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‘Fess Up: How Often Do You Snack?

Noshing, munching, nibbling- whatever you want to call it, Americans love snacking! In today’s crazy busy culture, snacking on-the-go instead of sitting down to three square meals is truly becoming a way of life. Whether you are indulging at your desk at work, grabbing a bite when shuttling the kids to classes, or fueling up after a workout, snack time is all the time! Need proof? Read these fascinating stats from Mintel, a market research provider:

  • Millennials are more likely than any other generation to snack four times a day or more.
  • 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day.
  • Snacking now accounts for 50% of all eating occasions and many Americans say that snacking helps them meet daily nutritional requirements.
  • 37% of the time, a snack replaces a meal.

When you hear the word “snack,” we wouldn’t blame you if it invokes visions of candy bars, chips and cookies. But “snacking” doesn’t have to mean eating junk. For example, this Chai Shortbread cookie recipe from Bigelow Tea fan by Swathi @ South Indian Kitchen is just made for grabbing and then going! Plus, it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

For making Chai short bread cookies:

  • 1cup (130g ) all purpose flour
  • ¼cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼cup (33g) powdered sugar
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • Bigelow Vanilla chai tea packet
  • ½cup butter

For Chai spice mix:

  • 6cardamom
  • 2inch cinnamon
  • 1/2inch dry ginger/ ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • ¼teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4black peppercorn
  • For chai spice sugar
  • ½teaspoon chai spice
  • 2tablespoon sparkling sugar

Instructions

In a kitchen aid stand mixer add butter, sugar, powdered sugar cream well. To this add flour, salt and vanilla chai packet and mix well until everything combined well.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl and warp it in a parchment paper. Freeze the dough, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
Make chai spice powder by grinding all the ingredients for chai spice. Then mix the chai spice with sugar and set aside.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Spread the dough into ¼ inch sheet and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Then roll the dough into chai spice sugar. Place the cookie on the baking sheet and bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

You also might want to try thinking out of the box when it comes to snacking – such as out of the tea box, that is! Tea like Salted Caramel and Vanilla Chai just may be the ultimate go anywhere treat! Simply throw some teabags in your purse or pack, and curb those cravings wherever you can grab hot water. Sometimes a nice mug of tea is just what your body needs to feel revived, refreshed and refueled!

Here is an idea: if you’re jonesing for something sweet, keep a teabag of a savory caramel or chocolate flavor handy to help you beat the battle of the bulge, yet still indulge!

So, what’s your fave snack? Share and tag #TeaProudly.

All You Need Is Tea. And Chocolate. Or Just Chocolate Tea.

bigelow tea chocolate chai mugIf you love tea, like we all do, and chocolate (yes please!) then why not combine the two? And for February, chocolate-flavored teas are just too perfect, so for all you tea lovers out there, Bigelow Tea is here to help. Appealing to the chocolate lovers of the world (you know who you are), we have created three super awesome chocolate tea wonders: Chocolate ChaiPeppermint Bark herbal tea and Benefits Chocolate and Almond herbal tea.  That just-sweet-enough combination of tea and chocolate (yes, there’s actually cocoa powder in the tea bag!) makes for a super delicious mug of tea. The aroma is mmmm-mesmerizing and—huzzah!—you can indulge without the guilt, because tea has 0 calories (maybe a few if you add in some milk or a sweetener), which is a lot lower than your average box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.

So, let’s talk about chocolate. The terminology can be a tad confusing, but most experts these days tend to use the term “cacao” to refer to the plant or its beans before processing, while the term “chocolate” refers to anything made from the beans. As for the history? Well, let’s rewind all the way back to 1900 BC to the Mayan civilization. The ancient Maya are believed to be the first people to regularly grow cacao trees and drink chocolate. According to historians, the Aztecs got their hands on it later, but they had to trade for cacao because they couldn’t grow the trees. That said, the word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which refers to the spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans. At that time, cacao seeds were actually a form of currency. Who knew?!

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Fast-forward several thousand years to the 17th century, when chocolate was the “it” drink throughout Europe, believed to have nutritious, medicinal and even aphrodisiac properties (it’s rumored that Casanova was especially fond of the stuff). During the Revolutionary War, some soldiers were paid in chocolate, due to the Continental Congress’ financial difficulties. Today, chocolate is a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States, and the average American eats at least half a pound of the stuff per month!

Bigelow Tea honors the history of this fabulous confection with our handcrafted flavors highlighting chocolate. So, when you need a sweet treat (speaking of treats, check out our recipe for Jasmine Green Tea Truffles, total yum!), brew a cup and #TeaProudly. You’ll be enjoying a rich beverage with a rich history, and hey, everything is better with chocolate. Let us know how you get your choco-fix!

Bigelow Tea Chocolate Recipes – Just In Time For International Chocolate Day!

International Chocolate Day, the name alone reminds us of the global popularity of chocolate.  This popularity is so vast there are even traveling museum exhibits dedicated to the world’s love affair with chocolate, giving us a little taste of  mouth-watering history and pure pleasure of the world’s favorite indulgence.

So many creamy chocolate recipes, styles and techniques, and so little time!

For this delicious day dedicated to chocolate – or anytime that you feel that irresistible urge -Bigelow Tea has some delicious tea and chocolate recipes to help us celebrate, starting with the Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni, which brings the best of Bigelow Tea together with the sweet world of chocolate.

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Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

When it’s time for dessert – and isn’t it always time for dessert – why not whip up these elegant but simple to prepare Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots! A light and decadent treat.

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Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Looking for a fun treat to serve to others, or enjoy all by yourself ? Discover our fantastic Jasmine Green Tea Truffles, the perfect offering with a hot cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea.

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Jasmine Green Tea Truffles

Tea and chocolate go together like no other combination.  Whatever your chocolate pleasure of choice, you can enjoy the international confection celebration with these exotic chocolate treats from Bigelow Tea!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of Us!

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With a blinding flash of bright pink, Valentine’s Day bisects February with a reminder that almost anything can be packaged in heart-shaped boxes, and if you don’t impress your significant other, you’re definitely in for six more weeks of winter.

Many look forward to the occasion with big ideas for home-made chocolates, construction paper cards and dinner for two, but Bigelow Tea lovers can look forward to their own special tea made just for the holiday. Bigelow Tea offers seasonal Valentine’s blends in White Chocolate Kisses and Sweetheart Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Kisses and Sweet Cinnamon Hearts

For those in search of the perfect nightcap after a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, here are two decadent drink recipes that use these specially made Valentine Day Teas; enjoy!

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

Chocolate lovers and martini drinkers unite! This special cocktail is flavored with White Chocolate Kisses, one of Bigelow’s newest tea creations. Vanilla vodka gives it extra punch.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

The twist on Bigelow’s White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni uses a touch of cream to bring out even more chocolate flavor.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Tea and Chocolate: A Winning Combination

Tea and chocolate are very much in vogue. Fancy chocolatiers are making chocolates and truffles infused with teas like Earl Grey, green or Irish breakfast. “It’s a trend that started in France,” according to Joan Coukos, owner of Chocolat Moderne in New York. Tea and chocolate are two strong flavors that go well together. Moreover, both are considered Superfoods, foods “power packed” with nutrients. In fact, Science Daily reported on a Penn State-led review of 66 published studies supporting the view that consuming flavonoid-rich tea and/or chocolate, in moderation, can be associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.

Here are two of our recipes using this winning combination of tea and chocolate: Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots and Jasmine Green Tea Truffles. Irresistible!