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Ahhh… Savor Sweet, Sweet Relaxation With Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea

Busy day after busy day after busy daaay… do you ever feel like you just want to press “pause” on your to-do list? Here’s the thing: you deserve a break, especially on the craziest days! And that’s where a mug of soothing Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea comes in. You can almost taste each ingredient as you read them on the box: Chamomile. Vanilla. Honey. Yup—quality in every silky-smooth-sweet sip. Because that’s our promise at Bigelow Tea.

So, let’s start with chamomile. What exactly is chamomile, anyway? Well, it’s a dried daisy-like plant, and for centuries, has been commonly used to make herbal infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. It’s used for its soothing and relaxing qualities, and folklore claims that it goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt where it was used in teas and grown for dedication to the sun god, Ra. Ooh, fancy, fancy!

Vanilla, on the other hand, came later to the party, but it’s been busy since it leapt onto the culinary scene. A member of the orchid family, it’s native to South and Central America, and the Caribbean. That said, the first people to have cultivated it were the Totonacs of Mexico’s east coast. And the first American recipe (for vanilla ice cream) was published in 1824. Today, vanilla is a hot commodity!

And, honey. Oh, honey… exactly how long honey has been in existence is hard to say. Cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, however, fossils of honey bees date back about 150 million years!

Combined, you can see how this tea flavor really brings the “wow” factor. Donald from San Antonio had his own “wow” moment when he added Chamomile Vanilla Honey to his arsenal of home remedies: “I was a little under the weather and thought some hot tea would make me feel a little better. I tried the Chamomile Vanilla with Honey. WOW, this is really a wonderful tea! if you haven’t tried it, put it on your list of teas to try. You won’t be disappointed.” We couldn’t agree more, Donald.

So, when you need to slow things down, here’s a suggestion:

  1. Take 10 minutes for yourself.
  2. Put on the kettle.
  3. Brew a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Honey tea.
  4. Relax.
  5. And then get back to work (or play, or just enjoy that relaxation).

It’s your day, and it’s your tea. Drink up and #TeaProudly, everyone. And when you do, don’t forget to tag your chill sesh with the world!

From Ruth Bigelow’s Kitchen To Yours: 6 Facts About “Constant Comment” Tea

The awesome story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. But how much do you know about the very beginning? If not a lot, that’s about to change right now!

  1. A Fresh Start
    Picture this: in the early 1940s, Ruth and her husband, David Sr., decided to start a tea business. But, that’s not where they began. Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and David Sr. lost their jobs. It was then that she decided to make tea.
  2. Manhattan Roots
    When they started to talk more seriously about tea, the Bigelows lived in a small apartment in Manhattan. They felt strongly that, for the company to be a success, they needed a home where they could begin. Searching the local streets, they found a brownstone, just off Second Avenue, which was in terrible disrepair. Optimistic, they bought it with the last of their life savings, and plastered and repainted it themselves—talk about fixer uppers! It was in this home, in 1945, that Ruth and David Sr. opened the doors to the new Bigelow Tea Company. Little could they have imagined that their dream would one day grow to be America’s #1 Specialty Tea company!
  3. Orange and Spice, and All Things Nice
    Inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth spent several weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Finally, she created her own special blend and shared it with friends. Anyone who tasted it couldn’t stop commenting—the name “Constant Comment”® was a natural choice for the tea.
  4. That One Shop
    Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment” to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.
  5. All in the Family
    Jump ahead more than 70 years to today, where Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, serves as the third-generation president and CEO. If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea! In a month that celebrates mothers around the world, it’s heartwarming to know that this love for tea runs strong through three generations – from the mother of “Constant Comment” all the way to Cindi today.
  6. Shhh… It’s a Secret
    To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow, know and blend. It has stood the test of time and continues to fill cups, kitchens and hearts.

Every Bigelow Tea flavor is blended to be remarkable, but it’s the very first that got so much talk it still carries the famous name. What was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time? Tag #TeaProudly with your memory!

Bigelow Tea Is Sweet On Caramel

Hey, tea lovers, let’s talk caramel. This decadent flavor is exactly what you need in your life—especially today, given it is National Caramel Day. Thank goodness, Bigelow Tea has got you covered. Each of our caramel teas have *real* pieces of caramel in the tea bag. Yes, you heard that correctly… little nuggets of bliss that make each flavor—Vanilla CaramelCaramel Chai and Salted Caramel—a heckuva lot yummier. All are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Besides delicious, what exactly is caramel? And why on earth do we all love it so much!? From sauces to wrapped treats, caramel is a versatile piece of sweetness. While its exact history is unknown, it is documented that around 1650, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, candy makers began to add fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as ooey-gooey caramel. Caramel candy’s popularity increased greatly when Milton S. Hershey opened Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Soon after, caramel candies were being shipped across the United States and to Europe.

Jump ahead to today and check out how Bigelow Tea rocks caramel: Salted Caramel is an all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt; Caramel Chai Black Tea is made with spices, natural caramel chai flavor and molasses crystals; and Vanilla Caramel is smooth and sweet, thanks to the rich caramel and creamy vanilla ingredients. Pick a flavor, add a splash of cream and a hint of sweetener and you’ll have the perfect bit of awesomeness in your mug of tea!

Have you tried one of the Bigelow caramel teas yet? Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your fave!

Add Some Spice To Your Life With Bigelow Cinnamon Teas!

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Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in Bigelow Tea’s flavors that include cinnamon. From the straightforward goodness of Cinnamon Stick Black Tea, to Bigelow Benefits Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea and Steep Sweet Cinnamon Tea, cinnamon for sure is an awesome tea flavor ingredient that we all love! Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) and has quite the history. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

  • Death and gods and cinnamon: Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. Later, an ancient Greek inscription describes the spice as one of the gifts given to Apollo at the temple of Miletus.
  • Snakes and secrets and enormous birds: Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, it didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.bigelow tea benefits
  • A failed attempt by Columbus: In one instance, Christopher Columbus wrote to the King of Spain and said he’d found cinnamon and rhubarb in the New World. However, when he sent samples of what he found, it was discovered that it was, in fact, NOT cinnamon. Sadly, it was just tree bark. And while cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, good ole’ Columbus was barking up the wrong tree.

Whatever its past, we’re stoked that cinnamon is a part of our present. And you can make it a part of your future any time, thanks to the great variety of Bigelow Tea flavors that highlight this spectacular stick. Next time you want to take your tea up a notch, reach for one of Bigelow’s cinnamon flavors or add a stick to your cup for a little extra heat! Yummm!

Stay Pinch-Free With Bigelow Green Tea (And These St. Patrick’s Day Facts May Keep You In The Clear, Too)!

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Let’s face it, you don’t want to be subjected to pinches (legend has it that leprechauns would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green) while carrying around a mug of tea… consider a green scarf, at least. Besides, St. Patrick’s Day is a great reminder of how awesome all-things-green are—starting with green tea. And a cup of Bigelow Green Tea may just be the thing to enjoy while reading about these rad St. Paddy’s Day facts.

Celebrated on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day recognizing the patron saint after whom the day is named. It’s the national holiday of Ireland, but has become incredibly popular around the world. Maybe you’ve heard of it?! It’s a day when everyone wears green, eats corned beef and cabbage, and searches for four-leaf clovers to bring them luck. But, here are a few facts you may NOT be familiar with… Sit back with a cup of green tea and enjoy.

  1. Luck of the… Welsh? St. Patrick was not Irish. He was from Wales.
  2. We hear those New Yorkers love a good party. The very first documented St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in the 1760s.
  3. Green everything? Err… or blue? For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was actually thought to be unlucky.
  4. How about that Chicago River? Each year in Chicago, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the Chicago River green. It takes about 45 minutes for them to dye the river, and the green color lasts for about five hours—just enough time for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  5. Take it with a “grain of salt.” Some people think corned beef and cabbage has corn as an ingredient. It doesn’t. Instead, it’s a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”bigelow tea green tea box

Now about that green tea? Well, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves—the same leaves that make black and Oolong teas, too. However, the difference is in the production process; green tea is the least processed, thus providing higher amounts of the antioxidant polyphenols known as EGCGs, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle. Green tea is made by immediately steaming or pan-firing the newly harvested leaves, rather than exposing them to air. This process ensures that no oxidation occurs, and this special handling makes for a more delicate brew that is typically lower in caffeine than black and Oolong teas. Pretty interesting, huh?

Whether you’re sporting green or sipping it, enjoy the fun of St. Patrick’s Day! With such an interesting history, you’d be unlucky to miss out on the festivities. And hey, you can always take a tea break to relax. Tag us with #TeaProudly and share how you’ll be celebrating!

How To Plan Your Wedding With Help From Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea loversFebruary is the month of romance, and Bigelow Tea is in the mood for sharing the love!  Besides celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Wedding Month, not a big surprise when you think about how many couples get engaged over the holiday season (maybe even you did!)

For all the loud and proud tea drinkers, there are so many fabulous ways to incorporate your favorite beverage of all time into one of the biggest days of your life!

  • Of course, a wedding at the historic Charleston Tea Planation is definitely one dreamy place to pledge your love to your “Bae.” The historic venue drips with good ol’ Southern charm, and is the scene for countless weddings every year for good reason. Besides being gorgeous with acres of tea plants and classical architecture, couples can pledge their love under the “wedding tree”, the plantation’s oldest live Oak; can you say romantic?
  • Tea can also be a part of the special day in so many other amazing and creative ways, both big and small. It can be as simple as sipping a mug on the day to calm pre-wedding jitters – tea is chock full of good stuff known as L-Theanine, an amino acid that research has found may help you chill out and go with the flow.
  • Or, serve up a signature tea cocktail for your wedding toast! Guests will go nuts for this super memorable, celebratory champagne punch:

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

bigelow tea punch

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

  • Guess what else? Tea is a top trick for bridal beauty. With all eyes on the rock on that all-important finger, hands will be in full focus, so what better way to get gorgeous nails than with green tea? Soaking fingers in this drink for about 10 to 15 can strengthen brittle and weak nails and also get rid of discoloration from overdosing on dark nail polish.
  • And should a giant zit threaten to make an unwelcome guest appearance on the big day, keep tea close by- its astringent qualities can help shrink a breakout by just putting a warm tea bag on the bump for a few minutes.

So whether you’ve been there done that or are still headed towards holy matrimony, share the love with us by posting all your most fave wedding planning tips and tagging #TeaProudly!

Rise And Shine, It’s Breakfast Time! 6 Bigelow Tea Tips For Your Morning Motivation!!

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Whether you know it as breakfast, brekkie, or “grabbing-this-to-go-because-I-was-late-five-minutes-ago!,” the first meal of the day is pretty darn awesome. The word breakfast literally means to break the fasting period of the prior night. And, during National Hot Breakfast Month, we think nothing pairs with that all-important meal like a hot cup of Bigelow Tea. So, in celebration of breakfast and its lovers, here are some fun facts…

  1. Did you know that the average starting time for breakfast in the U.S. is 8:12 a.m.? (Would you agree or are you still pressing snooze at that time?)
  2. The most popular place to eat breakfast is at home at the table, followed by the couch. There’s nothing like enjoying eggs with a side of morning news, right?!
  3. In the United States, breakfast is the most frequently skipped meal. Actually, about 10% of the U.S. population opt out of breakfast! (Now this one was a bit surprising. Who doesn’t enjoy the deliciousness of a fresh-cooked breakfast like Orange and Spice Belgian Waffles or Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake??)
  4. Hot breakfast food (Eggs! Waffles! Pancakes! Cinnamon buns! Banana bread! BACON!) is surprisingly a recent-ish invention. The concept didn’t really exist in the U.S. until the mid- to late-1800s, according to Abigail Carroll, food historian and author of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal. Apparently, people preferred to eat food that looked a lot like dinner or a snack—cheese and bread, or leftovers. So, if you’re having leftover pizza, you’re just being traditional.bigelow tea cinnamon bun
  5. Looking for the best breakfast choice? Aim for fiber and protein. To get the most vitamins and minerals in the morning, the Mayo Clinic recommends eating a breakfast made up of whole grains, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables. Consider foods like oatmeal, eggs or peanut butter. Looking for yummy recipes? Try making Miniature Vegetable Quiches or Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal.
  6. Prefer a dish that’s a bit sweeter? We don’t blame ya. And, frankly, eating a sugary treat in the morning (Those Vanilla Chai Tea Infused Cinnamon Rolls are looking yummier and yummier) may help curb sweet tooth cravings later in the day, according to some research.

Of course, we recommend a cup of tea to go with your starting meal. Not only can it enhance the flavors of your breakfast, it’s the perfect morning ritual—energize with a cup of English Breakfast or simply start your day off with your favorite flavor. Regardless of what you sip with breakfast, we want to hear about it. Tea early and #TeaProudly—which is your favorite breakfast tea go-to?

All You Need Is Tea. And Chocolate. Or Just Chocolate Tea.

bigelow tea chocolate chai mugIf you love tea, like we all do, and chocolate (yes please!) then why not combine the two? And for February, chocolate-flavored teas are just too perfect, so for all you tea lovers out there, Bigelow Tea is here to help. Appealing to the chocolate lovers of the world (you know who you are), we have created three super awesome chocolate tea wonders: Chocolate ChaiPeppermint Bark herbal tea and Benefits Chocolate and Almond herbal tea.  That just-sweet-enough combination of tea and chocolate (yes, there’s actually cocoa powder in the tea bag!) makes for a super delicious mug of tea. The aroma is mmmm-mesmerizing and—huzzah!—you can indulge without the guilt, because tea has 0 calories (maybe a few if you add in some milk or a sweetener), which is a lot lower than your average box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.

So, let’s talk about chocolate. The terminology can be a tad confusing, but most experts these days tend to use the term “cacao” to refer to the plant or its beans before processing, while the term “chocolate” refers to anything made from the beans. As for the history? Well, let’s rewind all the way back to 1900 BC to the Mayan civilization. The ancient Maya are believed to be the first people to regularly grow cacao trees and drink chocolate. According to historians, the Aztecs got their hands on it later, but they had to trade for cacao because they couldn’t grow the trees. That said, the word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which refers to the spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans. At that time, cacao seeds were actually a form of currency. Who knew?!

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Fast-forward several thousand years to the 17th century, when chocolate was the “it” drink throughout Europe, believed to have nutritious, medicinal and even aphrodisiac properties (it’s rumored that Casanova was especially fond of the stuff). During the Revolutionary War, some soldiers were paid in chocolate, due to the Continental Congress’ financial difficulties. Today, chocolate is a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States, and the average American eats at least half a pound of the stuff per month!

Bigelow Tea honors the history of this fabulous confection with our handcrafted flavors highlighting chocolate. So, when you need a sweet treat (speaking of treats, check out our recipe for Jasmine Green Tea Truffles, total yum!), brew a cup and #TeaProudly. You’ll be enjoying a rich beverage with a rich history, and hey, everything is better with chocolate. Let us know how you get your choco-fix!

French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

bigelow tea madeline recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

When Life Gives You Bigelow Tea I Love Lemon, Smile!

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Pucker up! Lemons are tart, tangy, citrusy and sour, and they add an abundance of flavor to life. It’s no wonder that Bigelow Tea has real lemon peel in a number of flavors. One in particular is even named for how much people enjoy the fruit—I Love Lemon (because who doesn’t?).

Throughout history, lemons have been used for many purposes—as a remedy for epilepsy, a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Though the lemon’s origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, the fruit is now cultivated in tropical and temperate climates around the world, with California leading production in the United States.

It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but they are also a good source of iron, fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, and copper, as well as bigelow tea lemon rindfolate and potassium. Research has suggested that lemons may help with DNA cell protection, immune system regulation and inflammation relief.

bigelow tea I love LemonAs a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years. As an essential ingredient in 23 of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

And those lemons make the perfect ingredient for the delicious I Love Lemon herbal tea. Made with lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon verbena, this flavor is the go-to for lemon lovers. Kimberly from Walden loves drinking it hot with honey, and enjoys it as part of her morning ritual. It’s one more way the sour lemon can make your day a little sweeter!