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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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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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!

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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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