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Bigelow Tea Looks At Staycations As a Summer Vacation Alternative

It’s true that we all can’t jet off on a European vacation every year or experience an exotic escape for a quick summer break. But there are plenty of ways to get away from it all while staying close to home; all it takes is a well-plannedstaycation! A staycation is a break at home, or near to home, that takes advantage of local offerings you may not have considered. Bigelow Tea is all about savoring the benefits of family time at home and with the community!

Spend more time in your garden on your staycation!

For an exciting staycation, look at opportunities within a 50-mile radius from your home. Consider visiting local parks or heading downtown for sightseeing. With a little planning and research, you can stay close to home and still have days and days of fun! Plus, you’ll be sending a great message to the kids when you participate in local community activities for a day. Helping others is a great way to spend a part of your staycation!

Take time for Tea time on your staycation!

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a staycation is enjoying tea time every afternoon! Whether you sip during an at-home spa day or while sharing tasteful and uplifting conversations with family and friends, Bigelow Teas are meant to be shared! A cup of tea along with tea-infused appetizers and snacks and even some teatime treats all can add to the luxury of your staycation! Sounds like a plan!

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Bigelow Tea Devours National Ice Cream Sandwich Day With Tea Infused Treats

Tea lovers will be excited to hear that you can make ice cream sandwiches with tea! Who knew? Well, we at Bigelow Tea did … and we want to share this fantastic family-friendly recipe with you just in time for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day which is tomorrow! Our Vanilla Caramel Tea infuses just the right amount of sweetness and richness into the ice cream you’ll make with this recipe. If you give it a try, we think ice cream sandwiches will take on new meaning in your household, and your kids might start asking for tea-licious ice cream all the time!

Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches


1 ¾ cups (409mL) whole milk
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags*
2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (160mL) sugar
48 chocolate or vanilla wafers – 2 ½ inches in diameter

Yield: Makes 1 quart (1L) = 24 ice cream sandwiches 

*Delicious alternatives—any of our Bigelow® Teas—suggested flavors are Constant Comment®,Vanilla ChaiPlantation Mint®, French Vanilla or Spiced Chai.


Requires Ice Cream Maker
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup milk (reserve remaining milk for later use) and 6 Vanilla Caramel tea bags over medium heat until bubbles are visible. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags, remove and discard.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the tea/milk mixture, remaining milk, cream and sugar. Pour back into saucepan and heat over low heat until the custard thickens but does not boil. Remove from heat and strain; chill.
Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions. Place in a plastic container and store in freezer until ready to make sandwiches.

To make sandwich:
Let ice cream soften slightly, then place a small scoop on flat side of cookie, top with another cookie and press gently. If desired, roll the sides of the sandwiches through rainbow or chocolate sprinkles to coat ice cream. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour; wrap each sandwich in plastic. They will keep in freezer for up to one week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Bigelow Tea Embraces Family

In today’s technological age of communication via text, Facebook or Twitter, it can be difficult to find time to relax, connect, and unwind with the family. Because July is National Family Reunion Month, we at Bigelow Tea recommend that you create that special time with your loved ones—perhaps over a cup of one of our own teas!

As a third generation family owned business, our company history at Bigelow is all about family, and July is a great month to get back to basics and celebrate that bond! School is out, older students are home from college and many of you take your vacation which means it really is a perfect time for a reunion. Whether it be a few members of your family or multiple generations, celebrate with an old fashioned pot luck picnic, plan a field day, go to the beach or have a barbeque!

One of our favorite ways to reconnect is by chatting over tea and because July can get pretty hot, why not prepare a big cool glass of iced tea for yourself or a pitcher for the family. At Bigelow, we would like to think we have perfected the art of making iced tea by combining our favorite Bigelow Tea flavors so take a minute to check out our Iced Tea how-to video and create an iced tea recipe of your own that your family will love every day whether it’s hot or cold outside.

So for this Family Reunion Month, make the most of your time with your children, spouse, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—and share a cup of Bigelow Tea together!

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Chef John Cooks Up A Special Recipe With Bigelow Tea And Constant Comment

Something delicious was cooking recently in Fairfield, Connecticut, thanks to a top local chef’s inspired use of our own Constant Comment tea! John Reynolds, Executive Chef at The Patterson Club, a Connecticut Country Club, created Constant Comment Glaze for chicken as part of an elegant meal served for the non-profit Operation Hope’s 11th Annual Gala. Cindi Bigelow and the Bigelow family were honored for their work with this wonderful organization, which is dedicated to providing food and emergency shelter to those in need. It was truly a memorable evening that filled our hearts … as well as our stomachs!

Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who created Constant Comment in her kitchen more than 65 years ago, would certainly be touched to see the many traditions that have grown alongside the love of her iconic orange and spice infused tea. All of us at Bigelow Tea appreciate hearing your stories of special moments shared over a cup of Constant Comment! And as Chef John demonstrated, cooking with Constant Comment is another way to savor the company of family and friends.

Don’t miss the many other fantastic recipes you can make using Constant Comment, and see how Cindi Bigelow whips up a few in her own kitchen. Thank you Chef John, for sharing your recipe for Constant Comment Glaze!

Constant Comment Glaze



2 cups of brewed Constant Comment® Tea
Juice & zest of 1 orange
1 Tbsp honey
Shallot, sliced
1 bay leaf


Bring all ingredients to boil, reduce to syrup-like consistency, strain out solids, reserve glaze.
Can be refrigerated up to one week.
To use:  Warm to room temp.  Drizzle glaze over sautéed vegetables or meats.  Season with salt & pepper.

Recipe was created by Chef John Reynolds, Patterson Club, Fairfield, Connecticut

Bigelow Tea Is Celebrating National Blueberry Month With Fabulous Blueberry Tea Recipes

‘Tis the season … for blueberries! This is the time of year when those sweet but tart blue bundles of yum ripen and are ready to be picked which his why the USDA has proclaimed that July is National Blueberry MonthBigelow Tea couldn’t be happier to celebrate this scrumptious fruit! To help you enjoy the month, we have two recipes that would satisfy even the most blueberry-licious demands of Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka.   Enjoy our Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries and our Blueberry Herb Tea Smoothie!  You will love blueberry flavors and the taste of our teas!

Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries



2 tbsp. cold water
2 tsp. unsweetened gelatin
1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea Bag
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup fresh blueberries


In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water – set aside.
In a medium bowl, steep the tea in the boiling water for 3 minutes.  Add the gelatin mixture and the sugar.  Stir until everything is completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Divide the blueberries among four ramekins or glasses and pour in just enough of the cooled jelly to reach the top.  Refrigerate until completely set, about 3 hours.  Serve chilled.

Recipe submitted by Lilica Brionn
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Bigelow® Blueberry Herb Tea Smoothie



3/4 cup hot water
6 Bigelow® Herbal Tea Bags: (Perfect Peach®Red RaspberryTMChamomile Mango®Pomegranate Pizzazz®or Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb)
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangos, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)


In a measuring cup, combine hot water and 6 tea bags of your flavor choice listed above. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Allow tea to cool, then place in the refrigerator until well chilled.
In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen fruit, and ½ cup chilled tea. Puree until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve with a straw.

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Bigelow Tea Fans Rank Their Favorite Iced Tea Blends

At Bigelow Tea we love to bring together great tastes, and we have a treasure trove of inspired teas as evidence. We also love taking it a step further when we blend two of our distinctive teas together to make something even better! Recently, when we announced our June sweepstakes, we showcased a new Cindi Bigelow video—a super cool piece featuring some brisk Bigelow Tea iced tea combos. We asked Bigelow Tea Fans to enter the sweeps and also to vote for one of the four iced tea combinations featured in that video … and you responded by the thousands! So now we’d like to share the results of that thirst-quenching vote. The results are interesting … and we’re getting thirsty just looking them over!

Here are the tasty results:

1st place: I Love Lemon Herb Tea and English Teatime – 2434 votes

2nd place: Perfect Peach Herb and Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea – 2264 votes

3rd place: Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus – 2210 votes

4th place: Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea and Green Tea with Pomegranate – 1488 votes

What came through loud and clear is that you love all these great iced tea blends!  So put your hands together for these Bigelow Tea flavor hybrids … and for any others you come up with. It bears out the old adage: the whole can be even greater than the sum of its parts. With so many more fantastic combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty summer of tea!

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Bigelow Tea Looks At ‘Tee’ Time During Family Golf Month

Looking for activities the whole family can enjoy this summer? Bigelow Tea suggests taking a swing at golf! Don’t worry if you’re a newbie; in recent years, many golf courses have focused on welcoming newcomers–kids especially–to generate a new generation of golf enthusiasts. And since July is Family Golf Month, it’s a great time to consider the benefits of teeing up together!

Interest in golf has taken a hit along with the economy. Some course managers have also noticed that fewer kids are playing golf now that they have video games and other electronic diversions. So managers like Bob Kitchen of Maple Hill Golf in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are doing all they can to make golf appealing and affordable to both kids and their parents. For instance, at a recent golf equipment sale, Maple Hill Golf gave away a 3-club set to anyone age 15 or younger. Many courses across the country participate in the kids play free program allowing kids to play free of charge at certain times when accompanied by an adult. Check golf courses in your area to find the best family-friendly deals.

Another reason for families to embrace golf is those teachable moments it affords. As kids learn the game, they also learn about honesty, sportsmanship and the etiquette expected on the golf course, including proper attire and maintaining the pace of play. But the biggest draw of the game is that it’s fun to play, regardless of the final scores!

Just remember to stow some cold beverages in your golf bag, especially on hot days. You can’t beat the flavor and convenience of Bigelow Bottled Organic Green Teas, distributed for us by AriZona. Tee time is perfect for tea time!

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Butterflies And Bigelow Tea Make A Perfectly Peaceful Combination

Remember as a young child seeing a butterfly in your garden floating among the exquisite rainbow of flowers surrounding it? It’s a gorgeous image of summer that evokes thoughts of peacefulness and serenity. We at Bigelow Tea adore the idea of sipping tea in a garden while watching butterflies flit by! And that’s where we got the inspiration for our Butterfly Tea Wallets!

These useful tea carriers are colorful—just like the butterflies that inspired them!— and seriously handy! You can choose either the Butterfly Tea Wallet With Flavored Black Tea or the Butterfly Tea Wallet With Herb Teas. Each has the same attractive design and features six pockets for your favorite teas … plus a starter set of 18 individually wrapped teas to enjoy on the go! The six black tea flavors include Constant CommentEarl Grey and Lemon Lift. And the herbal assortment contains six flavors like Mint Medley and Orange & Spice.

And if butterflies really are your thing, it’s actually quite easy to create a beautiful butterfly garden!  All you need are the right plants to attract them, like some Black-Eyed Susans, lilies, or an aptly-named butterfly bush.  Plant a few fabulous flora and you’ll be well on your way to that ideal peaceful spot to pour some of our most tranquil teas!

The best news is that, with a tea wallet, you can enjoy your Bigelow Tea anywhere and everywhere … even amongst the butterflies in your garden!

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Bigelow Tea Takes A Look At The Origins Of National Flag Day

Bernard John Cigrand’s passion for the American flag and the freedoms it represents still resonates, more than 100 years after he began his quest for official recognition of National Flag Day on June 14. His story is quintessentially American – and inspires our admiration here at Bigelow Tea, where Old Glory is near and dear to our hearts!

As a 19-year-old teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin in 1885, Bernard placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and asked his students to write essays on what the flag meant to them. Thus began his commitment to commemorating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. In 1916, when Bernard was 50, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day. But it wasn’t until 1949 that President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the 14th day of June each year as National Flag Day.

Today, the National Flag Day Foundation continues the tradition started by Bernard with an annual children’s essay contest on “what the flag means to me.” We salute all the children who have submitted entries this year and also take a moment to recognize the men and women in uniform. They are the reason Bigelow Tea created Tea for the Troops, 100 percent American-grown tea from our own Charleston Tea Garden, packaged in a special box resplendent with the red, white and blue! It’s our way of thanking all those in the armed forces for their sacrifice and service.

So on June 14th, let’s all sip some tea and thank our troops along with Bernard John Cigrand for ensuring the U.S. flag’s enduring symbolism for all Americans!

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Cindi Bigelow Shows Us How To Chill Out With Bigelow Tea For National Iced Tea Day!


Now that June is here (yay!) we’re daydreaming about simple summer pleasures – good books, sand between our toes, and of course plenty of delicious iced Bigelow Tea! How about making a pitcher to celebrate National Iced Tea Day on Sunday, June 10th?  June is special all around, considering it ushers in summer and serves officially as iced tea month! So we’re raising a chilled glass to sharing iced tea tips and some mouth-watering product news!

There are so many creative ways to mix and match Bigelow Teas to suit your mood or taste. Winning iced tea combos include Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Herb TeaGreen Tea and Red Raspberry Herb Tea, and Constant Comment and Plantation Mint – to name just a few. In this great new video, Cindi Bigelow showcases her faves in a rainbow of beautiful colors!

Speaking of complementary flavors, if you haven’t tried our new Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade Blends, now is the perfect time. We’re so excited about these products! We know that you will absolutely love the fresh-brewed tea flavor combined with lemon … and packaged in convenient quart-sized tea bags for easy anytime brewing (you can check out these simple instructions for brewing iced tea by the glass or the quart). And here’s another fun tip: try freezing extra Half & Half (or any iced tea) in ice cube trays and adding the frozen cubes to your next glass of iced tea for even more tea flavor. Delish!

Now it’s your turn to share! Do you have a favorite winning Bigelow Tea iced tea combo of your own? We’d love to hear about it via Facebook or Twitter.

Whichever varieties you prefer, be sure to stock up for summer … and let the good times roll!