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I’m sitting here at my desk sipping on the Swiss Hot Chocolate Flavored Black Tea as we endure a winter wonderland here in Eastern PA. Even though I’d honestly rather be sipping on some tea on my couch by the fireside…this will definitely do!

This tea may be my new favorite for the cold winter months. As I do love hot chocolate, sometimes I’m not in the mood for something that chocolaty or strong. This tea has a light hint of warm chocolate and the aroma is so amazing it could be made into a candle. Also, you can feel good that you’re not consuming all the calories as you would with hot chocolate.

As I was reading reviews on the ETS site, a customer recommended adding a little cinnamon or honey to this tea for an extra kick and I could see enjoying both. I’ll have to try that in my next cup at home. (Thanks Luberry :))

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This amazing tea is a blend of high grown Ceylon tea, rich cocoa beans and white camomile petals. However, don’t be turned off by the floral aspect because in my opinion you can barely taste it. It gives the perfect hint. The caffeine in this specific tea is medium due to the natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinsensis family. BUT get this…the antioxidant content is HIGH! This is great because there are more polyphenols which helps boost the immune system and ignite energy in your body.

 

 

If you have not got your hands on this tea yet, PLEASE DO. If I haven’t persuaded you to a whole bag, you can purchase a 1 oz. bag for a taste test here.

 

Enjoy!

 

-Alexis

 

 

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Cakes, pies, and cookies are always smash hits before and during Christmas. Whether you get some for yourself or giving some as a gift, we can all agree that we have a favorite. Nations all over the world have traditional sweets and treats, and Britain would be ranked in the top with the best goodies. Here are just some of the annual delicacies enjoyed by the British:

 

Cookies/Biscuits

These are normally enjoyed year round but at this time of year, they are extra special. Biscuit companies release special edition packs of cookies. Many of them are large, family sized packages so you can give them as gifts or enjoy for yourself with your tea. Many are also enrobed in chocolate or packed in special tins. Walkers Shortbread is known for their tins, as they have made Christmas themed tins for decades.

Fox's Fabulously Biscuit Selection - 21.1oz (600g)

Mince Pies

Mince pies are some of the more popular Christmas treats. Starting in October, British supermarkets usually begin to sell these delectable little pies. If you don’t know what mince pies are, they are sometimes called Mincemeat pies in the US, although they have no actual meat in them. They are filled with sugar, currants, raisins, and sultanas in a shortcrust pastry. In recent years, mince pie makers have started to cater to many people with special diets. Gluten-free mince pies have hit the shelves and have proven to be popular among those with Celiac disease and wheat allergies.

Henllan Luxury Mince Pies - 6 Pack - 11.2oz (320g)

Christmas Cakes

It is not a true British Christmas without a Christmas Cake! Often made months ahead so the cake can mature, a lot of careful work is put into these specially crafted cakes. These cakes are commonly boozy, sweet, loaded with dried fruits, and topped with marzipan and icing. For those who do not have the time to make a homemade Christmas cake, there are always the premade cakes. There are simple cakes to the more elegant ones. There is a cake for everyone.

Lovemore Port & Brandy Fruit Slab Cake (Gluten Free) - 13.4oz (380g)

Christmas Puddings

Christmas Puddings nearly have the same ingredients as Christmas Cakes except for a few different ingredients along with the fact that they are steamed nor do they have any icing or marzipan. Whether you enjoy a single serve or a large one with your family and friends, Christmas puddings are a joy to eat. Enjoy with brandy butter for a marvelous holiday delight!

Matthew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding no 13 - 28.2oz (800g)

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is based out of Lincoln, UK and they pride their expertise in making some of the most delicious homemade fruit cakes in Britain. They typically sell to individual retailers in the UK but we are fortunate enough to be able to sell them to you here in United States. If you have the opportunity to try one of these fruit cakes, it is a must! My personal favorite is the rum & butter fruit cake! (Yum!) Along with fruitcakes, the OCC also specializes in Christmas cakes, chocolate truffle cakes & flapjacks. (Flapjacks are made with jumbo oats, butter, golden syrup & brown sugar and come in a fold out skillet.)

It has taken this company decades to perfect their recipes just as grandma has perfected her lasagna over the years at your weekly dinner gathering. They have over 150 years experience in the cake baking industry. Each premium cake is baked in small batches so that fine detail is paid much attention to. Explore the types of cakes we offer below to see if one interests you or someone in your household this Holiday Season!

 

*Each cake serves 6-8 slices and is best served with clotted or devon cream*

 

The fruit cake options we have available are as follows:

 

You can also follow The Original Cake Co. on twitter for some behind the scenes baking action!

 

-Alexis

 

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Coming to you from the UK, this family business has nothing but amazing tasting teas to offer. We decided to add this brand based on your input as our consumers because we had a ton of recommendations to sell it! There are a total of four generations behind this business so they definitely know what they’re doing.

Ahmad Tea opened their first office in 1986 in Hampshire, UK. Anybody ever been? Iced tea & green tea officially became their best sellers around 1998. And by 2000, Ahmad Tea became one of the top 5 leading tea brands across Asia!

If we haven’t convinced you enough how great tea is for the body, maybe they can. You can check out some details on their site regarding the benefits of tea!

 

We have plenty of different options for you to try based on your personal preference:

 

 

Ahmad Tea’s English Tea No.1:Ahmad Tea's English Tea No. 1 Tea Bags - 20 count

  • Black Tea Base with a Slight Touch of Bergamot
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Apricot Sunrise Flavored Black Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Apricot Sunrise:

  • Black Tea Base with Apricot Fruit Pieces
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags:

  • Rosehip Peel, Hibiscus Flower & Cherry Pieces
  • Mainly a Natural Cherry/Wine-Like Flavor
  • Caffeine Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Imported from UK
  • $4.20/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Green Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Green Tea Bags:

  • Pure Green Tea from China
  • Imported from UK
  • Light Taste
  • Floral Aroma
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also offer a decaf evening tea, camomile & lemongrass, raspberry & pomegranate, detox cleansing, and blackcurrant burst.

 

 

If you happen to purchase & try any of these teas please let us know how you like them by commenting on the Facebook page, commenting below or leaving a review on the product page on the ETS site! We appreciate your opinion.

 

-Alexis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My friends and family know very well that I am a tea lover, so for the past several Christmases, I have been given quite a few gadgets to go with my collection of tea wares and accessories. If you are stuck on what to get the tea fan in your life, here are a few suggestions that might surprise them!

 

Storage Box Keep your teas organized in this nifty box! This tea box can hold up to 60 bags of your favorite tea (6 sections, 10 teabags) and comes in three different colors (red, green, and blue). For an added bonus, add some envelopes of their favorite tea!

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Hoot and Meow Tea Cup Infusers are great fun for anyone who loves animals and tea. Steep loose leaf teas with an owl or a cat sitting on the rim of your cup! The cat infuser tea ball is even made to look like a fish!

While on the topic of tea infusers, the Floating Tea Infuser is also something to marvel at. Simply fill your cup with hot water and place your halfway filled floating infuser in. It will float like a lily pad while infusing a steaming cup of tea!

Bloom Floating Tea Infuser

Now, if your tea loving friend or family member is new to tea and is not sure where to start, start them off on their journey into tea with the Electric Kettle Starter Kit. The Kettle Gift set comes with an electric tea kettle from Ovente, a 6 cup teapot, and a choice of 2 teas.

Electric Kettle Starter Kit

Our Tea For One Gift Sets is a gift for someone who fancies the smaller, yet simpler things in life. They like a little tea break every now and then and may not want to brew a large teapot, so these are perfect for a quick tea break. You can choose from over 6 vibrant colors and 11 delicious flavors of a 25 count tin of our own brand tea.

Tea for One Gift Set

Whatever you pick for your loved one, it is sure to wow them! Happy shopping!

 

-CD

 

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With the holidays in full swing, you might need to clean out some old things and make room for new things. One thing might be your tea. If you are a tea lover or just keep some around for guests, chances are you will receive some tea as a gift or buy some for the winter. This may have you looking at your tea collection and re-organizing your tea.

 

Now if you happen to be sorting through your tea collection, one thing you might do is check the expiration date. If your tea is past its use-by date, do not worry. Expired tea bags are safe to drink. If the tea is unopened, then it will last for at least a year past its sell-by date. The only things that may be affected are the taste and color. Other factors may be how it is stored. Some traditional British teas like PG Tips and Yorkshire normally do not have their tea in envelopes and are sometimes just kept in their boxes, which may let in extra air if the boxes are not closed right.

 

 

If you like to store your teabags in the proper way, try using a tea tin or a canister with a locking lid to help store your loose teabags. The best ways to store your tea are in a dry place and away from direct sunlight. This way if you plan to have your teabags for a long time, you can make them last and taste like you just bought them.

 

English Tea Store's Tea Tin

 

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There has never been a better time to be a tea drinker, and the holidays are no exception. With the weather turning cold and gray, you will want to turn to something that will make you feel warm and cheerful inside.

 

We have several special holiday teas for you to enjoy while sitting by a cozy fire or enjoying a holiday feast. Everything gets festive this time of year, so why not your tea?

 

Harney and Sons Tea - White Christmas - 20 count

Harney and Sons Holiday Tea is one of the best holiday teas we carry. This holiday tea from Harney and Sons is a Christmasy blend of black tea, love, cinnamon, almond, and citrus. It is also packaged in a lovely tin to help keep the tea fresh! For a more mellow tea, try their White Christmas tea which is chamomile flowers mingled with almonds, cardamom, and vanilla!

 

This 4-Pack of holiday teas from Twinings is something you can give as a gift to someone who loves Twinings tea or keep it all for yourself! This 4-pack features two classic teas along with two new ones from the folks at Twinings. Christmas Tea is a black tea with a spicy blend of cinnamon and cloves, while Winter Spice is a sweet, yet calming blend of chamomile tea, apple, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. Peppermint Cheer is an herbal blend of peppermint tea and warm vanilla flavors. Last but not last, Holiday Berry, which is a treat in itself. Caffeine free with a lovely mix of berry flavors.

Taylors of Harrogate Spiced Christmas Loose Leaf Tea Tin - 4.4oz (124g)

 

Taylors of Harrogate Christmas Leaf Tea is a popular tea that is drunk not only during the holiday season, but year round! Specially crafted black tea from China is blended with tangy lemon peels, fruity orange peels, and safflower petals

 

Capture.PNGMmm. Nothing could pair better with stuffing & turkey than a delicious cold glass of apple iced tea! There are so many different substitutes available so feel free to sub anything in the following recipe to suit you & your family. There is both a kid friendly and adult version!

You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Boiling Water
  • 16 oz. Apple Juice
  • 2 Tea Bags (Can use black, cinnamon or apple spice)
  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • 2 Lemons
  • Ice
  • 1 Read Apple – Sliced
  • 1 Green Apple – Sliced

 

 

 

  1. Add tea bags to large bowl containing boiling water & steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, stir in honey & juice of two lemons. (Skip honey if using sweetened apple juice)
  3. Let tea cool – pour into pitcher.
  4. Stir in apple juice.
  5. Put in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Pour into glasses & add apples and ice as garnish. (mint leaves are also optional)
  7. Serve!

 

**For a more adult version, add 2 ounces of gin, 4 ounces of apple flavored vodka & 2 ounces of bourbon!

 

-Alexis

 

Image result for strawberry trifleThere is more to holiday dessert than just pumpkin pie. While pumpkin pie will always be one of my favorite desserts of the holiday season, I like to try to experiment with other desserts. Dip your toe across the Atlantic and try out a trifle this holiday season!

What is a trifle? A traditional trifle features layers of jam, sponge cake fingers, custard, cream, and if you like, fruit. Trifles are traditionally made by soaking the sponge cake fingers in sherry but they can be made without it. Trifles can also be any flavor you like, ranging from strawberry to chocolate, and even your favorite biscuit flavor. Trifles allow for limitless possibilities. Decorate the top with some fresh berries, nuts, or crushed biscuits.

The name Trifle is derived from the french word trufle, meaning whimsy or of little consequence. The dessert has a history dating back to the 1500s when it was mentioned in Thomas Dawson’s book The Good Huswifes Jewell. It was also said that the trifle was created using leftover custard and stale sponge cakes during that time. Trifles have been a part of British life for generations that there are entire cookbooks devoted to the trifle and trifle bowls (bowls with a handle on the bottom) are sold in British home and kitchen stores.

To make your own trifle at home, it only takes a few ingredients and a little bit of work. For those who want to enjoy a trifle without the hassle of looking for all the ingredients, Bird’s Trifle Mix is the go-to for a quick trifle. It comes with everything you would need, like sponge cake fingers, topping mix, jelly crystals, and sprinkles! All you would need to do is add milk. If you do not have a trifle bowl, a regular bowl always works.

Bird's Strawberry Trifle Mix - 5.1oz (145g)
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Personally, I enjoy both coffee & tea but some greatly prefer one over the other for different reasons. It could be simply for the taste, for the caffeine amount or the ease of making it. As we are a tea store, we mainly focus on tea benefits but it is informative to compare the two most consumed morning drinks in America. There are benefits to both coffee and tea as can be seen in the interesting facts below. Enjoy the benefit face off!

 

The average American coffee drinker drinks 70 gallons of coffee per year while the average American tea drinker drinks 10 gallons of tea per year.

 

An 8 fl oz. cup of coffee contains 75-100 mg of caffeine while an 8 fl oz. cup of tea contains 0-40 mg of caffeine.

 

Coffee is greatly studied to show decreased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in consumers while tea is greatly studied to show decreased stress in consumers.

 

Coffee has been linked to protection against Type 2 diabetes while tea has been linked to protection against stoke & heart disease.

 

Topically, brewed coffee can add a glossy shine to your hair while the tannin’s in tea work well on puffy eyes.

 

 

Thank you to the mayoclinic, medicaldaily, naturalivingideas and teasource for this information.

 

-Alexis

 

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