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Bigelow Tea’s First Social Craze: “Constant Comment” Tea

Isn’t it awesome to see a post or a photo from a year or two or five ago? It puts all the craziness of life in perspective, right? Well, let’s rewind over 70 years. We’re going all the way back to 1945 in the Big Apple – c’mon! Let’s take a stroll down a tree-lined block. Here we are. That brownstone right there. Imagine it with a sepia filter if you like. That’s where it all started: Bigelow Tea, America’s classic, family-owned tea blender. It all started with a kitchen and an enterprising woman who never gave up on her amazing vision.

Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea’s friends and fans are still “commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply tweet about her teas (no social media then, obviously…). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.” It was an instant teaser of what’s to come – like a GIF for your nose! Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the worldwide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz! In fact, you can even join our Facebook group dedicated to loving “Constant Comment” – check it out!

Plus, “Constant Comment” even has its own admins-only rules (the tea, not the Facebook Group). To this day, it is made following a secret recipe that only 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.

And while we can’t share the recipe, you can still like, love and favorite the tea in your cup each day. So drink up, #TeaProudly, and think about how far this tea has come in 70 years. Not bad when “Internet famous” usually only lasts about 70 seconds!

Why Bigelow Tea Takes Pride In Working Women Everywhere


Ambitious. Confident. Passionate. Fierce. Fearless. Brilliant. Trailblazing. Inspiring. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and businesswomen. So, consider this a shout-out to women in the workforce – especially during National Business Women’s Week®. If anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and her granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow.

Let’s start at the beginning. In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. And Bigelow Tea was born. The company continues to be 100% owned and managed by the Bigelow family, and is one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, which includes more than 140 varieties of flavoredtraditionalgreenherbaldecaffeinated, and iced teas.

Times have changed, but the role of the woman in business still deserves to be celebrated. Today, Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi (pictured at the top), is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

Not only is it National Business Women’s Week, it’s Boss’s Day on Oct. 16! Which, incidentally, was created by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose to register it on the 16th, which was her father’s birthday. And whether your boss is a man or woman, it’s a manager’s job to ensure that everyone thrives in the workplace. So really, these events go hand-in-hand.

Speaking of hands, it’s a perfect time to raise the cup of tea in your hand. (Don’t have one? Brew a cup; there’s no time like the present!) Raise a cup to the women in business and the bosses in your workplace. They carry a lot of responsibility and keep your workday running – which is no small feat! Better yet, invite them to sit down with a cup of tea, get their perspective, and #TeaProudly over your business successes!

5 Reasons To Rise And Shine To Breakfast (And Bigelow Tea!)

Did someone say breakfast of champions? Because if that’s the case, then that could include just about anything as long as its coupled with a cup of Bigelow Tea, right?! No, but, really… Breakfast is such an important meal – a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your crazy busy day. Actually, some research even suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight management and improved mental performance. So, during National All-American Breakfast Month (and what’s more American than Bigelow Tea??), here are five reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

Weight, weight, don’t tell me.

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day. Less hunger may promote healthier food choices at other meals.

Healthy Breakfast = Possible Improved Mental Performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Oats and tea, please! 

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. How about a heart-healthy bowl of Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Wake up, eat breakfast, drink tea, work out, repeat

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

Turn that frown upside down

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American BreakfastEnglish Teatime and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day. (Don’t forget: A cup of Bigelow American Breakfast has 50% More Caffeine in every tea bag!)

So, go on. Grab your breakfast of choice, a mug of tea, and get this day started. Because with Bigelow for breakfast, you can’t go wrong! What’s your favorite thing to eat with your morning tea? Tag #TeaProudly and share!

Bigelow Tea Honors National Day Of Service And Remembrance

You don’t need an excuse to help others and make a difference in your community, but the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a wonderful reason to volunteer – especially as you pay tribute to and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. As a family-owned company with long-standing roots in our community, Bigelow Tea takes pride in the work our employees do year-round to assist organizations, those in need and great causes. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

Passing on sustainable practices to future generations.

“Inspired by the results of the composting program here at Bigelow Tea, our family also included composting into our weekly schedule at home. We have been separating out most of the kitchen waste, tea bags (a lot of those) and paper towels, etc. since the summer of 2013. Now that my children are older, the do-it yourself-style sand box has been ‘up-cycled’ to ‘organically’ create good soil over time… This is one way our children are learning that maintaining the cycle and balance in nature is possible even in a suburban environment and a small contribution like ours can make a difference.” Gabe K, Fairfield, CT

A source of inspiration.

For more than 18 years, Caroline House has successfully taught immigrant women English (ESL).  Caroline House also provides a free preschool, after-school and summer tutoring to elementary and middle school children, citizenship classes, and life skills classes. Caroline House has recently instituted a Sources of Inspiration Board. These women will serve as a resource for Caroline House students (and all of us!) for inspirational stories to give hope for the future. We are honored to have Janned Serrano as our first Sources of Inspiration Board member. She is Executive Assistant to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, and Community Relations Coordinator.

Janned Serrano’s advice to Caroline House graduates:

  • Surround yourself with English-speaking people.
  • Speak English everywhere, even if it is not perfect.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “what does that mean?”
  • Read books written in English.
  • Take a risk. If someone asks you if you want to do something, say yes, even if you don’t know how.

Helping those in need.

“I was coming to work around 6:30 a.m. [one day] and… there was a soldier in full uniform with all his medals waiting by the side of the road. It was a rainy day and… he needed a ride to Boise. I stopped and offered to give him a ride to his destination. It turns out that he was going to a Wounded Warrior presentation… but his vehicle had a flat tire and he had to go on foot. He (Jim) told me his dilemma about being a forty-year veteran and how hard it is to get a job after being in the military that long; that the money just doesn’t last as long and not having a job does not help either. He told me a story about applying for a security job at a computer company in Boise and that he was told that he did not have enough experience in security to be considered for the position. I dropped him off at his destination, gave him my gratitude for his service and some money… If that is impacting our community in a positive manner, then I do that every day by serving as a leader in my community.” Javier Reyes, Boise, Idaho

Caring about the bees.

“I participated in a worthwhile community event, ‘Bee Night,’ which took place at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Garden located in downtown Charleston. Bee Night was an event hosted by the Bee Cause Project, an organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of honeybees and their wellbeing. They do this by installing beehives in area schools. In 2013, the USDA released a report with concern that the U.S. does not have enough honeybees to pollinate crops, which would impact our nation’s food supply. Along with the many beehives that they have installed in area schools, they have installed an observation beehive at the MUSC Urban garden, a garden whose mission is to build a healthier community by growing crops and educating people with local, nutritious food. This Beehive was unveiled at ‘Bee Night’ and the community was invited to attend the special event. I took several gallons of unsweetened tea to the event. We sweetened the tea at the event with the honey produced by the bees and attendees enjoyed Charleston Tea Plantation tea sweetened with local honey.”  Jane Knight, Charleston, SC

Our community garden which grows fresh vegetables for the local Bridgeport Rescue Mission is another example of giving back as well as the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge which has raised over $1.4 million for local charities since its inception thirty years ago.

A big part of #TeaProudly is being able to share stories and memories which includes efforts make in service to others. Share your stories about something as involved as landscaping or building a house for a family in need, or as simple as brewing a cup of tea and sharing some time with a homebound person in your neighborhood. Regardless, take time to think about what you can do in honor of this day of service. Cheers!

Bigelow Tea’s 30th Annual Community Challenge Is Almost Here!

Get excited, because Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge is about to turn the BIG 3-0! Running? Check! Walking? Check! Family-friendly fun? Check! Goodie bags and raffle prizes? Check and check! Seriously, this is the place to be on September 24! Plus, 30 is a pretty special milestone – come help Bigelow Tea celebrate this fantastic community event. Here are the details!

The when and the where

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 24, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut! Lace up your running shoes and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive t-shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes.

Totally family-friendly – bring the kids!

The kiddos will love the KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper and 1-mile run, along with Hula Hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. Also, there’s free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! Woohoo!

Don’t forget the after party…

As if a fun run isn’t enough of a party, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites from the post-race food buffet. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

Most importantly, give back!

What’s best about the event is that it’s a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling, to shelter and food. The event raised $150,000 last year, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Okay, I’m in!

Run, don’t walk, to the registration page… it’s going to be tons of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it!

It’s moments like crossing the finish line at the Community Challenge or knowing that you’re contributing to local charities that you can be proud of. And they make great memories to share with friends or family over a cup of tea, whether it’s been a few days or a few decades. This event is definitely worth joining or supporting if you can, and worth raising a cup to no matter what. It’s just one of many reasons we can all #TeaProudly. Hope to see you there!

Bigelow Tea Is A Fan Of These 5 Celebrity Tea Drinkers

It’s no surprise that celebs love tea. After all, they’re people, too! So when Bigelow Tea hears about famous tea drinkers, it’s easy to get totally starstruck! Shout-out to all the tea lovers out there because these timeless folks throughout history are part of the #TeaProudly movement (even though they didn’t realize it at the time)!

1. Dream as if you’ll live forever. James Dean. While his first professional acting gig was for a soft drink, James Dean was known to drink tea often and was even photographed on numerous occasions with a cup in his hand.

2. Rockstar. Guitar legend. Jimi Hendrix. Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music,” Jimi Hendrix was also a tea drinker. Actually, one of the last photos of Hendrix was taken at tea time.

3. The King of Cool. Dean Martin. Crooner, Rat-Packer and funny-man Dean Martin enjoyed tea, too. Or, at the very least, hamming it up on-camera with tea cups!

4. Pink Panther. Tea drinker. Peter Sellers. He was English, so it’s obvious that Peter Sellers – AKA Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series – drank his fair share of tea.

5. The Lion. The Witch. The Tea Kettle. C.S. Lewis. At one point, author C.S. Lewis even said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Now that sounds like our cup of tea, for sure. 

Fame and celebrity certainly come with their own stresses and plenty of busy schedules, but it’s good to know you always rely on a good cup of tea – just like these famous faces have done for decades past. Raise a cup, enjoy and #TeaProudly on!

Photos via Flickr:

James Dean by Kate Gabrielle
Jimi Hendrix by mirjoran
Dean Martin by Elissa Young
Peter Sellers by A World
C.S. Lewis by Tom Cooper

Baseball + Bigelow Tea = #TeaProudly

The slow, easy pace of the baseball season and timelessness of Bigelow Tea are perfect together…we’ve been baseball fans since our company was founded in 1945! Since then we’ve continued to develop relationships with professional teams such as the New York YankeesSan Francisco GiantsNew York MetsLA Dodgers, and of course the Boston Red Sox.

We’ve also been fortunate enough to share a cup of tea with former Yankees manager, Hall of Famer Joe Torre and former Red Sox manager, Terry Francona. Whichever side of the rivalry you’re on, Bigelow Tea offers a variety of refreshing iced tea flavors to enjoy while listening to a game on the radio in the dog days of summer.

If you listen to the WEEI Red Sox station, you can hear long time Sox fan, Tim Neverett call the games. Neverett keeps his voice “in good working order” by drinking Bigelow Tea in the booth. Neverett joins a long list of broadcasters we’ve spoken with who enjoy tea for its soothing qualities. The list includes Duane KuiperHowie Rose and others. Check them out on our Bigelow Tea Sports Report.

Whether you’re at the ball park, watching on TV, or listening to the game on the radio, #TeaProudly to enhance your game day experience!

Who’s Your Favorite Person To Share A Mug Of Tea With?

Tea is so much more than a soothing drink (though we certainly appreciate that part!)…sharing a mug is also is the perfect excuse to connect with each other! How can one little tea bag help people unite? Think of it this way: tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In fact, 82 percent of Americans drink tea, and  42 percent of Americans under age 30 count tea as a their top drink choice. The common love for tea has the amazing ability to bring everyone together….men, women; young, old and on and on and on!

As if you need more convincing, head on over to the TeaProudly site to see just how diverse and downright wonderful this tea community is. There’s nothing better than sharing tea stories, right?!  It’s all about creating unforgettable moments and memories.

But hey, let’s not diminish those quiet and much needed moments where it’s just you and a mug of tea.  We probably all need more moments like these as life gets more and more hectic.

So we are taking a survey and would love to know who is tops on your teatime list? (For instance, how sweet is it that BillDee8 says that he always has time for tea with his wife? That’s true love!).  Is it a friend or just you and a cup of tea?  Let us know below or tag your comment in social with #TeaProudly

The Votes Are In: This Is When You Like To Drink Bigelow Tea

Ahem, Bigelow Tea lovers. The #TeaProudly crowd has spoken and the verdict is in from our poll: when it comes to your favorite time of the day to enjoy a cup of tea, the winner is…

As your de-stressor after a busy day.

The race was super close, though. Actually – with only five votes as the tie-breaker – the second most popular time to drink tea (at least in this unofficial #TeaProudly survey) is first thing in the morning. With or without breakfast, of course. But, hey, whether you’re drinking a cup of Earl Grey with a hearty meal or on-the-go out the door with breakfast left behind on the counter, who cares as long as you’re drinking it, right??

Runner ups: afternoon tea like our friends across the pond in the UK while catching up with a special friend; or while commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school (gotta love those to-go mugs)!

At the end of the day, we can probably all agree on one thing: any time is the right time to break out the tea! There’s a flavor for every mood, and whatever the time, we tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s right. After all, that’s the #TeaProudly way. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – a cup of tea brings us together. Are you making time for tea today?

Bigelow Tea Shows Off Its Sense Of Humors, Thanks To Chocolate And Tea!

Before there was modern medicine, there was humorism. And then, chocolate and tea (and other New World goodies, like coffee) messed up everything. What exactly does that mean? Grab your mug of Bigelow Tea and let’s get learning.

The concept of humors – also known as humorism or humoralism – was a system of medicine detailing the makeup and workings of the human body. It was adopted by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers, including Hippocrates and Galen. Basically, the belief was that the human body was made up of four humors, or fluids: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. (A little gross, we know.) The key to this pseudo-medical system was finding equilibrium. Every person had a unique humoral composition and if the individual’s body fell out of balance, they’d get sick.

For centuries, this is how medicine worked: get sick, then eat this or drink that. For example, if someone had a fever, the belief was that they were too hot, so they needed to eat something cold. Anyhow, this worked well enough until new foods were introduced that didn’t fit into the pre-assigned categories. When chocolate, tea and others were brought to the Western world in the 1600s, madness ensued (or maybe, the tea hit the fan??) because they were considered to be dietary chameleons. In fact, in 1687, Nicolas de Blegny, physician and pharmacist to France’s Louis XIV, even wrote a book on the “correct” usage of tea and chocolate to cure illness. How about that?

Eventually, modern medicine became the way of the present (and future) – thanks to technology and inventions like the microscope. Long story short: tea and chocolate may have been disrupters at one point, but they powered through. And with Bigelow Tea, you get the best of both worlds – even in the same cup (or dish). Take Bigelow’s Chocolate Chai Tea – chocolate coupled with black tea and spice… ab fab (absolutely fabulous) or the ever so popular Benefits Chocolate and Almond Herbal tea (serious yum!!). Curious to take these tea and chocolate from mug to plate? Here are a few favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea*
  • 2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6-ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Earl Grey chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Earl Grey sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Bigelow® Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao content) or semi-sweet chips
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until very hot. Alternatively, this step can be done in a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out tea bags into milk before discarding. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a blender and process until finely chopped. Pour the hot tea infused milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth, about one minute. Add egg and a pinch of salt and blend again to incorporate fully. Note: It is important that the milk is hot to ensure the chocolate melts completely and creates the right consistency. Divide mixture evenly between four tea cups (or individually sized ramekins) and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the mixture will firm up to the consistency of pudding. Serve chilled, with any combination of the following garnishes: whipped cream, fresh raspberries, or fresh mint leaves.