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What Time Of Day Is Bigelow Tea Time?

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The Bigelow Tea family firmly believes that any time―morning, noon or night―is tea time! Whether you like your tea as soon as you wake up in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up or just before you close your eyes at night … it’s all good! Enjoy your Bigelow Tea any hour of the day— just like @nicole_armeno who’s “forever drinking tea!

So let’s find out:  What time of day Is Bigelow Tea Time for you?

Photo by Linda Peall via flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Takes Notice Of Bindi Irwin’s Sweet Sixteen!

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You have one guess to figure out what Bigelow Tea and Australian teen conservationist, Bindi Irwin, have in common … it’s tea, mate!

It seems the sweet sixteen celebrated her milestone birthday on July 24 with a jungle-themed party at the Australian Zoo, some light reading, and a Chinese feast enjoyed with a traditional cup of tea.  Although the details of this mysterious cup have not been revealed, Bigelow Tea surmises it might have been a Chinese Oolong, a tea with mellow notes that complement Chinese cuisine. @SpoilSaffron tweets that it’s her favorite tea!

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The adventure-seeker also added a learner’s permit to her lengthy list of achievements—actor, TV personality, singer, songwriter, dancer, author and entrepreneur. As if that weren’t enough for anyone triple her age, Bindi, earlier in her youth, released an exercise video for kids, Bindi Kidfitness, and a line of clothing, accessories and footwear for children under 10 called Bindi Wear.  She also served as Tourism Ambassador to Australia!

Crikey!

Today, Bindi works at the Australian Zoo, which she calls home, and is actively involved in advancing the mission of The Wildlife Warriors, a charity dedicated to the conservation and preservation of wildlife, founded by her parents, Steve and Terri in 2002. It’s refreshing to see a young person so involved in something near and dear to the Bigelow family’s heart: sustainability.

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Happy birthday, Bindi! And may you have Sweet Dreams on your Sweet Sixteen!

Image by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr.com

Enjoy Gobs of the Second Best Thing on Earth (After Bigelow Tea): Chocolate!

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Some things are just better together. Like Bogey and Bacall or Bey and Jay, tea and chocolate just work. Bigelow Tea’s two flavors that feature chocolate offer an unparalleled sensory experience—you might even say they’re sippalicious!

TomorrowOctober 28, is National Chocolate Day, chocophiles everywhere will want to start sipping two exceptional Bigelow Tea chocolate and black tea blends: Chocolate Chai and White Chocolate Obsession.

Chocolate Chai is a decadent treat with zero guilt. Add a splash of milk and sweetener and voila! Meet your new best friend.

White Chocolate Obsession, part of Bigelow’s Seasonal Tea range, is like a kiss in a cup!

So what are you waiting for? Brew, pour, sip and enjoy a #dailycup—or several—of Bigelow Tea chocolate blends on National Chocolate Day!   As @JUDIandLEVI tweeted, it’s “remarkable!”

 

How ‘Bout Them Apples? Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

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Everyone knows “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and that’s because it’s one of the best and tastiest powerfoods around. Apples are packed with fiber and nutrients, and boast a delightfully crisp texture with a sweet yet tart flavor. Bigelow Tea has three delectable apple-tea blends—made with real apple bits—to savor during National Apple Month.  Naturally caffeine-free, Bigelow Tea’s herbal blends are anytime perfect.

Can’t make it to the orchard? Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider blends crisp and tangy apples and hibiscus with sweet spices—cinnamon, rosehip, orange peel, licorice root and clove—to instantly warm up cool autumn days.

No time for baking? Our Cinnamon Apple herbal tea is practically apple pie in a cup! Warming cinnamon and licorice steep nicely with the subtle tartness and fruity notes of hibiscus and apple. It’s so compelling that @RunBrinksyRun posted on Instagram “Guys, I may have a tea addiction and this #Bigelow Cinnamon Apple smells amazing.” Sounds like she may need an intervention.

A fan of the cran? (Berry that is.)  A more full-bodied option, in a rich crimson color, Bigelow Tea Cranberry Apple herbal tea balances the tartness from cranberries and hibiscus with the sweetness of apples and chamomile for a robust, herbal brew.

Enjoy National Apple Month!

 

Bigelow Tea Adds Flavor Excitement to the Holiday Season

The Bigelow Tea family, renowned for three generations for their tea blending craftsmanship, is delighted to add scrumptious new teas to its ever-popular seasonal tea line that are perfect for holiday enjoyment, and on target with today’s consumer taste trends.

In addition to Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Bigelow’s Harvest line now includes:

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Salted Caramel Tea!

Reflecting the latest confectionary trend of melding a salty note to rich buttery caramel, all-natural Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea captures all the appeal of this popular, full-bodied-caramel flavor combination. To achieve its tantalizing flavor profile, the expert American tea blenders at Bigelow Tea have combined hand-picked black tea with natural caramel and salt flavors. Amazingly, for a beverage so loaded with indulgent flavor, Salted Caramel Tea has zero calories and no sodium for a sublime, guilt-free indulgence.

Adding zest to the Bigelow’s already delicious Holiday line of Eggnogg’n® Tea and Ginger Snappish® Herbal Tea, is this refreshing new offering:

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Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea!

As fans of peppermint bark candy know, peppermint and chocolate make a wonderfully refreshing flavor combination that is truly irresistible! Now, consumers can enjoy this delicious Holiday favorite – a hallmark of season, in a whole new way. Bigelow Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an all-natural herbal tea that is decadently rich in chocolaty flavor with a cool, fresh minty finish. Hot and cool at the same time, it makes a perfect treat to warm body and soul on a cool day. Here’s another reason to celebrate. This caffeine-free treat has zero calories.

“We are truly thrilled to offer these richly flavorful teas to the growing world of tea drinkers,” says Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company. “Everyone who has tried them absolutely loves the comfort and pleasure of these tempting seasonal tea treats. They’re two of the holidays’ favorite flavors. Pure enjoyment – with no calories and no guilt!”

Protective Packaging

True to tradition, both new flavors are packaged in individually wrapped tea bags in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect them from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. It’s easy to tuck a few into a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, luscious flavor anywhere, anytime throughout the busy holidays.

Look for Bigelow Harvest and Holiday Teas in free-standing floor shippers at retailers starting in October. They will also be available at bigelowtea.com.

“We invite you to try our new teas” says Cindi Bigelow. “Not only are they a satisfying pleasure that you’ll want to enjoy often, they make wonderful gifts for family, friends, colleagues, teachers – anyone you think deserves a holiday treat. Pop them in a gift bag with a special mug and spread the joy!”

 

Sip Bigelow Tea From Sri Lanka At Your Diwali Celebration

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TomorrowOctober 23, many of our friends worldwide will celebrate Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. It is observed in Sri Lanka, where carefully picked tea leaves used in Bigelow Tea are grown!

The ancient Hindu tradition includes family gatherings, gifts, candles and … tea! Yes, tea is a staple beverage during Diwali. Last year, tea lover and Instagramer rachaelnaidu spent Diwali sipping tea with the whole family! Consider Bigelow English Teatime, which is grown in the mountains of Sri Lanka and is famous for its rich full-bodied yet smooth flavor.

Cindi Bigelow, third generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, visited Sri Lanka and made these videos (below) highlighting the company’s long-lasting relationship with Sri Lanka.

 

Have a great Diwali celebration!

Image from Instagram via @val_28241

Tea on TV: Simon Baker on The Mentalist Is Never Far from a Cup of Tea! 

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If you’ve seen the hit CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably know that handsome Simon Baker plays the role of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who solves crimes with his skills of alert observation. And, if you’ve caught an episode of the show you would also know that the Patrick Jane character loves his tea! In almost every episode he drinks at least a cup … and sometimes he’s shown pouring and serving it too!

Fans have become so obsessed with Baker’s character and his tea drinking, that they’ll even purchase teacups and saucers like the ones he uses on the show!

At Bigelow Tea we were wondering about what type of tea this sleuth character might be drinking….then we stumbled upon an interview with Tim Kang, who plays Kimball Cho on The Mentalist, an agent for the California Bureau of Investigation. He shared: “…Jane [Simon’s character] probably drinks Earl Grey and [my character] probably drinks green tea…”

Very interesting…and if they truly are that intuitive–then we’re sure that it’s from Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey is a favorite of many amazing people, like @honeygirlkitch, who tweeted “So the jury is in …Bigelow Earl Grey is my favorite.”

Not surprisingly, Mr. Baker, a native of Australia, adores tea in real life too. He’s been quoted as saying his “turn-ons” include: “Hearing my kids laugh, a good cuppa tea, dancing with my wife.”

Image via TV.com 

Hey, Pumpkin! Bigelow Tea Has Recipes For National Pumpkin Month!

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October officially marks the arrival of pumpkin season! Wholesome and fibrous, eaten or slathered on as a beauty treatment, pumpkin, studies say, is packed with essential nutrients for healthy eyes, mood, weight and skin. Plus, its distinctively sweet & savory flavor and meaty texture gives the gourd the ability to be scrumptious in every meal of the day! So keeping this in mind, check out Bigelow Tea for the perfect blend of Pumpkin Spice Tea—made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—to enjoy on its own or infuse into some incredible recipes ranging from dessert to breakfast! Happy autumn!

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Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ 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 ½ cup (375mL) heavy cream
  • 24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (375mL) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pecan halves

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) spring-form 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 pie filling, 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.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Walnuts

Bigelow Tea Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, plus more for brushing
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Electric waffle maker (an 8 inch round waffle maker was used for this recipe)

Instructions

Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts for additional flavor. Steep tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove bags, being sure to squeeze thoroughly. Set tea aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add cooled tea, beaten eggs, and oil. Stir to combine. Gently fold in the walnuts (if desired). Preheat the waffle maker. When hot, lightly brush the surfaces with oil, to prevent sticking. Place about ⅔ cup of batter onto the hot waffle maker. Close top and cook for approximately 2 minutes (most waffle makers have an indicator light which will let you know when the waffle is ready), or until waffle is cooked through and surfaces are crisp. Remove to a platter. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

 

Sip & Savor Bigelow Tea During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month everyone is encouraged to learn more about the disease and to consider ways to help those affected by it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know that rest and relaxation can be important parts of the healing process. So today, brew a mug of Bigelow Tea and take some time out for yourself. And since it’s a month to “think pink,” why not give English Breakfast Tea (in its pretty pink box) a try! It’s the favorite of many tea lovers including @smartdinnerplan who tweeted about it recently!

Like mindful meditation or deep breathing, sipping a soothing cup of Bigelow Tea can help calm your mind, body and soul. Herbal blends, in particular, offer aromas and tastes that can just “take you away” from it all. Try Chamomile Mango or the truly comforting blend Sweet Dreams®. Green Tea is another option, and studies have shown that it can be a lovely and delicious part of your everyday wellness.

Because October happens to offer some of the year’s prettiest weather, it’s a wonderful time to walk and savor life. So, whether you march in a Breast Cancer awareness walk or just step outside and meander to the mailbox, enjoy some fresh air and think about your health this month. Bigelow Tea will be ready for you when you come back inside!

 

Feed Your Neighbors: Bigelow Tea Highlights Food Bank Week

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If you don’t know where your community food bank is, this is the time to find out. During National Food Bank Week this week, local communities are educating people about the importance of donating and volunteering at food banks in an effort to alleviate hunger in the United States. Bigelow Tea is committed to this cause and encourages others to help their hungry neighbors too.

Near the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, CT, the Connecticut Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. It is the state’s largest centralized source of donated, emergency food in Connecticut and provides food products to more than 650 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries and child and adult day programs.  The Connecticut Food Bank uses the money it receives from the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge to supplement its ongoing distribution of donated food during the holiday season to 164 food pantries, soup kitchens, school and other programs. In Idaho, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is a long-time support of the Idaho Food Bank too@IdahoFoodbank has even tweeted about Bigelow’s assistance there.

With Thanksgiving just a month away, remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a “feast.” With a little awareness and some donations from tea lovers all over the U.S., hungry families across the country can enjoy a special holiday season too.

Image via CTfoodbank.org