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Bigelow Tea Is So Glad Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Bonded Over Tea

Tea for two, and two for tea.  A familiar notion that makes all the sense in the world, especially when we’re talking about sharing a cup with your best friend. Bigelow Tea wasn’t surprised to learn that the sentiment holds true even for some of the most famous celebrity BFFs like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson!

When the two met on a movie set they said, in an interview with Good Housekeeping, that they couldn’t wait to have “proper conversation.” Then, “over teas and lunches,” they quickly became the best of friends. At first glance Maggie and Emma might not seem likely candidates to be best friends … Emma was born in West London, Maggie in US, and Emma is a just a few years older than Maggie. It really was their ponderings over the potion that brought them close. Emma was helping Maggie adjust to a new culture in England and they ended up talking about everything under the sun.  Bonding moments while tipping the teapot? Just the thought makes us a little tea-ry. The two got so close that Emma even wrote the part of the harried young mother in Nanny McPhee Returns with Maggie in mind!

We think Maggie and Emma were onto something when they began their friendship over tea. Whether it was a comforting Cozy Chamomile or a lovely Lemon Lift they were sipping, when it’s tea for two, the flavor just might not matter.

We at Bigelow Tea feel there is no better way to get to know a person than with captivating conversation and a spot of tea. No wonder a sense of genuine fondness exudes from Maggie and Emma when they talk about each other!

Image by Jemal Countess via USA Today/Getty Images

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Bigelow Tea Would Like Us All To Be Aware Of Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease, a digestive condition triggered by consuming the protein gluten, is starting to become less of a mystery … and doctors are more accurately diagnosing it in the 1 out of 150 people who suffer from its symptoms. Thanks to awareness campaigns like October’s Celiac Awareness Month, knowledge of the disease is growing. At Bigelow Tea we are keenly aware of Celiac Disease and of those who must follow a gluten-free diet.

Interestingly, we recognized Celiac Awareness Month back in May … but we’re doing it again now! Why? It’s a bit of a long story, but it boils down to this: Canada and many European countries now promote awareness in May, but Canada used to promote it October. Because the U.S. originally followed Canada’s lead, many U.S. groups chose October to show their support. The U.S. Congress hasn’t spoken on the issue, so we’re free to raise awareness for Celiac Disease any time … and all the time!

According to the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness, “Awareness brings treatment that, in turn, brings improvement of the quality of life for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our goal is to reduce the time to diagnosis and, in the process, reduce the devastating impact of undiagnosed celiac disease.”

At Bigelow Tea we are doing our part to help our customers who cannot eat gluten.  All current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free.  In addition, we have worked hard to develop some incredibly tasty recipes that are also gluten free! Consider whipping up our Mashed Acorn Squash With Apple Cider Herb or our Gluten-Free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins this fall!

So, whether it’s October or May (or any month in between), we’re always cognizant of our diets and considerate of those who need to eat gluten-free!


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A Gift that Keeps on Giving: Bigelow Tea’s Four Seasonal Teas in Wooden Tea Chest

Regardless of the reason or the season, finding the right gift can sometimes be a challenge. For tea lovers, however, we at Bigelow Tea recommend our Four Seasonal Teas in Wooden Tea Chest as a present that’s perfect all year-round.

The handsome reusable tea chest contains a tasteful assortment of Bigelow Teas, and can also be given a personal touch with custom engraving. Delightful teas and a keepsake box … what a splendid way to show your appreciation or affection for someone!

Right now, to tie in with the autumn weather, Bigelow Tea is featuring fall’s in-demand flavors in the tea chest. The varieties offered now are:

Pumpkin Spice Tea
Apple Cider Herbal Tea
Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea
Eggnogg’n Tea

In all, the hinged tea chest can hold 32 tea bags, giving owners ample space to store these teas and providing a great location to restock with other favorite flavors. With its burled top and light walnut finish, the tea chest makes a nice showpiece for a countertop or sitting area. So, if you have a tea-loving colleague, friend or family member, consider this gift. Who knows … maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be invited over to share the tea!


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Bigelow Tea Finds Delight in National Caramel Month

October is National Caramel Month, and we at Bigelow Tea are firm believers that apples go amazingly well with this deliciously gooey candy. We’ve found two tasty ways to enjoy this pairing without getting sticky hands! Thanks to Heather Kennedy, winner of our 2011 Bigelow Recipe Contest, our Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins combine apples with our Vanilla Caramel Tea for a delicious treat worth biting into! And if pie is your thing, another sweet option is our Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies. These smooth, bite-size pies get their apple flavor from our Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea. Yum!

Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins



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


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove to rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies


2 ¼ cups milk
6 bags Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea
6 bags Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea
1 (3.4-ounce) box French Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
8 mini graham cracker crusts
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Additional white chocolate chips

*Substitution options: For less sweet overall taste you may replace French Vanilla pudding with plain Vanilla and cinnamon chips may replace white chocolate chip

Makes 6 servings


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags.
  2. Cool tea milk completely.
  3. In medium mixing bowl stir together tea milk, and pudding mix. Using wire whisk, stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until filling becomes thick.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup cinnamon chips. Spoon about ¼ cup filling into each mini graham cracker crust.
  5. When ready to serve garnish each mini pie with whipped cream and additional chips.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers. 

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Spice up Columbus Day with Bigelow Tea Favorites

With October ushering in fall activities, we at Bigelow Tea think this month is ideal for savoring flavors associated with the season. And, because Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 8, we’ve also discovered a tasty way to commemorate this holiday: add in some spice!

In the time of Christopher Columbus, spices were in high demand. With his sailing expedition backed by Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Columbus, an Italian-born navigator, had intended to find a direct waterway from Europe to Asia. Instead, as the history lesson goes, Columbus came upon the Americas, which were previously unknown to Europeans. On his initial return to Spain in March 1493, spices were among the treasures he brought back.  Columbus has become a controversial figure in recent decades, yet his accomplishment is still recognized through public celebrations.

For Columbus Day 2012, we hope you’ll be adventurous like Columbus and try some of our own “test kitchen” discoveries! We’ve developed dessert recipes featuring spices that will certainly ginger up the holiday.  Our Vanilla Caramel Cake pays homage to vanilla, which was found in the New World. Cinnamon, a fall favorite, is super-tasty in our Sensational Cinnamon Sticky Buns.

We also suggest pairing these sweet treats with a selection of our fall-inspired Bigelow Teas. Why not further explorethese flavors by preparing a pot of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea or Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea?

So on this Columbus Day, be adventurous and spice up your personal tastes with Bigelow Tea!


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Artist Claude Monet And Bigelow Share Classic Tea Moments

Whether looking at classic art, classic films or even listening to classic rock, you know that tea lovers can be found everywhere. Bigelow Tea appreciates that tea, as a universal language, has been represented well in art and culture over centuries so today we are looking at what may be one of the finest representations ever of the “art” of tea by the renowned French painter Claude Monet.

Monet’s paintings are very much like a great cup of tea. They both have a solid footing in structure, color and balance, both are pleasing to the senses, and they both exhibit an appreciation for life! Such is the feeling that we get when admiring Monet’s famous The Tea Service (1872, pictured above). The beautiful tea service has a Japanese design, which was often a part in Monet’s work. Interestingly, Monet was primarily a landscape painter who reveled in the beauty of nature—much like Bigelow Tea does with our land conservation efforts!—and out of thousands of Monet paintings that survive, only fifty-some pieces are considered true still lifes. In fact, The Tea Service is one of only two such paintings he produced in 1872.  It is a rare masterpiece indeed!

Thanks goodness the beauty of a fine cup of Bigelow Tea is not nearly as elusive as a Monet still life! It’s simple to find and attain … but we think it is every bit as pleasing! And while we may enjoy several cups a day, each one is a work of art in its own right. Tea lovers and art lovers alike appreciate the natural taste and inspired beauty of a well-considered cup!

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Bigelow Tea Prepares To Celebrate 70 Years Of “Constant Comment”® Goodness

The story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. That’s why all of us at Bigelow Tea are filled with nostalgia and a deep sense of pride as we anticipate a major milestone: the 70th birthday of Bigelow Tea and “Constant Comment” in 2015! We’re giving you a hint of what’s to come with this special sampling program designed to share “Constant Comment,” along with a bit of company lore, with tea fans of all ages.

Beginning this fall, look for a free “Constant Comment” sample tea bag in specially marked boxes of the following Bigelow Teas: Vanilla ChaiGreen Tea and Earl Grey. The foil overwraps of the “Constant Comment” samples have been redesigned to feature one of about a dozen vintage photos from the Bigelow Tea archives.

Constant Comment tea drinkers tell us the unmistakable taste of rich, black tea with rind of orange and sweet spice conjures up the warmest memories,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president. “We thought it would be fun to share a cup of “Constant Comment” Tea—and treasured photos—with them as we prepare to celebrate our 70th year.”

It’s amazing that while Bigelow Tea has grown to include 120 varieties, “Constant Comment” is still a top seller. The tea is based on a Colonial-era recipe that Ruth perfected until she hit on a winning version. As the story goes, a friend who served the tea to guests raved that it received “constant comments.” The rest, of course, is history!

Thank you to all who have shared their own heart-warming “Constant Comment” stories with us over the years. We love reading them!  If you’ve never tried “Constant Comment” Tea or have forgotten just how good a tea can be, our new sampling program is an ideal way to experience a great American tea tradition!


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25 Years To Celebrate With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

The 25th annual Bigelow Tea Community was held this past Sunday at Wakeman’s Boys and Girls Club in Southport.

For a few days before, the weather was looking very unfriendly. The preregistration numbers were slightly down and I was uncertain as to what would be the outcome of this day that has been the focus of a lot of people’s efforts in this company for almost a year! So as it got closer, I just kept my fingers crossed. Well, as fate would have it, that morning turned out to be a runner’s dream…little overcast, not too hot but no chance of rain. As the day progressed, the sun kept shining down on us!

The numbers dramatically moved from “a little light” a few days before to our best race ever.

The money raised was the largest amount ever!

And the community support was clearly the most ever.

We had two outstanding proclamations given to us both claiming this past Sunday as the Bigelow Community Challenge Day. Both the city of Bridgeport (presented by Mayor Finch of Bridgeport) and also for the state (sent to us from Governor Malloy) each gave us a proclamation. We had all walks of life there, spanning many generations. We even had a dog in the race wearing one of our T-Shirts. The comments from the participants when we finished the event will linger in my mind for a long time…people in our community just love this special event.  The race committee was proud, the Mayor who read the proclamation was proud, the members of our community that participated were proud and so was I.

A reporter asked me that day, “Did you ever imagine this event would grow to the size it is today?”

I thought about it for a while then turned to him and said, “You know, when we started this race 25 years ago, we just wanted to do something for the community. We raised $3000 and had 50 participants, mostly from our company. And from there, we just wanted to continue to do good work. So that has been our focus, how can we do it better each year? What more can we do to make this event special? And it was in pursuing those answers that this race continued to grow. That philosophy has served me well my entire life, just do the right thing and good things will follow.”

The reporter nodded his head and smiled. What more can I say?

Cindi Bigelow

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Meet Joy Marr, Accomplished Farm-To-Table Cook And Bigelow Tea Fan Of The Month

 It sure seemed like kismet when Joy Marr and our own Cindi Bigelow bumped into each other, literally, at a leadership event where Cindi was speaking. They bonded over their mutual appreciation for community service in Appalachia, wonderful food, and the pleasures of sipping—and cooking with—Bigelow Tea. Cindi found Joy inspiring, and we think you will too as we highlight her as our October Fan of the Month!

Joy’s love for food and travel has taken her from her rural West Virginia home onto culinary adventures all over the world. Upon her return from Hawaii and other exotic locales, you might have found her experimenting with unusual ways of cooking fish or perhaps trying seaweed in a dish.

As you might guess, Joy is an accomplished cook and caterer as well as a local pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. Her series of events promoting farms in West Virginia have been well-received and she has helped with the founding of the Fayette County Farmer’s Market—all while winning raves for her ability to meld delicious food with the perfect ambience to create truly memorable dining experiences.

FEAST Farm to Table Dinner orchestrated by Joy

Yet, for all her confidence in the kitchen, she’s remarkably humble and full of fun. “Having a small flock of chickens allows you to fail and still have someone worth serving,” she says.

As our October fan of the month, Joy has devoted her considerable skills to develop an amazingly perfect-for-Fall original recipe using her favorite Bigelow Teas.  Check out this Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats recipe and let us know what you think! 

Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats, upper left

Meeting Joy was certainly an experience Cindi won’t soon forget, and as both ladies can attest, there’s nothing like a little tea—or tea talk—to bring people together!

Interested in being a featured fan yourself? Email us at to learn more!


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Win A Bigelow TEA Shirt In Our October Sweepstakes on Facebook!

Who wants one of our fun new TEA Shirts? We’re giving out 50 of ‘em for our October sweepstakes on FACEBOOK, which starts TODAY! That’s right, 50 lucky Bigelow Tea fans will walk away with one of these sand-colored shirts in size large (total value $12.95). It features the words “TEA SHIRT” on the front and a “Constant Comment® tea bag tag “dangling” down the back. This shirt is sure to get people talking!

But we’d love to know what you think of our TEA shirt! When entering the sweeps, you have the option of voting “yes” or “no” to the design as well as adding some details on why you do or don’t like the design. Look for the announcement of the 50 winners and the outcome of the vote right here on our blog soon after the sweeps ends on October 31.

To enter, simply “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook Page and click on the Sweepstakes icon at the top right under our cover photo by midnight EST on October 31. You will then be invited to vote on the TEA Shirt design. The 50 winners will be selected by random drawing on November 1.

We thoroughly enjoyed creating this TEA shirt for our loyal tea fans! We hope you like it too! Good luck!


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