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Three Reasons Why You Need Dessert With Your Tea…Your Bigelow Tea!

Want to know what two of our favorite things in the world are? Bigelow Tea (of course) and dessert! Sure, a steaming mug is good on its own, but admit it- you know you love a little something tasty to nibble on while drinking your favorite flavor! Currently, we are loving Vanilla Chai Bundt Cake – here’s why you need to make this cake pronto!

  1. It’s a good excuse to have friends over.

Did someone say tea party? If you haven’t seen your besties in awhile, gathering the gang and treating them to a home made slice of goodness while catching up on gossisp is as good a reason as any to eat cake and drink tea. C’mon, you know you need some girl time!

  1. Because your tea is lonely.

As perfect as the Camellia Sinensis plant is on its own, it can be even better when it’s a key player in a delicious mouthwatering recipe! There are so many unbelievable recipes that include tea that we could go on and on (on and on) singing their praises, but we suggest you find out for yourself!

  1. It’s So. Darn. GOOD.

Sweet vanilla: check. Cinnamon: check. Savory spices: check. All the sweet, luscious flavors you need to indulge your taste buds. Need we say more?

Vanilla Chai Bundt Cake

Ingredients

1 cup hot milk
Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon coriander

For glaze:

1/4 cup hot milk
Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously spray 9-10 cup bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Steep 3 Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bags in hot milk for 5-10 minutes, set aside.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, thoroughly mixing before each addition.
Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl.
Remove tea bags from milk.
Alternatively and gradually add flour and milk into the butter/egg mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into pan and tap gently to remove air bubbles.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes the invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

For glaze:

To make the glaze, steep one Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bag in hot milk for 3-5 minutes then remove tea bag.
Beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth.
Pour glaze over cooled cake.
Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).
Slice and serve.

Let them eat cake! Show us dessert-friends some love by sharing your most favorite sweet recipes that you love to nibble with your tea. Be sure to tag #Teaproudly!

Ahhh… Savor Sweet, Sweet Relaxation With Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea

Busy day after busy day after busy daaay… do you ever feel like you just want to press “pause” on your to-do list? Here’s the thing: you deserve a break, especially on the craziest days! And that’s where a mug of soothing Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea comes in. You can almost taste each ingredient as you read them on the box: Chamomile. Vanilla. Honey. Yup—quality in every silky-smooth-sweet sip. Because that’s our promise at Bigelow Tea.

So, let’s start with chamomile. What exactly is chamomile, anyway? Well, it’s a dried daisy-like plant, and for centuries, has been commonly used to make herbal infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. It’s used for its soothing and relaxing qualities, and folklore claims that it goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt where it was used in teas and grown for dedication to the sun god, Ra. Ooh, fancy, fancy!

Vanilla, on the other hand, came later to the party, but it’s been busy since it leapt onto the culinary scene. A member of the orchid family, it’s native to South and Central America, and the Caribbean. That said, the first people to have cultivated it were the Totonacs of Mexico’s east coast. And the first American recipe (for vanilla ice cream) was published in 1824. Today, vanilla is a hot commodity!

And, honey. Oh, honey… exactly how long honey has been in existence is hard to say. Cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, however, fossils of honey bees date back about 150 million years!

Combined, you can see how this tea flavor really brings the “wow” factor. Donald from San Antonio had his own “wow” moment when he added Chamomile Vanilla Honey to his arsenal of home remedies: “I was a little under the weather and thought some hot tea would make me feel a little better. I tried the Chamomile Vanilla with Honey. WOW, this is really a wonderful tea! if you haven’t tried it, put it on your list of teas to try. You won’t be disappointed.” We couldn’t agree more, Donald.

So, when you need to slow things down, here’s a suggestion:

  1. Take 10 minutes for yourself.
  2. Put on the kettle.
  3. Brew a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Honey tea.
  4. Relax.
  5. And then get back to work (or play, or just enjoy that relaxation).

It’s your day, and it’s your tea. Drink up and #TeaProudly, everyone. And when you do, don’t forget to tag your chill sesh with the world!

Do You #TeaProudly?

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Yup. It’s true. Bigelow Tea is especially proud of the 158 million or so Americans who count tea as a top beverage choice. That’s totally cool. Just think, millions of us around the U.S. — all ages, men and women — have the love of tea in common.

And you know how much the Bigelow family loves tea. In 1945, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea, kicking off a business that’s been family-run for three generations. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, the company has reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the freshest, highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s be honest, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and creates memories. How many times have you shared a special experience with someone over tea? This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share.  All of this is the essence of the #TeaProudly movement…check it out:

Joleen Stone Krogman: My brother-in-law made me a tea box. It proudly sits in my kitchen — ready at a moment’s notice.

Annette Alicea: My husband got me a tea organizer… it holds about 100 tea bags! I have been a tea drinker most of my life!

Terri Mitchell:‪ I have a large drawer in the kitchen dedicated to tea. I have at least 15 different boxes in there.

John Greaves: I don’t know. I had a friend visit from England and he saw several boxes of tea and he said ” yes we English love our tea, but good god man!” Lol

Stacy Mecklenburg: These are just the heavy hitters! Doesn’t include the many messy boxes in the cupboard.

Sue Lesko Glick: You can never have too much tea! Even if boxes of Bigelow fall on your head upon opening the cabinet!

Yes, totally agree Sue…when life drops tea boxes on your head, boil some water and make a cup of tea! How do you #TeaProudly??

4 Ways to Sip Summer—Right Now!

Is it summer yet?? Inquiring minds want to know, because with spring in full swing, beach weather just can’t come fast enough! Lounging with an icy cold drink is top of mind big time, as are all the bountiful fruity flavors that taste so fresh on a hot day. So, who made the rule you have to wait until the official days of summer to lounge by the pool with a thirst-quenching glass of something delicious? Get ready to enjoy a cool one now (we won’t tell if you just drink it inside while sitting on the sofa!) with these amazing recipes from Bigelow Tea. After all, it’s certainly summer weather…someplace in the world!)

(Still not convinced? As WillMay1976 says on Twitter, it’s 5pm somewhere! So don’t wait any longer to treat yourself!)

Strawberry Green Tea

If you need any more excuses to start summer early, May is Strawberry Month. Think of it this way: you’re just celebrating one of your favorite early summer fruits!

 

Ingredients

1 Pint Strawberries, washed and hulled
1 Cup Sugar (to taste)
5 Cups Water
Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags

Instructions

Place hulled strawberries in blender and puree until smooth.  Pour in medium saucepan and add sugar.  Bring to boil.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  Bring 5 cups cold water to a boil. Pour over 5 tea bags and let brew for 5 minutes.

Mix strawberry mixture and green tea together and chill.

Serve chilled over ice.

Simply Summer White Sangria

The classic summer cocktail gets a mmm-mmm good makeover with the addition of a fruity tea! (it’s also amazing with any number of delicious flavors, such as Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea or Red Raspberry™ Herbal Tea.)

 

Ingredients

3 cups (750mL) boiling water
18 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea Bags*
4 tablespoons (90mL) sugar
3 cups (750mL) fresh fruit including mixed citrus, strawberries, peaches, melons, mangos, and pineapples cut into bite sized pieces
1-750mL bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Chill the tea concentrate in refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes. When ready to serve, combine chilled tea, fruit and wine in a pitcher. To serve, pour Sangria into tall glasses filled with ice. Spoon fruit into glasses to garnish.

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

Refresh your spirit and get in the mood for summer with this incredibly yummy concoction that gets even better with age (don’t we all?) as it absorbs the flavors.

Ingredients

4 cups boiling water
2 bags Bigelow Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples (Red, Fuji or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor). When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher. Serve and enjoy!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

So fruity and refreshing, yet so simple to make. If only everything in life could be this easy!

 

Ingredients

1 quart boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea Bag

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.

So, how are you looking forward to celebrating summer? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly!

6 Tips For Getting Gorgeous With Tea!

You probably already know that Bigelow Tea is amazing in a mug, but tea is also fabulous for your face, feet, and more says Reader’s Digest! In fact, black tea is an incredible beauty secret! Try these awesome suggestions and enjoy a more marvelous you while you indulge in a mug of your favorite flavor!

  1. Put the kibosh on a pesky pimple. 

Keep a spot from rearing its ugly head by covering it with a warm tea bag for several minutes. This just may shrink the zit, thanks to the tannins in black tea – they are thought to have antibacterial properties.

  1. Help feet smell sweet.

Stinky feet can get relief with a black tea footbath. Just soak your tired dogs every day for at least 15 minutes in a small tub of water that contains boiled black tea bags. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for sandal season!

  1. Calm a cut.

Next time you nick yourself, press a cool damp tea bag on the spot- black tea can act like an astringent and help stop the bleeding. Who needs Band-Aids?

  1. Say goodbye to grays.

Save time and money by heading to your kitchen instead of the salon. Make your own natural dye by following this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair without rinsing, and enjoy gorgeous colored strands.

  1. Pull the puff out of tired eyes.

Whether your eyes are hurting from allergies or a late night, tea can help peepers pop again.

Cover closed eyes with cool, damp tea bags for a couple minutes and you’ll look like you got at least 8 hours.

  1. Soothe a rash.

Help an itchy rash, such as Poison Ivy (so much for that nice outdoorsy walk, right?), feel much better by taking a soak in a tub filled with a few tea bags in it. Might as well treat yourself to a mug of tea (um, not from the bathwater!) while you’re relaxing in the bath!

Is tea one of your beauty tricks? Tell us all of your “beau-tea” secrets and tag #TeaProudly!

Have You Met Your New Crush? Here’s A Hint… It’s The First Flush®!

 

Okay, okay, so maybe it’s not your new flame, but goodness gracious, it’s hard NOT to crush on the delicious flavor in a cup of Bigelow Tea’s American Classic First Flush® Tea. So, what exactly makes this tea different from others? Well, it’s a pretty cool story…

Every spring, the Camellia Sinensis plants at the Charleston Tea Plantation awake from their winter slumber, and the tea that is made with that first growth of leaves is called the “First Flush.” This usually happens in April or May and creates a unique taste only available once a growing season. Some call it mellow; some call it super smooth; everyone calls it amazing. There’s usually a very small time frame when these tea leaves need to be picked. Because of that, only a limited quantity of teas is produced. You’d better believe that such a hot commodity like “First Flush” tea makes the absolute purest, freshest and most tantalizing cup of tea available. Better act now!

Are you just aching to try it? Well, you’ve got a few options. You can purchase a tin online or, if you’re close to Wadmalaw Island near the historic old city of Charleston, South Carolina, you can pick it up directly from the Charleston Tea Plantation. 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. Frankly, that sounds like the most fun—make a tea-infused day of it! Ride the trolley, sip on iced tea and bring home some “First Flush” to share (or not). It’s a once-a-year opportunity, and your first taste of “First Flush” is a once-in-a-lifetime moment you won’t forget anytime soon!

Have you tried American Classic First Flush® Tea? What did you think?? Tag #TeaProudly to share!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Bigelow Tea!

Pomegranate Pizzazz is a day to join in revelry! While this spirited holiday honors Mexico’s win against French forces at the battle of Puebla in 1862, it has become a very popular holiday in America since the 1960’s and has grown into a celebration of pride.  There are now enormous Cinco de Mayo festivals held yearly in cities such as Chicago, Portland, and Denver (around 400,000 people tend to show up!).

Of course, indulging in food and drink is an extra fun part of this special day, so turn to Bigelow Tea for your celebrations! In fact, make a toast with these amazing margarita recipes – absolutamente delicioso!

Ultimate Pomegranate Margarita

(pictured above)

Become known amongst friends as the margarita master when you mix up this outrageously delicious drink that features fruity herbal tea!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (180mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 ounce (30mL) white tequila
  • 1 ounce (30mL) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (30mL) Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 small pomegranate (seeds used for garnish)

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags. Let steep 3-4 minutes. Remove bags and chill. Place chilled tea in blender with remaining ingredients and ice cubes; blend until mixture turns to slush. Garnished with pomegranate seeds (optional).

Virgin Pomegranate Margarita

If you want to get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo celebrations but tequila isn’t your thing, you can still drink with the best of them when you sip this fab virgin margarita- it’s perfect for kids, too!

Ingredients

For a Frozen Margarita – see directions below:

  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange slices for garnish

Instructions

Boil water and pour over 6 Bigelow Pomegranate Herbal tea bags. Let steep 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add orange juice, lime juice and sugar. Stir well. Serve warm. To make a Frozen Pomegranate Margarita follow the above directions (using the same ingredients) instead of serving warm, chill. Place in blender with ice cubes and blend until mixture turns to slush. Serve with an orange garnish.

¡A su salud!!  #TeaProudly #CincodeMayo2017

From Ruth Bigelow’s Kitchen To Yours: 6 Facts About “Constant Comment” Tea

The awesome 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. But how much do you know about the very beginning? If not a lot, that’s about to change right now!

  1. A Fresh Start
    Picture this: in the early 1940s, Ruth and her husband, David Sr., decided to start a tea business. But, that’s not where they began. Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and David Sr. lost their jobs. It was then that she decided to make tea.
  2. Manhattan Roots
    When they started to talk more seriously about tea, the Bigelows lived in a small apartment in Manhattan. They felt strongly that, for the company to be a success, they needed a home where they could begin. Searching the local streets, they found a brownstone, just off Second Avenue, which was in terrible disrepair. Optimistic, they bought it with the last of their life savings, and plastered and repainted it themselves—talk about fixer uppers! It was in this home, in 1945, that Ruth and David Sr. opened the doors to the new Bigelow Tea Company. Little could they have imagined that their dream would one day grow to be America’s #1 Specialty Tea company!
  3. Orange and Spice, and All Things Nice
    Inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth spent several weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Finally, she created her own special blend and shared it with friends. Anyone who tasted it couldn’t stop commenting—the name “Constant Comment”® was a natural choice for the tea.
  4. That One Shop
    Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment” to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.
  5. All in the Family
    Jump ahead more than 70 years to today, where Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, serves as the third-generation president and CEO. If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea! In a month that celebrates mothers around the world, it’s heartwarming to know that this love for tea runs strong through three generations – from the mother of “Constant Comment” all the way to Cindi today.
  6. Shhh… It’s a Secret
    To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow, know and blend. It has stood the test of time and continues to fill cups, kitchens and hearts.

Every Bigelow Tea flavor is blended to be remarkable, but it’s the very first that got so much talk it still carries the famous name. What was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time? Tag #TeaProudly with your memory!

This Is Why Celiac Awareness Month Is Important To Bigelow Tea

A lot of passion, enthusiasm, pride and dedication goes into every cup of Bigelow Tea. And considering that 82 percent of Americans drink tea (that’s, like, more than 158 million people!), it’s especially important to address diet sensitivities and conditions of tea lovers – like Celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. People who cannot have gluten – particularly those diagnosed with Celiac disease – have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. Symptoms of Celiac disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia, so it’s important to restrict any gluten intake if you have this condition. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide are affected, and 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. That’s a whole lot! Thankfully, awareness is growing about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” All current Bigelow teas are formulated to be gluten-free!

You can even take your love of yummy tea a step further with Bigelow Tea’s extensive file of gluten-free recipes for inspiration and (of course!) great taste. At the end of the day, all tea lovers should be able to drink tea, share their love of tea, and, well, just #TeaProudly to their heart’s content!

This Is What You’ll Find In The Bag: An Inside Look At Bigelow Tea Ingredients

 

To Bigelow Tea, each and every ingredient tells a story. Call it commitment to quality or just call it delicious! Since 1945, Bigelow has sourced handpicked leaves from high-elevation gardens where the best tea plants are grown so all tea drinkers can enjoy the best possible cup of tea every time. And, as a third-generation family business, Bigelow selects ingredients only from suppliers who share the same passion for quality. Many of these trusted partners have worked with Bigelow Tea since the company’s founding, over 70 years ago, and are now, well, like family! To us, it’s the heart and soul of all we do—it’s what we like to call being #TeaProudly.

Lush Lemons

Take lemon for example. Did you know Bigelow Tea has partnered with the same family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years? Lemon peel is an essential ingredient in many Bigelow Tea flavors, and the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness is critical to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California (a chill place for a chill beverage), the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

M-m-m-mint

Another great example is our supplier of 100% American-grown spearmint which gets masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas. What makes this mint so special…mint is mint right? Well, this mint is grown exclusively in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers. We’ve been a loyal customer to the family since the early 1960s, when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year, with care and craftsmanship that cannot be beat, tracking all their mint from crop to cup for quality and accountability. Pretty, awesome, right?

Calabria… It Must Be Italian!

That brings us to one of Bigelow Tea’s most beloved varieties—the oh-so-irresistible Earl Grey! What makes Bigelow’s Earl Grey so special is the real oil of bergamot sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor and the bergamot oil. We can totally get behind that.

From the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where those high-elevation gardens flourish—to ingredients sourced from farms and companies proven through generations, Bigelow Tea has never and will nevercompromise on ingredients—or on the family recipes. You can count on that.

What’s your favorite Bigelow flavor or ingredient? Tag #TeaProudly and let us know!