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4 Muffin Recipes To Fall For This Season

Muffins!  Tasty treats that are always great to eat, muffins are super yum and versatile… practically any flavor can be enjoyed in muffin form.  Did you know the word muffin is thought to originate in Germany, where muffen, is plural of muffewhich means ‘small cake’.  And, Americans and the English have had a centuries-old feud about exactly what is a muffin; the cake like version enjoyed in the US or the flat, yeast bread favored on the other side of the pond.

Bigelow Tea knows a thing or two about muffins. The #TeaProudly  community has been sharing muffin ideas and recipes for a long time, many of which have been featured in the Bigelow Tea blog. Plus, everyone agrees that tea and muffins are a match made in snack heaven.

Make muffins especially memorable by adding Fall tea flavors like Vanilla CaramelApple Cider and Spiced Orange (and more) into recipes. Get brewing and baking and enjoying the sweet rewards all season long!

Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated tart apple
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ½ cup apple sauce or apple butter
  • Light or dark brown sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups. Place 6 Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags in a heat proof measuring cup. Add freshly boiled water to the 1 cup line. Place a lid or plate on top of the cup to hold in the heat while the tea steeps for 3 minutes. Remove lid and tea bags – resist urge to squeeze the bags! Set aside the tea concentrate to cool. Combine in large bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Peel and grate 1 large firm tart apple to make one cup of grated apple. Add to flour mixture and stir to break up clusters of apple. Set aside. Combine melted butter, egg, tea concentrate and apple sauce OR apple butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir just until everything is moistened but don’t over mix. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Sprinkle each muffin before baking with a pinch of light or dark brown sugar for the “”crunch””. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove to rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Apple Cider Muffins

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 to 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, grated (1 cup)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners. Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside. Grate apples in food processor with a shredding blade or by hand with a cheese grater. Set aside. In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Add apples and nuts; mix well. In separate bowl, whisk together oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add tea-infused milk; stir until well blended. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir until moist. Do not over-mix. Batter will be loose. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Spiced Cranberry Orange Muffins

Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 cups (plus 1 tablespoon) unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
  • ¼ cup (plus 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 ½ cup chopped cranberries

For the Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested

Instructions

For the Muffins:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.
Place milk in a small sauce pan. Bring milk to a simmer and add tea bags, Remove from heat and set aside, allowing tea to steep in milk for at least 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir together 2 cups flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until blended. Beat in egg, vanilla, orange zest and juice. Remove tea bags from milk. Gradually mix dry ingredients and infused milk into the butter mixture, alternating between milk and dry ingredients. Continue mixing in milk and dry ingredients until combined.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped cranberries and remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons sugar. Gently fold cranberries into prepared batter.
Using a scoop or spoon, fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full with muffin batter. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center muffin comes out clean and muffins begin to brown on top. Let muffins cool in muffin tins for 3-5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Topping:

Place sugar in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, orange juice and zest. After muffins have cooled slightly in muffin tins, but while they are still slightly warm; dip the muffin tops in the butter/lemon juice and then dip into sugar.

 

Cranberry Oatmeal Orange and Spice Tea Muffins

Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (two bags)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (1 tea bag)

Instructions

For the Muffins:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners OR 11 2 3/4-inch x 2-inch cupcake molds
In a medium bowl add the oats, brewed tea, milk and orange zest.
Stir to combine and set aside for 20 minutes.
Place sliced cranberries in a small bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over cranberries and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the eggs and oil to the oatmeal mixture; stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal mixture to the flour mixture; stir until combined.
Fold in cranberries.
Scoop into prepared muffin pans.

TIP: For regular size muffins use an ice cream scoop. For the larger size cupcake molds use 2 ice cream scoops.
Bake regular size 20 to 25 minutes AND large 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on rack.

For the Glaze:
Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Mix in vanilla.
Blend in the sugar.
Add the tea 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a drizzle consistency.
Use a large spoon and drizzle over muffins.

These Are Some Of The Ways Tea Is Terrific For Your Mind and Body!

 

Did you ever notice how it’s nearly impossible to be stressed and have tea at the same time? Crazy how this simple drink is seriously the perfect pick-me-up for whatever and whenever you need it. Think about it, when was the last time drinking tea made you feel worse for the wear? Totally the opposite, right?

Maybe it has something to do with those little things called flavonoids?

First, what on Earth is a “flavonoid” and why should you care? Well, turns out everyone’s favorite plant, the Camellia Sinensis (where tea leaves come from), contains these lil’ beauties. They are none other than dietary compounds naturally found in plants and are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

In fact, they say tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 ml serving, compared to fruit juice, which only has up to 50 mg per serving. (So you may want to skip the OJ in the morning and go straight for the tea!) Flavonoids, research tells us, are known to have some amazing benefits for the body, thanks to their antioxidant content.  Pretty interesting, right? Here are just some of the cool things tea can do for you:

Tea may do a body good.

Scientists in Australia found that regularly drinking 3 cups of black tea a day may help lower blood pressure, according to Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. Either way, multiple cups of tea daily is surely a tasty way to get through your busy day – hey, no reason not to enjoy a mug morning, noon, and night, right?

Tea helps you take a chill when counting calories.

Tea is totally calorie-free, so you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about calorie counting as you enjoy cup after cup…after cup! Tea is terrific way to stay hydrated while treating yourself!

You’ll have less caffeine, and fewer jitters.

You can still feel a buzz without getting into that crazy caffeinated state that coffee can cause. After all, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, while still providing that energy boosting feeling that you’re craving.

So the final lesson to be learned here? Turn to tea for a super duper bundle of goodness!

What’s your favorite part about drinking tea? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

2 Recipe Pairings That Will Make Your Autumn Dinner Party Pop!

Fall is here and it’s starting to get a tad chilly outside. Perfect time for a soiree! Pairing Bigelow Tea with a just right meal or dessert brings out amazing flavor combinations that will make your dinner party pop! From savory steamed clams to rich, decadent ice cream, refreshing green tea pairs perfectly with these special recipes…check them out and let us know just how perfect your meal is!  

Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth

Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea is a wonderful, healthy steaming liquid for Littleneck clams. When embellished with garlic and fresh parsley, it also becomes a flavorful broth you’ll want to soak up with some good crusty bread!

Serves 4 as an Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen fresh Littleneck clams
  • 2 cups water
  • Bigelow® c Bags
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped (stems reserved)
  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped

Instructions

Place the clams in a large bowl of cold, salted water for 30 minutes to remove any sand. Drain and rinse, gently brushing clam shells to remove any grit. In a large, covered pot, heat water to almost a boil. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into pot and discard bags. Add the parsley stems into pot with tea. Add garlic to pot and bring to a boil. Add clams, in their shells, cover and continue to boil, allowing the clams to steam open. Once they are opened (approximately 3 minutes), use a large, slotted spoon to remove them and place in a bowl. Discard any clams which do not open. Using a mesh colander, strain the steaming liquid into the bowl with the clams. Chop parsley leaves, and toss over the clams. Serve immediately with crusty bread for dipping.

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

A delicate flavor translates into a nice refreshing ice cream. Let Bigelow’s Green Tea with Peach add that light flavor of peaches to this ice cream.

Chilling Time 4-6 Hours; Freezing time 25-30 Minutes

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20 Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

10 Historical Tea Tidbits To Sip On

Oh, snap! Who doesn’t love a history lesson on tea? Bigelow Tea sure does! And what better than when the narrative is illustrated with super fun animations?! Well, in this super interesting TED-Ed Original lesson, Shunan Teng details tea’s long history. From Chinese legends to opium wars, check out this quick video! Here are 10 tea points you don’t want to miss from the short clip!

  1. According to Chinese legend, Emperor Shennong accidentally poisoned himself – 72 times! But before the poisons took his life, a leaf drifted into his mouth. He chewed on it and it saved his life. That leaf was tea.
  2. Research suggests tea was first cultivated in China, more than 6000 years ago.
  3. Originally, the same type of tea we drink today was eaten as a vegetable or cooked with grains.
  4. Tea only shifted from food to a beverage about 1500 years ago, where it was pressed into cakes, prepared with hot water and called matcha. It wasn’t until the 14th century when loose leaf tea appeared.
  5. Matcha became so popular that a distinct tea culture emerged. Tea appeared in books and poetry, and was the favorite drink for emperors. It also became a medium for art – artists would draw intricate pictures in the foam of the tea.
  6. In the 9th century, during the Tang dynasty, a Japanese monk brought the first tea plant to Japan.
  7. Tea was one of China’s most important exports, along with porcelain and silk. This gave China a great deal of power as tea drinking spread around the world.
  8. In the 1600s, Dutch traders brought tea to Europe. Many credit Charles II and his wife, Catherine of Braganza, for introducing tea to the English aristocracy.
  9. As England grew to be more powerful, tea became more popular. By the 1700s, tea in Europe sold for ten times the price of coffee. However, at that time, tea was still only grown in China. So, when the English could no longer afford it with silver, they began to trade opium for tea. Unfortunately, this triggered a public health issue in China, and opium addiction increased.
  10. Fast-forward to 1839, a Chinese official ordered his troops to destroy British shipments of opium, as a statement against Western influence, which began the First Opium War between England and China.

As you can see, tea has a roller coaster of a history. Thirsty for more? Read about tea history on the Bigelow Tea blog. Whether you’re digging into the past or simply savoring the present moment, we can all agree that it’s always a good time to brew a cup of tea, right?! ….there is always a #TeaProudly moment in front of us!

Just In Time For Dinner: Pair Bigelow Tea With Late Summer Recipes

Your kids may be stocking up on school supplies and it’s getting dark earlier, but it’s not fall yet! And while that sunshine is still shinin’ and your iced Bigelow Tea is overflowin’, don’t forget that late summer produce is at its peak awesomeness. A few favorites are tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, peppers, melons, zucchini, strawberries and blueberries. Mmm… so fresh and delicious! And, hey, guess what?! They – naturally – go well with tea, and they also make for some amazing dishes. Here are a few recipes where the spotlight is on fresh produce. Enjoy!

Chopped Veggie Salad

Ingredients
½-1 cup each:

  • Cucumber (scoop out seeds) diced
  • Tomatoes (scoop out seeds) diced
  • Green yellow and red peppers diced
  • Carrots diced
  • Zucchini diced
  • 3 tablespoons Scallions diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest

Instructions

Cut up all veggies and place in a bowl. Mix. Add dill, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest. Dress with any Bigelow Tea Vinaigrette.

Cucumber and Bell Pepper Noodle Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 Cucumber, English, cut into long noodles
  • 2 Red Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 2 Yellow Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 4 Scallion, long bias cut
  • 2 ounces Rice vinegar
  • 1 ounces Sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper

Instructions

Cut cucumber on mandolin into long julienne.
Cut peppers into long julienne and scallion into long bias cut.
Toss with rice vinegar, sesame oil and salt and pepper.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
  • Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

Peach No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

Instructions

Slightly ahead of time, place milk and tea bags in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until bubbles just start to form on sides, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Either refrigerate until cool or quick cool in the freezer. (Do not leave in freezer longer than 30 minutes.) Prepare cheesecake according to package directions using tea and milk mixture instead of milk. Garnish with sliced peaches, if desired.

Date Night? Go Classic With Bigelow Green Tea

Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Green tea matched up with Lemon Ginger ShrimpJasmine Rice with Fruits, and Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake for your next dinner date? Whether you’re cooking for a first date – or the thousandth time dining together – this menu will *not* disappoint. I mean, after all, it’s made by YOU (and you’re one heck of a catch).

Speaking of catch… let’s talk the “why” behind pairing green tea with seafood. Bigelow’s traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew allows the unique notes of seafood to shine. Incidentally, this makes it a perfect pair for other lighter fare, such as rice and chicken.

With such a versatile drink to pair, think about sharing a few small plates together. Also, take this as an opportunity to go local – check out a farmer’s market or see what produce is in season at the local grocery store. Think berries, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, garlic, corn, lemons, limes and melons. Here are a few favorite recipes to get you started. They’re all pretty simple, and can be enjoyed outside or on-the-go (picnic, anyone??). Have fun! And, while you’re at it, have that date of yours join you for some of the cooking! Making a meal together is loads of fun, and if there’s chemistry in the kitchen, you’re onto something good!

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

Ingredients

8 cups boiling water
½ – 1 lb fresh or frozen shrimp cleaned and deveined
4-5 Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags

Instructions

Put 8 cups water in a pot. Add 4-5 Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Shrimp can be used over pasta with garlic olive oil, steamed broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

Ingredients

3 cups brown rice
4 qt water
Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
1 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, sliced thinly
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients

¾ cup boiling water
Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea Bags
¾ cup butter or margarine; softened, divided
½ cup brown sugar
1 can (16-oz.) sliced peaches, well-drained
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon or orange peel (optional)

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Meanwhile, drain peaches in a colander; transfer to a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. In small skillet, melt ¼ cup butter. Add brown sugar and cook over medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into bottom of 9″” round cake pan. Arrange peaches on sugar mixture. Preheat oven to 350° F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large mixer bowl, beat remaining ½ cup butter with granulated sugar until combined. Add eggs and lemon peel, and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy about 2 minutes. Alternately beat in flour mixture and tea mixture, beating well after each addition. Spread batter evenly over peaches. Bake 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Remove from oven and let stand on wire rack 10-15 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan and invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm.

Bigelow Tea Lemon Chicken Salad Recipe? YES PLEASE!

Seeking a new method to dishing out tasty chicken? Bigelow Tea is here to add some zest—and Green Tea to your poultry! Bigelow Tea’s recipe for Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad gets its goodness from Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon—which @Jacyce524 tweeted is “soooo good.” Combine it with some fresh ingredients, and you’ll have the centerpiece of your next lunch event. Chicken salad with a fresh, lemony twist. Delish!

Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad

Created by Daniel J Lestrud, CEC, CCE

Ingredients

For the chicken:

For the salad:

  • Salad ½ cup celery rib, diced
  • 1 cup white grapes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

Place chicken with carrot, celery, sweet onion and Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon in medium sized pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to a simmer and cook till chicken is firm and 165 internal. Let cool in poaching liquid.
Remove chicken form cool liquid and shred by hand into bowl.
Add diced celery, diced red onion, grapes, mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill.
Serve as part of a salad or in a sandwich.

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.

YouTube Famous: A Look Back at Bigelow Tea’s Favorite Videos

Think back to your favorite family home video – the clothes that people are wearing (those high-waisted shorts!), the hairstyles (80s hair!), everything that’s changed in the world since then (whoa, technology!). Well, just like you love your family videos, Bigelow Tea does, too. That’s why it’s so much fun to do a flashback and highlight a few fave videos from YouTube.

Learn about the story behind “Constant Comment®” – told by Co-Chairman David Bigelow:

President and CEO Cindi Bigelow adds a bit of wit and fun while showing you how to make a yummy Greenie Martini. Watch until the end – otherwise you’ll miss the shake-off.

Learn the art behind the perfect cup of tea (don’t worry, the tea police won’t come after you if you don’t!):

And then there was that time one of our employees, Jamaar Wright, wrote a rap for Bigelow Tea (it’s pretty cool).

So, yeah, while a lot has changed over the years, one thing that never changes is this: a good cup of tea makes everything better. Wouldn’t you agree?  #TeaProudly

Get A Ticket To The Hydration Station With Bigelow Tea!

As the mercury rises this month, you’re gonna want to stay hydrated! This is soooo important – not only when it’s hot outside, but all the time! And what better way to stay refreshed and hydrated than with some iced Bigelow Tea?! Yup, everyone agrees. But, why exactly is it so important to drink up?

Take a look:

Why hydrate?

According to the American Heart Association, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently.

And why summer?

During the summer months, your body requires more replacement fluids and cooling methods than at other times throughout the year.

What are you waiting for?

Time to drink up! Try a nice tall glass of iced tea. Just note that decaffeinated tea will be more hydrating that caffeinated. Of course, Bigelow offers plenty of herbal teas to choose from. And there are loads of awesome iced tea combos to get you going – don’t stop ‘til you get enough! Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz is a fan favorite, and so are Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea, and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea.

Don’t forget to make it fun!

Add an extra layer of fabulous (and fun!) with a twist – literally! Once you make your tea, try adding fruit and herbs, like lemon, berries and mint.

Anything else?

Other great selections are water or sparkling water, milk, and sugar-free beverages in moderation. Smoothies are also a great alternative! Like a Blueberry Green Tea Protein SmoothiePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Bigelow® Herbal Tea Smoothie. Mmmm…. Enjoy!

If you come up with a super cool way to hydrate this summer (Iced tea combo! Infusion ideas! Smoothie recipes!), tag #TeaProudly and let us know!