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Baking With Our January Fan Of The Month And Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Earlier this month we introduced you to Tiffany King, our January Fan of the Month! Tiffany, who home schools her children, also creates recipes and writes about home cooking on her Eat at Home blog. Best of all, even though she’s super-busy, Tiffany always manages to find time for a cup of Bigelow Tea!

Recently Tiffany was inspired to create some sweet, spiced muffins using Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea! We wanted to share the recipe for Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping with you today. We hope you’ll break out the muffin pan and give it a try!

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

For the topping:

5 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbs. butter
5 Tbs. flour

Instructions:

Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 1 dozen muffins

Notes: To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and 1/4 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

 

Joss Stone Sips Super-Spiced Tea

Monday, December 10th, 2007

In our most recent celebrity tea sighting, British soul singer Joss Stone was recently spotted sipping a super spicy tea concoction. According to a November 27th story in The New York Times, Stone  enjoyed peppermint tea “laced with ginger and cayenne” during a rehearsal break while chatting with country music darling LeAnn Rimes.  The singers were preparing for an upcoming episode of the CMT (Country Music Television) series “Crossroads.” 

Many claim that the addition of ginger and cayenne to tea is good for the throat. And, indeed, Stone needed to keep her vocal chords in tip top shape during the four days of recording.

You can hear Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes in CMT’s Crossroads:  Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Or view the show’s online videos at the CMT website.

Bigelow Tea Uncovers the Mysteries of Chai

Friday, August 5th, 2016

bigelow tea vanilla chaiWe love to respond to Bigelow Tea fan questions and this was a good one so we wanted to share it with you as well.  A reader asked. “What is Chai?”  The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea, but let’s look a bit more closely at this historical brew.

Chai originated in the East and dates back to thousands of years ago as a concoction sipped by Eastern royalty, though it did not actually contain tea leaves at the time. The drink grew in popularity when the British set up tea plantations in India in the 1800’s, leading to widespread variations across the country and eventually the rest of the world.  Chai was often used as a healthful tonic for common ailments such as colds or indigestion.

Chai is typically a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon.  It may also be made with green tea.  Spices and sweeteners may vary based on preference so if you are up for a tea change,  check out our Spiced Chai (also available in Decaf), Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai,  Chocolate Chai (Yum!), and Caramel Chai as they will be sure to keep you coming back to the kettle for another cup.

Now, how many of you hesitate to talk about how much you love Chai as an alternative to morning coffee or an irresistible beverage any time of day just because you are not exactly sure how to pronounce it?  Is it “ch I” or “k I?”  The answer is: ch I.  In fact, Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages.

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So now that you have some history and Chai and you know how to pronounce it, which Bigelow Chai flavor will be your first choice to try?

Spice Up Your Tea Time With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

bigelow tea vanilla chai black teaArtful blending of hand-picked black tea and exotic spices with just the right amount of vanilla is the secret to a Bigelow Tea masterpiece: Vanilla Chai Tea where the distinctively delicious flavor and heady aroma of Vanilla Chai can be enjoyed using the single-serving K-Cups, as well as our tea bags. This flavor is one of four varieties offered in the Bigelow Tea K-Cup line.

vanilla chai bigelow teaFor the uninitiated, Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea is a great choice when you crave a rich, soul-satisfying treat. It’s the ideal afternoon pick-me-up or dessert alternative to tame your sweet tooth in the evening. Chai itself is a beloved beverage in India, where it has a long and fascinating history. The milky tea beverage westerners refer to as chai is actually known as “masala chai” or “spiced tea” in India. Masala chai recipes abound in that country and vary by region, but commonly used spices include cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves.

Milk and sweetener are essential ingredients in traditional masala chai to balance the spicy notes in the tea. Adding a touch of both to Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Tea brings out the vanilla for a superb flavor sensation. Sweet and spicy all at the same time! However you prefer it – brewed from a tea bag or a K-Cup – Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea is sure to add spice to your life! As @AshlyFahlstrom tweeted, it is “The. Best.”

Add Some Zing To The Table With Bigelow Tea’s Signature Spice Cake

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Looking to bring a bit of spice to your baking repertoire? Look no further than one of Bigelow Tea’s most popular recipes: “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. Considered to be the “signature cake” using Bigelow Tea’s flagship blend, this spice cake has been teasing taste buds for years—ever since the era when “Constant Comment”® was first introduced.

There’s a lot of history behind this flavor (and this recipe). In 1945, founder Ruth Bigelow’s revolutionary spirit created the very first Bigelow Tea, which generated constant comment among those who sampled it. She named it “Constant Comment”® of course! In doing so, she challenged well-known tea brands and helped establish specialty tea in America. Seventy years later, under the third generation of family leadership, Bigelow Tea produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 varieties of blackgreen and herbal teas in may flavors and varieties. Each tea bag is individually overwrapped in signature foil pouches that protect the tea from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, keeping all the flavor and freshness in until you’re ready to enjoy!

This expert blending and zealous protection of flavor not only makes for a fantastic tea, it also makes a spectacular ingredient for the “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. It’s a sweetly-spiced dessert as timeless as the tea with which it’s made. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

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  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-⅔ cups flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Confectioners sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″” round cake pan. Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags squeezing out liquid. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners sugar.

 

What’s Your “Cup of Tea” When Drinking Bigelow Tea?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016


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The expression “cup of tea” is often used to mean something you really enjoy and savor … and if a cup of Bigelow Tea is your “cup of tea,” then you’ll be delighted to know that January is Hot Tea Month!

There are so many ways to savor hot tea this January. Some Bigelow Tea lovers count on a good, strong black tea to wake up in the morning. (Facebook fan Eugene Usow swears by American Breakfast with honey, “hands down.”) Others sip their favorite green teas during an afternoon break from a hectic life. And many tea fans look forward to evening, when a hot mug of a favorite herbal blend is the perfect way to end the day.

bigelow tea chocolate chai

During Hot Tea Month, why not try tea at a new time—or try a new variety or recipe!—to shake up your usual routine. You might even consider having tea for dessert. A hot mug of Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea (made with Bigelow Spiced Chai, milk, cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa) makes a great little indulgence after any meal!

When it comes to tea, it’s all good! But we’d love to know: which Bigelow Tea is your “cup of tea”?

 

Fill Your Cup With Holiday Cheer… and Bigelow Tea!

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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When you need to warm up after the outdoor activities or impress your guests without much fuss, a cuppa cheer is the way to go! And by cheer, we mean Bigelow Tea, of course! During this festive (and entertainment-filled) season, it’s the perfect time to introduce new cocktails (and mocktails), and Bigelow Tea has you covered with recipes for Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered RumSparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch, and Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch. Whip up one—or all—of these delish drinks and toast to the holidays!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum bigelow tea egg noggin

Ingredients

  • 6 tea bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea*
  • 6 cups (48-ounces) hot water
  • Spiced Butter:
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
  • Whipped cream, optional

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

Instructions

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 6 Bigelow “”Constant Comment””® Tea Bags
  • 2 quarts Sparkling Water**
  • 1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
  • Garnish with Orange Slices

Instructions

In a saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool; then chill. Just before serving time, combine tea, sparkling water or Champagne, juice concentrates, and pineapple in a large punch bowl. Garnish with Orange Slices ** Celebrating a special event? Spark it up by substituting 1-½ to 2 bottles of Champagne for the Sparkling Water

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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*Variations: Substitute 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal tea bags for the Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz and substitute ½ cup fresh raspberries for the pomegranate seeds.

Instructions

The bright red color of this sparkling punch is perfect for the holidays. The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds makes it extra-festive! Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

 

Bigelow Tea’s Darjeeling Meets Its Match

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Darjeeling Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea would like to introduce you to the “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling. An elegant black tea grown high in the remote Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is revered for its delicate astringency balanced by a fragrant, nutty aroma. What’s more, this tea actually pairs well with some of fall’s heartiest foods!Bigelow Tea Roast Pork recipe

Yes, Darjeeling’s delicately robust spice and woody muscatel notes marry well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward red meat dishes. This autumn, pair it with Bigelow Tea’s Roast Pork with Spiced Apple (pictured above).The tender and succulent pork tenderloin will be both savory and sweet thanks to the seasoned apples and the addition of some Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal TeaDarjeeling Black Tea Box Bigelow Tea

Food and beverage pairings are nothing new. Think wine & cheese, beer & pretzels and even milk & cookies! With so many varieties of Bigelow Tea out there, the combinations are limitless! So give this particular pairing a try … and post your thoughts on how each component compliments the others. Or feel free to just eat, sip and enjoy!

Welcoming Autumn With Bigelow Tea’s Fall Flavors

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Autumn officially begins today, and at Bigelow Tea that means it’s time to start thinking about fall flavors. Apples, pumpkins, caramel … these are some of the tastes and aromas that evoke that quintessential feeling of autumn. Bigelow Tea has several teas that are bursting with these flavors, so turn on the kettle and get ready to sip some fall in a cup!

bigelow pumpkin spice

Pumpkin Spice is a hearty spiced tea, the ideal blend to sip on a chilly morning or crisp afternoon. Pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves give it its well-rounded flavor … and even though it has the taste and aroma of fall, it’s so good that it’s truly a blend for all seasons.

bigelow apple cider

Apple Cider is one of Bigelow Tea’s most delightful herbal teas. As @Bombshellexi simply put it on Twitter: “yummmmmmmmm.” It’s all natural, caffeine free, and made with apple, hibiscus and cinnamon. The seasonal flavors are perfect for celebrating the fall equinox today … or any occasion, really!

bigelow salted caramel

If you like sweet and salty, sip Bigelow Tea’s Salted Caramel. This hand-picked black tea has that melty caramel essence with a hint of salt. A fall treat, especially with a splash of milk and a little sweetener.

And if you want to celebrate the fall with our Harvest Tea Triple Pack, who are we to stop you?

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So, today, as we mark the transition from summer to fall, let Bigelow Tea and these seasonal blends remind you what makes fall so truly special!

 

Bigelow Tea Wonders If You Add Milk To Tea

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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The beauty of tea is that each drinker can customize his or her cup and decide whether to include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! While some parts of making the perfect cup of Bigelow Tea are a must per third generation president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, who always recommends putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water—other options are a matter of personal choice.

One hotly debated topic in the tea world is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s talk about milk today. If you do like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the hot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea community discussion. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards!

bigelow tea spiced chai

Bigelow Tea’s delicious chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced ChaiFacebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” The good news is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, Bigelow Tea’s spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cuppa! Enjoy!