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Forever And Always, “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

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Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world which doesn’t surprise any avid tea drinker given the importance the beverage holds in many cultures, whether it’s a hearty daily tradition, a treat for a special ceremony, or a therapeutic blend to soothe and comfort. On any given day, over 158 million Americans alone are drinking tea and we are proud to be a part of this thriving community and honored that as a third generation family businessBigelow Tea continues to be part of the tea lovers’ community decades after the creation of the one and only “Constant Comment”®. Today, we offer over 130 flavors that will please any palate, but for National Hot Tea Month, what better time to get back to our roots by honoring this remarkable and historic tea that’s still a source of “Constant Comments” among all tea fans!

In case you aren’t familiar, here is the story of how Bigleow Tea got started: it all began in 1945 when Ruth Campbell Bigelow started on her mission to create a better cup of tea than what was commonly offered at the time. She was inspired by an early Colonial recipe that used orange rind and sweet spices. After tireless hours spent creating her own special blend, she shared it with friends who couldn’t stop commenting, and hence the name “Constant Comment” tea. 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.  Jump ahead to today, over 70 years later, and here we are, a tea company beyond Ruth’s wildest dreams!

To this day, “Constant Comment”® is the same wonderful recipe that third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, first created. It has stood the test of time and we know it will continue to fill cups and hearts for many more decades to come. Amazing when you think how this special product started on the shelves of local shops, and today it’s still a source of constant comments all over the Web… and the world! 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!

Tell us, what was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time?  Tag anywhere online with #TeaProudly so we can share in the fun.

Bigelow Tea is on January’s Hot List!

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If January has gotten the best of you (freezing weather, fevers and colds, oh my!) don’t cry the blues cause Bigelow Tea is all set to make the month a whole heck of a lot better. Check out all of the excitement….some serious #TeaProudly good news:

  • It’s National Hot Tea Month!! Yeah, we agree, who needs an excuse to drink more tea…but we will take it anyway! NHTM is the perfect excuse to indulge in your fav beverage even more than usual!
  • And hey, we know you know this but just a reminder that tea is totally awesome on a cold, gloomy day, plus it helps soothe those scratchy throats and icky aches and pains that drive us all into hiding after the holidays!
  • Speaking of feeling sniffle-y and craving some comfort and warmth, those crazy calendars out there also say it’s National Soup Month woohoo!!  If you’re looking to really heat things up this month, we have the ultimate soup recipes made with, guess what?, Bigelow Tea! Help get over winter boredom with these fabulous (and easy! Because let’s face it- you’re feeling too “yuck” to spend too much time in the kitchen!) soup recipes that will become your go-to staples every winter season!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

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Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

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Ingredients

2 cups hot water
3*Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea Bags
1 cooked, skinless, boneless chicken breast (approx. ½ pound)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (½ cup)
½ cup dried fine egg noodles
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

Combine 2 cups of hot water and 3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea Bags and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken breast. Use one fork to anchor the chicken breast to the cutting board, while using the other fork to ‘scrape’ the chicken into shreds. This is easily achieved if you shred along the grain of the chicken breast. Alternately, you may simply cut the breast into bite-sized pieces. In a medium saucepan or soup pot, combine the chicken broth and the tea over high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, shredded chicken and noodles. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender and noodles are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve hot. Note: To make this soup ahead of time, proceed as directed but omit the noodles and the fresh parsley. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour into a medium saucepan, add noodles, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked and soup is heated through. Adjust seasonings, add fresh parsley and serve.

Cozy Up To A Cup Of Bigelow During National Hot Tea Month 

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The colder it gets, the more we want to bundle up with a mug of tea! And, hey, what better month to do that than January which is National Hot Tea Month, right?! If you’re wondering how best to rock this tea party season, sharing a cup of Bigelow Tea with your favorite peeps is a great way to begin. National Hot Tea Month is also a great excuse to sip more tea and enjoy it over good conversation. And if you needed one more reason to celebrate tea this January (and every other month of the year), we’ll do one better—we’ll give you 10!

Reasons to Celebrate Tea

  1. Tea tastes amazing. And we promise that every cup of Bigelow Tea you drink will be made with only the finest ingredients.
  2. Research suggests that when it comes to tea, the benefits go far beyond refreshment. For example, the theanine in tea is a natural support for mood, sleep and mental focus!
  3. A cup of tea is guilt-free! Tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet—it’s zero calories and most of our flavors are also gluten-free!
  4. Tea is a common thread around the world. In the U.S. alone, millions of us share a love for tea. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  5. Can we say tea party? No longer the exclusive property of ladies in gloves and big hats, tea parties can be fun and even cool. Are you ready to get your tea party on?
  6. Hydration, hydration, hydration. Tea makes it easy.
  7. Tea is sooo versatile. Some teas get you going. Some teas keep you going. And some teas are much more effective than counting sheep.
  8. Sip by sip, a cup of tea can be incredibly relaxing.
  9. Tea is the perfect conversation-starter. Ever say to someone, “Let me put the kettle on and let’s talk”? Sharing a cup of tea is a wonderful—and easy—way to get something off your chest, catch up or simply talk about your day.
  10. Tea is warm and cozy—it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversations and makes memories. In life, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Make tea part of your month and when you do, tell us about it! Join our #TeaProudly community, a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers connected. Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly.

Be social. Share. Sip. Enjoy.

Hot Tea Month at Bigelow

As Bigelow’s Customer Service manager, each January my Call Center and Customer Service staffs and I promote events in our Fairfield location all month long to celebrate January being Hot Tea Month. Some of the fun things we did this year included weekly emails of fun tea trivia and facts, having a blind tea taste challenge and creating a Bigelow crossword puzzle for employees to fill out for the chance to win some great prizes. We also served fruit platters one day in the kitchens throughout the building so that employees could enjoy a healthy afternoon snack with their favorite cup of tea.

The culmination of all these fun events is the hosting late in the month of an annual afternoon tea party for all employees. The afternoon tea is held in the building’s cafeteria. The serving tables are covered with white linen tablecloths and decorated with beautiful flower arrangements. The members of Customer Service and the Call Center help to serve the tea and the food. This year the menu consisted of cucumber sandwiches, sweet and savory ham sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, raspberry cookies and chocolate cookies with White Chocolate Kisses glaze. A wide selection of Bigelow teas was offered, including black and herbal teas, green teas, Novus, organic teas and of course, our 2 new Valentines teas, Sweetheart Cinnamon and White Chocolate Kisses. The staff also offered herbal iced tea and Constant Comment Punch. Before the event concluded, a raffle was held, where the lucky winners were the recipients of the decorative flower arrangements.

Bigelow’s Boise and Louisville locations also celebrated Hot Tea Month with tea parties and raffle prizes for their employees. January being Hot Tea Month is certainly a terrific way for the Bigelow Company to celebrate tea and share in fellowship, food and fun!

J David Silva
Customer Service Manager

Let’s Celebrate Hot Tea Month

It is officially NATIONAL HOT TEA MONTH…I just love January for that reason. It is cold out, holidays are over, and we need nothing better than a warm cup of tea to make us feel cozy. Whoever picked January to celebrate hot tea knew exactly what they were doing! It is 15 degrees outside today in Connecticut…what a perfect time to put on the kettle.

I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that we make a big deal of this event inside our company. We send out tea facts almost daily, we hold tea parties, we have raffles events…for it is a national holiday (at least to us) or is at least nationally recognized. Either way, I ask you to raise your cup of tea (you have to go get one first — Bigelow I hope) and let’s cheers this special occasion….

Cindi Bigelow

It’s a Hot Item: Tea – Celebrate Tea’s Health Benefits During “National Hot Tea Month”

January is “National Hot Tea Month.”  What better time to cozy up with a nice, hot cup of Bigelow Tea?  Make tea a part of your daily routine.  After all, tea is one way to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Perhaps being healthier tops your list of New Year’s Resolutions?  This antioxidant, nutrient-rich beverage has been credited with protecting against and helping to lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, stroke as well as many forms of cancer.

There’s no excuse.  Bigelow Tea has a flavor for every palette.  Try Green Tea with Pomegranate or the ever popular Constant Comment tea.  It’s easy.  Shop online at www.bigelowtea.com or at your local supermarket.  Wait…there’s more…be sure to check the Bigelow website and blog on a regular basis for recipes, entertainment ideas, more health facts and celebrity tea sightings.