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Bigelow Tea Fuels Up For Big Races

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Watching the New York City marathon last Sunday was inspiring! The men and women who run those 26.2 miles to complete the marathon through the five boroughs of New York are truly amazing. We at Bigelow Tea tip our hats, our sneakers, and of course our teacups to them as they recuperate from their milestone race. But gosh, how do they do it?

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Athletes train for hours on end, for months at a time, leading up to a big race. And tea can actually help prepare them! Runners need to hydrate their bodies up to an hour before the race with up to 20 ounces of liquid. Hot or iced tea counts as a liquid for this. Our suggestions? Maybe a mind soothing Green Tea for just a hint of zip, or a relaxing Chamomile to calm your nerves, or perhaps an amazing and rewarding Chocolate Chai.

Even if you aren’t a marathoner, tea can get you moving in the right direction. If you do run, remember to hydrate before and after your workout. And don’t worry about running 26.2 miles … just lace up those running shoes, hit the pavement, and then come inside for a cup of tea.

Image by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr.com

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Enter The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Sweeepstakes To Win Our Fall Tea Flavors!

Bttues_Enter The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Sweeepstakes To Win Our Fall Tea Flavors!

Bigelow Tea is sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving with our “Attitude of Gratitude” Sweepstakes! A total of 24 lucky winners will take home our delicious Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea – both brimming with irresistible autumn flavors! We invite you to enter for your chance to win … and while filling out the form, tell us in a few words what you’re grateful for this year. The simple pleasure of sipping a steaming cup of tea on a crisp, fall day is certainly at the top of our list!

The winners will receive one box each of our ever-popular “harvest teas.” Pumpkin Spice Tea is a masterful blend of the finest mountain-grown black teas, cinnamon, licorice root, clove, ginger and pumpkin flavor. Apple Cider Herb Tea is a caffeine-free blend of all-natural herbs and spices with the sweet taste of tree-ripened apples. Each of these teas is a soul-warming treat after a day of watching football, raking leaves or apple picking!

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the green teacup sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to enter more often!! The sweepstakes ends on November 29th.  Look for the names of the 24 lucky winners right here on our blog. Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

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Sip Some Bigelow Tea With Jim Carrey!

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Here at Bigelow Tea, we know how great the perfect cup of tea can be!  Actor Jim Carrey has discovered that lately as well!  As part of a strict new diet for one of his movies, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Carrey gave up alcohol, cigarettes, wheat, coffee and more to embrace a better diet that includes veggies, nuts, fish cooked in olive oil and most importantly—tea!

As Carrey explores his new diet and his tea options, we of course recommend anything Bigelow Tea has to offer!  Our herbal teas are particularly popular with flavors including Perfect PeachOrange and Spice, and Peppermint. And if that doesn’t suit Mr. Carrey’s tastes, maybe he’d like to try one of our Green Teas.  There’s bound to be something that complements Jim Carrey’s diet, and tastes great as well!  In fact, with Bigelow Tea in his pantry, we bet the actor will continue sipping for a long time!

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Image by Georges Biard via Wikimedia.org

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Bigelow Tea Announces October Sweepstakes Winners

Enter Our Celebrate Fall Bigelow Sweepstakes And Win Our New Chai Teas!

 

We are so excited to announce the winners of our “Celebrate Fall” Sweepstakes!  Please give us up to 2 weeks to contact you to confirm your mailing information.  If you don’t hear from us, you didn’t win (sorry about that!).  Congrats to all!!

Stephanie from Nebraska

Ghislaine from Quebec

Kathy from Pennsylvania

Lisa from Florida

Lorry from Indiana

Carmella from New Jersey

Laura from Pennsylvania

Beth from Minnesota

JoDee from Nebraska

Jamie from Alabama

Lauren from Washington

April from Arkansas

Lynne from Ohio

Karen from Iowa

Sally from California

Margaret from Ontario

April from Pennsylvania

Terry from Indiana

Katy from Michigan

Walter from Texas

Betty from Florida

Norman from Maryland

Tamera from Minnesota

Joan from Pennsylvania


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Bigelow Tea Recipes For Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month

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November is Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea wants our fans to know that we recognize this dietary need year-round. We understand that people who cannot have any gluten – particularly those diagnosed with Celiac Disease – have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten free.” All of our current teas are formulated to be gluten free, and we’ve developed some delicious gluten-free recipes you can make at home. Here are two of our favorites that are perfect for autumn weather:

Gluten-free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Ginger Snappish Herb Tea with Lemon

1 cup boiling water

Muffins:

2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons molasses
2 eggs
1/2 cup tea concentrate
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dried currants
2 tablespoons sugar

Yield: 12 muffins

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Variations: Try using Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea, Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea or Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

Prep Time: 10 minutes Baking Time:  14 to 18 minutes

**Definition of Xanthan Gum – Produced from the fermentation of corn sugar, xanthan gum is used as a thickener, EMULSIFIER and STABILIZER in foods such as dairy products and salad dressings.

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure.  Add water to equal 1 cup.  Steep tea for 10 minutes.

Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup.  Discard tea bags.

Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside.

In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs.  Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).

Add tea concentrate and ginger.  Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).

In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt.  Add to tea mixture.  Mix just until moistened.

Stir in currants.  Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar.

Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.  Remove from oven. Cool.

*What is Gluten Free and Gluten-Free Recipes?

All vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, rice, potatoes, and corn are gluten free in their natural state.  Also milk and most hard cheeses and creams are naturally gluten free. Recipes using any of these items would be naturally gluten free.

The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingredients: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes.

However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF. (For example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing.)

Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Toddy

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Ingredients:

6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream, optional

Extra pumpkin pie spice, optional

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea  or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions:

In large glass batter bowl, place tea bags; add hot water.  Brew for 4 minutes.  Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags.

Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute).

In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea.  Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Top image by mr.bologna via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea Says Happy Halloween!!

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Stay safe this Halloween and have fun!!


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Chai Lovers, Don’t Miss Out On The Bigelow Tea October Sweepstakes!

 bttues_Enter Our Celebrate Fall Bigelow Sweepstakes And Win Our New Chai Teas!

Love chai? Don’t miss your chance to enter the Bigelow Tea October sweepstakes to win our two newest flavors: Caramel Chai and Chocolate Chai! We’re giving 24 lucky winners one box of each. But hurry … the sweepstakes ends TONIGHT at midnight EST!

These chai varieties feature our signature blend of exotic spices with a hint of dark chocolate or caramel.  Each individually foil-wrapped pouch bursts with flavor and aroma when opened – evoking the mysteries of India. Legend has it that chai was first brewed on the subcontinent about 5,000 years ago by an ancient king seeking a beverage with healing properties. Today, people around the world appreciate the delicious, decadent flavor of chai, especially with milk and sweetener … hot or iced. What a great way to celebrate fall!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our large cover photo, and be sure to check our blog for the names of the 24 lucky winners! Good luck everyone!

 

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Bigelow Tea Savors Caramel Month and Halloween!

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Halloween is coming soon … and since it’s also National Caramel Month, our mouth is watering for the rich, buttery flavor of caramel. At Bigelow Tea we love this candy confection and think it’s the perfect fall flavor to blend with teas. One of our favorite blends is our special Carmel Chai Tea, which happens to be part of the prizes package being given away in our October Bigelow Chai Teas Sweepstakes! Head over to Facebook to enter!

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And, if you’re looking to satisfy that Halloween season sweet tooth, try one of these recipes made with Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea: our yummy Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake and our Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches! Whichever recipe you choose to make, it will be the best “treat” of this Halloween season!

Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups (350mL) all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons (7mL) baking powder
¾ teaspoon (3mL) salt
1/3 cup (80mL) butter
1 cup (250mL) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (250mL) Sour Cream (Do not substitute with Light)
½ teaspoon (2mL) baking soda

Vanilla Caramel Glaze:
½ cup (120mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) brown sugar
¼ cup (60mL) butter
Dash of salt
1 cup (250mL) powdered sugar

Yield: Serves 10-12. Prep Time:20 min. Cook Time:50-60 min.

Instructions:

Coffee Cake:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Cream butter and sugar gradually, beating well. Add eggs and beat well. Combine baking soda with sour cream and add to batter alternatively with dry ingredients, blending well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9″ (22.5cm) square cake pan.

Bake in a 325º oven for 50-60 minutes.

Vanilla Caramel Glaze:

Place Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel tea bags in measuring cup, pour boiling water over and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess water to make ¼ cup (60mL) tea.

In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, tea and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cool slightly and whisk in ½ to ¾ cup of powdered sugar until a glaze is achieved.

Poke cooled cake with a skewer, pour glaze over cake. Let sit until glaze is absorbed and has hardened on the cake.

Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Ingredients:

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

 

Instructions:

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 sauce pan 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.

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Top Image by tawest64 via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Gives Time to Taylor Schilling From “Orange Is the New Black”

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At Bigelow Tea, we’re getting into watching TV shows online, and we’ve been glued to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. In this comedy/drama series, lead actress Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, who has gone from wearing designer clothes to a prisoner’s jumpsuit while doing time in upstate New York. While her character must adjust to life on the inside, Taylor has spoken freely about drinking tea in the real world. In one interview, she said she likes having “lots of tea.”

Taylor’s character is based on Piper Kerman, who went to jail for transporting a suitcase of drug money for a smuggler she had a relationship with. The real-life Piper did her time, and later wrote a memoir about her experiences that the series is adapted from. In playing Piper, Taylor has to fit in with eclectic inmates while trying to stay close to her fiancé Larry. We’re happy to hear that Orange is the New Black already has been renewed for a second season.

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So, with “Orange” and “Black” in mind, Bigelow Tea suggests watching this show—or any show for that matter!—with our Orange and Spice Herbal Tea or any of our black teas! Orange & Spice herbal tea is great for evening viewing, since it has no caffeine and can satisfy a late-night sweet tooth. And if you prefer black with your orange, how about our “Constant Comment”® Tea? It’s flavored with the rinds of oranges … so it’s perfect for watching Orange is the New Black any time of day! Enjoy!

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Top image via Orange is the New Black’s Facebook page

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Bigelow Tea Supports Pancakes For Parkinson’s at UVA

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Michael Kreamer, Cindi Bigelow and Cindi’s son David

I had such a great experience yesterday. Bigelow Tea helped support an event on the University of Virginia campus called Pancakes for Parkinson’s. A young man named Michael Kreamer contacted us to inquire if we would like to participate. We were delighted to help out.

So we sent him Bigelow Tea and of course some fun “swag” (Bigelow Tea shirts and hats). When I arrived at the event I had no idea what to expect. Well, to my delight, Bigelow Tea was a huge hit!!!  Michael stated he had run out of water (5 gallons!) almost immediately. He had to replace the water 5 times and eventually just could not keep running out to the local downtown to refill. The young students were lined up—a longer line than for the coffee!—and the biggest hit was the Vanilla Chai. These young people were major tea fans (thank the heavens).

Cindi Bigelow with Chris Hudson

 I just stood there trying to take it all in, observing which teas they gravitated toward (all four we supplied them with seemed like home runs: Vanilla ChaiGreen Tea with PomegranateLemon Ginger and English Teatime), restocking cups, restocking tea and just being in awe of the entire experience.

I have to say the newly designed foils looked truly outstanding in the basket that Michael displayed the teas in. A huge “thank you” to this young, entrepreneurial student for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic event for an outstanding cause on the UVA campus!

What a great day!

Cindi Bigelow


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