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Bigelow Tea Respectfully Disagrees With Kermit The Frog

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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A beloved Muppet amphibian once said “it’s not easy being green.” And while Kermit The Frog’s feelings are certainly valid, Bigelow Tea has shown not only that it is easy being green … but that being green is the only way to go!

Muppets Most Wanted, the latest caper featuring Kermie and friends, opens on March 21st. And with March being a month full of all things “green,”—St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring to name a few—it seems like an appropriate time to mention Bigelow Tea’s green sustainabili-TEA initiatives.

In addition to energy conservation steps and waste reduction programs, one green effort that swamp-loving Kermit would appreciate is the Bigelow family’s land preservation efforts. Company founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow had the vision to acquire open space in New Hampshire.  Today, the family shares Ruth’s commitment to support New Hampshire’s land conservation program with a firm commitment to hold and maintain the 220 acres in its current undeveloped condition.

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And if living green and being green isn’t quite enough, there’s always sipping green too! Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea is smooth and flavorful. And, there are so many Green Tea varieties—from mint to mango to Earl Grey—that there’s definitely a taste to please every palate (and perhaps even every Muppet)!

Thanks, Kermit, for making “being green” look fun!

Image by Kevin Galens via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Welcomes Spring!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Spring starts officially tomorrow, woohoo! Goodbye snow and hello springtime flowers. As the days grow longer and the warm sun dazzles the senses, Bigelow Tea thinks it’s time to trade those fuzzy boots for sandals and add ice to that delightful Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai or any flavor that you prefer…ice your favorite or combine flavors to celebrate the new season.

Bigelow Tea fans like Facebook friend Staci have been having Sweet Dreams of sunshine throughout this long, cold winter. Take advantage of warmer days by heading outside with your best friends to enjoy a nice chat and your favorite Bigelow Tea on ice. Looking to make the perfect cup of iced tea? Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow offers great how-to tips in this video:

Or, if you want a cool, upscale and slightly naugh-TEA sip, this I Love Lemon Gin Fizz recipe is for you. For a few more springtime entertainment tips, head over to the Bigelow Tea Pinterest board dedicated to tea parties.

What is your favorite springtime Bigelow Tea?

Image thanks to @bohobunnie

Get Green For The Game With Bigelow Tea

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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For those diehard football fans who are actually attending the big game on Sunday, please, for the love of all that is good, bundle up! Fortunately, they’ll be giving ticketholders earmuffs and hats for this first non-dome NFL championship game in a cold—seriously cold—city. For the rest of you, stay toasty in front of the TV with a cup of Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Green Tea is the tea of choice for Sunday. Why, you ask? Because it’s a favorite of Phil Simms (one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite football players!) and there’s kind of a “green” theme going on at the stadium this year. Yep, MetLife Stadium is home to Gang Green, the New York Jets, during the regular season and (this just in!) the dining there is going to be the “greenest in history.” Niice! The venue is the first Certified Green Restaurant stadium from the Green Restaurant Association and is the largest food service operation ever to receive this certification. (They compost, they recycle, they’re proud of their accomplishments … hmmmm … this sounds like a certain family-run tea company and and it’s Sustainabili-TEA initiatives!)

Simms has been busily analyzing the season in his Bigelow Tea Sports Report, (thanks for the retweet Bonnie Stewart!) and picks Seattle to go all the way over the Broncos.  Do you think he has had a change of heart?  What do you think? And which variety of Bigelow Tea will you be drinking on Sunday? #Bigelow #GreenTea #PhilSimms #BigelowFamily

 Image by 19Melissa68 via Flickr.com

Thank You Begins With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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1. Even if it was a six-pound fruit cake, a gift’s a gift and a “thank you” is still in order. So whether you send a tweet, a paperless message or even—gasp!—an actual  handwritten note, say “thanks” during National Thank You Month! And, hey, slipping a foil-wrapped Bigelow Tea bag into the envelope would make your “thank you” so awesome that the recipient might even thank you for your thank you. Wait, now we’re getting confused.

2. During the month of January offer a little shout-out to the people who hosted you, gifted you and made you smile over the holidays. And while you’re in the thanking mood, hop online and express your gratitude for tea! Bigelow Tea lovers aren’t afraid to proclaim their love for the drink. According to @twolinepass  I love lemon is the “greatest hot beverage” ever. Anyone in agreement?

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3. Thanking others is really a year-round deal, but this month in particular, a little “thank you” will go a long way.

Image by adihrespati via Flickr.com

The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

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Today’s your last opportunity to enter the “Attitude of Gratitude” Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes for your chance to win our amazing harvest teas! Enter on our Facebook page by midnight EST and you could be one of 24 lucky winners! Simply “like” our page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Look for the names of the winners on our blog.

We are incredibly grateful for our many loyal Bigelow Tea fans, and are delighted to join in the spirit of Thanksgiving by offering this sweepstakes. The 24 lucky prize winners will receive one box each of our Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea, both of which feature fall flavors like cinnamon, cloves and licorice root. Delicious … and the aroma? Heavenly!

Enter the sweepstakes TODAY … and take a minute to tell us what you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Add a few words in the form or we’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below, on Facebook or via Twitter.

All of us at Bigelow Tea hope that your Thanksgiving was a joyous occasion, filled with wonderful food, family, friends and lots of laughter!

 

Happy Hanukkah From Bigelow Tea!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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As the Festival of Lights begins tonight, the Bigelow Tea family wishes all those celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving a happy “Thanksgivukkah”!

Image via @flickr by Robert Couse-Baker

 

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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