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Bigelow Tea Savors Caramel Month and Halloween!

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Halloween is coming soon … and since it’s also National Caramel Month, our mouth is watering for the rich, buttery flavor of caramel. At Bigelow Tea we love this candy confection and think it’s the perfect fall flavor to blend with teas. One of our favorite blends is our special Carmel Chai Tea, which happens to be part of the prizes package being given away in our October Bigelow Chai Teas Sweepstakes! Head over to Facebook to enter!

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And, if you’re looking to satisfy that Halloween season sweet tooth, try one of these recipes made with Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea: our yummy Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake and our Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches! Whichever recipe you choose to make, it will be the best “treat” of this Halloween season!

Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups (350mL) all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons (7mL) baking powder
¾ teaspoon (3mL) salt
1/3 cup (80mL) butter
1 cup (250mL) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (250mL) Sour Cream (Do not substitute with Light)
½ teaspoon (2mL) baking soda

Vanilla Caramel Glaze:
½ cup (120mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) brown sugar
¼ cup (60mL) butter
Dash of salt
1 cup (250mL) powdered sugar

Yield: Serves 10-12. Prep Time:20 min. Cook Time:50-60 min.

Instructions:

Coffee Cake:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Cream butter and sugar gradually, beating well. Add eggs and beat well. Combine baking soda with sour cream and add to batter alternatively with dry ingredients, blending well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9″ (22.5cm) square cake pan.

Bake in a 325º oven for 50-60 minutes.

Vanilla Caramel Glaze:

Place Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel tea bags in measuring cup, pour boiling water over and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess water to make ¼ cup (60mL) tea.

In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, tea and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cool slightly and whisk in ½ to ¾ cup of powdered sugar until a glaze is achieved.

Poke cooled cake with a skewer, pour glaze over cake. Let sit until glaze is absorbed and has hardened on the cake.

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

 

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.

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Top Image by tawest64 via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Gives Time to Taylor Schilling From “Orange Is the New Black”

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At Bigelow Tea, we’re getting into watching TV shows online, and we’ve been glued to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. In this comedy/drama series, lead actress Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, who has gone from wearing designer clothes to a prisoner’s jumpsuit while doing time in upstate New York. While her character must adjust to life on the inside, Taylor has spoken freely about drinking tea in the real world. In one interview, she said she likes having “lots of tea.”

Taylor’s character is based on Piper Kerman, who went to jail for transporting a suitcase of drug money for a smuggler she had a relationship with. The real-life Piper did her time, and later wrote a memoir about her experiences that the series is adapted from. In playing Piper, Taylor has to fit in with eclectic inmates while trying to stay close to her fiancé Larry. We’re happy to hear that Orange is the New Black already has been renewed for a second season.

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So, with “Orange” and “Black” in mind, Bigelow Tea suggests watching this show—or any show for that matter!—with our Orange and Spice Herbal Tea or any of our black teas! Orange & Spice herbal tea is great for evening viewing, since it has no caffeine and can satisfy a late-night sweet tooth. And if you prefer black with your orange, how about our “Constant Comment”® Tea? It’s flavored with the rinds of oranges … so it’s perfect for watching Orange is the New Black any time of day! Enjoy!

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Top image via Orange is the New Black’s Facebook page

Pair Chocolate And Bigelow Tea For The Perfect Indulgence!

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It’s National Chocolate Day! Of course, If you’re among those who find daily bliss in a square (or more) of 70 percent cacao, today is just another opportunity to indulge. Still, the chocolate lovers here at Bigelow Tea believe this day is worthy of a few extra-special chocolate treats. We think you’ll agree that our Chocolate SweetTEA Pie and Jasmine Green Tea Truffles are perfect for celebrating the occasion!

Pair either with a steaming cup of Chocolate Chai or our White Chocolate Obsession tea. You’ll gain new appreciation for the literal translation of theobroma cacao, the botanical name for the cacao tree: “God food.” Need we say more? Enjoy!

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Chocolate SweetTEA Pie

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea Bags*
¾ cups hot whole milk
10 graham crackers, broken into pieces
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
4 large egg yolks
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 – 9″ pie plate
Freshly whipped cream (recipe below)

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Instructions:

This decadent pie is a perfect way to end Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetheart.  Bigelow’s® Sweetheart Cinnamon or Raspberry Royale™

tea infuses the filling with flavor, making it an extra special treat.  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.

Place the graham crackers into the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until crackers are fine crumbs.  Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter, and pulse until combined.

Pour mixture into the pie plate and press firmly onto the bottom and sides.

Bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, place tea bags in the hot milk. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes, and then remove tea bags, gently squeezing out liquid from bags.

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 2/3 cup of sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Place pan on stove-top and turn heat to medium-high.  While whisking, add tea infused milk.  Bring mixture to a low simmer while whisking vigorously.  While continuing to whisk, add chocolate chips.  Continue to whisk mixture at a low simmer until thickened into a custard, about 5-7 minutes total.

Pour chocolate custard into cooled crust.  Allow to cool completely before topping with whipped cream (*recipe below).   Place entire pie into refrigerator to chill approximately 3 hours.  Serve chilled.

*Whipped Cream

1 cup cold whipping cream or heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a large bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed.  Spoon or pipe onto the cooled chocolate pie.

Jasmine Green Tea Truffles

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Ingredients:

¾ cup (180mL) whipping cream
Bigelow® Jasmine Green Tea Bags
9 ounces (252g) good semisweet chocolate, chopped

Coating:
5 ounces (140g) good semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted
Cocoa powder and icing sugar for dusting

Yield: Serves 24 – Prep Time: 20 min. – Cool Time:1 hr fridge, 30 min freezer

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Instructions:

Place cream in small sauce pan. Add tea bags and simmer for a few minutes or until tea has infused cream; remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream.

Pour hot cream over chocolate. Stir gently to blend and cool at room temperature. Beat with a whisk until fluffy and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

Make sure your hands are cold, rub with ice cubes. Using a melon baller, place a small amount of the chocolate mixture into your cold hands and roll into a ball. Place on a cookie sheet and continue until all chocolate is used. Place in freezer until solid.

Coating:

Melt chopped chocolate.  Dip frozen truffles into melted chocolate with a toothpick, place on clean tray. Return to freezer for 30 minutes. Once coating is set, dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder.

Photo by Ring R via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Loves The Pumpkin And Its Many Uses

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At Bigelow Tea we appreciate resourcefulness, and in the food world, no food screams versatility more than the wonderful pumpkin. Tomorrow, October 26th, for National Pumpkin Day, and all month for National Pumpkin Month, we’ll be celebrating this all-around great gourd. So what makes the pumpkin such a hit on the fall scene?

Kids have been carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for hundreds of years, a tradition that started in Ireland. Adults love to cook with them since they are low in calories, fat and sodium and have so many uses. Everything from the flowers to the seeds and even the flesh can become ingredients in various recipes. And the greatest thing about the pumpkin?  It tastes delicious in our Pumpkin Spice Tea!

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So, to celebrate National Pumpkin Day tomorrow, here are a few recipes that use that tasty tea: our Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread and our Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake!

Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread

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Ingredients:

½ cup milk
Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags*
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
2 large eggs
½ cup raisins (optional) or ½ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Yield: One 9″ x 4″ loaf

 

Instructions:

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.

Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease 9″ x 4″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture, stir after each addition.

If you choose, add raisins and stir to combine.

Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

For Pumpkin SpiceTM Quick Bread with Walnuts: Substitute for the raisins.

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
1 1/4 cup (310mL) gingersnaps, crushed
1 tablespoon (15mL) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
10 Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea Bags
10 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
1 1/2 cup (375mL) heavy cream
24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups (375mL) sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
1/4 cup (60mL) pecan halves

Prep Time: 35 minutes – Cooking Time: 70 minutes

Yield: Serves 10                     

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C).
To make the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix the gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon together.  Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon.
Spray a 10″ (25cm) spring-form pan with cooking spray.  Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.

Filling:

Add heavy cream into saucepan, heat over medium heat, be careful not to boil.
Add Bigelow Ginger Snappish and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags and steep cream for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream. Set aside to cool.
Beat cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Add the cooled cream and beat well.  Stir in the pumpkin pie filling, combine well and pour the cheese mixture into prepared springform pan.
Place pan into a larger pan and fill with hot water halfway up.  Bake for 60-70 minutes. Do not over bake, the middle should have a little jiggle.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly.

Remove cheesecake from the pan, decorate the edge of the cheesecake with pecan halves, cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.

Top Image by ronnieb via morgueFile.com

Bigelow Tea Unveils New Packaging

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Change can be good. At Bigelow Tea, where we embrace tradition, we’ve taken a big step forward with our packaging. As we will mark our 70thanniversary in 2015, we’ve given our boxes of tea a modern design that showcases our long and flavorful history. According to our CEO Cindi Bigelow, “We wanted to tell more of the Bigelow story – who we are as a company, as a family, our dedicated efforts to create the best recipes possible, and why it matters.”

Our redesign gives our black, green, herbal, and other teas a streamlined look with vivid colors and engaging descriptions of our teas. Updated product details will feature interesting company stories and juicy tidbits about tea, including why you should never squeeze your tea bag after brewing.

Ease of use is also a key factor. These sleek boxes will sport a handy tuck tab for easier opening and closing. And since our employees play an important role in our success, every box will include the name of its Bigelow Tea packer and a clearly visible “best by” date. The teas themselves, however, remain the same. Like our first tea “Constant Comment”®, our products will stay constant in quality and taste. Their boxes will hold the same number of tea bags, and each one will still be wrapped in a foil pouch to preserve its freshness!

All of our redesigns will make their debut in stores nationwide by this winter. If you can’t wait or want to learn more about this process, check out our video below.

Our look may have changed, but our taste remains the same—great!

 

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: What’s Your Favorite Way to Volunteer?

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Sharing time with others as a volunteer is something we respect immensely here at Bigelow Tea—it’s even part of our mission statement. Whether we’re holding a huge fundraiser like our Bigelow Tea Community Challengetraveling to Appalachia to help build homes or participating on smaller ventures, community involvement is a huge part of who we are. We know our customers are heavily committed to volunteering as well.  So, while you sipping your favorite tea today, take a moment to let us know …

Image via Mercylearningcenter.org

Bigelow Tea Knows Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Birthday With Tea!

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Birthday parties have some commonalities – cake, balloons and streamers. So leave it to the atypical Lady Gaga to have a completely “different” birthday bash! Bigelow Tea saw that the flamboyant pop star celebrated her 27th birthday with nothing less than a tremendous tea party, arranged by her boyfriend Taylor Kinney, who took care of all the delicious details last month!

According to one source, her friends wanted to put “… a smile on her face with this Alice In Wonderland-themed do.” A great idea—and we know that Lady Gaga has the hat collection for such a fanciful ‘Wonderland’ themed tea party!

When we first met Lady gaga on our Constant Comments Blog, she was on her way up the pop charts. We noted her deep affection for tea, including bringing her own tea set on tour—and even to her press conferences! She said “I love tea so much … I must have tea five times a day.” Her star has risen even higher over the years, and we have seen enjoying her tea again and again. As her big birthday bash shows, Lady Gaga’s love of tea has not diminished!

Recently, Lady Gaga took some time off to recover from a hip injury. Her manager said in an interview that she is “doing wonderful, doing great.” We’re glad she’s on the mend … and that she got to sip her beverage of choice at her birthday party! In fact, this might be the perfect idea foryour next party! Make it a fashionable tea party with many varieties of Bigelow Tea and all the accoutrements. And, if you wear a cool hat like Lady Gaga, your guests will be sure to appreciate your great taste and colorful style!

Image by Lori Tingey via Flickr.com

Tea’s Benefits Get Our Attention At Bigelow Tea

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There’s so much to love about Bigelow Tea, and tea in general! The taste, the aroma, the soothing nature of just sipping this wonderful beverage. On top of all that, there’s often good news to report on how tea can make you feel better too! Bigelow Tea loves to find studies that talk about the benefits of drinking tea, and we wanted to share some of that information today. We’ve shared studies before about tea and metabolism, tea and your immune system, and even about tea and beauty. Today we wanted to share some research about tea and your brain!

If you sip tea and think it helps you focus, you might just be right! A 2008 study examined the affect of the unique tea amino acid L-theanine on attention-related task performance. Task performance was measured by electroencephalographic (EEG), or the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp. The results suggest L-theanine plays a role in attentional processing in synergy with caffeine! Another study of nearly 30,000 Finnish adults aged 25 to 74 years old, who were followed for 13 years, found that tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Among tea drinkers, those who reported drinking three or more cups of tea per day were 69% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to those who reported not drinking tea.

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So, what’s not to love? Whether it’s English Breakfast in the morning or Vanilla Chai with a treat after lunch, tea is definitely our beverage of choice! When you pour yourself a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea, not only will you enjoy its fabulous taste … but you just might be doing a good thing for your body and mind too as all of the studies have said!

Top Image by Stephen Cummings via Flickr.com

National Food Bank Week: Bigelow Tea Is Hungry For Food Equality!

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Today at Bigelow Tea we’re looking at National Food Bank Week, which is Oct. 13 through 19. The week is a call for awareness to remind us that despite our country’s impressive agricultural resources, many still suffer from food insecurity. Food banks in communities across the country play a huge role in helping balance out food disparities.

Let’s put on the kettle and look at some of the facts. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that while that the world produces enough food to feed everyone on earth, nearly 870 million people (that’s one in eight people across the world) suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Even in the U.S., the World Hunger Education Service reports thatfood insecurity is a reality for one in six people. All across our land of plenty, the challenge of hunger has not been conquered yet.

We can all do our part by getting involved in the community and helping local food banks by donating food or volunteering time. We’re proud that the 2013 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge benefitted two important organizations that provide basic food needs for people who are hungry: the Connecticut Food Bank, and Fairfield, CT’s Operation Hope, a shelter and food pantry. And we’re also thrilled that our Bigelow Tea “Green Team” created a Community Garden this year, producing fresh vegetables that we have been able to share with those in need.

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Bigelow Tea’s Community Garden

We hope everyone uses National Food Bank week to continue working towards a brighter future where food insecurity is no longer a problem.

Image from State Farm via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea And Cyndi Lauper Make A Perfect Match

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During the ‘80s it was all about big hair, kooky clothes, and pop music that was so catchy that some of us at Bigelow Tea are still humming those songs! But what really makes us sing, is when an iconic figure such as Cyndi Lauper—quirky, outspoken, and self-proclaimed as “unusual”—loves her tea!

In a recent interview at a hotel, Cyndi is described as agonizing over which tea she is going to order—she wants a big caffeine boost—and she asks the interviewer in her famous New York accent, “Ya don’t drink tea?” Like, really, what’s wrong with you!? We love this woman!

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What we also love about Cyndi Lauper is that she’s not just the feminist voice behind the phenomenal hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” she’s also a parent, a writer, and television personality. Multi-dimensional and multi-faceted … just like Bigelow Tea! We can only wonder which varieties she would choose when trying to soothe her vocal chords to keep them in tip top shape, or when looking for that caffeine boost en route to her next meeting. We can see her as a Spiced Chai kind of girl with it’s variety of spices, or a maybe as a fan of our I Love Lemon herbal tea, which would soothe those vocal cords! With so many varieties of Bigelow Tea to choose from, it seems like we are a perfect match for a girl who just wants to have fun!

She’s bubbly, she’s unique, and she’s still proving to live by her own “True Colors” … and that includes plenty of tea. Yes, we do love this girl. And just like Cyndi, we like to have fun too, just after we finish our cup of tea.

Top image via cyndilauper.com