pi is 3.14159 … You get the idea. fudgy chocolate brownies

At Fairytale Brownies, we don’t do pie. We do fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookies. And they are delicious. But, hey, we know there’s room for pie too, especially on Pi Day.

In a 2012 survey of 14,000 Americans, NPR found that our nation’s most popular pie is good old fashioned apple pie. That’s probably not surprising if you’re familiar with the saying, “It’s as American as apple pie.”

Seventeen percent of respondents listed apple as their favorite. Surprisingly, strawberry rhubarb came in second at 16 percent. Apple and strawberry rhubarb were followed in order by pumpkin (14 percent), cherry (11 percent), and blueberry (8 percent). Popular also-rans included pecan, peach, and key lime.

We don’t have beef with pie, whether it’s an American standard like apple pie or something a little strange like strawberry rhubarb.

But...

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Free Peanut Butter Cookie when you visit Fairytale Brownies bakery

gourmet cookieArizona customers who come into the Fairytale Brownies bakery to make a purchase this week will receive a FREE Peanut Butter cookie in honor of National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (March 1).

Fairytale's Peanut Butter cookie is one of our customers' favorite flavors with a soft and creamy center surrounded by chewy edges and an old-fashioned sprinkling of granulated sugar.

According to the National Peanut Board, Americans spend almost $800 million each year on peanut butter. We spread it, dip it, freeze it, mix it, bake it and spoon it. But mostly, we love to eat it.

If you're a gourmet cookie lover and also happen to be a peanut butter lover, stop into the Fairytale Brownies bakery Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for your FREE Peanut Butter cookie. Call 800.531.5209 for directions.

 

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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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Pick up some fudge brownies before Spring Training games

fudge brownies at baseball gameWhile most of the country is dealing with mountains of snow and adverse weather conditions, we in Arizona are preparing for Cactus League Spring Training. For the next five weeks, 15 Major League Baseball teams will play ball, and thousands of us will soak up the Arizona sun and watch.

fudge brownies baseball gameOur Fairytale Brownies bakery is just a short distance to three of the stadiums: the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, The Oakland A's in Phoenix and the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. Because we're so close to the ballparks, you might want to leave the house a little earlier and make your perfect baseball day a "Fairytale Day":

Stop by our bakery early. Watch the bakers melt, mix, bake, cut and wrap fudge brownies. Sample a fudge brownie or a gourmet cookie, and then buy brownies to snack on at the game! Stick them in your purse or pocket and head on over to the ballpark.

Our fudge brownies go great with beer, water and pretty much any beverage that is served at a baseball game so you can't go wrong with picking up a...

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