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How ‘Bout Them Apples? Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

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Everyone knows “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and that’s because it’s one of the best and tastiest powerfoods around. Apples are packed with fiber and nutrients, and boast a delightfully crisp texture with a sweet yet tart flavor. Bigelow Tea has three delectable apple-tea blends—made with real apple bits—to savor during National Apple Month.  Naturally caffeine-free, Bigelow Tea’s herbal blends are anytime perfect.

Can’t make it to the orchard? Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider blends crisp and tangy apples and hibiscus with sweet spices—cinnamon, rosehip, orange peel, licorice root and clove—to instantly warm up cool autumn days.

No time for baking? Our Cinnamon Apple herbal tea is practically apple pie in a cup! Warming cinnamon and licorice steep nicely with the subtle tartness and fruity notes of hibiscus and apple. It’s so compelling that @RunBrinksyRun posted on Instagram “Guys, I may have a tea addiction and this #Bigelow Cinnamon Apple smells amazing.” Sounds like she may need an intervention.

A fan of the cran? (Berry that is.)  A more full-bodied option, in a rich crimson color, Bigelow Tea Cranberry Apple herbal tea balances the tartness from cranberries and hibiscus with the sweetness of apples and chamomile for a robust, herbal brew.

Enjoy National Apple Month!

 

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Bigelow Tea Adds Flavor Excitement to the Holiday Season

The Bigelow Tea family, renowned for three generations for their tea blending craftsmanship, is delighted to add scrumptious new teas to its ever-popular seasonal tea line that are perfect for holiday enjoyment, and on target with today’s consumer taste trends.

In addition to Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Bigelow’s Harvest line now includes:

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Salted Caramel Tea!

Reflecting the latest confectionary trend of melding a salty note to rich buttery caramel, all-natural Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea captures all the appeal of this popular, full-bodied-caramel flavor combination. To achieve its tantalizing flavor profile, the expert American tea blenders at Bigelow Tea have combined hand-picked black tea with natural caramel and salt flavors. Amazingly, for a beverage so loaded with indulgent flavor, Salted Caramel Tea has zero calories and no sodium for a sublime, guilt-free indulgence.

Adding zest to the Bigelow’s already delicious Holiday line of Eggnogg’n® Tea and Ginger Snappish® Herbal Tea, is this refreshing new offering:

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Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea!

As fans of peppermint bark candy know, peppermint and chocolate make a wonderfully refreshing flavor combination that is truly irresistible! Now, consumers can enjoy this delicious Holiday favorite – a hallmark of season, in a whole new way. Bigelow Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an all-natural herbal tea that is decadently rich in chocolaty flavor with a cool, fresh minty finish. Hot and cool at the same time, it makes a perfect treat to warm body and soul on a cool day. Here’s another reason to celebrate. This caffeine-free treat has zero calories.

“We are truly thrilled to offer these richly flavorful teas to the growing world of tea drinkers,” says Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company. “Everyone who has tried them absolutely loves the comfort and pleasure of these tempting seasonal tea treats. They’re two of the holidays’ favorite flavors. Pure enjoyment – with no calories and no guilt!”

Protective Packaging

True to tradition, both new flavors are packaged in individually wrapped tea bags in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect them from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. It’s easy to tuck a few into a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, luscious flavor anywhere, anytime throughout the busy holidays.

Look for Bigelow Harvest and Holiday Teas in free-standing floor shippers at retailers starting in October. They will also be available at bigelowtea.com.

“We invite you to try our new teas” says Cindi Bigelow. “Not only are they a satisfying pleasure that you’ll want to enjoy often, they make wonderful gifts for family, friends, colleagues, teachers – anyone you think deserves a holiday treat. Pop them in a gift bag with a special mug and spread the joy!”

 

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Sip Bigelow Tea From Sri Lanka At Your Diwali Celebration

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TomorrowOctober 23, many of our friends worldwide will celebrate Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. It is observed in Sri Lanka, where carefully picked tea leaves used in Bigelow Tea are grown!

The ancient Hindu tradition includes family gatherings, gifts, candles and … tea! Yes, tea is a staple beverage during Diwali. Last year, tea lover and Instagramer rachaelnaidu spent Diwali sipping tea with the whole family! Consider Bigelow English Teatime, which is grown in the mountains of Sri Lanka and is famous for its rich full-bodied yet smooth flavor.

Cindi Bigelow, third generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, visited Sri Lanka and made these videos (below) highlighting the company’s long-lasting relationship with Sri Lanka.

 

Have a great Diwali celebration!

Image from Instagram via @val_28241

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Tea on TV: Simon Baker on The Mentalist Is Never Far from a Cup of Tea! 

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If you’ve seen the hit CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably know that handsome Simon Baker plays the role of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who solves crimes with his skills of alert observation. And, if you’ve caught an episode of the show you would also know that the Patrick Jane character loves his tea! In almost every episode he drinks at least a cup … and sometimes he’s shown pouring and serving it too!

Fans have become so obsessed with Baker’s character and his tea drinking, that they’ll even purchase teacups and saucers like the ones he uses on the show!

At Bigelow Tea we were wondering about what type of tea this sleuth character might be drinking….then we stumbled upon an interview with Tim Kang, who plays Kimball Cho on The Mentalist, an agent for the California Bureau of Investigation. He shared: “…Jane [Simon’s character] probably drinks Earl Grey and [my character] probably drinks green tea…”

Very interesting…and if they truly are that intuitive–then we’re sure that it’s from Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey is a favorite of many amazing people, like @honeygirlkitch, who tweeted “So the jury is in …Bigelow Earl Grey is my favorite.”

Not surprisingly, Mr. Baker, a native of Australia, adores tea in real life too. He’s been quoted as saying his “turn-ons” include: “Hearing my kids laugh, a good cuppa tea, dancing with my wife.”

Image via TV.com 

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Hey, Pumpkin! Bigelow Tea Has Recipes For National Pumpkin Month!

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October officially marks the arrival of pumpkin season! Wholesome and fibrous, eaten or slathered on as a beauty treatment, pumpkin, studies say, is packed with essential nutrients for healthy eyes, mood, weight and skin. Plus, its distinctively sweet & savory flavor and meaty texture gives the gourd the ability to be scrumptious in every meal of the day! So keeping this in mind, check out Bigelow Tea for the perfect blend of Pumpkin Spice Tea—made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—to enjoy on its own or infuse into some incredible recipes ranging from dessert to breakfast! Happy autumn!

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Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cup (310mL) gingersnaps, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
  • 10 Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea Bags
  • 10 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
  • 1 ½ cup (375mL) heavy cream
  • 24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (375mL) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pecan halves

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C). To make the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix the gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon. Spray a 10″” (25cm) spring-form pan with cooking spray. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom. Filling: Add heavy cream into saucepan, heat over medium heat, be careful not to boil. Add Bigelow Ginger Snappish and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags and steep cream for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream. Set aside to cool. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add sugar, beating well. Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Add the cooled cream and beat well. Stir in the pumpkin pie filling, combine well and pour the cheese mixture into prepared springform pan. Place pan into a larger pan and fill with hot water halfway up. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Do not over bake, the middle should have a little jiggle. Refrigerate at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly. Remove cheesecake from the pan, decorate the edge of the cheesecake with pecan halves, cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Walnuts

Bigelow Tea Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, plus more for brushing
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Electric waffle maker (an 8 inch round waffle maker was used for this recipe)

Instructions

Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts for additional flavor. Steep tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove bags, being sure to squeeze thoroughly. Set tea aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add cooled tea, beaten eggs, and oil. Stir to combine. Gently fold in the walnuts (if desired). Preheat the waffle maker. When hot, lightly brush the surfaces with oil, to prevent sticking. Place about ⅔ cup of batter onto the hot waffle maker. Close top and cook for approximately 2 minutes (most waffle makers have an indicator light which will let you know when the waffle is ready), or until waffle is cooked through and surfaces are crisp. Remove to a platter. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

 

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Sip & Savor Bigelow Tea During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month everyone is encouraged to learn more about the disease and to consider ways to help those affected by it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know that rest and relaxation can be important parts of the healing process. So today, brew a mug of Bigelow Tea and take some time out for yourself. And since it’s a month to “think pink,” why not give English Breakfast Tea (in its pretty pink box) a try! It’s the favorite of many tea lovers including @smartdinnerplan who tweeted about it recently!

Like mindful meditation or deep breathing, sipping a soothing cup of Bigelow Tea can help calm your mind, body and soul. Herbal blends, in particular, offer aromas and tastes that can just “take you away” from it all. Try Chamomile Mango or the truly comforting blend Sweet Dreams®. Green Tea is another option, and studies have shown that it can be a lovely and delicious part of your everyday wellness.

Because October happens to offer some of the year’s prettiest weather, it’s a wonderful time to walk and savor life. So, whether you march in a Breast Cancer awareness walk or just step outside and meander to the mailbox, enjoy some fresh air and think about your health this month. Bigelow Tea will be ready for you when you come back inside!

 

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Feed Your Neighbors: Bigelow Tea Highlights Food Bank Week

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If you don’t know where your community food bank is, this is the time to find out. During National Food Bank Week this week, local communities are educating people about the importance of donating and volunteering at food banks in an effort to alleviate hunger in the United States. Bigelow Tea is committed to this cause and encourages others to help their hungry neighbors too.

Near the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, CT, the Connecticut Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. It is the state’s largest centralized source of donated, emergency food in Connecticut and provides food products to more than 650 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries and child and adult day programs.  The Connecticut Food Bank uses the money it receives from the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge to supplement its ongoing distribution of donated food during the holiday season to 164 food pantries, soup kitchens, school and other programs. In Idaho, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is a long-time support of the Idaho Food Bank too@IdahoFoodbank has even tweeted about Bigelow’s assistance there.

With Thanksgiving just a month away, remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a “feast.” With a little awareness and some donations from tea lovers all over the U.S., hungry families across the country can enjoy a special holiday season too.

Image via CTfoodbank.org

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Bigelow Tea Talks Celiac Disease

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Bigelow Tea is all about a great cup of tea with so many tea varieties and different flavors  that speak for themselves! But even more than that, Bigelow Tea also promotes a healthy lifestyle and diet, and that’s why October’s Celiac Awareness Month is so important.

It’s vital to take care of yourself and bring mindfulness to your day. Celiac Sprue (also known as gluten intolerance) is a serious medical condition you should be aware of—a permanent immune reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. If you are concerned about gluten, it’s good to know that all current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free. There are even several Gluten-Free Recipes made with your favorite Bigelow Teas!

Fortunately Celiac disease is becoming less of mystery and has become more accurately diagnosed over recent years. This serious intolerance to gluten can actually damage the lining of the small intestines, preventing absorption of some nutrients. The condition touches as many as 1 in 150 Americans.

But if you are watching your gluten intake, you can sit back and relax with your cuppa from Bigelow Tea. BT fan Cristi tweeted that Bigelow Tea is a part of her routine because “self-care is so Important!” That’s for sure!

Image by blondinrikard Via Flickr.com

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Make A “Constant Comment®” Cosmo With Bigelow Tea & Cindi Bigelow

What do you get when you combine cocktails and tea? A refreshing but slightly naugh-TEAbeverage! In this episode of Tea Time with Cindi Bigelow on the HooplaHa network, the 3rdgeneration Bigelow Tea President & CEO is back in her own kitchen mixin’ up “Constant Comment®” Cosmos. So, whether it’s a quiet evening of catching up with a special someone or a raucous girls night in, this is the perfect Cosmopolitan recipe featuring Bigelow Tea. You can mix it up in minutes, leaving lots of quality time for catching up with your favorite peeps andconstantly commenting on how yummy your drink is!
 

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New Bigelow American Breakfast Gives Tea a Caffeine Boost!

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Tea drinkers longing for a stronger wake-up brew – and coffee drinkers wanting to add variety to their repertoire of caffeinated beverages – now have options! Bigelow Tea introduces American Breakfast teas, an all-new line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea.

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New niche, new opportunity

Bigelow American Breakfast Tea creates a new niche in the category that will be embraced by tea lovers and coffee drinkers alike. As one early taste tester noted: “This tea is perfect for someone like me who likes the boost and buzz of coffee but not the acidity. I would keep this on hand as an alternative to my morning java, as well as for a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up – not just for breakfast.”

Not your ordinary cup of tea

Line priced at $2.99, this unique and innovative beverage naturally delivers all the benefits of Bigelow’s smooth and flavorful black tea with a higher caffeine boost than typically found in a cup of tea. It’s the perfect way to start the day — or get an extra dose of energy any time of day, without nerve-jangling side effects. The full line consists of:

Perfectly blended pick-me-up for any time of day.

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract – a concentrated form of brewed black tea – to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea.

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Yet despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers will not experience the ‘rush and crash’ effect typical of coffee thanks to L-Theanine, the naturally occurring compound found almost exclusively in tea.

Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company, explains what tea drinkers instinctively already know. “The lift you get from the caffeine in tea is different from that of coffee. That’s because tea has the added benefit of Theanine, a naturally occurring component in tea. Studies have shown this unique combination gives tea drinkers a sustained energy boost and, at the same time, a feeling of relaxation and focus similar to what is achieved through meditation.”

All natural, all delicious

True to family tradition, Bigelow American Breakfast Tea is crafted with premium, all natural ingredients to create a beautiful cup of tea. Its superb tea leaves are from the preferred high-grown bushes sourced from the world’s finest tea gardens. These pure blends — even the honey-flavored option that derives its flavor from natural honey, contain no sugar and no calories.

Like all Bigelow teas, each bag is individually wrapped in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect it from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. This special packaging makes it easy to tuck away in a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, robust flavor on the go.

And All-American!

Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are teas created for the American consumer’s palate and are blended and packaged in the U.S.A.

Consumers will be further pleased to know that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the American Breakfast Tea line goes to support our U.S. service men and women.

In the words of Cindi Bigelow, “I invite you to sip a cup of our beautiful American Breakfast Tea; made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. And as always, we hope our teas delight you.”

 

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