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Bigelow Tea Celebrates National White Chocolate Day—With A Twist!

At Bigelow Tea, we simply love chocolate … and we can’t wait to celebrate National White Chocolate Day tomorrow (September 22nd)!  Bigelow Tea recommends having fun with either our White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups or White Chocolate Pound Cake. These recipes offer a twist on white chocolate and will cause all tea-drinking chocolate lovers to celebrate big-time on National White Chocolate Day!

White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups

The Winning Bigelow Tea Contest Recipe by Diane Halferty

 

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate baking chips
2 cups whipping cream, divided
6 Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint or Mint Medley tea bags
3 large egg yolks
Scant ½ cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 drops red food color
2 tablespoons crushed candy canes (about 6 miniature candy canes)

Yield: 24 mini cups 

Instructions:

Line 24 mini muffin cups with petit four paper cups. In 1-quart saucepan, melt bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate into each paper cup. With back of small measuring spoon, spread chocolate up sides to within 1/8 inch of the top. Chocolate should be warm enough to spread. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until completely set.

Carefully remove paper cups from chocolate cups.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water. Heat ¾ cup of the whipping cream and the tea bags in a saucepan just until it begins to boil. Carefully remove tea bags and squeeze excess moisture from them into the pan.

Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until pale yellow. Add the hot cream-tea mixture to the eggs, a little at a time, to temper, whisking constantly. Pour the custard into the melted chocolate while still over the double boiler and whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat; cool mixture.

Beat 1-1/4 cups of the cream to whipped cream consistency. Whip half the cream into the tea mixture and then fold in the remaining cream.

Spoon or pipe whipped cream mixture into chocolate cups. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with candy.

White Chocolate Pound Cake

Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon,
 Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled

Instructions:

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan.  Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea.  Add flour and mix thoroughly.

Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

First image via Adactio via Flickr

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Charitable Giving Begins at Home With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Bigelow Tea tradition. So it is with immense pride that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Road Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that has grown steadily over the years to benefit 16 non-profit organizations in communities that neighbor our Fairfield, CT headquarters. What started as a “little race,” as Cindi Bigelow recalled recently, is now a major community event with over 1,000 people expected where we hope to raise more than $100,000 in donations this year – 100% of which will be distributed. (Cindi is pictured above on a recent visit to the Mercy Learning Center that provides basic literacy and life skills to low-income women in the greater Bridgeport area. To date, the event has earned over $800,000! What a tribute to our community!

Since all of the proceeds go to charities, we wanted to take a minute to highlight the list of beneficiaries and the wonderful work they do for people in need:

We encourage you to learn more about these charities … and to join us on September 30 at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club for a morning filled with family fun. The 2012 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge offers something for everyone, including a 5K Road Race, non-competitive Fitness Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. There’s still time to register! You can help make a difference!

 

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Bigelow Tea Is All About National Organic Harvest Month!

September is National Organic Harvest Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate sustainable agriculture practices and our Mother Earth. At Bigelow Tea we practice sustainabili-TEA as part of our ongoing commitment to living and working in harmony with nature. We’re proud of our Charleston Tea Plantation– home of American Classic Tea – as well as our active support of New Hampshire’s land conservation program. Both represent our commitment to protecting the integrity of the land!

National Organic Harvest Month highlights organic agriculture and the organic products industry. There are over 10,000 Organic Farms in the U.S., each of which meets important standards in the use of organic agricultural methods and materials. At Bigelow Tea we understand organics and are delighted to offer a popular line of Certified Organic Teas, grown by socially-responsible farmers who meet the industry’s natural, earth-friendly standards. We have a wide variety available, so you may want to look at our Organic Teas Gift Box, with six 20-ct boxes!

 

Our sustainability efforts reflect our passion for tea as well as our ecologically-minded business practices. From decreasing waste in production and shipping, to reducing emissions with the power of solar energy, Bigelow Tea is serious about protecting the environment. It’s the right thing to do.

What can you do this month?

  • Start an organic garden. If you live in a city, consider converting your building’s rooftop into a lush garden!
  • Visit a farmers market to find fresh and delicious produce and organic goods!
  • Take organic cooking classes or sign up for tastings and demonstrations led by chefs, authors, and organic gardening experts!

So, as you snack on your organic carrots and sip your Organic Imperial Early Grey tea during National Organic Harvest Month, we hope you’ll take a moment to remember the land and all of the goodness that Mother Earth provides!

Image via ota.com

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hispanics Who Enrich Our Nation

Bigelow Tea is once again excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We’re raising a cup of tea as we join many others throughout the United States to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

So, grab your Pomegranate Margarita and join us in honoring these wonderful men and women. Here are profiles of two of the many famous and notable Hispanics who’ve made contributions to society here in the U.S.

Gloria Estefan

“Get on your feet, get up and make it happen!” This Cuban songstress is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter otherwise known as the “Queen of Latin Pop.” With multiple Grammy Awards under her belt, Estefan also has several entrepreneurial ventures including hotels and restaurants. Look for her soon on The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep opposite Joe Jonas and Nelly.

Roberto Clemente

Born in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente worked hard for money and played baseball in his spare time. Recruited to play on a local team, Clemente was eventually given the opportunity to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an All-Star both on and off the field with his charity work. Sadly, Clemente lost his life helping others.

At Bigelow Tea we celebrate Hispanic Heritage all year long with our bilingual packaging on many products. Our Hispanic customers can make Té Verde a part of their celebration! Speaking of which, we have tea recipes fit for a fiesta, so be sure to browse our website to find a dish to pair perfectly with your favorite tea!

And check out this fun recording (courtesy of Radio Cumbre in Bridgeport CT) of Cindi Bigelow welcoming the local Hispanic community to the 25th Anniversary of the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.  Click the forward button to play.  Enjoy!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

Apple pie reigns as America’s classic dessert, and here at Bigelow Tea we love the flavor of fresh apples too! With orchards bearing their lovely fruit, now is the perfect time to enjoy the luscious combination of fresh apples, cinnamon and spice. Oh yes, that’s nice! If making homemade crust doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, that’s no reason to miss out on the taste and aroma of freshly baked apples. So, In honor of National Apple Month, we offer these Apple Cider Muffins, made with our Apple Cider Herb Tea, as the perfect alternative to traditional apple pie.  Enjoy!

Apple Cider Muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup milk
4 Bigelow Apple Cider Herb 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
1/8 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

Yield: Makes 10-12 medium muffins

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 overmix. Batter will be loose.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Apple photo by Planetc1 via Flickr

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The Perfect Hospitality Basket From Bigelow Tea

 

The warmer weather has not only brought beach days and fun in the sun, but it typically has taken us on a journey or two. Sometimes the trip is to a remote locale, but other times we find ourselves visiting friends or relatives who live just far enough away which allows for a perfect weekend getaway. How can we thank the host or hostess who goes out of their way to make us feel?  We at Bigelow Tea have the answer and the perfect gift: our Hospitality Basket! This pretty arrangement of teas and gifts is full of warmth and cheer … and it has just become available this summer! It’s a traveler’s best companion.

Not only is it simply proper etiquette to bring a gift if you are visiting with someone on your travels, but giving tea is actually a tradition with a long history. The word hospitality comes from the word hospital, which originally was a place of shelter and rest. Likewise, tea and the serving of tea are often associated with the spirit of hospitality.

Whether you are visiting for a night, or maybe just stopping by a friend’s pool for the day, nothing says thank you for welcoming us like a basket full of tea. Your host and hostess will know that you appreciate all of their efforts in making you feel welcome. And there’s one other upside of bringing this wonderful basket as a gracious guest: we can almost guarantee that you’ll be invited back … maybe for tea next time!

 

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Bigelow Tea Salutes U.S. Troops on Patriot Day

As we at Bigelow Tea remember those who lost their lives on September 11, we recognize Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Started in 2009, Patriot Day is set aside as a time to engage in public service and to remember those who died on 9/11.

As the proclamation signed by President Obama on September 10, 2009 states: “[T]he National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.” At Bigelow Tea, community service is a huge part of who we are, and we hope that many people are inspired to volunteer on this important day.

Patriot Day is also an appropriate time to pay tribute to the brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Bigelow Tea is proud of our troops, and we we’re honored to offer them a special tea in appreciation of the sacrifices they make for our country. Three years ago, we developed our Tea for the Troops program, which brings a bit of “home” to our servicemen and women stationed overseas. Specially packaged boxes American Classic Tea are distributed to those in the armed forces, and this serves as our way of giving thanks for the brave work that our U.S. troops perform on behalf of this country. Completely made in the USA, Tea for the Troops is grown and produced in South Carolina at our Charleston Tea Plantation.

So, this Tuesday, September 11, join us in raising a cup of tea full of remembrance for those who perished on this date in 2001 … and also cup full of gratitude for those who sacrifice every day to keep us safe.

Top image by Uhuru1701 via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea Introduces Our First Fan Of The Month: Kristy Still

At Bigelow we are forever grateful for our tea lovin’ fans!  And we know that while we all have tea in common, each and every one of you is unique in your own way…everyone has a great story to tell! So with that we want to celebrate (and thank) our first Fan of the Month… Kristy Still.

We first met Kristy because she posted some great pictures of Bigelow Tea on her site. Below is one of them, nice right?

Kristy is a remarkable woman who works hard at balancing her family, her job as a virtual assistant, a social media marketing assistant and a contributing writer on various websites, as well as managing her blogs Mommy Hates Cooking and Food Allergy Eats. “My typical day,” says Kristy “starts by getting my son ready and off to school. Once he’s at school, I go into prime work mode, doing posts, recipes, taking pictures of food, marketing campaigns, answering emails, conference calls and all the daily work of a regular job.  In the evenings it’s typically back to work for me … and snacking on things like White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti with my tea!”

Biscotti and tea? We’ll be right over! This is our kind of gal!

What makes Kristy even more impressive is her ability to get it all done and still have a balanced life. “My favorite moments are with my family,” says Kristy. “It’s a time when I can break away from the daily task of life and relax.”

Enjoying life with a cup of tea is what it’s all about … and we know Kristy agrees: “I’m a green tea and honey lover and an iced tea drinker,” she shares.

We are too, Kristy!  Thanks for being a fan of Bigelow Tea!

For anyone out there interested in being a featured fan, please email us at blogging@bigelowteablog.com, we can’t wait to personally meet you!!

 

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Celebrate Grandparents Day With A Bigelow Tea Inspired Party

Even in today’s high-tech world, grandparents still enjoy life’s simple pleasures like bonding with their grandchildren, spending time with friends and loved ones, and even savoring a cup of tea. At Bigelow Tea, we recognize the valuable role grandparents play in our lives, and look forward to Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 9. Why not make this one extra-special by holding a family tea party?

Many hands, big and small, can get involved in party planning with grandparents. Whether your event is held outdoors or inside, as a buffet or sit-down meal, make the table special by using “real” linens, cloth napkins and pretty teacups. The littlest guests can help by putting together a centerpiece and then taking their seats alongside the guests of honor.

The party menu could include traditional tea sandwiches made with cucumbers or chicken salad. For a tea-inspired twist, consider preparing a Bigelow Tea-infused treat developed in our test kitchens, like our Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake!

While the tea party is underway, don’t forget to take tons of pictures. Photos of Grandma & Grandpa’s special tea party will provide a lasting memory of an extraordinary day for generations to come. So, on Grandparents Day, we hope you’ll brew up some Bigelow Tea—Orange & Spice perhaps?—and enjoy the company of your family!

Image by ClaraDon via Flickr.com

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Enjoy A Taste Of Paris With Bigelow Tea

Ah … the flowers of gay Paris! Gorgeous blooms abound on many Paris boulevards, displayed to entice in shop windows and right on the sidewalk. If a trip to France isn’t on your itinerary this summer, please allow Bigelow Tea to transport you to the flowers, colors and excitement of Paris with a floral-themed gift!

Our Filigree Metal Cup and Saucer, is oh-so reminiscent of those Paris flower shops we adore. It’s filled with seven delicious teas: Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Vanilla Caramel, Green Tea, Orange & Spice Herb Tea, I Love Lemon Herb Tea, and Peppermint Herb Tea (56 tea bags in all). This lovely gift comes in pink, lavender and white. Each accented with an adorable daisy. Ooh la la!

As your own garden flourishes, take a cue from the Parisians and bring the beautiful bounty indoors. Once you’ve finished enjoying the delectable flavors of Bigelow Tea in the Filigree Metal Cup, you can use the wire vessel as a holder for your favorite plant!

And remember … even if it’s just a daydream while we sip tea at home, we’ll always have Paris!

Image 1 via Peter’s Paris

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