JULY 2021


Tea & Chocolate Special Event: Tutored-Tasting & Samples to Your Home

Virtual events offer education and entertainment, yes, but they offer so much more—a great value, product sampling, expert instruction, and social interaction with like-minded enthusiasts.

Spotlight on tea and chocolate!  This oh-so-delicious and can’t-be-missed virtual event is designed specifically for tea lovers!  It offers expert guidance, samples delivered to your home, and an interactive experience with fellow tea lovers.  Please keep in mind that due to their popularity, virtual events often sell out fast, so you’ll want to act quickly if you wish to join (or give as a gift).

Tea and Chocolate

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon celebrating two of life's greatest pleasures: tea and chocolate. The seminar serves up to 3 people from one location and includes the teas and truffles shipped to your home. The seminar will be led by experts in their fields, the owner of Open Door Tea, a popular tearoom and café (Stratford, CT), and the head chocolatier from Melt Chocolatier (Milford, CT).

You will receive loose-leaf tea and the custom-created chocolate truffles to pair with the teas:

Anxi-Oolong Hairy Crab: An uncommon, low-production, specialty tea from the village of Da Ping, Anxi County, in the Fujian Province of China. Also known as Mao Xie, this is a refreshing low-oxidized oolong, sometimes referred to as a “jade” oolong since it’s closer to a green tea.

Keemun: a Chinese black tea with a smoky aroma and an earthy smooth flavor.

Earl Gray Red: a zesty, organic rooibos tea with overtones of bergamot, the signature flavor of Earl Grey tea.

PLUS: 9-piece chocolate truffle collection, custom made to pair with the selected teas, 3 each of hazelnut milk chocolate truffles, espresso dark chocolate truffles, and orange dark chocolate truffles.

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Dunkin' is Teaming up with the New York Yankees and New York Mets to Raise a Cup to Coaches

Want to give your favorite baseball or softball coach the Suite Life?  Dunkin', the Official Coffee of the New York Mets and New York Yankees, is launching a grand slam sweepstakes to honor New York Tri-State Area* coaches who have kept their local communities and youth teams running this season. The "Raise a Cup to Coaches" sweepstakes will give both nominators and coaches alike the chance to win great prizes and once-in-a-lifetime stadium experiences.

Now through August 15, people can nominate a deserving coach at https://www.dunkinpromotion.com/Newyork for a chance to win great prizes from both the New York Mets and New York Yankees, including:

Grand Slam Prize: For the Winning Coach (2 Winners):

  • Suite Night at New York Mets or New York Yankees game
  • Free Dunkin' Coffee for a Year for both winning coach and nominator**
  • $5 Dunkin' Gift Cards for winning coach's team (up to a maximum of 15)

Fans in the Stand Prize (4 Winners):

  • $50 Dunkin' Gift Card for nominator and winner
  • $5 Dunkin' Gift Cards for winning coach's team (up to a maximum of 15)
  • Two (2) tickets to a New York Mets or New York Yankees game for winning coach

NY Fan Central Prize (10 Winners):

  • $25 Dunkin' Gift Card for nominator and coach

"Baseball and softball coaches spend countless hours teaching and nurturing their teams and have always been important members of our local communities," said Tara Carson, Director of Field Marketing New York at Dunkin'. "Whether it's your mom, dad or a neighbor in your community, Dunkin' and our New York Tri-State area franchisees want to hear your stories and raise our cup to all of the dedicated coaches with some amazing experiences and prizes."

To learn more about Dunkin', visit www.dunkindonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin' blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

For Official Rules and Entry Period Dates, visit: http://www.dunkinpromotion.com/Newyork.
*The NY Tri-State area include stores in the following counties:
New York: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren
Connecticut: Fairfield


**Free Coffee for a Year prize fulfilled in Dunkin' Gift Cards in the amount of $598.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID OUTSIDE ELIGIBILITY AREA AND WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants must be legal U.S. residents of one of the following counties in one of the following states/counties: New York counties; Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester; New Jersey counties; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren; and Connecticut counties: Fairfield  ("Eligibility Area"), who are 18+. Nominees must be a youth or high school sports coaches, who are legal U.S. residents of the Eligibility Area, 18+. Starts on 7/12/21 at 12:00 a.m. ET; ends 8/15/21 at 11:59 p.m. ET (w/ 5 Entry Periods). For Official Rules and Entry Period Dates, visit: www.dunkinpromotion.com/Newyork Sponsor: Dunkin' Brands, Inc. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball. Visit MLB.com.


New POM® Antioxidant Super Tea Flavors are Real Winners

Introduced in March 2021, new POM Pomegranate Elderberry Boost Tea and POM Pomegranate Orange Blossom White Tea are recognized for their award-winning taste with antioxidant goodness.

Just in time for summer, POMPOM Bottles Wonderful® just announced two award wins for its newest POM Antioxidant Super Tea flavors, Pomegranate Elderberry Boost Tea and Pomegranate Orange Blossom White Tea. Pomegranate Orange Blossom White Tea has beenselected as a winner in PEOPLE Magazine's 2021 Food Awards for "Best Flavored Tea," while Pomegranate Elderberry Boost Tea has won gold for "Best Ready to Drink Beverage" in this year's Delicious Living magazine's 2021 Best Bite Awards for both Retailer and Consumer choice.


A refreshing, tangy trio that combines the antioxidant power of pomegranate and elderberry with a boost of black tea.


A harmonious combination of crisp white tea, fragrant orange blossom, and the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate.POM Bottles on Beach

Each bottle of POM Antioxidant Super Tea is powered by the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate juice and a bright blend of gently brewed teas, soeach taste is like a delicious sip of sunshine. Launched in March 2021, Pomegranate Elderberry Boost Tea is a bold trio of flavors that combines the antioxidant power of pomegranate and elderberry with a boost of black tea, while Pomegranate Orange Blossom White Tea is a harmonious combination of crisp white tea, orange blossom, and the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate.

The PEOPLE Magazine's 2021 Food Awards highlight the best new food and drink products offering convenience and great taste at supermarkets nationwide. To determine the best new products of the year, hundreds of products were tested by PEOPLE's test kitchen, editorial staff, and a panel of chefs and experts.

The ninth annual Delicious Living Best Bite Awards recognizes the best food products that prioritize flavor and clean ingredients, voted on by natural health shoppers (Consumer Choice Awards), as well as natural health retailers (Retailer Choice Awards). Products rated highest in quality, purity, ingredients, efficacy, and innovation are rewarded to help consumers evaluate and select the best food choices in a market that continues to explode with options.

"We're thrilled to expand the POM Tea lineup in time for summer, bringing refreshing new flavors with floral notes and antioxidant goodness to brighten up beverage options," said Adam Cooper, senior vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. "These accolades for our new POM Antioxidant Super Tea flavors solidify the strong consumer demand we've seen across the board for POM Wonderful products that harness the power of antioxidants."

Overall, the new additions to the POM Antioxidant Super Tea portfolio have contributed to a significant increase in sales volume (+45%) since their launch as consumers search for delicious and refreshing ready-to-drink beverage options with a functional benefit. The entire POM Antioxidant Super Tea lineup—which also includes Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Honey Green Tea, and Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea—is available at retailers nationwide and online, allowing consumers to brighten up their day with antioxidant goodness.

For peole looking to expand their summer cocktail lineup, the POM Tea Spritz and POM Tea Sea of Cortez feature the award-winning POM Antioxidant Super Tea flavors, and are perfect for any summer soiree. For more recipe inspiration and information about POM Wonderful, please visit POMWonderful.com, on Facebook at /POMWonderful, and Instagram at @POMWonderful.


11 Best Electric Tea Kettles for Tea, Coffee, Pasta, And More

Boiling water has never been so easy, so says Neha Tandon, the E-Commerce Editor of Women's Health, in a recent article.  It's likely that a warm beverage is an essential part of your morning or self-care routine. Whether you love sipping on a hot cup of Earl Grey while skimming the morning headlines or are rushing to throw together a chai to chug on your way to the gym, a good tea kettle is a kitchen essential. The best part is that most of them look super cute, so they basically double as home decor, too.

Not a tea person? You can even use this to boil water for pasta or rice when you're in a rush, or to make a cup of pour-over coffee. In fact, you don't even need to have a kitchen to benefit from a good tea kettle. A quality kettle can make a great gift to the college student in your life who's living in a dorm for the first time. (They'll thank you when those late-night ramen and caffeine cravings hit.)

Before thinking about the type of tea kettle you want, you'll want to consider your priorities. If you're looking for something that'll look gorgeous on your kitchen counter, you can't go wrong with Smeg's iconic aesthetic or a minimalist gold vibe. Or, maybe you just want a kettle big enough for tea time when your family is in town. You'll want this tea kettle that can hold up to two liters of hot water.

Thank you, Neha Tandon for recommending the 11 best electric tea kettles you can get—might want to grab one for yourself and another for your favorite tea lover, too.

BEST OVERALL:  Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle—BELLA ($38.10)—the best part of this kettle is that it doesn't look like a typical kettle. Plus, it has a great price point, automatic shut-off feature, and a cool ceramic finish.

BEST INEXPENSIVE KETTLE:  Electric Hot Water Glass Kettle—OVENTE ($31.87)—if you're trying to caffeinate (or boil pasta water) on a budget and time crunch, you need this glass kettle. The open lid makes pouring easy, and since it's clear, you'll know exactly when it's time to re-fill.

BEST LARGE KETTLE:  Electric Glass Kettle 2L—Stariver ($20.99)—a must for the person who loves to host their friends for dinner parties or have their family over around the holidays, this tea kettle holds up to two liters of liquid so you won't have to make your post-dinner tea or pour-over coffee in batches.

BEST SMART KETTLE:  PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle—Cuisinart ($86.40)—for the person trying to transform their space into a smart home, this kettle's bound to spark your interest. It features six pre-set temps to get your beverage to the exact heat you like it, and it'll even keep it at that exact temperature for 30 minutes after you hit "start."

BEST SMALL/TRAVEL-FRIENDLY KETTLE:  (Ultrathin Foldable Electric Kettle)--LOUTYTUO ($36.89)—whether you can't travel without a caffeine fix or just don't have the counter space to hold a kettle all the time, you'll love this foldable kettle. It comes with a separate cord and travel case for easy packing, making it the perfect gift for the caffeine-loving college student in your life.

BEST RETRO STYLE KETTLE:  Electric Kettle With Embossed Logo—SMEG ($169.95)—you likely recognize this one from all your favorite celeb cooking shows. The iconic, Italian-founded Smeg appliance isn't cheap, but you should know that once you get one of these, you'll never need another kettle again.  It features an automatic shut-off and is smartly designed with a limescale filter to ensure it stays in the same shape you bought it in forever. If you're not in the market for one for yourself, the tea lover in your life will love you for gifting them this.

BEST STYLISH KETTLE:  Copper Glass Electric Tea Kettle—ASCOT ($69.99)—sometimes aesthetics are the most important feature, and there's no shame in wanting a gorgeous, Insta-ready kitchen counter. Between the elegant glass copper finish, anti-scald handle, and BPA-free materials, it may become your new favorite piece of home decor.

BEST MULTI-USE KETTLE:  Multi-Use Electric Kettle—ICOOKPOT ($47.29)—turns out kettles aren't just for making beverages or boiling water for Cup Noodles anymore. This one has one-touch buttons automated for heating up a baby's drink, making hard-boiled eggs, and even disinfecting non-edible items.

BEST LUXE KETTLE:  Corvo Electric Coffee & Tea Kettle—FELLOW ($149.00)—this would be the kind of kettle you'd find in a classy, minimalist European kitchen. The matte black finish is super elegant and the sophisticated design is just distinctive enough to stand out without being too flashy.

BEST COOL TOUCH KETTLE:  Enfinigy Cool Touch Kettle—Zwilling ($79.95)—let’s get practical for a moment—nothing ruins the excitement of prepping a soothing cup of chai more than burning your hand on a scalding hot handle (take it from someone who's been there far too many times). The cool-touch handle on this sleek stainless-steel kettle ensures that'll never happen.

BEST GOOSE NECK KETTLE:  Goose Neck Electric Water Kettle—Bodum ($34.99)—best if you're trying to make pour-over coffee, this goose neck kettle has an attractive look that's actually ergonomically designed to be comfortable in your hand. Most goose neck kettles can get pricey, but this one's a total bargain considering the fact that it's made with sustainably-sourced cork, too.

(prices correct at the time this article was price-checked—subject to change.)


Liquid CORE® Gum: Because 400 Million Cups of Coffee Per Day in the USA is a lot of Coffee Breath

Liquid CORE® Gum Company released Life's Gum® Coffee™ earlier this month. Following the Life's Gum® Berry Defense® released in April of 2021, Life's Gum® Coffee™ is another unique brand with the company's Signature Liquid Center Functional Delivery System that starts releasing a genuine coffee sensation on the first chew.  Life's Gum® Coffee™ transitions magically from a rich coffee flavor to a minty taste that freshens your breath and cleans your teeth.  Oral health is a priority, which is why the Liquid CORE® brands have more xylitol than any other gum in the world.  Life's Gum® Coffee™ is the first Liquid CORE® brand made with Stevia.

Life's Gum

"It tastes like coffee because it's infused with real coffee and caffeine derived from coffee beans," Scott Schaible, Liquid CORE® COO said. "Minty fresh breath is always better than coffee breath, so we simply took care of that."  Chewing Life's Gum® Coffee™ is an authentic coffee experience, with added brain boosting benefits from chewing. Even people who do not regularly drink coffee embrace the gum and the clean mouth. The convenience and portability of Life's Gum® Coffee™ is a bonus. "There are times when it isn't practical to drink a cup, like heading to a workout, or a long drive when restroom breaksHow It Works Chart are not convenient. We wanted to capture the ritual of coffee for the handful of times when drinking your favorite coffee isn't practical," Schaible continued.

Coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages on the planet, and Life's Gum® Coffee™ gives a serious coffee experience and some upside as well.  "People have a relationship with coffee that we understand and respect. We engineered our coffee formula to see them through on those occasions when chewing is smarter than drinking," said Liquid CORE® Founder & CEO Troy Widgery.  "Whether replacing your first cup of the day or your third, we wanted to provide that feeling of comfort and smooth energy, while giving you fresh breath and cleaning your teeth. The brain-boosting benefits are noticeable," Widgery stated. The Liquid CORE® Team views Life's Gum® Coffee™ as a co-branding deal with the with one of the most popular beverages in existence.  Research on the cognitive benefits of chewing gum is well-documented and includes enhanced memory recall, reduced stress and improved concentration.

While the United States ranks third in the world for coffee consumption, on a per-person basis countries like Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are the title holders. "Our energy brands like Apollo® and Golf Gum® are quickly gaining traction in Sweden in retail and petrol," said Widgery. "We have a partner brand in The Netherlands, FIRST Energy Gum™, that breaks sales records every quarter. It is the success of the Liquid CORE® energy brands in these leading coffee-consuming countries that helped inspire the idea to formulate a coffee infused functional gum and embrace the coffee community," Widgery continued.

Rather than simply adding coffee flavor to a beverage or snack item, Life's Gum® Coffee™ uses real coffee and caffeine from coffee beans. For times when you want the great Life's Gum® Coffee™ experience but prefer to pass on the caffeine, just make it a decaf.  Simply squeeze the piece and empty the liquid center, which contains the caffeine, and you are left with a great piece of Decaf Life's Gum®. You can customize the dosage to be exactly the way you want it – just like a barista.

Liquid CORE® Gum Company manufactures Liquid Center Functional Delivery Health, Wellness & Energy chewing gums at their factory in Denver, Colorado USA.  Zero sugar, vegan and gluten-free are the hallmark of every Liquid CORE® formula. All Liquid CORE® gums contain more xylitol than any other gum in the world.  For more information visit LiquidCORE.store.


The 9 Best Instant Coffee Brands to Turn to on Busy Mornings

You already know instant coffee gets a bad rap. It’s often considered to be a last resort for coffee drinkers when they don’t have time to brew a proper pot in the morning. What you don’t know? Instant coffee is in the midst of an epic renaissance: Sales went up by nearly 30 percent in 2020 as more and more people began making their daily joe at home. Not only does it provide a consistent cup, but offerings have dramatically improved since its last American heyday in the ’80s. The folks at PureWow tested a slew of popular options to find the best instant coffee brands out there that deliver a joe just as delicious as one brewed with a drip machine or French press.

To test them, they prepared each instant coffee according to package instructions, making one hot cup and one cold if applicable. They added a bit of milk for tasting, unless the instant coffee already included creamer, and no extra sugar. Then, they rated them based on affordability, quality of ingredients and processing, ease of use and functionality (can it be made with either hot and cold water? Can you only make one cup at a time?), dissolvability and flavor. Read on for their top picks.