Jazz Up Your Brownie Gifts!

walnut Fairytale brownies and ice cream

We're working on our catalogs for Spring 2013 now, and we took a different approach to our cover photos this year. We've always featured our gourmet brownies, bars and cookies on the covers as serving suggestions (like the brownie ice cream sundae at left) for our recipients to use when their mail order brownies are delivered. This time, we decided to create actual recipes that you can use at home to jazz up your Fairytale Brownies gifts. 

So, when you receive our spring catalogs in your mailbox (If you aren't on the list yet, sign up here), you will see delicious-looking concoctions on the cover, with an actual recipe on page 2 and online at brownies.com! I won't spoil any of the recipes we actually chose, but until then, here are a couple of things you can do with your goodies when you receive your holiday brownie, bar and cookie gifts next month. Just skip the baking part, use your Fairytale Brownies and get right to the delicious additions!

 

 

Santa Hat Brownies (courtesy...

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Gourmet Brownie Recipes for Catalog Covers!

It may only be October, but we are busy at our photographer's studio shooting Fairytale Brownies catalog covers for the spring and summer of 2013. This year, we decided to base our cover photos on a recipes using our fudgy chocolate brownies. The ooey gooey recipes will be available to our customers when they receive their mail order brownie catalogs next spring! Here's a peek at the process of creating a gourmet cookie and brownie ice cream sundae. 

Food stylist Kim builds the perfect Belgian chocolate brownie (Raspberry Swirl) and cookie (Double Chocolate) sundae with raspberry sauce and sugared raspberries at her work table. 

    

And the bowl goes on set for a Mother's Day brownie gifts catalog!

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Buy Mail Order Brownies on Google Catalogs!

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Today I got an email that our Fairytale Brownies catalog (request your Autumn catalog now) is being featured in the Editor's Pick on the Google Catalogs tablet app, which made me think it's been a while since I blogged about our catalog's availability on tablets. It is a great way for you tablet users to shop our catalogs even if you aren't on our mailing list.

Since they are currently featuring our mail order brownie catalog right now, I'll start with Google. You can download Google Catalogs for Android tablets or iPads here. A desktop version is also coming soon. The app houses many catalogs in lots of different categories for one-stop shopping for clothes, gifts and even furniture. 

Fairytale Brownies' catalogs are also available on the Catalog Spree, Catalogue and Coffee Table apps. This is just one of the many ways we are trying to make it easy for everyone to order brownies, bars and cookies for friends and family around the world.  I know you will find just the thank you food...

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Fairytale Brownies to be honored with 2012 BBB International Torch Award

Fairytale Brownies is one of four companies and one individual that will receive the 2012 BBB International Torch Award on Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to recognize those that have exemplified BBB's mission to advance trust in the marketplace, Fairytale was chosen from BBB members across the United States and Canada.

We are so excited for co-founders Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz. This year marks our 20th year in the mail order brownies business, and what better way to celebrate the milestone with an award that recognizes Fairytale's high standards? The award is being given to Fairytale for Marketplace Excellence in the under 100 employee category. We have 36 year round employees.

Fairytale Brownies was founded with trust in mind. Our compound goal to simplify gift-giving and spread joy through gourmet brownies is accomplished by a each team member.

"Every employee's contribution is needed to make our scrumptious brownies in custom...

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NEW Brownie Gift Catalogs Coming Your Way!

We are just one long weekend away from our first Fairytale Brownies catalog drop of the 2012 Holiday season! 

Here is a sneak peek at every catalog we will be mailing this fall (and the spring ones you may have already received) here in the display rack we have next to the elevator in our office. This is a great place to showcase the current year's catalogs full of brownies, cookies and our new bars, while also having them handy to give to visitors who come by.

Our catalogs are full of gifts for the holidays, birthdays, many other occasions and corporate food gifts filled with a variety of gourmet baked goods that we ship worldwide. Whether you are looking to have Belgian chocolate brownies, sweet, buttery bars or moist, chewy cookies delivered, these catalogs have something for you!

Autumn catalogs (the one on the top left in the photo) will begin to arrive in home next week, with new versions every two to four weeks (not all to the same people, of course). 

This week is a milestone for...

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Visit our retail locations for Fudgy Chocolate Brownies!

Do you have the hankering for a gourmet fudgy brownie, but you don't want to wait to order brownies by mail? In addition to the Fairytale Bakery, Fairytale Brownies are available at retail locations throughout the United States. These locations carry individually wrapped Brownies and Sprites in 6 delicious flavors. We have additional retail locations in Arizona, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

Recently I was on a shopping trip at AJ's Fine Foods in Mesa, AZ (Baseline & Val Vista) and spotted Fairytale Brownies at AJ's Fine Foods Boulangerie! If you happen to be located in Phoenix, stop by the Fairytale Bakery for rich, fudgy brownies, delidious, chewy cookies and our newest creation, Fairytale bars. The Fairytale Bakery is open Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm. Hope to see you here.

Fairytale Brownies located at the cash register of AJ's FIne Foods Boulangerie.

Fairytale Brownies at AJ's Fine FOods

 

Fairytale Brownies on display at AJ's Fine Foods.

Fairytale Brownies at AJ's Fine Foods

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"What's Working" in Marketing Mail Order Brownies and Mail Order Cookies

On Thursday, September 20, 2012 I will be giving a presentation at the directXchange conference sponsored by NEMOA - the National Etailing & Mailing Organization of America.  NEMOA offers etailing and catalog companies as well as industry service providers of all sizes an affordable network for sharing ideas and experiences, building relationships, exploring new opportunities, working together and learning about industry trends and issues that affect their businesses.  Founded in 1947, NEMOA is one of the nation's largest and most active multichannel merchant associations dedicated exclusively to the direct marketing industry.

The directXchange event is billed as "the leading forum for direct marketers across the country to share, learn and connect."  I am honored to have been invited to participate in a conference session entitled "New Tactics, New Ideas...What's Working?"  I will be presenting the session allongside my colleague Wade Jones from the Jouneys Group.

Having been in the...

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Printing Gourmet Food Gift Catalogs!

Last week, our designer, Erin, went to Wisconsin to get all of our Fairytale Brownies catalogs printed for the fall/holiday season. She was kind enough to take some pictures of the place that has printed millions of our gourmet brownie gifts catalogs since 2001. If you want to send mail order brownies or have cookies delivered this holiday season, be sure to head over here to make sure your name is on our mailing list! 

Here are rolls and rolls of paper used to print all kinds of food gift catalogs. 

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Getting ready to go onto the presses!

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Our color specialist, Hope, checking sheets off the press to make sure the fudgy brownies look great!

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Press operators checking pages and pages of corporate food gifts!

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Making Brownie Gift Catalogs!

July is a busy time of year here for the Fairytale Brownies marketing team. We're busily trying to finish up our gourmet brownie gifts catalogs for this fall and the holiday season, and for me, that means reading, editing and compiling everyone else's edits for each draft of the catalogs. We just finished up our biggest round of edits. Check out the pile of catalog printouts on my desk today! We've made some changes to the catalogs this year, and I think our corporate food gifts buyers will especially like what they see in their mailboxes beginning in September. Actually, I think everyone who likes to order brownies and cookies is going to like what they see - I mean, who can complain about pages and pages of beautiful Belgian Chocolate brownies, gourmet cookies and more?!

If you aren't already on our mailing list, now is a great time to sign up at brownies.com to ensure you get Fairytale Brownies' 2012 fall and holiday catalogs.

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Brownies Delivered for 20 Fairytale Years with the Help of Kim Silva

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This year we are continuing to celebrate our 20 year anniversary of delivering the very best in personal and corporate food gifts featuring gourmet Belgian chocolate brownies.  Each month Eileen and I have been sharing stories and memories of the past 20 years.  I thought for this post that I would share a story about our longest employed team member, Kim Silva.  Kim has been with Fairytale Brownies for over 18 years and she has been a key part of our success.  She came to us in 1994 right out of college at Arizona State University.  Kim was originally hired on a part time basis to help us run the farmers' markets that we were doing at the time.  Fairytale Brownies was originally conceived as a wholesale business, but we decided to participate in street fairs and farmers' markets to help with our sales.  We quickly found out that customers wanted us to ship brownie gifts for them to friends and relatives all over the country.  This is how we ended up in the business of selling mail...

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