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Make A “Constant Comment®” Cosmo With Bigelow Tea & Cindi Bigelow

What do you get when you combine cocktails and tea? A refreshing but slightly naugh-TEAbeverage! In this episode of Tea Time with Cindi Bigelow on the HooplaHa network, the 3rdgeneration Bigelow Tea President & CEO is back in her own kitchen mixin’ up “Constant Comment®” Cosmos. So, whether it’s a quiet evening of catching up with a special someone or a raucous girls night in, this is the perfect Cosmopolitan recipe featuring Bigelow Tea. You can mix it up in minutes, leaving lots of quality time for catching up with your favorite peeps andconstantly commenting on how yummy your drink is!
 

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New Bigelow American Breakfast Gives Tea a Caffeine Boost!

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Tea drinkers longing for a stronger wake-up brew – and coffee drinkers wanting to add variety to their repertoire of caffeinated beverages – now have options! Bigelow Tea introduces American Breakfast teas, an all-new line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea.

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New niche, new opportunity

Bigelow American Breakfast Tea creates a new niche in the category that will be embraced by tea lovers and coffee drinkers alike. As one early taste tester noted: “This tea is perfect for someone like me who likes the boost and buzz of coffee but not the acidity. I would keep this on hand as an alternative to my morning java, as well as for a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up – not just for breakfast.”

Not your ordinary cup of tea

Line priced at $2.99, this unique and innovative beverage naturally delivers all the benefits of Bigelow’s smooth and flavorful black tea with a higher caffeine boost than typically found in a cup of tea. It’s the perfect way to start the day — or get an extra dose of energy any time of day, without nerve-jangling side effects. The full line consists of:

Perfectly blended pick-me-up for any time of day.

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract – a concentrated form of brewed black tea – to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea.

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Yet despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers will not experience the ‘rush and crash’ effect typical of coffee thanks to L-Theanine, the naturally occurring compound found almost exclusively in tea.

Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company, explains what tea drinkers instinctively already know. “The lift you get from the caffeine in tea is different from that of coffee. That’s because tea has the added benefit of Theanine, a naturally occurring component in tea. Studies have shown this unique combination gives tea drinkers a sustained energy boost and, at the same time, a feeling of relaxation and focus similar to what is achieved through meditation.”

All natural, all delicious

True to family tradition, Bigelow American Breakfast Tea is crafted with premium, all natural ingredients to create a beautiful cup of tea. Its superb tea leaves are from the preferred high-grown bushes sourced from the world’s finest tea gardens. These pure blends — even the honey-flavored option that derives its flavor from natural honey, contain no sugar and no calories.

Like all Bigelow teas, each bag is individually wrapped in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect it from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. This special packaging makes it easy to tuck away in a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, robust flavor on the go.

And All-American!

Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are teas created for the American consumer’s palate and are blended and packaged in the U.S.A.

Consumers will be further pleased to know that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the American Breakfast Tea line goes to support our U.S. service men and women.

In the words of Cindi Bigelow, “I invite you to sip a cup of our beautiful American Breakfast Tea; made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. And as always, we hope our teas delight you.”

 

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Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey Makes A Tas-TEA Glaze For Chicken

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If you sometimes feel like you’re living the joke about the amateur chef who had “101 ways to remove all the flavor from a chicken,” you’ll be thrilled to discover this delish Fig Preserve Tea Glaze, made with Bigelow Tea!

Tea fan Randi Dukes, who blogs at DukesandDuchesses loves to get her grill on … and she came up with this glaze that uses Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey tea as a key ingredient which is totally delicious.

A staple of the American diet, chicken is something that people like @ATasteOfMadness (a fan of Randi’s)—who commented that she’s always looking for new chicken recipes—eats … a lot! In fact, studies show that people in the U.S. consume more than 60 pounds per person per year! That’s more than a pound per week.

Here’s Randi’s recipe that couldn’t be simpler, tastier and healthier! And with only four ingredients—you’ll be diggin’ (make that figgin’) in and enjoying this for years to come.

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Ingredients:

Fig preserves (1 jar, 11 ounces) *Note: Look for low/no sugar or organic varieties if preferred
Earl Grey Bigelow Tea bags (4)
Red Pepper Flakes (1/4 teaspoon)
Black Pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
Chicken breasts, trimmed

Instructions:

Combine Fig preserves and Bigelow Tea bags in a saucepan and stir on a low simmer for about 20 minutes until the tea has infused the preserves.  Remove from heat, remove the tea bags, and stir in the red pepper flakes and the black pepper. Place chicken on the grill, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook for a few minutes.  Flip the chicken over and apply the glaze liberally then continue to grill until the chicken is cooked through.

This glazed chicken has a delicious, slightly sweet flavor and pairs perfectly with wild rice and a fresh vegetable.

And, as Ms. Duke blogged, “every meal is better with an iced cold glass of tea.” Try her favorite Bigelow iced tea combination: “Boil 12 cups of water and steep six Earl Grey tea bags with three Perfect Peach tea bags.  Let steep until the tea is dark, remove the tea bags, add 1/4 cup of sugar, and fill your pitcher with ice cubes.  You’ll have a refreshing beverage that pairs perfectly with this chicken dish.”

Images via DukesandDuchesses.com

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Bigelow ‘Back To School’ Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

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We had so many winners so it’s exciting to announce all of your names!!  Please allow up to 30 days for Bigelow Tea to contact you to confirm your mailing address and to receive your prize.  Congrats to all!!!

 

Grand Prize Winners

Teresa M from Florida

Melissa T from Ohio

Annareka W from Virginia

Lissa L from California

Shannon O from Iowa

Fidel Z from Florida

Jason M from New York

Rebecca T from Maryland

Deb S from Minnesota

Debbie B from Georgia

First Prize Winners

Lori S from Ontario, Canada

Christine S from Manitoba, Canada

Melanie C from Connecticut

Celina K from Connecticut

Miguelina F from NJ

Anthony C from Ontario, Canada

Nikki H from Wisconsin

Brandy N from Ohio

Connie B from Ohio

Wendy L from Connecticut

Maria S from Ohio

Diana T from Missouri

Patrycja C from New York

Joshua K from Ontario, Canada

Michelle F from Florida

Guy H from Alberta, Canada

Melissa M from Kentucky

Kim M from Florida

Mike B from Ohio

Mita D from Georgia

Patricia S from KY

Linda K from California

Brigitte B from Michigan

Yuk W from Rhode Island

Deedra M from Nevada


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Bigelow Tea Begins The Fall On a Tasty Note

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Refreshing. Sweet. Succulent.  These are the words that describe two of Bigelow Tea‘s favorite veggies and fruits: the pear and the cucumber. Paired (no pun intended!) with tea, they are delightful to savor during the last of summer and the beginning of fall. Here are two Bigelow Tea recipes featuring cucumber and pear.  Kick back, relax and enjoy! Maybe try some iced tea, like Bigelow Tea Facebook friend, Stephen Lightkep. Enjoy!

Cucumber Sandwiches

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Ingredients:

  • 2 medium cucumbers or 1 long English-style cucumber
  • Softened cream cheese
  • 12 slices of white bread
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Softened butter

Instructions:

Peel cucumber and slice thinly as possible. Spread cream cheese on one side of bread; place one layer of cucumbers on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread butter on second slice, place on top of cucumbers, buttered side down. Trim crusts and cut into quarters.

Yield:

Makes 24 sandwich quarters.

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Suggestions:

Great for Afternoon Tea, pairs beautifully with your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea. Why not try some Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea?

Earl Grey Poached Pears With Earl Grey Custard

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Ingredients:

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Bag
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Bosc pears, peeled, stem on

Ingredients for Bigelow Earl Grey Sabayon:

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, sifted
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Poaching Liquid: In medium saucepan, infuse the Bigelow Earl Grey tea by steeping the tea bag in 4 cups of boiling water for 1 minute. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Place pears in saucepan and simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes or until tender, stirring gently once or twice. When ready, remove and place on a plate.

Bigelow Earl Grey Sabayon: In a measuring cup, make the Bigelow Earl Grey tea by steeping 5 Earl Grey tea bags in ¼ cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain, set aside. In a large heatproof bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. With an electric hand mixer, beat on high speed until pale in color, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the Earl Grey tea. Set the bowl over simmering water, beat until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat, add sifted cornstarch and continue beating until incorporated. To serve, place a pear standing up on attractive plate. Drizzle sabayon down the sides and garnish with mint leaves. If serving cold, keep sabayon refrigerated and beat on high with an electric mixer 1 or 2 minutes to fluff up mixture. Serve as above.

Yield:

Serves  4 of poached pears; 1 cup of sabayon sauce. 

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Photos (at top) via Pixabay and by Emilian Robert Vicol via flickr

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Bigelow Tea and Pop Star Ariana Grande Love Iced Tea

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Pop singer Ariana Grande lives the good life. Born with a gorgeous voice that can carry many tunes, she has followed her passion, and through hard work and dedication, made it to the top of the music industry. With hits like “Problem” and “Bang Bang,” it’s impossible to turn on the radio and not hear those catchy beats combined with Ariana’s one-of-a-kind vocals. Although she’s now pop star royalty, Bigelow Tea notes she still likes to relax like the rest of us. Ariana recently tweeted that, “Weekends are for iced tea, blowing bubbles, kisses, and tweeting. A lot. :)”

Because this chart climbing celebrity has so little downtime, Bigelow Tea suggests Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea. The taste of green tea with pomegranate is indescribably delicious and if Ariana tries it once, she’ll be a fan forever. Best of all, the 8 quart-size bags per box makes 2 gallons. That’s enough to ensure her entire entourage has a sip of the good life too! If she wants to sweeten the deal, Bigelow Tea’s Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade rocks, especially when it’s super hot on stage.

Now that she has her iced tea selection figured out, that’s “One Less Problem” for Ms. Grande!

Image by @ArianaGrande via Facebook

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Don’t Miss The Bigelow Tea ‘My Cup Of Tea’ Sweepstakes!

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Time is running out on the Bigelow Tea “My Cup of Tea” Sweepstakes! Enter tonight by midnight EST via Facebook for your chance to be one of 35 tea lovers to walk away with win one of two fabulous prize packages!

The prizes were created with back-to-school season in mind, but everyone can appreciate a little “me time” with a mug of tea as the fall season kicks into high gear.  Here are the prize details:

10 Grand Prize winners – receive a $100 SpaFinder gift card to use at a nearby spa, a Bigelow Tea mug and one box of Bigelow Tea. You get to pick the variety that is “your cup of tea!”

25 First Place winners – receive a $25 Walmart gift card and one box of Bigelow Tea in your preferred flavor.

To enter, simply “like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page. If you’re on a mobile device, click on this link instead: http://woobox.com/atv5h And please share what your cup of tea is…a few words, a photo or both!

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 35 lucky winners, and be sure to savor your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea throughout the year!

 

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Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Fundraiser 2014 Big Success

 

Thank you to everyone involved from the team at Bigelow Tea who did an unbelievable amount of planning all year, to the sponsors, community volunteers and of course all of the kids, runners and walkers who participated!! All of the charities who will be recipients of the $130,000 we raised are incredibly thankful as we all are.  Thanks once again to all!!

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Cindi Bigelow Shares Research From Top Universities On The Health Benefits of Tea

Ready to learn a few wholesome reasons why you should be drinking Bigelow Tea? Ok … so here’s some research you’ll actually find quite interesting. Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of Bigelow Tea, is back with Tea Time with Cindi Bigelow on the HooplaHa Network Channel. Today Cindi is at her dining room table sharing some exciting research about the health benefits of tea.

What’s so special about tea? Well, several university studies from Columbia, Harvard and University of Arizona to name a few, suggest there just might be some health perks inside your favorite cup. These include cancer fighting properties and cardiovascular benefits. Plus, the L-theanine in tea stimulates the mind and relaxes the body. So you can be sharp at work and breathe deeply during yoga. Another great reason to love your tea!

Enjoy the show!

 

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Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month With Bigelow Tea!

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September is that glorious month when summer meets and greets autumn, and Mother Nature celebrates this  “changing of the guard” by providing a rich and flavorful bounty of vegetables and fruit.  Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating National Organic Harvest Month™  to help raise awareness of the importance of North American organic agriculture and to encourage people to choose healthy (and tasty!) organic foods.  When you “go organic” and make efforts to live sustainably, you reap what you sow… literally, and in the best possible way.

bigelow tea organicBigelow Tea has turned the practice of Sustainabili-TEA into a lifestyle choice.  From community involvement to waste reduction and energy conservation, Bigelow Tea is 100% committed to preserving the environment, eating  healthy foods, and drinking plenty of Bigelow Tea! With a flavorful selection of certified organic teas at your fingertips, tea fans who choose to go organic, have many options, like Organic Imperial Earl Grey with Natural Bergamot or Organic Moroccan Mint Herbal Tea. And, for those purists (you know who you are!), nothing says organic like Bigelow Tea’s  All Natural Organic Pure Green Tea (USDA organic)!  All of Nature’s goodness in one little teabag…  simply marvelous!   Just ask@abrinezr, who tweeted a pic of the teas; he’ll give it a green thumb’s up!

So, as you bid summer a fond “adieu” and say “hello” to the colorful season of autumn, savor the natural flavors of organic food and libation.

2nd image by Jina Lee via Wikimedia Commons

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