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Bigelow Tea Offers A Taste Of Tea-Infused Recipes Shared By Foodista

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Bigelow Tea knows many tea fans also appreciate great food.  And no matter what your culinary inclinations, chances are there’s a food blog to satisfy your cravings. Exploring this amazing variety of recipes and blog voices in one place is a joy with the website Foodista, a passionate community of food lovers and our sweepstakes partner for November!

Bloggers featured in Foodista’s first book, Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook, are among the many who have contributed recipes to the Foodista site. Today we wanted to take a moment to highlight two Foodista contributors and their yummy tea-infused recipes. Their creativity demonstrates what we’ve known for quite some time at Bigelow Tea: that tea isn’t just for drinking and can, in fact, take your cooking to the next level.

First up is Rhonda Adkins, a self-described “biker chick that loves to cook and ramble about whatever else crosses my mind.” Her blog, The Kitchen Witch, features an eclectic mix of recipes reflecting her “champagne taste and beer budget,” along with frank musings about her life in a large, blended family living in Great Falls, Montana. We think you’ll be captivated by her recipe for Chinese Tea Eggs!

Chinese Tea Eggs


6 eggs (any size)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (6 gm) black tea leaves, or 4 tea bags
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (5 gm) Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon (5 ml) (3 gm) coarse grain salt
toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


  1. In a large enough pot to avoid overcrowding, cover the eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for twelve minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and keep the cooking water. With a spoon, tap the eggs all over until they are covered with small cracks. This can also be done by tapping and rolling the eggs very gently on the counter.
  1. Return the eggs to the pan and add the tea leaves or bags, Chinese five spice powder, and salt. Cover the pan. Heat gently and simmer, covered, for one hour. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs cool down in the liquid for 30 minutes. Remove the eggs from the liquid. Peel one egg to check how dark it is; the others can be returned to the liquid if you wish to have the web-like pattern darker. Allow the eggs to cool fully.
  1. To serve, peel and slice the eggs in halves or quarters. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Also on the menu is a luscious Strawberry Mango Green Tea Limeade by Susan Keefe, a Canadian foodie. Her Seafield Farm blog is named for the Nova Scotia farm where her family gathers a few times each year.  She writes, “Not only is the blog a great way to record old family recipes and tasty culinary experiments, it also helps me maintain a strong connection with that special piece of land I was lucky enough to grow up on.”

Strawberry Mango Green Tea Limeade


1 cup of strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup of mango, peeled and cubed
1 cup lime juice
4 cups brewed green tea, chilled
1/4 cup simple syrup


  1. In a blender or food processor puree and blend the strawberries, mango, lime juice and simple syrup.
  1. Pour puree over ice in a large pitcher.
  1. Add chilled green tea and stir.
  1. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime wedges and fresh strawberries. 

We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes and that you’ll enter our sweepstakes today for a chance to win the Foodista cookbook or our grand prize, a “Constant Comment”® Personali-Tea Basket! Enter on our Bigelow Tea Facebook page by “liking” the page and clicking on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on November 30th! 

Recipes and photos via Foodista

Bigelow Tea Salutes Our Veterans And Their Heroic Families

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It has been said that “Freedom is Never Free.” That’s a powerful idea, and Bigelow Tea knows it’s something understood by the members of the U.S. military and their hard-working families at home. That’s why this month Bigelow Tea adds our voice to the chorus of those saying “thank you” during Military Family Appreciation Month!

November is an important opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by the families of our troops as their loved ones serve our country. It’s a challenging life of separation, worry and stress that these families endure with dignity. November also brings us Veteran’s Day, another time to celebrate the brave men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. Since 1938, November 11th has been a legal holiday, originally called Armistice Day. The name was changed to Veteran’s Day in 1954.

At Bigelow Tea we show our admiration for those in the military with our Tea for the Troops program. Special boxes of our American Classic Teas are distributed to those serving the country … to give them a taste of home and a warm cup of tea. We’re always thrilled to hear back from the troops after they receive the tea. It’s just one way we say thank you for your service to our brave military men and women … and their families!

So when you see someone in uniform, or meet their ever-vigilant families, don’t forget to thank them too, and not just in November. Their strength is our strength and we are all indebted to them for our freedoms. Join us as we bow our heads in deep gratitude for their sacrifices. 

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Bigelow Tea Adds Pizzazz to National Pomegranate Month

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Pomegranates have been consumed since ancient times, and today can be found in any produce section. The seeds of this red, juicy fruit are delicious on their own and are extremely versatile in recipes. November is National Pomegranate Month, and Bigelow Tea has a taste for its flavor in several of our tea blends including Pomegranate Black TeaGreen Tea With PomegranateOrganic Green Tea With Pomegranate & Acai and our herbal Pomegranate Pizzazz.

Moreover, we’ve concocted two specialty drinks that mix in our pomegranate herbal tea with other ingredients, and the results are worth celebrating! As the holiday season approaches, we hope you’ll find that the flavor of pomegranate can help make spirits bright at your gatherings. Give these two cocktails a stir!

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch


1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz™ Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Yield: Serves 6-8


1) Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove.
2) Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
3) Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir.
4) Serve immediately.

Pomegranate Bellini Mar-TEA-ni


Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups (310mL) boiling water
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Pomegranate seeds if available

Yield: Serves 4


1) Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.
2) Allow to cool, and then chill. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
3) To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled tea and mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange juice and one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: If a sweeter Mar-TEA-ni is desired, add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) of orange flavored liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Mariner, or Cointreau) to each drink.

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Bigelow Tea Is Thrilled To See Charleston Named Top U.S. City And World Destination!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a rich history, classic architecture and eminently well mannered citizens. These qualities recently helped the Charleston area earn the coveted 2012 Top US City rating from the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating out cities like New York and San Francisco! Bigelow Tea is proud to see that Charleston also earned the 2012 Worldwide No. 1 Ranking, topping cities like Florence, Italy and Cape Town South Africa! This is the second consecutive year for their No. 1 U.S. City ranking!

You know that Bigelow Tea loves Charleston too! After all our own Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island just outside Charleston. Tea lovers—and music, nature, and food lovers!—know that the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our First Flush FesTEAval, an annual event not to be missed. In fact, the First Flush FesTEAval was selected for its own award by the American Bus Association: it’s one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of all things Charleston! We couldn’t agree more with the designation of Charleston as “the place” to visit! If you make the trip, we do hope you’ll check Wadmalaw Island and take a tour of our tea gardens … and of course sample some of our home-grown pride and joy, American Classic Tea.

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All in the Family: Bigelow Tea Proudly Shares Its History

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

At Bigelow Tea we like to acknowledge many occasions and celebrations, great and small. During the month of November, one commemorative event is particularly near and dear to our hearts: Family Stories Month. Our history as a family-run business gives us a personal connection to this special time of year.

Our legacy begins with our founder and matriarch, Ruth Campbell Bigelow. An avid tea connoisseur, Ruth turned her interest in finding a “more zestfully flavored tea” into a hands-on project. In 1945, she experimented with a Colonial-era tea recipe by testing different methods for enhancing its flavor.

After family and friends tasted her new creation, a blend of orange rind and sweet spice, one person said to Ruth that people were commenting on her tea, constantly. And thus the name for our “Constant Comment® tea was born!

Since then, Bigelow has expanded to offer over 120 varieties, including green, iced and herbal teas. Plus, our leadership remains in the family! Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter is Bigelow Tea’s third-generation president.

As we’re proud to archive our family history, why not do the same with yours? Here are some ideas for celebrating Family Stories Month:

  • Draw up a family tree
  • Find genealogy resources, online or locally
  • Start writing a family journal or blog
  • Organize a family scrapbook.

This month, start putting stories about your family in writing or chronicling them with photos. It’s the best way to share them with future generations. And, of course, we highly encourage you to sip Bigelow Tea while doing so!


A Bigelow Tea Note Of Thanks

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I don’t need to tell you that Hurricane Sandy was a record storm that affected thousands in the Northeast and eastern seaboard region. Today, many families are still dealing with the unimaginable consequences of this devastating storm. All of us continue to pray for this entire area and hope for the best recovery possible.

Bigelow Tea, while affected, was fortunate when you take everything else into account. After being among the 97% of homes and businesses in the shoreline town of Fairfield, Connecticut that have been without power for nearly a week, I can now report that most power to the area has been restored and Bigelow Tea is once again fully operational and ready to serve.

I have to say, watching the service crews (from all over the country) driving down our roads to help restore our utilities and services was truly inspiring. I felt like I should honk and cheer as we passed them on the road to let them know just how appreciated they are after the 16 hour days they were putting into our community. I then watched the same kind of dedication from our amazing first-response team made up of Bigelow employees. These individuals worked long, exhausting hours to inspect our facility for safety and ensure systems were up and running before the full complement of Bigelow staff could return. These individuals are our true heroes in every sense of the word and all of us at Bigelow are so grateful. We are thankful for the leadership roles they demonstrated and for their ingenuity and perseverance and, even more important, for their camaraderie and concern shown to one another.

We are mostly grateful for everyone’s safety. At the end of the day, that is all that matters. Bless all of you that help mitigate the consequences of this challenging experience called Hurricane Sandy!

Cindi Bigelow

Bigelow Tea Treasures the Extra Hour for Daylight Savings Time

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Time. It can be elusive and, if we aren’t paying attention, it can slip away very quickly. Don’t we always wish for “the gift” of time? Well our wish will be granted, if only for a day. With the end of Daylight Savings time on Sunday, November 4th, we’ll receive one extra hour! Bigelow Tea couldn’t be more excited!

A controversial idea when it was adapted in 1918, Daylight Savings Time, was originally used locally during war times to save energy by extending daylight into the latter part of the day. During the energy crisis in 1974, Congress enacted standardized dates for the time observance. Today, Daylight Savings Time is viewed by many people as a convenience; to allow for extra hours of daylight during summer months. When Daylight Savings Time ended, which happened on Sunday, we received that extra hour … with brighter mornings to come.

At Bigelow Tea we know we—and many of our tea-loving friends—will be spending a few of those moments with a favorite cup of tea, perhaps sipping a cup of English Breakfast Tea. That would be a perfect way to start the day. But then what?

What to do with an extra hour? How about getting a jump-start on your day! Give yourself an added ounce of energy with a well-deserved breakfast with a Green Tea Chai and hit the road with a bang! Or, take the opposite approach and relax, pamper yourself. Getting up one hour earlier might mean a little more time to snuggle under a blanket with a cuppa’ Cozy Chamomile.

As the day approaches, we think we might have to take a minute with our next cup of tea and plan ahead for those extra moments in time! Let us know how you plan to spend your extra hour … and which tea will be by your side!

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It’s All About Family For Bigelow Tea’s Fan of The Month: Kim Anderson

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

With three beautiful daughters, a blog and a talent for creating art, Kim Anderson is someone Bigelow Tea was thrilled to meet! A tea lover—who even wrote a poem about “Constant Comment”® tea on her Art in Red Wagons blog—Kim was an easy choice for our latest Fan of the Month.

Kim is an extremely talented artist, a wife and a mother. We know it’s hard to juggle “it all” but Kim seems to do it with ease and grace. Maybe it’s all that tea she sips! When asked about a typical day, said “I’m up EARLY to get the kiddos ready for school. Then it’s time to create: working on my art, posting on my blog, adding new things to my Etsy shop … it’s like having a job—but it’s really playtime for me—doing what I love! It’s a very full and wonderful day!”

To our delight, Kim posted a photograph (below) of an adorable mug and her favorite tea, “Constant Comment.” Would you believe it was the very first tea she ever tried as a child? Kim tells us that “Constant Comment” was “my Grandmother’s favorite tea and it was she who poured my first cup. We would take time to have real tea in real china cups with real cream and little square sugar cubes. She always let me put a sugar cube in my pocket for later.” It’s stories like that that cause us to smile … and to feel the urge to pour another cup of tea.

A busy bee indeed, Kim still knows how to take time for herself. “I so enjoy peace and quiet! Those first few minutes in the morning before the whole house wakes up, I have my hot tea and the whole day stretched out before me. Ahhhhh … .” It sounds like her grandmother taught her well.

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your world and your wonderful tea heritage! We hope you continue to pass on the tradition of tea drinking you learned from your grandmother to your daughters … and we hope you still carry a sugar cube in your pocket to add to the sweetness of life!

Interested in being a featured fan yourself? Email us at to learn more!

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Bigelow Tea Announces 50 Winners For Our October TEA Shirt Sweepstakes

Thursday, November 1st, 2012



We are so excited to announce the winners of our October sweepstakes…50 winners will receive this very fun Bigelow TEA shirt in size large.  Please note that Bigelow Tea, due to Hurricane Sandy, will be delayed in reaching out to you to confirm your address (and delayed in shipping your prize).  Thanks so much for your patience and Enjoy!

Terri from Minnesota

Deborah from Michigan

Sharon from Georgia

Louise from Virginia

Paula from Ohio

Shelley from Ohio

Mary from Kansas

Mary from Utah

Bethany from Florida

Loretta from New York

Patricia from Indiana

Jay from Connecticut

BJ from North Carolina

Mirel from Minnesota

Tia from Alabama

Donjarnetta from Oklahoma

D from Alberta

Brandi from New York

Janet from Oregon

Ron from Texas

Susan from Illinois

Laura from Arizona

Amy from Connecticut

Jennifer from Michigan

Diane from Florida

Justin from Oregon

Kasey from Alabama

Celina from Connecticut

Tammie from Louisiana

Candy from Arkansas

Debbie from Texas

Dylan from New York

Sharon from Ontario

Carol from Florida

Katsushi from New Jersey

Ty from Pennsylvania

Deloma from Virginia

Linda from Kentucky

Rhonda from Illinois

Jamey from New Jersey

Jacqui from Kentucky

Michelle from New York

Michelle from California

Lynne from North Carolina

Nicole from New Jersey

Maria from Colorado

Evan from Illinois

Elizabeth from Tennessee

Tracy from Ohio

Ruthanna from South Carolina

Bigelow Tea And Team Up For A Delicious November Sweepstakes!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Hey foodies and Bigelow Tea lovers, we have a delicious November sweepstakes starting today! We’re teaming up with culinary website Foodista to present three lucky Grand Prize winners with a fabulous “Constant Comment”® Personali-tea Basket! It’s filled with irresistible goodies, including Bigelow Tea’s beloved first tea blend packaged in limited edition foil overwraps that commemorate vintage moments in “Constant Comment” history. One lucky second-prize winner will take home a Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook with recipes from 100 top food bloggers, along with a chic Foodista apron!

With the holidays right around the corner, we’re delighted to bring you prizes that are sure to jump-start your shopping and help refresh your recipe repertoire. You’ll definitely want to check out Foodista for your daily dose of food news, cooking tips, recipes, health and nutrition information, and more. And how fun that the growing database of user-added recipes includes several tea-inspired dishes! We’ll feature some of our favorites during November right here on our blog, so stay tuned!

Now for more about your Grand Prize:

Each “Constant Comment” Personali-tea Basket contains the following:

  • An assortment of Bigelow “Constant Comment” teas – 72 tea bags in all
  • Two (2) exclusively designed ceramic 16-oz Bigelow “Constant Comment” Personali-tea mugs
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers, 9 oz
  • Chocolate wafer rolls, 4.4 oz
  • Tea candy, 5.3 oz
  • Two (2) jars Savannah Bee Tea Honey, 3 oz each

Total Value: $49.95

Second Prize Total Value (cookbook and apron): $29.99

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on November 30th. Look for an announcement of the winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. A Good luck to all you foodies and tea lovers out there!