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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

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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

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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!

Forever And Always, “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

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Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world which doesn’t surprise any avid tea drinker given the importance the beverage holds in many cultures, whether it’s a hearty daily tradition, a treat for a special ceremony, or a therapeutic blend to soothe and comfort. On any given day, over 158 million Americans alone are drinking tea and we are proud to be a part of this thriving community and honored that as a third generation family businessBigelow Tea continues to be part of the tea lovers’ community decades after the creation of the one and only “Constant Comment”®. Today, we offer over 130 flavors that will please any palate, but for National Hot Tea Month, what better time to get back to our roots by honoring this remarkable and historic tea that’s still a source of “Constant Comments” among all tea fans!

In case you aren’t familiar, here is the story of how Bigleow Tea got started: it all began in 1945 when Ruth Campbell Bigelow started on her mission to create a better cup of tea than what was commonly offered at the time. She was inspired by an early Colonial recipe that used orange rind and sweet spices. After tireless hours spent creating her own special blend, she shared it with friends who couldn’t stop commenting, and hence the name “Constant Comment” tea. 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.  Jump ahead to today, over 70 years later, and here we are, a tea company beyond Ruth’s wildest dreams!

To this day, “Constant Comment”® is the same wonderful recipe that third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, first created. It has stood the test of time and we know it will continue to fill cups and hearts for many more decades to come. Amazing when you think how this special product started on the shelves of local shops, and today it’s still a source of constant comments all over the Web… and the world! 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!

Tell us, what was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time?  Tag anywhere online with #TeaProudly so we can share in the fun.

Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

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Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!

With The Arrival Of A New Year And January Being Hot Tea Month Coupled With This Awesome Bigelow Tea Benefits Gift Set, We Have A Party In The House!

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Baby, it’s cold outside, but inside you’ll feel warm, cozy, and rejuvenated all year long with Bigelow Tea’s newest line of wellness teas, Bigelow Benefits. These amazing teas are all about offering wellness solutions for every day. And while your body is enjoying some amazing benefits, your taste buds will thank you once again for awesome tea flavors that rock! Drink proudly to be your best every day – we think that’s a great resolution to make for the new year while livin’ the #TeaProudly life!

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And hey, while each box of tea is perfect on its own, check out this new set of Bigelow BENEFITS…it truly redefines wellbeing. The flavors can be enjoyed any time of day for whenever you need a boost! And don’t think you need to sip alone! Who wouldn’t want to grab a mug and join you for one or all of these flavors:

Radiate Beauty
Containing aloe (known for its incredible hydration and skin soothing abilities) and blueberry (yummy andhigh in antioxidants!) this flavor is designed to make you feel all glowy inside and out!

Stay Well
Cold and flu season doesn’t have to get you down this year — support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon.

Balance
The season of overindulging is over, but your body may still be feeling the after effects. Get back to balance with the sweetness of cinnamon, known for having a positive effect on blood sugar.

Calm Stomach
Settle an upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with this ginger and peach infused flavor.

Sleep
Chamomile and lavender are known for lulling you into snooze-land safely. Amp up your zzz’s with this relaxing blend.

Refresh
Give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, green tea, and a bit of pepper to pep things up.

Whether you are having fun with the fact that January is National Hot Tea Month, cold and flu season has hit you hard, or you want to enjoy the most yummy tea on earth, treat yourself to this boxed set that includes everything to feel fabulous every day of the month (and every month of the year). Celebrate your love of tea while getting the new year off on the right foot, and tell us, which tea you are most excited to incorporate into your day. Tag your thoughts with #TeaProudly so we can share in your joy of happy tea drinking! Cheers!

Bigelow Peppermint Teas + Holidays? Yes!

bigelow-tea-peppermint-herbal-teaIt’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Hello, December! This season was made for all things cozy and warm, and a cup of Bigelow Tea is no exception. Don’t get us wrong — like you, we like to drink tea all year ‘round, but there’s something extra special about cuddling up by a fire or with a blanket, and a mug of tea. And what goes better with the cold weather outside than the cool and crisp flavor of Peppermint? (Though, we suggest enjoying that flavor inside, where it’s warm…)bigelow-tea-peppermin-bark-seasonal-tea

We love the versatility of peppermint. It’s clean and invigorating, and we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint in a variety of our flavors, such as Peppermint Herbal TeaSweet Dreams® and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. In fact, few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic minty-fresh scent! And when we say everyone, we mean all the way back to ancient times: dried peppermint leaves are said to have been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Whoa, kind of like history’s first air freshener…

Since then, peppermint has also been recognized for its medicinal properties — research indicates that it may aid in digestion, and may help to ease abdominal pain and nausea, alleviate hay fever symptoms, enhance memory and increase alertness, and clear your respiratory tract. As if you needed another reason to drink a cup beyond how delicious it tastes, right?

Whether you’re looking for a wake-up call in the morning with our Green Tea with Mint, or a soothing retreat before bed with some Mint Medley or Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea, it’s no wonder that mint is one of our most wildly-loved ingredients. Give it a try – who knows, maybe (just, maybe!) you’ll find your comfort and joy in a cup.

Don’t forget to share your coziest peppermint moments by tagging #TeaProudly on your favorite social media channel or come over to www.teaproudly.com and share with us there.  Either way, let’s share a mug or two together!

Give The Gift Of Bigelow Tea This Holiday Season

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Party Hosts
Work Colleagues
Family and Friends
Gift Exchanges (Secret Santa, anyone?!)
Teachers and Bus Drivers
Neighbors
Mail Carriers …

…holy cow the holiday list is long and this probably isn’t everyone, right?  A plate of homemade cookies (BTW we’ve got the perfect recipes for some awesome cookies!!) and a card will do the trick for most of these special people, but there must be a few on the list that really deserve something a bit more….something from the heart, a gift of pure joy. We have the perfect idea: a tin or box of Bigelow Tea, specially designed by Kate D. Spain, the artist behind the KD Spain® brand!  Woohoo, perfect right?

Kate says, “When we bring something naturally beautiful into our lives, we gain a finer connection to it, to our surroundings, and to each other. New possibilities for sources of our happiness are able to root, grow, and blossom.” Wow, we could not have said it better…between the Bigelow teas and her designs, we are calling this collaboration #TeaProudly to the max!

Check out these three exclusive designs and get one or all in time for your holiday gift giving:

Limited Edition Holiday Tin of Tea (pictured above)

This limited edition tin contains an assortment of 15 of our favorite flavors that are sure to make every tea lover’s heart happy. You’ll receive 120 individually wrapped black teas, green teas, herbal teas and decaffeinated teas. And when you’ve enjoyed all the tea, you can reuse the designer tin. Refill it with tea, or use it to store special keepsakes because anything goes!

Limited Edition Tin of Tea

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This limited edition tin features a gorgeous hydrangea floral pattern with a light and lovely style that can work any time of year. This tin also contains 120 individually wrapped black, green, herbal and holiday teas.

Tiled Top Tea Box

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Last, but certainly not least, this limited edition wooden box measures 4″ x 6″ and contains a ceramic tile top with artwork by Kate D. Spain. The box contains 32 teabags: 8 Earl Grey,  8 Green Tea, 8 English Teatime and 8 Sweet Dreams. Once you sip your way through the tea, fill it with more of your favorite Bigelow flavors, or use it to store your recipe cards, photo prints or jewelry as a few suggestions.

Quantities are limited for each of these gifts and they’ll go fast! Be sure to snag one (or two) soon—one for the recipient, one for you (obviously!).