Baileys Coffee Creamers | A Little Cream in our Tea?

Who would think the first day of spring would be the perfect day for a delicious mug of tea, not that we need an excuse to drink our chai but today just worked out in our favor. We got to indulge in something we’ve been dying to try for a while, the Baileys Coffee Creamer in Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake. We know many of you see this and think, why are we talking about drinking tea with a coffee creamer? Trust us when we say, this delicious coffee creamer is not just for coffee. We discovered how amazing Baileys Coffee Creamers are in tea when we were younger. We were making ourselves a cup of chai, and discovered we were out of milk, so we grabbed our mom’s Baileys Creamer and the rest, as they say, is delicious history.

We were introduced to the newest decadent flavors from Baileys Coffee Creamers: Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake, and Macadamia Brittle, at Food Fete last month. The Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake is made with four simple ingredients. It combines the light, buttery-sweet flavor of pound cake, the delicate notes of bourbon flavor, and aromatic vanilla. While we’re sure it tastes fantastic in coffee, it is an absolute dream in chai. Adding Macadamia Brittle to your tea will have you thinking someone is baking a fresh batch of macadamia-filled brittle just for you. Trust us when we say, it tastes even better than it sounds, and you won’t regret the indulgence.

We’re on our third cup of the night, and we’re quickly on our way to a fourth, especially as the weather is in its current state of “not spring”. We confess we’ve also tried a little of these Baileys Coffee Creamers in oatmeal and of course were not disappointed. You can also add both flavors to a host of various dessert recipes for even more delicious indulgence. Both of the above new flavors, available in 16 oz and 32 oz bottles, plus many more flavors, are available for purchase now at Food Emporium, Pathmark, ShopRite, A&P, Walmart, and Stop & Shop.

Tea Time | No Longer Just an Afternoon Delight

Our love of tea is no secret and knows no bounds. While most people swoon over coffee more than anything, we bleed tea. We proudly call our cupboard of tea, a collection, because just as people collect stamps, action figures, etc, we collect tea. We thoroughly enjoy tea infusions and experiment a lot with flavors and while we haven’t gushed here on ready-to-drink cold tea drinks, we’ve been enjoyed them for year – and we’re not talking simple iced tea. Today we highlight cold tea beverages we’ve been enjoying. Some are new, some have been around for years. all we know, they are all very delicious and good for you. Get ready to stock your refrigerator, not your cupboard, with teas from ITO EN, Little Miracles, ChaiElixir, Honest Tea, and Gold Kili.

ITO EN’s Oi Ocha’s Shincha

When you’re thinking of limited edition teas, ITO EN’s leading Japanese brand of green tea, Oi Ocha comes to mind. For the first-time ever, bottled Shincha, the year’s first harvest of green tea, is available in the U.S. Known as the year’s very first harvest of green tea, which is celebrated for its fresh and lively flavor, naturally sweet finish and smooth umami taste. Oi Ocha Shincha is better for you than typical green teas. With its high concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine, catechin antioxidants and Vitamin C, lower caffeine, and high concentration of Catechins/EGCG – a powerful antioxidant in tea that helps neutralize free radicals, this limited edition, seasonal tea will blow you away with its health benefits. Oi Ocha Shincha is available in 16.9 oz., BPA-free recyclable bottles at select retailers and at www.itoen.com.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles are delicious tea beverages you can enjoy anytime. These addictive drinks combine the purest organic green or black tea leaves with the most revitalizing fruits and juices from superfoods. One taste of these refreshingly healthy drinks and you’ll find yourself hooked. What can you expect from this bottled goodness, energizing ginseng and Acai in their purest forms, and other great ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, pomegranate, and white cherry. Available in four uniquely blended flavors, you’ll find yourself continuously quenching your thirst with these high quality, antioxidant tea drinks day and night. Little Miracles come in handy little 11.16 oz bottles but are very new to the US. To find a list of stockists (aka retailers), go to www.drinklittlemiracles.com.

ChaiElixir

We have a profound love of chai. it is a love we cannot understand and one we have completely surrendered ourselves to. Which is why we were truly excited to be introduced to ChaiElixir, an amazingly refreshing, effervescent chai drink that is an all-natural alternative to carbonated and caffeinated drinks. If you’ve ever enjoyed the spicy, sweet and milky taste of a cold or frozen chai, you will fall head over heels in love with all three flavors of ChaiElixir. Essence boasts a blend of white tea, natural flavors and spices, sweetened with sugar cane and white peach nectar. The very smooth Fusion blends oolong tea, natural flavors and spices from around the world with a touch of vanilla for an enchanting and flavorful journey. Last but not least, Vivid invigorates your taste buds with green tea, natural citrus flavors, spices and caffeine. ChaiElixir comes in 12 oz glass bottles and can be purchased at www.mybrands.com.

Honest Tea

For those who want the fresh taste of fruit with a caffeine-free tea option, the organic, 100 calories per bottle, Honest Tea is just what you need. Although the two newest flavors, Orange Mango Flavored Herbal Tea and Pomegranate Blue Flavored Herbal Tea are launching in January 2015, you can currently indulge in their refreshing and slightly sweet flavors. We recommend their Raspberry Tea, Honey Green Tea, and Peach White Tea, all of which are only 70 calories per bottle. Honest Tea comes in 16.9 oz. and 59 oz bottles, and is available at mass retailers and drug stores nationwide.

Gold Kili All-Natural Ginger Lemon

we know what you’re thinking, one of these things is not like the others. Yes this tea can be enjoyed hot and cold but ever since the weather has become unpredictable, we’ve been plopping one of these filter bags into all our drinks. We’ve infused our water, orange juice, smoothies, etc with the sharp, spicy taste of ginger all for our good health and love of this pronounced flavor. Made with the finest grade ginger, and enhanced with the naturally tangy lemon, Gold Kili will cure what ails you this winter. A box comes with 12 individual foil pouches and can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

Are you a tea lover like us? Have you tried any of the above? Share your favorite cold tea beverages.

Tassimo T20 by Bosch Home Brewing System

For those of you who like me, do not drink coffee, is a single person living in the city and is pained to give up $5 for a cup of tea from Starbucks, you’re going to love the Tassimo T20 by Bosch ; you can make your own at home for 1/4 the price. As winter makes it appearance (somewhat), curling up with a hot cup of Chai Tea or Hot Chocolate is a necessary treat. Of course being a single girl that’s always on the go, I don’t have time to wait for a kettle to boil every time to make one cup of tea. Plus when my coffee-loving mom comes to visit, each of us can enjoy our respective beverages without ruining each others. These are the reasons I’m in love with the Tassimo T20 by Bosch

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“The Bosch® T20 Home Brewing System is designed with an eco-friendly, on-demand water heater for fast brewing. It’s easy, too; just pop in a T DISC, and the T20 reads the barcode and brews the perfect cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, tea, or any one of our coffeehouse-style beverages.”

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I was very excited when Tassimo sent me this T20 Single-Serve Brewer, I’ve been dying to try one of these machines every since I laid my eyes on it and I have been enjoying some lovely cups of Chai Tea and Hot chocolate since I got it. Tassimo offers 12 distinctive beverage brands and a wide variety of hot and cold beverage choices, including coffee, real milk cappuccino and latte, espresso, crema, tea, iced coffee, and hot chocolate – an amazing variety of beverages to satisfy an assortment of tastes. As I stated before, I am not a coffee drinker, so to have a machine that allows my favorite hot drinks whenever I please is an amazing thing. See below for video of my first cup of Chai tea using the Tassimo T20 (please forgive the unsteadiness and the bit of rambling – I was trying to do everything while holding a video camera – sometimes you just need an extra pair of hands)

The Tassimo T20 features include:

  • Bar code technology allows the Tassimo machine to prepare each beverage with the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time duration, so each and every drink is perfect
  • Instant heat-up and fast first cup
  • Customize your beverages with a single touch of a button
  • Noise reduction system for quiet preparation of beverages
  • Low energy consumption: zero-watt hours in standby mode and an on-demand heating element
  • Height adjustment and removable cup stand allows you to use the cup or travel mug of your choice
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling with use of a special T DISC keeps your beverages tasting clean
  • Removable cup stand and splash cover lets you customize the color to suit your kitchen (mine didn’t come with extra colored covers so if yours doesn’t, make sure you call Tassimo)
  • Removable 1.5 L water tank

The Tassimo T20 comes in three colors – Black, White and Grey and retails for $99.99. It can be purchased directly at www.tassimodirect.com or at retailers such as Macy’s, jc penney, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond, P.C.Richard & Son, Target, etc.