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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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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Free Shipping on Gourmet Brownie Gifts!

Are you looking to send a delicious and unique gift for a special occasion - but looking for a great deal you can't pass on? Fairytale Brownies has just the right deal for you. For a limited time, receive free standard shipping on select gifts, plus save an extra 20%! 

There are so many of life's landmark moments to celebrate, and we've got a large selection of gourmet brownie gifts to choose from - Valentine's Day Gifts, Happy Birthday Gifts, Thank You Gifts and more. 

Receive free shipping, plus save an extra 20% on our MOST POPULAR GIFT, the FAIRYTALE DOZEN regularly $36.95 + 8.95 shipping. Now just $29.56, Delivered!

Hurry, this sale won't last long, so order your brownie gifts online now!

Free shipping on gourmet brownie gifts

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Unique Thank You Gift Idea from Baby!

Erin, our graphic artist here at Fairytale Brownies recently had a baby, and friends from her husbands work gave them a few baby gifts. As a unique thank you gift idea, she created these custom wraps for our 3" x 3" gourmet brownies. At home on ordinary printer paper, she created this custom thank you graphic with personalized message, and measured them to wrap precisely around the brownie end to end. 

This idea would work for any large group or gathering. Wedding shower favors, baby shower favors, bachelorette party favors, birthday party favors, etc... Whatever message you wanted to say, you could do with this unique idea! The sky is the limit. 

Fairytale Brownies bulk brownies are perfect for this idea. One dozen gourmet, fudgy brownies are delivered at a discounted price because there is no gift packaging involved. Simply order brownies online, create your graphic on the computer, print out - cut - then wrap around the brownies. Very easy! 

If you didn't want to do all the work,...

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Custom Photo Brownie Gift for the Graduate!

This December was very exciting as my family initiated another Sun Devil alumni into the family! My niece Ashley (middle in the pic below) graduated on December 19th from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Arizona State University. This marks the 7th member of my family to become an ASU alumni. Very exciting!

I wanted to mark this occasion by giving her a special keepsake to commemorate the event. I ordered a custom photo brownie gift from Fairytale Brownies and uploaded a high resolution ASU logo along with a personalized gift message to be printed on the lid. This way, once the yummy brownies inside were gobbled up, she could store her college memories, such as her mortar board tassel, commencement invitations, pictures, etc...

Earlier this year, I wrote about another Fairytale Brownies employee who had the same custom keepsake gift tin idea. Except he ordered 9 different keepsake tins to send to each one of his daughters...

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Dec 3rd is #GivingTuesday -- Join In!

Officially added to the national calendar in 2012, #GivingTuesday "is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activites that support nonprofit organizations." Source.

As an individual, there are many things you can do to participate! #GivingTuesday makes it very easy for you to get involved. According to their website, here's how:

  • Share what inspires you about #GivingTuesday across your social networks.  Click here to join as a social media ambassador.
  • Share your #GivingTuesday and #unslefie today! Take a "selfie" with a caption explainging how or why you and/or your friends are "giving" this year. Don't forget to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #unselfie and post it to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter - share with friends! See examples here.
  • Share your story here by submitting your past, current or future #GivingTuesday moment.

 

As an organization, Fairytale Brownies supports St. Vincent De Paul...

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Happy "Thanksgivukkah!" A special mashup of Holidays!

This year, American Jews will celebrate something that has never happened before . . . and will never happen again. The first day of Hanukkah 2013 starts at sunset on Wednesday November 27th the night before Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28th.

Historically, Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday in November, meaning the latest it can be is November 28th. As it turns out, November 28th is the earliest Hanukkah can be. 

According to this source, The Jewish calendar repeats on a 19-year cycle, and Thanksgiving repeats on a 7-year cycle, which you'd expect these two holidays to coincide every 133 years (19x7). So, the last time this would have happened would have been in 1861. However, Thanksgiving wasn't established until 1863. Furthermore, moving forward, the Jewish calendar is slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar (there's a long technical explanation for this which I'll spare you), so this colliding of holiday's will never happen again!

However you're celebrating this historic...

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Buy individual Fairytale brownies, cookies & bars

A frequent question that we're asked at Fairytale Brownies is, "Can I buy individual brownies and cookies, and if so, where?" The answer is, "Yes!" In addition to buying brownie gifts to ship online at brownies.com, fans can visit our Phoenix, AZ retail store and buy individually wrapped brownies, sprites, morsels, cookies and bars. Our baking facility which houses our retail store is located at:

 

Fairytale Brownies Bakery® 4610 E Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85040

Retail Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm. Closed on Saturday & Sunday

 

Enjoy samples and watch the fairytale bakers through our kitchen viewing window! If you decide to visit our retail store, here's a buy 1 brownie or cookie - get 1 FREE coupon! During the month of December, our retail hours of operation are extended, so be sure to visit our contact us page for updated store hours starting in December.

 

Fairytale Brownies                    Fairytale Sprites                    Magic Morels

Fairytale Brownies, $3.25 each         Fairytale Sprites, $2.25 each               ...

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Baking Gourmet Brownies, Cookies & Bars for the Holiday Season!

As I walked around the facility today, I noticed all the hustle and bustle happening that is all in preparation for the Holiday season - - which is almost upon us! For the last few months of the year, Fairytale Brownies brings on quite a few seasonal team members which include customer service team members, baking team members and shipping team members. When this influx of personnel happens, it gets me really pumped for the coming season. I also really enjoy watching these folks craft our decadent desserts. Brownie, cookie and bar baking is truly an art! Here are a few pics that were snapped in our baking kitchen and shipping warehouse with some of our regular, full-time team members and some of our seasonal team members too. 

Fairytale Brownies bakers making our moist, chewy Fairytale Cookies. We bake 6 flavors of these delicious gourmet cookies: Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Caramel Pecan, Coconut Walnut, Double Chocolate and Toffee Chocolate Chip.

Baking Gourmet Cookies

 

Silky chocolate batter being poured...

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Order Brownies - Delivery in 3 Business Days, Guaranteed!

 

Brownie Delivery in 3 Business Days Guaranteed!

Ordering gourmet brownies has never been easier! Faiytale Brownies is committed to excellence at every step of your ordering experience. You'll receive email confirmations when your order is placed, when it ships and when it's delivered. Plus, your order is backed by our One Pure Promise, an unconditional guarantee of complete satisfaction! Our brownie gifts are shipped via UPS Ground or UPS 3-Day which are both premium shipping methods. Due to the perishable nature of our gourmet brownie treats, we want your gift to arrive as quickly as possiblewith standard shipping. Below is a chart with our year round Standard Shipping charges. Expedited delivery options are available here.

Fairytale Brownies Shipping

 
Important Shipping Facts:
  • Gifts arrive within 3 business days after shipment. Exludes weather delays. 
  • Order by 2pm Arizona time for same-day shipment.
  • Cannot guarantee delivery time for incorrect addresses.
  • Rerouting due to an incorrect address will incur $10 charge.
  • PO...
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Bizrate Circle of Excellence Winner, 2013!

Bizrate Circle of excellence winners 2013

For the 10th year in a row, Fairytale Brownies has won the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award for excellence in the online gift-giving marketplace. 

"Earning the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award signifies a retailer's unwavering commitment to its customers' satisfaction," noted Bill Glass, CEO of Shopzilla, Inc, parent company to Bizrate and Bizrate Insights. Bizrate Insights is one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the US. Source

The criteria that each company are scored includes:

  • Point of Sale metrics
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • On-Time Delivery
  • East of Finding Post Order Fulfillment Metrics
  • Repurchase Intent
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Custom Support

Fairytale Brownies is honored to be included in this prestigious distinction as we take customer service and customer satisfaction very seriously. Our goal since the beginning has been to create the best-tasting all-natural brownies, bars and cookies in the world. This means that we carefully...

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