The Brownie Buzz from hilary

Hi, my name is Hilary Lee+ and I am the Senior Web Designer here at Fairytale Brownies. This August will be my ninth year working at Fairytale Brownies in the marketing & sales department. 

On my blog, I'll be writing about sales & promotions, new products, gourmet brownie recipes & brownie decorating ideas, customer brownie stories, Fairytale Brownies in the media, and delicious ideas for holiday & special occasion gifting. I also write about more serious topics, like letters from soldiers, their families, and troops abroad. We receive cards and letters from soldiers who receive Fairytale Brownies Soldier Care Packages telling us about their brownie experience in lands far away.

It's my goal to write interesting and engaging acticles for our customers. While I mostly focus on our delicious gourmet brownie and cookie gifts, I try to relate my brownie experience to real life. If you have any specific blog topic suggestions, email me at hilary@brownies.com, and I'd be happy to write about it! 

We get tons of customer comments and raves, so I love to share those with you too. I hope you enjoy reading about our going's on here at Fairytale Brownies. I encourage everyone to share your questions, comments, thoughts, and feedback with us. We try to respond 100% to any feedback we receive from you. Happy reading! ~ Hilary Lee

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GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a gourmet Mother's Day brownie gift!

Fairytale Brownies Giveaway

Enter to win our new Mother's Day Wish Dozen!  Contest runs from 12am PST Monday, May 5th through 10am PST Tuesday, May 6th. Two winners will be chosen at random after 10am PST, Tuesday May 6th. Winners will be notified by email with plenty of time for your brownie gift to arrive by Mother's Day!

How To Enter: Visit Fairytale Brownies giveaway page: http://www.brownies.com/giveaway.aspx, then Facebook, Tweet, Pin and more about the giveaway for more entries. Good Luck!

The Gift: Mother's Day Wish Dozen - Let Mom savor the complete Fairytale Brownies assortment with our most popular gift. From cool Mint Chocolate to crunchy Pecan, this delicious dozen incudes every magical brownie flavor and comes hand packed in our new luxurious wish gift box. Retail value, $44.95.

Whether you're entering to win for your Mom or for yourself, the sublime, refined taste of all-natural Fairytale Brownies will captivate with every spellbinding bite. Find our family of gourmet brownie flavors here: http://www.b...

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Operations Summit Experiences A Taste of Pure Enchantment!

Each year small and large busineses alike attend the Operations Summit Conference; the only conference exclusively about Direct-to-Customer operations & fulfillment. This years conference was held in Indianapolis, IN from April 22 - 24, and Fairytale Brownies co-founder David Kravetz attended. Not only did David attend, but he also was the speaker at a few sessions regarding the challenges of running a small business in today's economic climate, in addition to hosting a round table lunch which discussed legacy software management. 

Of course you can't discuss the in's and out's of a gourmet brownie business without having plenty of samples to pass around for the guests. Following David's speach, each attendee received an 8-Sprite gift favor to enjoy. Reviews from the operations summit were very positive. Here's an example: "The Operations Summit was a very good experience. I was able to talk to vendors and discuss possible solutions for issues we were experiencing. Also, the breakfast...

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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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Best Brownie Delivery according to our raving fans

Best Brownie Delivery

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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5 Reasons to Gift Gourmet Brownies

Gift Gourmet Brownies

It's never been easier to send gourmet brownies to your friends, family and loved ones. Looking for a reason to gift gourmet brownies? Here are 5 to get you started: 

  1. Health Benefits of Chocolate: According to women's health mag, chocolate is now considered a "superfood!" Cacao, the bean chocolate is made from is packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, which has disease-killing components. Stick to chocolate with at least 70% cacao, you'll reap the benefits. Fairytale Brownies are baked with Callebaut Dark Belgian Chocolate (pure - unsweetened). 
  2. Evoke childhood memories and sensations: According to howstuffworks, smells and tastes can bring on a flood of memories that influence people moods. Because we encounter most new smells and tastes in our youth, they often call up childhood memories. Childhood memories shape our lives, and reliving the  loving sensation of eating Mom's brownies after school is one that I want to relive as many times as possible.
  3. Send a Thank...
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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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Bake Chocolate Mint Brownies, or buy online!

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner so it's time to start thinking green . . . and minty! 

Personally, I am a huge fan of the chocolate and mint flavor combination; these two flavors baked together in brownie form is simply divine. So, I went on the hunt for the most mouthwatering Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe I could find (to satisfy those home bakers), and boy did I luck out. Think York Peppermint Patty combined with fudgy chocolate brownie batter. Hello delicious. 

With repost permission, here is a Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe I found from The Brown Eyed Baker for you to enjoy. Photo credit: The Brown Eyed Baker. Recipe used with permission from The Brown Eyed Baker.

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 

Of course if you don't want to bake your own Chocolate Mint Brownies to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you can always order fudgy chocolate mint brownies online from Fairytale Brownies. Imagine cool mint hand-drizzled over rich Callebaut Belgian Chocolate. Or, try Fairytale Brownies Mint Chocolate Cookies. Imagine...

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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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Brownies and Beer! Check out the Great Arizona Beer Festival this weekend!

This Saturday, March 1st from 2 - 6pm, azbeer.com is holding it's "Great Arizona Beer Festival" at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event and at the door. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. Sun Sounds of Arizona is a non-profit radio reading service helping over 49,000 people in Arizona with print disabilities. Ticket prices range from $10 for general admission with a designated driver, up to $85 for the VIP experience. You can purchase tickets here: http://www.azbeer.com/tempe_tickets.htm

The festival will showcase over 200 different brews from more than 50 breweries from across the globe! Each beer artisan will provide samples of their most successful brewing achievement. Here is a list of breweries and their brews - this list is being updated frequently, so check it out. 

There will also food sponsors attending to feed the masses. Participating sponsors are Fairytale Brownies (donating over 500 fudgy-chocolate brownies for those who love...

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Brownies & Beer Pairings - Perfect for a unique Valentine's Day Treat

Ever thought about a mouthwatering pairing such as delicious, gourmet brownies and hoppy, brewery beer? Or, how about fudgy brownies paired with a sweet, Moscato dessert wine? Hello... delicious much?! What a fantastic surprise your loved one will experience when you present them with this unique treat! They are sure to love this sweet surprise.

In 2012, Fairytale Brownies teamed up with Sleepy Dog Brewery to raise money for a local playground build in the Phoenix area. Below are the experts at Sleepy Dog and Fairytale Brownies recommendations for perfect brownie and beer pairings. 

  • White Chocolate Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Light American Lager" (crisp, light purposefully sweet).
  • Walnut Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Spring Marzen Seasonal" (copper lager with characteristic dryness; pleasant finish).
  • Peanut Butter Fairytale Brownie - recommended with "Hefeweizen" (light, unfiltered German wheat-style ale; citrus, banana and clove).
  • Toffee Crunch Fairytale Brownie -...
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