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Cindi Bigelow’s Surprising Bigelow Iced Tea Recipes!

Do the same iced tea flavors leave you faTEAgued? President & CEO Cindi Bigelow recently created a tea mini-series over on the HooplaHa network channel called Teatime with Cindi Bigelow.  In this episode of Surprising Iced Tea Recipes, she explains how to make iced tea by the glass and lets you in on some of her favorite flavor combinations such as Green Tea and Pomegranate PizzazzRed Raspberry and Green Tea with Jasmine, or Red Raspberry and I Love Lemon with English Teatime.

What are your winning Bigelow Tea flavor combos?

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Back-To-School Season With A Sweepstakes!

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Ah, it’s back-to-school season and time to savor a few quiet moments, however brief, with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea! Enter the “My Cup of Tea” Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of two prize packages designed to help you relax and indulge … whether or not you have kids headed back to school! Thirty-five prize winners in all!

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 in the variety that you pick as “your cup of tea.”

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

Enjoy your tea hot or iced, of course!

To enter, “like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. Be sure to share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. You can enter once per day until the sweeps ends onSeptember 30. Using a mobile device? No sweat … use this link to enter instead:http://woobox.com/atv5hc And we would love to know what your cup of tea is so share a few words, upload a photo or both!

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 35 lucky winners. Good luck, and best wishes for a smooth transition to the 2014-2015 school year!

Bigelow Tea’s Back To College Tips

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It’s that time of year again. What seemed like an endless summer has now come to a sudden halt. College students have wrapped up once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunities, said good-bye to their parents for another semester, and moved back into their dorms. All these changes combined with figuring out your class schedule can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are a few “Back to College” tea drinking tips from Bigelow Tea:

  • It always helps to have an assortment of Bigelow Tea for every occasion: A cup of Earl Grey for the morning, Green Tea with Mango for an afternoon pick-me-up, and Cozy Chamomile to unwind after a busy day of classes and studying.  Bigelow Tea also has a number of assorted teas packs, perfect for college living.
  • Heat your tea water with an electric tea kettle or in your dorm microwave. Both are space savers and multipurpose. If you’re looking for temperature directions, here’s a handy guide to bookmark on your cell phone.
  • This Tea for One Personali-Tea mug is a great way to begin your college journey. It also comes with an assortment of flavors, so you can enjoy the teas you like most while making new discoveries.
  • Socialize with Bigelow Tea. Whether you’re studying or looking for a quiet night with your roomie, there’s a flavor for every occasion. Don’t forget to check out the delicious drink recipes online!

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As college student @ayyojitos mentioned, it’s “time for some shut eye so I can sign up for classestomorrow. #backtocollege.” This is the perfect time to steep a mug of Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea and spend a few minutes relaxing. Bigelow Tea’s college survival tips: Stay calm, make friends, study hard, and drink tea!

Keep us posted on your accomplishments throughout the semester and remember to send us your #backtocollege tea sippin’#mugshots!
 

Joe Torre, MLB And Bigelow Tea Star, Is Going To Cooperstown!

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Things are buzzing at Bigelow Tea—our good friend and baseball legend Joe Torre is going to Cooperstown! Bigelow Tea takes sports seriously, and this highest honor in baseball is well deserved with Joe’s stellar career! Bigelow Tea is proud that Joe was also the first sports star spokesperson for this family owned and operated tea company. Remember there is no TEAM without TEA!

As a player, Joe’s career batting average was .297 with 2,342 hits and 252 home runs; and in an even greater career as a legendary manger he won six American League Pennants and four World Series, ranking fifth in all-time wins with 2,326!

Joe has made a great impression on tea drinkers for years. He shared his love for Bigelow Tea in this vintage video from 2007, talking with Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow (and another great Bigelow Tea lover Phil Simms). Joe shares that when diagnosed with cancer, he took action and decided that Bigelow Tea would be part of his overall plan for taking care of himself. That’s why Joe was often seen drinking Bigelow Green Tea during his amazing career with the New York Yankees!

Today Joe is the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB and keeps busy with the Joe Torre Safe At Home FoundationSunday, July 27 at 1:30 p.m., after many other awards, Joe will receive baseball’s highest honor. The Bigelow Tea family is proud to say that Joe has been an All-Star on Bigelow Tea’s team for years!
 

Bigelow Tea Lovers #GetSocial

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Last Thursday was Get to Know Your Customers Day, and Bigelow Tea is taking a moment to give a shout-out to all of you who share your passion for Bigelow Tea via social media! Thank you for talking tea online and even offering the occasional peek inside your tea cabinet by sharing photos, as a few Bigelow Tea Facebook followers did in this recent post. Several tea fans chimed in to answer the question: Is there a Bigelow Tea you enjoy morning, noon and night? Here’s a sampling of this lively tea chat:

Constant Comment” –Karen H.

Peppermint is always my favorite!!!! – Carl B.

“It depends on what kind of mood I’m in (said in a Timothy Hutton George Stark voice) lol.” – Heather Z.

Earl Grey in the afternoon and cinnamon stick in the evening” –Jody Q.

Plantation Mint, me favorite!” – Maria T.

The fantastic response shows that kindred tea spirits always love to share what they’re sipping! And it’s true that your input really does help Bigelow Tea get to know you and serve you better. Plus, the smiley icons and humor brighten everyone’s day … so keep sharing!

Image via Instagram by @berrybecky_

Listen To Cindi Bigelow Explain Bigelow Tea Sustainabili-TEA!

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Cindi Bigelow was on the radio again—this time talking about sustainabili-TEA, always a hot topic at Bigelow Tea! Take a few minutes to listen to her radio interview on the It’s Your Health Network. In honor of Earth Month, here are some highlights from the conversation with host Lisa Davis:

  • Cindi, who is third-generation president and CEO of the family-owned business, noted that caring for the environment, employees and the community are deeply ingrained company values. All three Bigelow Tea facilities have GWC (Greening, Wellness, Community) committees that consider “how do we become healthier as a family, as a community?”
  • 880 Solar Panels were installed on the roof of the Fairfield headquarters in 2007 and currently provide up to 15 percent of energy used there.
  • The company now composts two tons of material from the three facilities!

Cindi said, “We [act sustainably] because it’s the right thing to do.” Be sure to listen to the full interview to learn more, and while you’re at, share your family’s favorite #sustainabilitea tips on Twitter or Instagram!

(Image via Fairfield Citizen News featuring Jim Glidea next to Bigelow Tea solar panels)

Radio Network Interviews Cindi Bigelow!

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Listen in, Bigelow Tea fans, as third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares fun facts about your favorite brew on the NPR, It’s Your Health radio show!

Host Lisa Davis had plenty of questions—some of which might be “brewing” in your mind as well! Cindi was happy to provide answers about the family business and products she described as her family’s “passion” since her grandmother started the company 70 years ago!

Now for some interview highlights:

  • “Not all tea is created equal,” Cindi said. Bigelow Tea uses only hand-picked tea leaves from higher-elevation tea gardens that follow what’s called the “orthodox process.” Cindi explained that while this harvesting process is much slower and more expensive than other methods, it produces a more flavorful and nuanced cup of tea.
  • Cindi also talked about the care that goes into selecting other ingredients used in Bigelow Teas. For instance, the company only uses mint from gardens in Oregon, and the oil of bergamot used in the Earl Grey is sourced from Calabria, Italy! (No wonder Bigelow Tea Earl Grey is number one in America … and is @jennilynne77’s favorite morning tea, as she said on Instagram!)
  • Radio host Lisa wanted to know how chocolate flavor is “infused” into Bigelow Tea’s White Chocolate Obsession black tea. Cindi pointed out that real chocolate is used to make this tea, and you can actually see and smell it after tearing open the foil packaging.

As Cindi said: “we won’t compromise; our name is on the package.” Check out the full interview at itsyourhealthnetwork.com for more great tea conversation!

Photo via It’s Your Health Network

World Environment Day With Bigelow Tea

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Tomorrow Bigelow Tea celebrates World Environment Day, a day created to inspire and empower people to become actively engaged in sustainable and equitable development, so that the world may enjoy a safer future. This year’s focus is to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on small island developing states around the world.

The entire Bigelow Tea family of energetic, eco-conscious men and women is committed to protecting and developing the environment.  An extensive Sustainabili-TEA program is in place, dedicated to supporting energy conservation through efficient operations and product transportation, as well as reducing emissions with solar energy (with one facet including the installation of 880 solar panels at Corporate Headquarters in Connecticut!). Bigelow Tea is also a member the Ethical Tea Partnership—a move that is getting a green thumbs up from Facebook fans like Jo Ryan, who loves Bigelow Tea’s “concern for this initiative.”

The Bigelow Tea philosophy is “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” Sustainabili-TEA is all about people, community, partnerships and ethics. And, of course, tea! Let’s all remember this on World Environment Day, and every day.

 

Counting The Days Till Bigelow Tea’s First Flush Festival!

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Bigelow Tea is more than a little excited for the upcoming 8th Annual First Flush FesTEAval on Saturday, May 24, at the historic Charleston Tea Plantation! Consider visiting America’s largest working tea garden and the home of American Classic Tea!  Tickets are available here, and children under 8 enter free.

This celebration of the very first tea harvest of the year draws music-loving tea fans to Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina for a glorious day of musical medley, art, local cuisine and of course—tea galore!

Headlining the festival are the uber-talented musicians, The Avett Brothers! Festival goers can also sample a range of food truck artisanal fare, enjoy kids activities, explore the stunning grounds, and sip iced American Classic tea. An exclusive ROCK STAR VIP package includes car service to and from the grounds, open bar, reserved seating and more.

In addition to the great entertainment, attendees are encouraged to bring five canned goods for donation to the Lowcounty Food Bank in exchange for $5 off ticket prices. Gates open at 12pm.  Show times start at 1pm.

Can’t make the Festival?  The Charleston Tea Plantation is open year-round offering tours of the lush tea fields and working factory where visitors can learn a thing or two about the history and process of tea-making. Come visit soon and, like Facebook Fan @CindyAnneFenton, meet Waddy the frog!

 

Bigelow Tea Offers Gluten-Free Delights

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To mark Celiac Awareness MonthBigelow Tea is sharing two scrumptious recipes for you to make and savor! Either will pair perfectly with your favorite mug of Bigelow Tea, most of which are naturally gluten free! And if you love vanilla like @SoniaMarieXoXo, who tweeted about vanilla chai, you’re going to love, LOVE the Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats! Want more? Bigelow Tea’s got a whole list of Gluten Free Recipes—made with Bigelow Tea of course! Here’s to your continued gluten-free good health … enjoy!

Gluten-free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Ginger Snappish  Herb Tea with Lemon
1 cup boiling water

Muffins:

⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons molasses
2 eggs
½ 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

*Use gluten-free certified oats to be totally gluten-free when making this recipe

Yield:

Makes 12 muffins

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Baking Time:

14-18 minutes

Variations:

Try using  Bigelow Cinnamon Stick TeaSweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea or Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

**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:

  1. 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.

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside.
  2. 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).
  3. Add tea concentrate and ginger.  Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).
  4. 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.
  5. Stir in currants.  Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar.
  6. 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.

Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea bags *

Filling:

3-4 medium apples (try Granny Smith, Gala or John Gold), sliced in thin wedges (approx. 3½ cups)
1 cup tea concentrate
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons corn starch
¼ cup firmly-packed light brown sugar

Topping:

1 cup instant cooking gluten-free oats
½ cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, cold (may use salted with good results)
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Yield:

8-10 servings

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Baking Time: 

30-35 minutes

Instructions: 

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place tea bags in boiling water; steep for 5-8 minutes.  Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add the black pepper, cardamom, and vanilla to tea concentrate. Set aside while you slice apples.
  3. Place apples in a bowl large enough to hold all the filling ingredients, pour tea concentrate over apples and toss well. Let the apples sit with the tea concentrate for a minimum of 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes.
  4. Once your apples have soaked, add brown sugar and corn starch to the bowl-stir well. Pour filling into prepared (buttered or oiled) 8 x 8 pan and place the pan uncovered in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. Stir the apples after 10 minutes. Continue cooking another 10 minutes -until apples are tender and the tea sauce is bubbling before you add the topping.
  5. While apples cook make your topping; gather the brown sugar, oats & spices together in a small bowl. Chop the cold butter fine, add to the topping ingredients. Toss well; it will be lumpy with large crumbs. Set aside.
  6. When apples are ready, spread the topping over the apples. Return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes or until the topping is well browned and crunchy looking.
  7. Cool slightly before serving. Serve plain or with a dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped cream, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.