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#TeaProudly Tea People!

Recognizing the passion behind the joy of drinking tea, #TeaProudly has become a community in which we all share moments, comments, recipes, and images where we embody all that tea means to us as individuals and a group. At www.teaproudly.com and with #TeaProudly, the community has grown!

Morning tea ritual before the kiddos are up?  #TeaProudly!  Special dessert made to celebrate Pumpkin Spice flavor mania? #TeaProudly!  Nightcap cozying up with your pup and herbal tea? #TeaProudly! Engaging with #TeaProudly has made the ritual of drinking, sharing and finding new and different ways to enjoy tea the bridge that brings our community together and solidifies the growing tea movement.

And if you doubt the power of the tea, there are plenty of facts and figures that show us #TeaProudly folks are onto something.  Did you know:

Need more reasons to take pride in the #TeaProudly community with Bigelow tea in your cup?  Well as an industry leader and a proud third generation family run business, we continuously innovate, offer new flavors, recipes and ways to enjoy our 140+ flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas which use premium ingredients and foil pouches to ensure the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

So share, check-in and let your friends and family know what tea means to you. #TeaProudly tea people!

Ready…Set… Pumpkin!

With crisp in the air coming soon and the hint of turning leaves signals the return of two of fall’s most anticipated traditions… pumpkin mania and time to enjoy Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea!

A total standout in this season of everything pumpkin, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea combines tasty flakes of real pumpkin, warm, delicate spices and hearty black tea to create a flavorful hint of holidays to come.  Often trending as a #TeaProudly fan flavor favorite, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea’s taste and smell is literally cozy pumpkin pie – minus the calories and resulting guilt! So delicious any time of day, as an all-natural ( did we mention the pumpkin flakes, cinnamon and nutmeg?) pick-me-up that’s good for you too.

But all this pumpkin talk begs the question, why the national obsession with this much beloved titian-tinged gourd that is actually a fruit?  While there is no one answer to why people crave pumpkin spice flavor so much, theories abound including that it is a welcome signal to the start of a new season, it recalls the tastes and smells of holiday memories and even that the combo of  pumpkin, spice and sugar may be downright addictive.  Whatever the reason the reason for a passion for pumpkin, the craze continues strong.  According to Nielson Data, pumpkin spice flavoring is a $361 million dollar market and between 2011 and 2015, sales of pumpkin spiced food grew 79% in the US… 79%!  The  Bigelow Tea family got the pumpkin vibe right in tea form, that’s for sure!

Luckily, there is plenty of pumpkin to be enjoyed throughout this pumpkin season, or any other time of year, with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Enjoy hot, cold or even added to favorite pumpkin recipes. Tell us about your pumpkin dreams and tag #TeaProudly!

Fall in Love With Bigelow Tea Fall Favorites!

Hello, fall! It’s been too long and you’ve been missed terribly. From sweater weather to falling leaves, this season is a classic! And with the first day of autumn, you know what that means… all the reasons to cozy up by a fire and drink a cup of Bigelow Tea! Go classic with a mug of “Constant Comment®” or savor the flavor of leaves falling with the Bigelow seasonal selections. You can’t go wrong!

Apples, apples, everywhere!

If you’re a fan of the apple-y goodness of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider Herbal tea. With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this blend is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip all season (and, really, all year!) long. Other natural ingredients like orange peel, licorice root and cloves give it a nice spiciness that balances out the sweet and tangy apple flavor. And the aroma … it’s quintessential autumn. As it brews you’ll be taken right to the orchard! And, since Apple Cider is an herbal blend, it is naturally caffeine free, so you can enjoy it at any time of day.

Pumpkin spice everything!

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with  pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie. The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy.

 

Salted caramel deliciousness.

A little bit sweet. A little bit salty. A lot creamy, dreamy and delish! Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty for Salted Caramel tea. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. And, the best part, the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories. Mmm… yes, please! Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence.

Embrace the season with delicious Caramel Apple Tea.

The exciting flavors of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples pair perfectly with this bold black tea Caramel Apple tea for a decadent treat unlike any other. So sit back, relax and savor this delight that brings the harvest fair right into your home.

So, go on – get cozy, get tea, get happy. And go on with your #TeaProudly self… because it’s fall, ya’ll!

 

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Seasonal Teas This November

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As we head into November’s thankful season, we’re beyond grateful for time with our family and friends! And all tea drinkers know the only way to make company and conversation even more enjoyable is over a cup of tea, Bigelow Tea actually!

This month, cozy up to one (or all three) of Bigelow’s seasonal flavors.

If your favorite part of the season is pumpkin spice (and whose isn’t?), look no further than a cup of Pumpkin Spice tea to revel in a flavorful calorie-free treat that makes teatime a cause for celebration. The hearty blend of black tea, delicate harvest spices and pumpkin flavors is filled with the rich, inviting flavors of freshly baked pumpkin pie!

And the goodness of seasonal flavors doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy Apple Cider herbal tea where the taste of crisp and tangy apples mingles with sweet spices in an all natural, caffeine-freebrew. The medley of favorite seasonal flavors is a warming treat for cool autumn days! Or, endulge in a yummy cup of Salted Caramel. A little sweet, a little salty… A cup of this blend of black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, is a surefire way to warm up inside and out. Keep calm and caramel on, friends.

We couldn’t be prouder of these autumn-inspired teas, rich in tantalizing spices and comforting flavors. We hope you’ll take some time this fall to enrich visits with family and friends over a hot mug of Bigelow tea. #TeaProudly and enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.

Bigelow Tea Is Bringing In The Fall Harvest Flavors

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From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a bounty of delicious produce, from pumpkins and pomegranates to apples and cranberries. And if you’re looking for the flavors of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea. Here are a few of our favorite fall foods, along with the Bigelow Tea varieties that capture their flavors.


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Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with real pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like autumn. For the past few years, pumpkins have been the unofficial food mascot of fall.

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Rich in history and flavor, pomegranates have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility going back thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of deliciousness to your cup of tea. Bigelow Tea offers a variety of teas made with pomegranate, including Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate and Pomegranate Black Tea.bigelow-tea-apple-cider

Apples

When we think of fall, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and Apple Cider Herbal Tea! With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this Bigelow Tea flavor is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip throughout the season.bigelow-tea-cranberry-hibiscus

Cranberries

Tart and tangy, cranberries pop up throughout the season—most notably on the Thanksgiving table. The refreshing taste of this little berry can be found in Bigelow Tea Cranberry Hibiscus and Cranberry Apple, both of which contain real cranberry fiber. Loaded with flavor and antioxidants, it’s a cup your taste buds and your body will be thankful for.

Embrace the season by picking up your own bushel of Bigelow Tea boxes. Enjoy a cup after school or work, to start off you weekend, or to close out a day of fall fun like fruit-picking or leaf-peeping. The cozy cornucopia of flavors makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of autumn.

 

Apple image by adrianbartel via Flickr
Pumpkin image by Mike Mozart via Flickr
Pomegranate image by veggiefrog via Flickr
Cranberries image by Andrew Yee via Flickr
Pears image by torbakhopper via Flickr

Try this delicious recipe combining fall flavors, pumpkin and ginger, with yummy cheesecake…

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
1 1/4 cup (310mL) gingersnaps, crushed
1 tablespoon (15mL) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
10 Bigelow Ginger Snappish tea bags
10 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
1 1/2 cup (375mL) heavy cream
24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups (375mL) sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
1/4 cup (60mL) pecan halves

Yield: Serves: 10 – Prep Time: 35 minutes – Cooking Time: 70 minutes

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C).
To make the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix the gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon together.

Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon.

Spray a 10″ (25cm) springform pan with cooking spray.

Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.

Filling:

Add heavy cream into saucepan, heat over medium heat, be careful not to boil.

Add Bigelow Ginger Snappish and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags and steep cream for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream. Set aside to cool.

Beat cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add sugar, beating well.

Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Add the cooled cream and beat well.

Stir in the pumpkin, combine well and pour the cheese mixture into prepared springform pan.

Place pan into a larger pan and fill with hot water halfway up.

Bake for 60-70 minutes. Do not over bake, the middle should have a little jiggle.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly.

Remove cheesecake from the pan, decorate the edge of the cheesecake with pecan halves, cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.

For more great recipes and entertaining ideas, go to: http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

Thank you for loving our Teas

The painful process of discontinuing a tea….not fun but unfortunately a necessity.  Each year we have the wonderful opportunity to create new and exciting flavors for our tea consumers.  The receptivity to our new flavors over the years has been outstanding, whether it was with our Pumpkin Spice, Green Tea with Pomegranate or one of our newest AriZona teas that has the powerful antioxidant Acai in it.   Our tea consumers have come to know that when we put our name on a tea, it is the most flavorful, freshest tea possible. 

However, with all the fun work in creating and introducing new teas, we have to occasionally let go of our slower moving/slower selling teas because when a tea flavor reaches a certain point of sales, it becomes almost impossible to run a very limited quantity of teabags on our equipment.  Then comes the hardest part of all…we have to share news with our wonderful consumers that a tea will not be produced any longer.  Of course, with that decision, we make lots of really lovely people very unhappy.  The letters, the phone calls, the emails come flooding in pleading with us to reconsider.  We try very hard to take care of our faithful consumers and provide some of the discontinued tea through the website but eventually we get to a point where the tea is not longer available. 

The reality is, we cannot make those passionate fans happy and that is not fun…We have over 80 beautiful teas and with that our warehouses would explode and our machines would revolt if we did not eventually let some of our slower moving teas retire to the Bigelow Tea “pasture.”

So for all you amazing fans that we cannot satisfy 100% by taking away one of your favorite teas…we are very sorry.  Please know if we could, we would love to supply you with every tea you ever wanted from us, but that is not truly possible.

Thank you for loving those teas and I can only hope that you might find a wonderful substitute somewhere in our array of teas that makes you just (or at least close to “just”) as happy.

At least I can dream…

Cindi Bigelow