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Bigelow Tea Gets Hands on During National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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On August 2, Bigelow Tea is taking a “hands-on” approach to eating ice cream. This date marks National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and this portable “sammie” is definitely worth biting into. Plus, there are so many varieties to enjoy. Not only can the frozen confection that is placed inside vary in flavor but so can the sandwich’s top and bottom layers—think cookies, cake slices, wafers, or evenprofiteroles!

And while eating them is most certainly delightful, ice cream sandwiches are also fun and easy tomake. Start off with our recipe for Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches, below. It packs in richness with our Vanilla Caramel Tea. And speaking of tea, since it’s August now—and the height of peach season—we think our peach teas would be great to sip alongside this dessert. Maybe serve our Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea with your icy sandwiches. Enjoy!

Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups (409mL) whole milk
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags*
2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (160mL) sugar
48 chocolate or vanilla wafers – 2 ½ inches in diameter

Yield: Makes 1 quart (1L) = 24 ice cream sandwiches

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*Delicious alternatives – any of our Bigelow® Teas – suggested flavors are “Constant Comment®”, Vanilla ChaiPlantation Mint®, French Vanilla or Spiced Chai.

Instructions:

Requires Ice Cream Maker
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup milk (reserve remaining milk for later use) and 6 Vanilla Caramel tea bags over medium heat until bubbles are visible. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags, remove and discard.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the tea/milk mixture, remaining milk, cream and sugar. Pour back into sauce pan and heat over low heat until the custard thickens but does not boil. Remove from heat and strain; chill.

Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions. Place in a plastic container and store in freezer until ready to make sandwiches.

To make sandwich:
Let ice cream soften slightly, then place a small scoop on flat side of cookie, top with another cookie and press gently. If desired, roll the sides of the sandwiches through rainbow or chocolate sprinkles to coat ice cream. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour; wrap each sandwich in plastic. They will keep in freezer for up to one week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 45 minutes

Top Image by edenpictures via Flickr.com

The Bigelow Tea August Sweepstakes Starts Today!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

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The Bigelow Tea August sweepstakes starts TODAY featuring the ultimate prize for iced tea lovers: our Golden Assortment! Six lucky winners will take home this extensive collection of black, green, herb and decaf favorites—perfect for creating your best fresh-brewed iced tea combinations. With 152 tea bags in all, you will have plenty of delicious teas to mix and match for some time!

Summer is prime time for enjoying refreshing iced tea, and once you become accustomed to fresh-brewing it yourself, you’ll be hooked! It’s so easy and takes just minutes. Did you know any Bigelow Tea can be enjoyed over ice? Just follow these simple steps for brewing by the glass or pitcher. And the fun really starts when you combine different flavors … check out our own Winning Combinations and iced tea recipes, or experiment with your own! Each Golden Assortment comes in a handy reusable tin that keeps your teas organized and accessible for brewing anytime.

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To enter, “Like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on August 30. Look for the announcement of the six winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck, and happy summer!

 

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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Bigelow Tea Announces July Sweepstakes Winners

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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We are so excited to announce the winners of our July Sweepstakes.  Please give us 2 weeks to contact you and confirm your mailing address.  Congrats to all!!

Mayra from California

Dinah from Tennessee

Julie from North Carolina

Barbara from Pennsylvania

Karyn from Pennsylvania

Gary from Florida

Mark from Illinois

Ivonne from California

Allison from Saskatchewan, Canada

Melissa from Texas

Irene from New Jersey

Denise from Oregon

Enjoy Bigelow Tea Fan Teri Casper’s Artful Appreciation!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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Devoted Bigelow Tea fans (you know who you are!) often show their appreciation with heartwarming testimonials. We adore them all, of course, but today we’re excited to share a particularly “artful” ode to Bigelow Tea! Talented watercolor artist and blogger Teri Casper loves our Green Tea with Lemon and used her paintbrush to express just how much. We think you will agree the results are both lovely and sweetly clever. Thank you Teri for your creative Bigelow Tea art!

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Of the painting below, Teri explains: “This really happens to a lot of artists, including me; painting with a cup of tea on the side and ending up with the paintbrush in the tea.” We’re glad to see the image shows a separate cup for drinking!

Here are a few more of her paintings. We hope our fans enjoy Teri’s art as much as we do … and that our teas inspire all of our customers to enjoy life as much as Teri obviously does!

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Hurry, Still Time To Enter Our July Sweepstakes To Win American Classic Teas!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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Don’t let July slip by without entering the latest Bigelow Tea sweepstakes! You must enter by today, July 29, for your chance to win an American Classic Tea Sampler featuring 18 full leaf teas grown and produced at our own Charleston Tea Plantation. Throughout July we’re celebrating all things made in the USA, and 12 lucky winners will get this homegrown tea assortment!

American Classic Teas come with a colorful history that combines the tea traditions and knowledge of two venerable tea enterprises. The Bigelow family, which has been blending teas for nearly 70 years, formed a partnership with Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003 to help save the 127 acres of tea plants from real estate development – and to preserve this American treasure for future generations of tea lovers. More than 220,000 visitors have toured the tea garden since 2006. We are immensely proud and honored to bring you the teas grown in our garden!

Your American Classic Tea Sampler includes six tea varieties – three of each flavor:

Rockville Raspberry Tea
Governor Gray Tea
American Classic Tea
Island Green Tea
Charleston Breakfast Tea
Plantation Peach Tea

To enter, “like” our Facebook page, and click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under our cover photo. Look for the names of the 12 lucky winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Enter today! Good luck to our all-American tea fans!

 

Bigelow Tea Asks: Where Is Your Perfect Iced Tea Sipping Place?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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Celebrated writer Tom Holt wrote that iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. Here at Bigelow Tea we couldn’t agree more; our delicious iced teas and a sunny day were simply made for each other! Summertime just seems to give us more opportunities—and more places—to enjoy extra glasses of fresh, delicious Bigelow Iced Tea!

So we’re wondering … during this summer of iced tea, what is your favorite warm weather spot to enjoy that long, cool glass? So many options, so little time!

Image by Like_the_Grand_Canyon via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Community Garden Getting Greener By The Day!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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In true Greening, Wellness, Community spirit, the Bigelow Tea Green Team continues working on the Bigelow Community garden. As a reminder, the Bigelow Green Team planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and even added in some basil. In true GWC spirit, we will be looking to donate our vegetables and herbs to a local nonprofit organization where they can use this product to help feed those who may be less fortunate.

Well, as spring turns to the heart of summer, we have begun to see our first tomatoes and cucumbers and it looks like even the basil is ready. Our garden has grown by leaps and bounds and soon more vegetables should be on their way. The Bigelow Green Team has attempted to be as green as possible with our garden venture. The garden had praying mantis pods that were hatched so the praying mantis would feed on the small insects such as aphids that can be harmful to plant growth. They will also work and advance to larger insect prey.  The praying mantis is a very effective, organic controller of insects/pests in the garden, and this will provide us a means of organic pest control which we hope will keep our garden pest free, thereby helping better the productivity of our plants.

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We are also in the process of setting up a rain barrel in an effort to collect rain water that can be used for watering our garden; in addition to saving water, the temperature of the rain water is better for the plants as it is closer to its natural environment then city-supplied water. Although we did not attach to a downspout, our rain saucer is busy collecting rain water. We also have a compost bin in the area to ensure all weeds are composted and returned back to the Earth.

We are excited about this project and continue to take pictures and document the project as it moves through each stage. We look forward to the next stage as the tomatoes turn red and are ready to eat!!!!

 

Enjoy The Links & Some Bigelow Tea During Family Golf Month!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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We’re halfway through summer and at Bigelow Tea we’re excited about some quality time on the links because July is National Family Golf Month! You know we love the game of golf (maybe because we know so much about greens)! We enjoy any activity in the great outdoors that helps families play together, and July is a wonderful opportunity to take the whole clan out for a round. Fun and instructive, the historic game provides us all with life lessons of discipline, sportsmanship and etiquette.

Depending on where you live, you may enjoy all things golf  most any time of year, but the perfect summer weather just seems to add to the experience. Family Golf Month is a generous slice of July’s Americana, a real “Made in the USA” idea (although scholars tell us that the ancient Dutch game of ’kolf’ was brought by Dutch sailors to Scotland, where it eventually became the game we know today)!

It’s the same with our beverage of choice: although we enjoy Bigelow Tea every day the year round, there’s something special about TEA-ing off with a cold and invigorating glass of iced tea on a warm July afternoon. Better than a bag full of mulligan’s, Bigelow Tea’s Iced Tea is your best friend a hot summer day. Speaking of hot days—did you know that a golf ball will travel significantly further on a hot day?

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If you need to work on your game, here are some great golf tips. But the most important thing is to keep the iced tea coming! And since we’re in the golfing spirit, we’d like to suggest assorted Green Teas to sip after your day on the greens … or Lemon Lift to give your tee shot that extra oomph to help it land right in the cup!

Image By Thomson Al Fresco Via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea’s Cindi Bigelow Considers The Virtue Of Being Nice

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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When I was invited to speak about leadership at a local high school recently, I found myself looking out into an audience of expectant faces – typical American parents concerned about their kids’ future at a time when jobs are scarce, college costs are high and people are debating the value of a liberal arts education.

I have two children, one who recently graduated with a degree in Spanish and English, and another who is studying business… so I know the competition is intense, compounded by the fact that some 78 million members of the Millennial Generation are entering the workforce at a time when some 76 million Baby Boomers don’t really want to retire.

The audience was looking for answers. I’m an established businesswoman and a parent. What could I tell them?

“What do you want your kids to be?” I asked. “Doctors? Lawyers? Investment bankers?” And I could see heads nodding in agreement around the room, at least until I threw them a curve ball and asked, “How many of you said in your minds, ‘I want my kids to be NICE?'” You could see their eyes open wide.

You see, in my mind, it’s of incredible importance, even though, I will admit, “niceness” isn’t on any curriculum at any liberal arts college I’ve visited. Furthermore, “niceness” isn’t part of any professional performance evaluation in Corporate America, probably because we sometimes operate under the misguided notion that nice guys, and girls, finish last. I’m here to dispel that notion. I look for “nice.” I need to see “nice,” not only in my kids, but also in my employees — all of them. Yes. I want my kids to be “nice” people, and I don’t really care if it’s one of the least-discussed values in modern America. But in my opinion, we need to talk about this virtue much more often. These words need to part of our daily lexicon.

A “good” education should make sure it’s teaching young people about values, and let’s be honest, young people need to focus on these virtues because in many ways, our society has taken kindness, niceness and compassion (things that our parents and grandparents in the Greatest Generation practiced so naturally), for granted. My list of what I want my kids to be is actually much longer than merely “nice.” In no particular order, I want them also to be:

  • Caring
  • Hard-working
  • Balanced
  • Fair
  • Resilient

I also have a list of what I don’t want them to be. I don’t want them to feel “entitled” or be disrespectful. And I certainly don’t want them to have an “attitude.” And how do I impart this important information to my kids? By “messaging” to them continually (maybe similar to how a company tries to advertise its products). This kind of steady repetition of values is essential in raising our children. “Say please and thank you.” “Hold the door.” “Be kind to your brother.” “Be friendly to the kid who doesn’t have any friends.” “Tell the truth even when it hurts.” “Learn how to say ‘I’m sorry.'”

And the good news is it works. I’ve seen the results.

This is how values were traditionally passed on from generation to generation, back in the era when we talked with our children at the dinner table and didn’t spend the time texting. The crazy thing is that research on the Millennial Generation shows they are looking for values, they crave them, and many are concerned with the direction our country is taking. There have been many studies of the Millennial Generation, particularly by marketers and retailers who recognize their buying power, not to mention politicians, who recognize their voting power.

Here are some of the relevant characteristics of a generation that is typically defined by its love of technology:

  • Some 63 percent of Millennials, as opposed to 55 percent of Baby Boomers, consider it their duty to care for their parents who are aging, according to a study by Focus on the Family. To me, that’s great news.
  • Equally important, 52 percent of people in the Focus on the Family study say that “being a good parent” is their most important goal in life. How can you argue with that personal goal?
  • At the same time, this is the generation that might just change the face of Corporate America. A poll by the Marist Institute of Public Opinion found that almost two-thirds of Millennials think the nation’s moral compass is pointed in the wrong direction.
  • In addition, they have a problem with “compartmentalization,” and 88 percent of them think people “have a different set of ethical standards in business than in their personal lives,” and 66 percent believe there should not be two sets of values governing people at home and in the office.
  • When it comes to the traditional juggling act of balancing work and family life, 75 percent of those polled said they believe they can balance the challenges of their careers — but not at the expense of their families.
What I find so inspiring is that the younger generation is already wired for success and committed to traditional values like kindness and compassion and integrity. We just have to keep reinforcing that message and not let our society’s love of professional and material success overshadow the importance of being a good and decent person.

When I finished the presentation I asked the group of parents one more time, “What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?” All of them raised their hands and said “Nice” at the same time. Made my heart warm and put a huge smile on my face!

Cindi Bigelow

Originally published by The Huffington Post