How About Some Cocoa With Those Cookies?

It’s no secret how we feel about chocolate around here. It’s kind of our thing. And boy, are our standards high. So when we came across Crio Bru hot cocoa, we knew it was a pairing made in heaven. Offered in several of our holiday gifts, these perfectly roasted cocoa beans are a rich, delicious, healthy,  unique alternative to coffee. Brew this delicious cocoa in a regular coffee maker or (our preference) a French press. You can read more about Crio Bru here, and you can check out these incredible  holiday gifts in which it’s featured.

Cocoa French Press Combo

The Cocoa French Press Combo is a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life. It comes with its own French press, 12 oz. of Hazelnut brewed cocoa, 12 oz. of Cavalla brewed cocoa, 12 oz. of Coca River brewed cocoa, and 8 oz. of chocolate covered cocoa beans.

Brewed Cocoa Variety Pack

The Brewed Cocoa Variety Pack is another great way to share this product. It comes with 5 oz. of Maracaibo brewed cocoa,, 5 oz. of Cavalla brewed cocoa,5 oz. of Coca River brewed cocoa and 5 oz. of French Roast Cavalla brewed cocoa.

Deluxe Cocoa Silver Combo

Let’s be honest, the cocoa needs some cookies and brownies, and the Deluxe Cocoa Silver Combo gift delivers in every way. It arrives with 36 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies, 24 brownie-bites, 5 oz. of Maracaibo brewed cocoa, 5 oz. of Cavalla brewed cocoa, and 5 oz. of Coca River brewed cocoa.

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And we also have the option of adding on a bag of cocoa or chocolate covered beans with any of our gifts. (Look for the option just before checkout!) It’s a great way to turn any of our delicious Mrs. Fields gifts into a cocoa combo.

Happy Brewing for Happy Holidays!

Clever Brownie Gift Idea

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Yesterday was National Brownie Day (hooray!) and today I’ve got a great way to celebrate with this clever gift idea. Simply bake your brownies inside cookie cutters to create a darling individual gift. The recipient can enjoy the brownie right away and re-use the cookie cutter forever. I love this idea for teachers, coworkers,  neighbors, and even as a bake sale item. Simply place your cookie cutters on a parchment-lined baking sheet and pour the prepared batter in, about 2/3 full. Bake at 325 degrees until shiny and crackly on top. Allow to cool before removing from the sheet with a spatula.

HINT: Cooking time will be shortened, so keep a close eye on your brownies. Mine baked for 13-15 minutes.

Tastiest Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Let’s be honest, the people on your holiday gift list are not the easiest to shop for. Well, until now. This year, treat them with cookies and treats from Mrs. Fields! Think about it, have you ever had someone frown when you give them a cookie? Has anybody ever complained that a cookie didn’t fit right? Or was the wrong color? Cookies are the easiest, most welcome gift, and nobody does it better than Mrs. Fields! Check out some of my favorite gift ideas, something for absolutely everyone on your list!

Holiday Mini Ribbon Box

Our Holiday Mini Ribbon Box is a bestseller year after year. It’s just the right size for a thoughtful, personal gift. Think teachers, co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Twas the Night Teddy

Kids today have every conceivable electronic gadget and tablet and e-whatever, but just imagine their delight at the sight of this cuddly Twas the Night Teddy who arrives with an armload of freshly baked treats!

Holiday Bark Trio

Our Holiday Bark is a customer favorite and this year we’ve got it going in a big way: three delicious flavors (Peppermint Bark, Grasshopper Bark, and Almond Toffee Bark) in one great gift or easily divided into three great gifts! Maybe one for you and two for your in-laws? Two for you and one for your in-laws? We’ll let you figure out the math. (And by the way, individual boxes are available too.)

Red Holiday Personalized Tin

Grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles go gaga over our Personalized Holiday Tins. The cookies are delicious and the tin is an absolute keepsake. (HINT: Use a picture of the cutest family member for ultimate brownie points!)

Smiling Santa Cookie Cake

One of our most popular gifts all year round is dressed up for the holidays. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a slice of the tastiest Big Cookie Cake around! This is perfect as a holiday gift, or a hostess gift for your next holiday party.

Polar Pals Duo

Your BFF will love the charm and flavor of this adorable Polar Pals Duo, loaded with a variety of our holiday best. It makes a darling holiday decoration, too!

Popcorn Tub

Our Popcorn Tubs are family favorites, filled with three delicious flavors: Dark Chocolate, Almond and Cashews, and Milk Chocolate Almond and Cashews. This is also a great gift idea for an office.

Ultimate Snowman Bundle

Sometimes you need a big gift, something really over-the-top spectacular to wow your favorite crowd and nothing does that better than our Ultimate Snowman Bundle. Every layer of this jolly fella reveals more and more of our gourmet goodies: cookies, brownies, candy, popcorn, nuts, cocoa, and peppermint bark. This will keep them happy for weeks on end! This is our favorite pick for families, holiday parties, office gifts, or just that favorite person on your list with a really big sweet tooth!

Mrs. Fields Sto-N-Go

And finally, is there a baker in the house? Because if so, you’re going to want to treat them to a gift from our incredible Mrs. Fields Bakeware Line. These useful gifts can be sent with or without our freshly baked goodies. (We suggest with.)

Of course, you can find even more amazing gifts for literally everyone on your list at Mrs. Fields. Check back frequently for the latest offers and specials all season through, and most of all, have a happy holiday season. From all of us at Mrs. Fields!

10 DIY Thanksgiving Placeholder Ideas

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A little personal touch on your Thanksgiving table goes a long way. I’ve gathered some charming ideas for placeholders to welcome your guests to your feast. These ideas are so simple to execute, but will add so much to your table. Give them a try!

1. Pinecone placeholder – The natural grooves in a pinecone will easily hold a piece of cardstock.
2. Artisan loaf placeholder – Who wouldn’t want a personal loaf of bread as they sit down for dinner?
3. Wood chip placeholder (instructions here) – Simple, rustic and (bonus!) reusable.
4. River rock placeholders (instructions here) – Painted rocks wrapped in twine are beautiful. (Without paint too!)
5. Photo and pumpkin placeholders (instructions here) – I love the idea of writing what you love about each person on the back of their photo.
6. Fall leaves placeholders – Send the kids out to gather gorgeous, colorful leaves and write names in metallic pen.
7. Clove initial placeholders – Trace initials on a tangerine or orange and poke whole cloves along the trace lines. (Smells great too.)
8. Golden apple placeholders (instructions here) – Faux apples from the craft store get transformed. Simple and beautiful.
9. Gold gilded pumpkin placeholders (instructions here) – So fancy and yet so easy, a bit of painter’s tape and spray paint goes a long way.
10. Wine cork placeholder (instructions here) – All those saved corks can be put to good use.

Which is your favorite?

Get Ready for the Holiday Squeeze

Twenty-six. That’s the number of days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. (Take a moment to catch your breath.) Twenty-six days is literally the shortest amount of time possible on the calendar, which is why we are ready to help you avoid gifting panic and enjoy a fun-filled season with some great gift ideas and early bird incentives!

Grasshopper Holiday Bark

One of my favorite gifts for 2013 is our unbelievably delicious Grasshopper Holiday Bark. If you already love our Peppermint Bark, prepare yourself to fall in love all over again. This delicious treat is perfect as an individual gift for virtually anyone on your list.

“JOY” FUL Tin

Not only is our new “JOY” FUL Tin fabulous looking, it comes with so many varieties to fit almost any gifting need! Whether it’s what’s inside the tin (your choice of cookies, brownies, frosted cookies and candy), or what’s on the outside (your choice of customized messages or greetings), you have nearly endless possibilities to treat your friends and family.

Ultimate Snowman Bundle

Sometimes you need a holiday show-stopper, a gift that will please an entire crowd and make a grand entrance, and that’s exactly what our Ultimate Snowman Bundle is designed to do. Each stackable layer of this frosty friend is loaded with a collection of crowd pleasing delights: cookies, brownies, popcorn, chocolate covered graham crackers, nuts, candy, and our special peppermint and grasshopper bark. That’s a mouthful! A delicious, delicious mouthful.

Case of 24 Shimmering Silver Personal Boxes

Finally, one of my favorite beat-the-holiday-squeeze ideas is bulk buying. We introduced our bulk gifts a few years ago and they quickly became go-to bestsellers for so many. Buying in bulk not only saves money, but allows you to have fabulous gifts on hand for any last-minute or unexpected gifting needs (and we all have those). Check out the entire line of bulk gifts to find the one right for your needs.

And did you know that at Mrs. Fields, you can shop early and choose exactly when you want your gift delivered during the season! That’s right, ordering early doesn’t have to mean an early delivery. It’s all up to you!

To ensure that you don’t get crushed by the holiday squeeze, we’ve got a great early bird offer for you: use code 13UEZ to get $15 off a purchase of $100 or more through November 22, 2013 and $10 off $100 through December 4, 2013.

Mrs. Fields Bakeware: Cool Bake Pan

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The last in our line of new Mrs. Fields Bakeware is our Cool Bake Pan, and let me tell you, this is one of my favorite products of all time. It’s a two-piece tray that bakes cookies perfectly (allowing air flow underneath) and then also serves as a cooling rack as soon as the cookies come out of the oven! It’s genius, I tell you, and every baker on your list needs one. Plus one more for you.

The Cool Bake Pan is available with or without accompanying cookies on our website, along with our other great bakeware gifts:

The Brookie Pan - See my review here.

The Half-N-Half Muffin Tin – See my review here.

The Sto-N-Go Carrier – See my review here.

Have you tried the Mrs. Fields Bakeware line? What do you think?

Mrs. Fields Bakeware: Baker’s Sto-N-Go

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More fun from the new Mrs. Fields Bakeware line! Our Baker’s Sto-N-Go is my new favorite thing, an adjustable, portable carry all that has once and for all solved the problem of transporting frosted cookies, brownies and cupcakes without smooshing their gorgeousness. Here are a few of the features I love about this smart little contraption:

  • It’s perfect for road trips, bake sales, picnics, parties, boating, school parties and camping. Keeps everything sealed, safe, and looking good!
  • The handle slides off  and stores inside, so this fits easily into your cupboards or drawers. No bulky awkward storage!
  • The three sliding trays inside can be adjusted in eleven different grooves for ultimate versatility.
  • This fits up to 1 pan of brownies, 36 cake balls, 23 cake pops, 32 mini cupcakes, 20 small cupcakes, appetizers or even pizza!
  • The trays have a matte surface that keeps your goodies from sliding around.
  • It’s collapsible and dishwasher safe.

I can’t say enough good about this product! What would you store in it?

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P.S. Interested in those delicious Spiderweb Pumpkin Cookies? Try this recipe.

Coming Soon: The Brookie Pan by Mrs. Fields Bakeware

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Cookie or brownie? How about both? Meet the Brookie, a cookie baked inside a brownie. Genius, right? And now meet the Brookie Pan, part of our incredible line of Mrs. Fields Bakeware, available soon at Mrs. Fields online.

This bakeware pan is such high quality and so well designed that it’s bound to become a favorite in your household as it is in mine. The design bakes an already baked cookie inside a luscious brownie for an incredible surprise inside. Plus, I love that it uses an already baked cookie—it’s the perfect way to use up your leftover cookies, slightly stale cookies and baking blunder cookies. (Yes, we all have them!) You can even use your favorite store-bought cookies inside for a completely new reinvention. (I’m looking at you, Oreo.)

The other thing I love about this pan is that the final product is a perfect individual dessert, which can be enjoyed as-is or topped in that cute little dimple on top with ice cream, whip cream and your favorite chocolate or caramel drizzle. It can be as casual or fancy as you like.

Of course, I have all sorts of other grand plans for this pan, moving beyond Brookies and experimenting with other things like:
-cornbread with a spicy cracker inside
-cheesecake with a fruit center middle
-baked scrambled eggs with cheese and herbs inside

What would you bake in the Brookie Pan?

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Fall Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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It’s my favorite time of year! The launch of our fall catalog each year is the beginning of our seasonal best, taking you all the way from Halloween to the holidays. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s best offerings:

Happy Harvest Box

Our Happy Harvest Box is the perfect personal package, loaded with our bite-sized cookies along with all the favorite colors and flavors of fall.

Fall Bites Box 2013

Perfect for sharing (and looking so fabulous in that shade of orange), our Fall Bites Box is one of our most popular gifts, arriving with your choice of our bite-sized best treats. Plus, this year, we have new customized tag options to make your gift even more special.

Frightfully Fabulous Box

One of my favorite things about our Halloween gifts is that they double as decorations! Our Frightfully Fabulous Box is ready to not only treat your loved ones to our bakery best, but to decorate their home too!

Haunted House Tin

Almost too cute for words, our Haunted House Tin is one of my favorite gifts because it’s brimming with freshly baked goodies (including our luscious frosted cookies), and after Halloween, it can hide your secret stash of candy! (Don’t worry, I won’t tell.)

Night Owl Pail

And no Halloween season would be complete without something for the kids. I’m so excited about our Night Owl Pail, overflowing with cookies, brownies and candy. The pail, of course, is designed for a full night of trick-or-treating with its special glow-in-the-dark design.

Night Owl Pail

Those are a few of my favorites, but there’s so much more to choose from. You can shop our entire catalog online and order a free copy for your mailbox. Plus, take advantage of our early bird offer: save $15 off an order of $100 or more with code 13TEC at checkout.

Let the fall fun begin!

Gift Ideas for Grandparent’s Day

Mrs. Fields Secrets Grandparents Day Gift IdeasGrandparent’s Day is coming up this weekend on September 8. If you’re looking for some fun, creative gift ideas, we’ve got you covered! Grab the kids and check out these fun ideas:

1. Some simple plaster poured in a sandy handprint to make a beachy keepsake gift.
2. Handprint trivets are useful and oh so cute.
3. Speaking of cute and useful, these handprint potholders are perfect for getting grandma’s goodies out of the oven.
4. This simple card opens up to hold a heart. (Get ready to hear oohs and ahhhs.)
5. A pretend restaurant with grandkids as the waitstaff and cooks is a grandparent’s favorite dining spot.
6. Is there a grandparent alive that wouldn’t like a Grandparent Photo Book? Answer: no.
7. Silhouettes of the kids are easier to make than you might think and such a special keepsake.
8. Flower pots with photos of the grandkids? A fun project that will earn big brownie points.

And speaking of brownie points, another way to earn them with G&G is with one of our amazing gifts. Don’t forget a personalized note inside!

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