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Enter The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Sweeepstakes To Win Our Fall Tea Flavors!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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Bigelow Tea is sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving with our “Attitude of Gratitude” Sweepstakes! A total of 24 lucky winners will take home our delicious Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea – both brimming with irresistible autumn flavors! We invite you to enter for your chance to win … and while filling out the form, tell us in a few words what you’re grateful for this year. The simple pleasure of sipping a steaming cup of tea on a crisp, fall day is certainly at the top of our list!

The winners will receive one box each of our ever-popular “harvest teas.” Pumpkin Spice Tea is a masterful blend of the finest mountain-grown black teas, cinnamon, licorice root, clove, ginger and pumpkin flavor. Apple Cider Herb Tea is a caffeine-free blend of all-natural herbs and spices with the sweet taste of tree-ripened apples. Each of these teas is a soul-warming treat after a day of watching football, raking leaves or apple picking!

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the green teacup sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to enter more often!! The sweepstakes ends on November 29th.  Look for the names of the 24 lucky winners right here on our blog. Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Bigelow Tea Likes “Pete Campbell” Of TV’s Mad Men!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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At Bigelow Tea we do watch a little television now and then … and we’re mesmerized by the non-stop drama and fast paced deals that take place every week on the stylish AMC drama Mad MenThe show’s charm lies largely in the fascinating characters that roam throughout the 1960s-era show, from the dashing “Don Draper” (Jon Hamm) to the young but up-and-coming Pete Campbell, played by Vincent Kartheiser. The whole cast brings excitement to the storylines but it’s Mr. Kartheiser we’re looking at today, because while his character pulls in big business for the company, in real life the actor loves his tea!

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On Mad Men Vincent plays a baby-faced exec who gives his all for the firm, but at such a cost. He’s lost his wife, lost clients and lost his youth … all while taking a back seat to the ever-dashing Don Draper. Thanks goodness the actor’s real lifestyle is more relaxed and casual! In an interview in Ad Age Media News, Mr. Kartheiser sat in a Manhattan hotel room answering questions between sips of tea with honey.

And while we adore hot tea with honey, the Mad Men offices are all about cocktails! So, Bigelow Tea suggests blending the best of both worlds by making one of our inspiring Bigelow Tea cocktails. One of our mar-TEA-nis would be appropriate, like our White Chocolate Obsession Mar-TEA-ni or our very sophisticated“Constant Comment”® Cosmo (recipe below). Either, when served in an elegant martini glass, would be the perfect beverage to serve at your next Mad Men party! 

“Constant Comment” Cosmo

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Ingredients:

Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Garnish with orange twist

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer.

Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Image 1 by Jeffery via Flickr.com
Image 2 via Ad Age Media News

A Fan Shares Reflections Of Thirty Two Years Drinking Bigelow Tea

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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We were so excited to hear from Bigelow Tea fan Wanda from B.C., Canada, who started drinking Bigelow Tea 32 years ago! She began by drinking our mint teas and, she says, “I was hooked.”

Now, Wanda tells us, “Bigelow tea is the only tea I will use or have in my home.” Because they don’t sell her preferred varieties in Canada, she orders them directly from Bigelow Tea! One of favorites is Eggnogg’n Tea, which she orders by the case! She makes it “it with milk morning and night.”

Recently, Wanda ordered a “mixed selection (6 different kinds of tea in a case).” Her reaction?   “WOW … awesome.”

Best of all, Wanda says, “I always take my tea wherever I go. So far it has been to Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Mexico and soon to the Phillipines. You will always find a good selection in my RV just in case some of my friends want a great cup of tea.”

Wanda closed her note with the following: “Bigelow, don’t ever stop making the best tea. Sincerely, one very satisfied customer.”

Thanks, Wanda!

 

A Bigelow Tea-Inspired Dessert Is The Perfect Party Favor For Any Host

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Graduation parties, dinners, cookouts … the social calendar is chock-full right now. That means you may be piping up to ask, “what can I bring?” A lovely gesture, to be sure, but it’s even nicer to offer something specific – and out of the ordinary. A Bigelow Tea-inspired recipe would be just right! And since you can’t go wrong with dessert, we’re highlighting a few wow-worthy treats that are easy to make and have that tea-licious extra something to show how much you care. Try one the next time you’re invited!

Peach No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients:

4-6 Bigelow® Perfect Peach Tea Bags
1 box No-Bake Cheesecake Mix
Box-stated milk amount
Sliced peaches (optional)

Instructions:

Slightly ahead of time, place milk and tea bags in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until bubbles just start to form on sides, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Either refrigerate until cool or quick cool in the freezer. (Do not leave in freezer longer than 30 minutes.)

Prepare cheesecake according to package directions using tea and milk mixture instead of milk. 

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Raspberry Royale Angel Food Cake

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Ingredients:

Angel Food Cake:

1 Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea Bag
½ cup boiling water
1¾ cups sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1½ tsp. cream of tartar

*Raspberry Royale Icing:

1/3 cup brewed Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea
1½ cups sugar
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
Dash of salt
2 egg whites
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Place 1 Raspberry Royale Tea Bag in ½ cup of boiling water – let steep for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

Sift half of the sugar with the salt and cake flour.  Set remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, combine egg whites, brewed tea and cream of tartar.  Beat with electric mixer on medium speed.  Slowly sift the reserved sugar into the egg white mixture, beating continuously until medium peaks form.  Sift enough of the flour mixture into egg white mixture to just dust the top.  Using a spatula, gently fold the flower mixture and egg mixture together.  Using flour mixture, dust and fold again and continue repeating until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.  Spoon the mixture into an ungreased tube pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in cake comes out clean.

Cool upside down for one hour before removing cake from pan.

*Optional:  Top with Raspberry Royale Icing:

Place Raspberry Royale Tea Bag in 1/3 cup of boiling water – let steep for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

Place sugar, cream of tartar, salt, brewed tea and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.  Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.  Place pan over boiling water making sure that the top of the pan does not touch the boiling water, but sits above it.  Beat on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes.  Beat in vanilla.  Remove from heat and spread on cake.

Recipe submitted by Sarah Henery
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011
 

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Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea Bags (or Bigelow Mint Medley Herb Tea Bags)
½ cup water
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Yield: one 9″ x 13″ pan

Instructions:

These chewy brownies are packed with intense chocolate and mint flavor, thanks to Bigelow® Plantation MintTM Tea. If you prefer a caffeine-free tea alternative, substitute the same amount of Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.
Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags.

Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

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Independence Day Gives Us A Proud Smile At Bigelow Tea

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

btthursJuly 4th is one of those special days that just make us smile at Bigelow Tea. Smiles for the family reunions and picnics; thefireworks, parades and baseball games, and a special smile for the cherished freedoms that the day represents. Independence Day brings out patriotic displays all over the country, drawing us back to 1776 and the birth of our nation. And not just a new nation separating from oppressive British rule, but a new philosophy of freedom and powerful ideals, penned so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

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It was in the spirit of that freedom and independence that Bigelow Tea introduced the Tea for the Troops program, our specially packaged American Classic Tea which is proudly made right here in the USA at our Charleston Tea Plantation. Adorned in the image of old glory, our Tea for the Troops is one way that we say “thanks!” to all of those who guard our freedoms.

By the way, the term “Independence Day” was not in use until 1791. But even before John Hancock put his signature on the Declaration of Independence, founding father John Adams described what the new nation’s holiday should be like. In a letter to his wife Abigail Adams dated July 3rd 1776, he wrote that there should be celebration throughout history with “…pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other …!” An apt description, but of course we would add everything Iced Tea to that prescription!

We all remember that tea played an important role in the struggle for independence, and today—brewed and poured over ice—it’s the perfect beverage to keep us cool and hydrated on a busy July 4th!  A happy and safe holiday to all!

 

Bigelow Tea Salutes Those Who Have Served

Monday, May 27th, 2013

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Bigelow Tea appreciates all that the Memorial Day holiday represents: honoring those who have served our country loyally and who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our freedom. We join with all Americans today as we celebrate the dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces, with reflection and deep thanks.

It was in the spirit of recognizing this service that Bigelow Tea proudly introduced the Tea for the Troops program nearly four years ago. We use only our American Classic Tea, grown 100% on American soil at our Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. We package it into a specially designed box and send it to the troops, all as our way of thanking them and bringing a little bit of “home” to those serving overseas. We know that our Tea for the Troops program has made an impact for many; we have received wonderful feedback from men and women in uniform, letting us know that they appreciate our efforts to say “thanks for your service!”

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The President of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow knows about the power of tea. She calls the Tea for the Troops program “…our version of a thank you card … one of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.” We are all proud to show our thanks with our Memorial Day message of gratitude and thanks.  As you take part in the traditional promise of the day  and kicking off summertime with parades, picnics and barbecues, please take some time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have bravery served, and all that we owe them!

Image by eddiecoyote via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Get Creative With Their Favorite Teas!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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We know Bigelow Tea fans are extremely resourceful, especially when it comes to finding imaginative uses for tea! Still, we were bowled over by the enthusiastic response to a question we posed recently on Facebook: “Do you use Bigelow Tea bags for anything other than brewing tea … like composting or cleaning furniture?” So many of you chimed in with awesome tea-inspired ideas that we had to share a few of our favorites here!

Bethany summed up tea’s remarkable versatility with her comment: “All my tea bags get composted when I’m through with them. I’ve also used them for burns or to soothe skin irritation. Tea is a wonderful thing!” We agree, Bethany!

Yes, from the garden, to the kitchen, to your craft center or beauty cabinet, tea has myriad applications. Here’s a sampling from our Facebook chat:

“I put the Earl Grey in shortbread. It’s sooo good.” – Terry

Plantation Mint Tea (after making tea) run under cool water then use as eye compress to relieve morning puffiness.” – Lee

“[I] Use them for staining paper for artwork!” – Caren

“… I used tea also to dye a pillow slip to make it look aged—my son was going as a robber for Halloween and I made the slip into an old style money bag …”  – Becky

“Sunburns and for a quick glow, take a tea bath.” – Alyssa

“Cooled off green tea bags are great to help the cracked skin around your fingernails from dryness … and also as a compress on your eyes … and also for itchy rashes! I have tried all and it works!! Love my Green Tea!” – Bernice

Thanks to all who shared … and we must offer one more from Stephen, who recommends composting your tea bag “but only after steeping the tasty goodness into water!” Absolutely!

 

Bigelow Tea Offers Last-Minute Mother’s Day Suggestions

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

btwedStill trying to figure out Mother’s Day plans? Bigelow Tea has last-minute advice on making Sunday, May 12th quite memorable. First, be sure to pick a gift that shows thoughtfulness and taste. Our dark brown Wicker Teacup and Saucer basket ($25.95) holds a mix of 13 different tea varieties—from Chinese Oolong to Vanilla Caramel—and gives Mom a total of 104 tea bags to choose from. She can refill it later on with more tea, a plant or anything else!

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For a mom on the go, how about our brand new “Find Your Balance” hoodie? Luxuriously soft with a flattering shape, this hoodie will accompany Mom to the spa, on errands or on any casual day at home. Best of all, it has a tiny pocket on the front that’s just big enough for a key or your favorite Bigelow Tea bag!

Don’t stop there! Surprise her with another delight: a delicious treat everyone has a hand in making. Cook up family-friendly recipes like our Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit or Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies. Happy Mother’s Day … and enjoy your time together as a family!

Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit

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Ingredients:

1 cup (250mL) plain yogurt (non-fat yogurt not recommended)
¼ cup (60mL) boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea Bags
3 tablespoons (45mL) powdered sugar
Chopped dried cranberries for garnish (optional)

Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes.

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb tea bags. Let stand for 10 minutes. Mix yogurt and powdered sugar. Add 4 tablespoons (60mL) tea mixture and stir well. Place in an attractive bowl and garnish with cranberries (if desired). Place a variety of fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya and bananas around the dip

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea Bags (or Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags)
½ cup water
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Yield: One 9″ x 13″ pan

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Instructions:

These chewy brownies are packed with intense chocolate and mint flavor, thanks to Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea. If you prefer a caffeine-free tea alternative, substitute the same amount of Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.

Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags.

Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Yield:  24 Servings

 

Bigelow Tea Wins Fairfield County Business Council’s Healthy Workplaces Award

Monday, April 8th, 2013

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Pictured above are (left to right) Chris Bruhl, President & CEO of the Business Council of Fairfield County, Pat Sorgenti, Corporate HR Manager, Bigelow Tea, and John King, Co-Chair of the Business Council’s Wellness Roundtable

We’ve got big news to share! The Business Council of Fairfield County recently presented Bigelow Tea with the Platinum “Healthy Workplaces Best Practices Award!” This award, which recognizes local businesses that offer health/wellness programs, marks the first platinum-level prize we’re received. 2013 also marks the fourth time we at Bigelow Tea have been honored for our health endeavors. Employee satisfaction is one of our company “prior-i-TEAs,” so we provide many wellness initiatives to our employees to keep their health and happiness in our workplace strong.

Our Corporate HR Manager Pat Sorgenti was on hand to receive the award, and Bigelow Tea owes many thanks to our entire HR Department. Their hard work is making it easier for Bigelow Tea employees to get involved in these programs. Our year-round offerings include a variety of activities that appeal to different personal interests and needs. They range from our “Lunch & Learn” sessions on various health and nutrition topics, to at work yoga programs, to blood pressure screenings and even a Weight Watchers program.

Employee participation is voluntary, but our programs have quite a turnout! “We take health seriously at Bigelow Tea,” says our President and CEO, Cindi Bigelow. “We’re delighted to provide these services to our employees. In the end we all benefit.” Yes, we do!

 

April Fan Of The Month Harriet Manice Keeps The Beat With Bigelow Tea!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Bigelow Tea is essential to the rhythm of daily life for singer/photographer Harriet Manice, and she certainly proves it in a clever video (below) where she sings while keeping the beat on one of our Green Tea boxes! We are so excited to introduce this talented young artist as Bigelow Tea’s April Fan of the Month and to showcase her music, which will impress you as much as her tea-drinking habits!

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When we came across Harriet’s video, we were captivated by her rendition of the song “Some Nights” by fun. and had to learn more. She was more than happy to share the inspiration for the video. “The song idea comes from a movie called Pitch Perfect, and in that scene she uses a cup to create the beat. I always drink Green Tea before and after I sing, because it soothes my voice, so I thought it would be more fitting to use the Green Tea box,” Harriet explains. Love it!

Harriet has been drinking many varieties of Bigelow Tea for “as long as I can remember,” thanks to her mom, who kept lots of flavors lined up on the kitchen counter. Nowadays, Harriet is focusing on her passion for singing and photography. “Some days are spent at home listening, researching, and writing music; other days I am in the recording studio laying down a track or two. When it comes to photography, I love exploring the streets of New York City and capturing day-to-day life moments,” she says.

Harriet’s other favorite Bigelow Teas are Earl Grey in the morning and Cozy Chamomile in the evening. Now that’s what we call getting into a groove with tea! Connect with Harriet on Facebook, where you will find a link to more of her fantastic music. Enjoy!