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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!

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??

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!

‘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.

5 Bigelow Tea Sustainability Efforts That Celebrate Earth Month … All Year Long

Earth Month is all of April so let’s celebrate!

Anyone and everyone can do something good for the Earth this month (and, well, all year round!), whether it’s big or small. And that includes Bigelow Tea– it’s about practicing business philosophies that help, not harm. In fact, it’s in our mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.”

So why do the right thing for the planet? As third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”

Need some inspiration for ways to be earthier this month? Read on for some of Bigelow Tea’s famous “SustainabiliTea” efforts and get motivated!

  1. Supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions, our planet stays in good shape for future generations.  By installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters, our yearly effort produces about 200,000 kWh which is enough energy to power 527 homes for an entire year, using nothing but the power of the sun.
  1. We’ve been reducing our energy use for years! This has led to a nearly 10 million kWh reduction where energy has been reduced by over 2.5 million kWh in just our Fairfield plant alone through energy efficiency measures. That’s the equivalent of planting 41 million trees. How have we done this? One way is by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs in offices in all our facilities. So simple, yet so effective – anyone can change their light bulbs to make a difference!
  1. Bigelow Tea has achieved “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. What that means is we’re following the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance, which says that a company can claim being a zero waste to landfill facility if no more than 10 per cent of their waste ends up in a landfill.
  1. Bigelow Tea, with the goal of preserving land, purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003 to save 127 acres of land from real estate development. Today, the plantation has hosted well over 100,000 visitors.
  1. We try to act on the bees’ behalf! Bigelow’s Green Team has planted flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence to help provide bees with a better natural habitat.

Feeling inspired now? We hope so!  And hey if you need more encouragement, check out these Bigelow Tea activities planned for each day of Earth Week (April 17-22):

  • Recycling drives for electronics, towels for local animal shelters and business clothing (women’s and men’s) to benefit  Dress for Success
  • Educational exhibits on container gardening, lighting , recycling and composting
  • Lunch and learn with  the Back Yard Bee Keepers Association
  • Plant tours of our facility to showcase our sustainability efforts and our solar panels
  • Local foods will be served in the cafeteria
  • Raffle prizes – packets of seeds, tee shirts, plants  and more

So how will you observe Earth Month? Let us know by sharing anywhere online and tag with #TeaProudly!

#TeaProudly At Its Best!

bigelow tea earl grey

So what’s the deal with #TeaProudly? How does this work?  It’s simple! We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important cause who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea times with friends and family and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

So just in case you missed some of these special #TeaProudly confessions online, we have brought you some fun tidbits right here. Hey, maybe this will inspire you to leave your own tea thoughts in the comments of this blog, on our TeaProudly site, or anywhere in social (just tag with #TeaProudly so we can join in on the fun!).

Check out the fun tea drinking friends:

Question: describe a day that you could live over and over again (and did it include tea?)

Denise Darcell 

When I received my Ph.D., It was cold and I had my shiny Red mug filled with lemon tea.

Barbara Oliver 

Christmas in Quebec City, with the snow coming down. Love my Bigelow Orange spice tea with honey!

Lexi Jones

Our honeymoon day in Arai Ryokan in Izu Japan. The tea set up was incredible in our traditional room. Hot springs were out of this world!

Ahhh, favorite Bigelow Tea flavors from our TeaProudlyites:

Rebecca Alicia Gandara

Vanilla caramel. I never liked hot tea until I tried this and it’s the only kind I like. I drink it every day I’m at work.

Elizaabeth Lewis

Earl freakin grey……Bigelow makes THE best.

Barbara Watson Orsborn

Earl Grey and Green Earl Grey are my favorites but a cup of Constant Comment on a cold, rainy/snowy day rocks my world.

Katie Parker

Peppermint! A classic that never gets old. I’m having a cup right now! Yum!!

Emmalyn Shilts

Lemon Lift! <3 Always lifts my mood up.

Sandra Foster
Sweet Dreams is my absolute favorite tea.

Check out one of our most recent polls:

bigelow tea poll

Saturdays still in bed in our pajamas with a book and tea?  Yes…let’s all do that and live the #TeaProudly lifestyle!!!

This is What World Water Day Means To Tea

bigelow tea water

Water, water everywhere- and Bigelow Tea gets just how important it is to have more than a drop to drink!

World Water Day takes place today, March 22nd, which gives us a chance to give some love to water-related concerns around the globe. The day was introduced in 1992 when the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommended an international observance for water. Since then, people have used this day as a perfect opportunity to learn and share more about water and its local and global importance.

So what does this day have to do with tea? Water is, of course, of the utmost importance to making a terrific cup of the good stuff! Depending on what tea you’re drinking, each variety has its own rules for water. Here are some tea tips to always keep top of mind!

  • Fresh, cold water is a must-have for tea perfection. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf for full flavor extraction, so you should make sure that you let tap water run for around 30 seconds before filling the tea kettle! And if using bottled water, be sure to shake the bottle to oxygenate the water first.
  • What to do with black, oolong, herb and rooibos teas: You’ll always want to bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour it over the tea bag.
  • The rules for green and white teas: Bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form, then pour it over the tea bag pronto.

Cindi Bigelow also spills the beans (or should we say tea leaves?) on how water plays a role in brewing the perfect cup of tea in the below fascinating video. Did you know how much more delicious tea can be when the water is just right? Then watch and be amazed!

So, how do you like to brew your tea? Share your secrets for making your cup just right, and tag #teaproudly!

Image by Evan Wood via Flickr

What Are Your Favorite Family Tea Memories?

bigelow tea memoriesOne of the tea facts we love most about Bigelow is how making tea and sharing a mug together transcends generations – whether you’re just discovering tea for the first time or have spent many years being a tea fan, everyone can turn teatime into time well spent together! Tea is truly a feel good beverage – not just good for your own well-being but for your favorite company too. We think tea is the catalyst for the best memories!

And speaking of awesome memorable family moments, we just had to share these stories from our tea community which are super amazing examples of how tea brings families closer.

Doreen MacDonald:

As a little girl, my mother would pour me a little cup of “Constant Comment”® when she fixed herself a pot of tea in the evening. Such a wonderful memory of the time shared and the smell of the fresh brewed tea. I still have the cup……

Maria La Fave:

Sitting with my mom and drinking tea (Bigelow Plantation Mint actually). We always used to sit by my family’s old wood stove and sip two, sometimes three cups, while talking the morning away. I have since moved to another state, but those will always remain some of my fondest memories.

Pat New Fearnside:

Constant Comment”® — Growing up, when we had snow days with no school, we’d come in from the cold and Mother would make a teapotful of it. So good! I also add it to my iced tea.

Lin Gregerson:

Still my favorite since late 1950’s when Mom would fix little cups of it as a treat for us girls. Just bought 2 boxes of the decaf to enjoy in the evenings. If I’m craving something sweet, just adding a dash of mild honey or sugar really brings out the orange flavor and nips the craving quickly.

What’s your family’s tea tradition? Share it and tag #TeaProudly.

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

5 Reasons To #TeaProudly With Us

bigelow tea proudly
Sooo… this whole #TeaProudly thing… you’ve seen it on social media, maybe you’ve even used the hashtag. If not, let’s have a recap. First and foremost, #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together.

Where did it all begin, you may wonder? Well, you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on—one tea bag at a time—we have 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 highest quality, most delicious cup of tea (listen to president and CEO Cindi Bigelow explain #TeaProudly and what it means to the family and the company!).

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right?

  1. Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.
  2. Tea is now considered trendy, with 42 percent of Americans under age 30 preferring to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  3. Tea is warm and cozy. It soothes the soul, one cup at a time.
  4. Tea connects people, invites conversation and makes memories.
  5. #TeaProudly is a celebration for those who take pride in even the little things. And for those who find joy in the simplicity of the day-to-day—like these awesome #TeaProudly mugs.

bigelow tea prouly mugs

Just think, millions of us share the love of tea in common. This, we believe, is something to talk about… something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement
we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community and we’re welcoming tea lovers across the country to chime in.

Tell us why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. And we showed you one of our favorite #TeaProudly mugs—what’s yours?

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments (and mugs!) using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!  And while celebrating our tea drinking together, why not win tea prizes by entering here!!  Good luck!