So you’re looking for an awesome college packing list huh? Well, we’ve got a checklist of 20 items you’ll want to bring to the dorm this school year! We have entertainment, organization, health-related, practical and even (gulp) cleaning items. Without further ado…Big Train presents the college packing list that will really help you rock your school year!
1) Internet-Powered Television
Paying for cable TV can get expensive and gathering money from roomies can be a hassle. Cut the cord and go for something like a Roku, Apple TV or Chromecast by Google. All you need is an Internet connection and subscriptions to a few streaming services and you’re good to go!
Almost every single mobile phone in the past decade includes an alarm clock (and there are even apps that require you to walk at least 30 paces before they shut off), but sometimes it’s good to have a good ol’ reliable alarm clock in the dorm to make sure you don’t miss those early-morning finals!
3) Compact Cooking Appliance
Toasters and toaster ovens are alright but get yourself a 3-in-1 Breakfast Station and master the delicate art of breakfast. Your friends will stare in awe as you toast, griddle and serve up the dark roast – with ONE appliance.
4) Blenders (blender and milk frother)
Roomies and neighbors may not appreciate the noise of a blender but they’ll sure love the awesome culinary concoctions you’ll delight them with (see #6). Milk frothers work great for mixing chai right in your mug.
5) Sleep Mask (Bonus: Scented)
Blocking any and all excess light is especially awesome for those mornings when you don’t have class until 10:00 am, but you also never know when you’re cobbled-together blinds (read: blanket held up by tacks) decide to come tumbling down just in time to let all that early morning sunshine come spewing in.
6) Just-Add-Water Drink Mixes
There will be times when food/drinks will be hard to come by, but hopefully you’ll still have access to fresh water. If so, that’s all you need in order to make these delicious drinks:
6.1) Chai: easy to make and delicious, chai soothes your soul during stressful exam time
6.2) Blended Ice Coffees: make your dorm mates BFFs and give them a delicious Blended Ice Coffee. Just add Big train Blended Ice Coffee mix, ice and water into a blender. Great for those late night study sessions!
6.3) Fit Frappe: In a rush on way to school? Need a healthier alternative to high-calorie expensive lattes? Try Fit Frappe, delicious easy-to-make protein latte mixes – the “Healthy Buzz”.
DIY Spiced Chai Frappe | How to Make Blended Chai Drinks at Home
Make the drink that has been savored for centuries in India and refresh your body and soul with the creamy blend of honey, vanilla, black tea and exotic spices.
6 fl oz water or milk
2 scoops Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
1.5 cups ice
Add water or milk to blender
Then add Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
Blend until smooth
DIY Blended Spiced Chai Frappe
Wondering how to make your own Spiced Chai Frappe at home? Do it yourself with Big Train’s Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix!
Chai, meaning “tea” in many parts of the world, originated in ancient India. It is traditionally made with rich black tea, heavy milk, sweetener, and a combination of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper. Not only does it have an irresistibly spicy flavor, but it’s also a natural digestive aid. Even better, Big Train’s Spiced Chai Tea Latte mix is gluten free, low fat, and uses no hydrogenated oils! If you love chai as a drink in chilly weather, then you’ll love it as a blended spiced chai frappe or simply poured over ice as a refreshing thirst quencher in warmer weather!
For the DIY enthusiast, you can easily make spiced chai frappes at home by simply adding milk or water and ice. Home baristas can purchase Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix here. At just $6.50, it yields ten 8 fl oz servings.
Big Train has a great reputation for delicious chai mixes with coffeehouses and restaurants. Big Train also offers foodservice operators a bulk-size 3.5 lb Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix here so that you’ll never run out! Just add milk or water and ice to this product and you’ll have a delicious iced chai frappe in seconds. We realize you can’t always get out to your favorite cafe, so Big Train also offers several retail chai products. For all chai latte mix flavor options go here.
If you love good-for-you, good-for-the-soul beverages, then you will love Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte mix! So DIY! Do it yourself and create a delicious chai frappe today.
Coffee Fest Chicago 2013 was a blast! Two weeks ago from June 8-10, baristas, roasters, business owners, and coffee lovers alike flocked to Navy Pier to learn about the newest, up-and-coming trends in the specialty coffee industry at Coffee Fest Chicago. Coffee Fest has served the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 by joining relevant educational programs with an informative trade show floor. Through the years, Coffee Fest has created a successful show that now sports over 300 booths—and this year Big Train was one of them! We had the chance to see a lot of new products, coffee and tea-making techniques, and meet many wonderful, coffee-loving people!
Coffee Fest Trade Show
Big Train is happy to now be a party of the Kerry family and was thrilled to be a part of their booth at this year’s Coffee Fest. Kerry was the very first booth as customers entered the trade show, so we got a bunch of traffic! Big Train was a big hit at the Kerry booth; people had the chance to take home samples of the Blended Iced Coffee and Blended Iced Crème products. People visited our booth multiple times in order to get as many samples as possible! We blended up free samples of our Blended Ice Coffee Kona Mocha and Blended Ice Crème Caramel during set up and registration which brought a lot of attention to the booth both before and during the show. We also said hello to several of our current customers and welcomed new ones.
Big Train as part of the Kerry booth at Coffee Fest Chicago
Throughout the show, Big Train appeared as an industry leader in a lot of ways! One of our in-house baristas held a Blending Seminar where she taught people how to properly use Big Train products in the best, most efficient way possible. This seminar definitely made us look like a frontrunner in the industry and we had people come up to the booth afterwards and tell us how helpful it was.
We noticed many new and interesting trends while visiting other booths at the show. Many booths were advertising “organic” and “indulgent” oatmeal as a snack or meal to go along with coffee and tea. Oatmeal has low levels of fat and calories and high levels of protein and fiber, so it’s easy to see why it’s so popular! Though it was a bit unique to see oatmeal at a coffee trade show, the delicious, good-for-you breakfast food is becoming a staple in many coffee shops.
Overall, Big Train had a very productive and positive experience at Coffee Fest! We gained many new customers and continued to make Big Train a leading brand in the coffee industry! Special thanks to Brittany Crouch, Theresa Pope, Jennifer William, Lani Peterson, Paul Bulthuis, Andy Solheim, Louise Kruse, and Wyatt Edenfield for making this all possible.
For more information about Coffee Fest, go to www.coffeefest.com
For more information about Big Train, visit our website at www.bigtrain.com or call 800-BIG TRAIN (244-8724)
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 hundreds of participants in the A Mile for Maddie walk were present for the grand opening of the Seaside Learning Center located in Dana Point, California, just a few miles south of Big Train’s headquarters. The Center is built along the Dana Point waterfront, and boasts exciting new facilities that will introduce oceanography, environmental science and maritime history to locals and visitors alike, but especially K-12 students in honor of the beautiful Maddie James.
Thousands of walkers have participated in A Mile for Maddie over the past two years, raising a total of $160,000. This money has gone a long way towards helping The Maddie James Foundation to achieve its initial goal of raising $1 million, in order to secure the naming rights to the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center (at the Ocean Institute).
Big Train was honored to be a part of the grand opening of this amazing endeavor. We were onsite, serving up samples of our Fit Frappe™ protein drinks to the hundreds of participants. Our healthy and delicious beverage was a natural fit for the crowd in attendance, as it offers a low-calorie and high-protein drink that’s perfect before or after the 1.2-mile walk.
Check out the slideshow below for some images of our booth, the crowd as well as the children of one of our very own, meeting marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland. We’ve added in some videos of A Mile for Maddie and also the grand opening.
For a quick and easy, smooth and delicious Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie, try this recipe!
4 fl oz water
4 fl oz Big Train Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Mix concentrate
2 Cups ice
In a blender, add the water.
Then add the Big Train Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie mix.
Add 2 cups of ice.
Mix until smooth.
Pomegranate and blueberries are both high in antioxidants. These two superfruits combine to make a delicious flavor. Even McDonalds is offering this new flavor combination for their fruit smoothies. If you love fruit and blended ice drinks then you’ll love this Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe. For the DIY enthusiast, you can do it yourself– make these smoothies quickly at home. Home baristas can purchase Big Train’s Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie mix concentrate here. At just $11.00 per bottle, it yields 16 8 fl oz servings, or just less than 70 cents per serving. Just add water and ice and blend!
Big Train also offers foodservice operators a simple to use pour-over-ice Superfruit smoothie mix here. This product has blueberries and pomegranate and also includes Acai. Just pour over ice and blend. Voila! For more information about Big Train’s foodservice real fruit smoothie products go here. Big Train also has one of the most generous Commercial Blender Programs in the industry.
So make your Pomegranate Blueberry smoothies in a snap with Big Train Real Fruit Smoothie mix products. Enjoy!
Big Train Caramel Base Mix – A Sweeter Way to Build Your Menu!
Caramel was on the list in 2012 for the top flavor trends and traditionally Caramel based drinks are the #2 selling flavor – right behind Mocha. To help you create yummy caramel drinks and capitalize on these trends, Big Train is introducing Caramel Crème Blended Crème – the ultimate caramel base mix!
This sweet, buttery flavor of rich caramel can be made blended, iced, hot as-is, or used as a delicious base to help you build your menus! Baristas – add your own espresso to Caramel Crème to create amazing Caramel Lattes or serve coffee-free and delicious caramel frappes!
Caramel Crème Blended Crème
Can be made blended, iced or hot
Great as a base for many different beverages
Rich, sweet caramel flavor
No Hydro Oils
5/3.5lb bags per case
Some Recipe Ideas Using Caramel Crème Base Mix
Caramel Cinnamon Latte
7 fl oz hot water
A 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix from Big Train
Dash of cinnamon
Heat 7 fl oz of water and add a 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème Mix.
Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
For variations, serve over ice or blended with ice too.
Graham Cracker Caramel Frappe
4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk
2 scoops (7 tbsp. or 80 g) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
4-5 cubes of ice
Crushed graham crackers (to taste)
whipped cream (Optional)
Butterscotch syrup (Optional)
Pour 4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk into blender
Add 2 scoops (7 tbsp. of 80 g) of Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
Add 4-5 cubes of ice
Add crushed graham crackers pieces (to taste)
Blend until smooth
Top with whipped cream
Garnish with crushed graham cracker pieces & butterscotch syrup
How Sweet It Is Recipe Contest
(For foodservice operators only)
Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème is the perfect caramel base mix that allows you to serve a sweet and delicious drink. There are so many unique beverage possibilities when a barista begins with the creamy taste of caramel and we want to hear about them! Click Here and submit your best caramel drink recipe it in the “How Sweet It Is” Big Train recipe contest by February 28, 2013 and you could win! Five lucky winners will be chosen to receive 3 FREE cases of the product of their choice and their store will be featured in a Big Train blog post. One Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to 2013 Coffee Fest Chicago. See the Terms and Conditions.
How will You Define the New You in the New Year? Tell us your 2013 Health & Fitness Goals and Win.
In order to help our customers keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions and reach their fitness goals, we are promoting Fit Frappé as a healthy way to stay on track in 2013. We are encouraging consumers to “Define the New You in 2013” by going to our landing page and telling us how they plan to achieve their goals in the new year.
As part of this promotion Big Train is holding a contest for consumers. Go to BigTrain.com/DefineTheNewYou to view the video (or see the YouTube video below) then head over to the Define the New You Contest page and enter to win! Consumers can fill out their name, email and phone number to be entered into a drawing to win one of over 200 prizes:
100 Fit Frappe Tumblers
100 Fit Frappe protein drink shakers
Grand Prize: 10 Asics Fitness Packages
Promotion begins January 7th and ends January 31, 2013. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified after the promotional period ends. For giveaway details and terms and conditions go here.
About this Project.
The idea behind the “Define the New You in 2013” video was to showcase friends, customers and some of southern California’s brightest in the social media and health/fitness communities, asking them how they will be reaching their goals in 2013. In total, there were about 30 participants and their responses primarily focused on health/fitness and life improvement. The photo shoot itself was a blast, taking place near the train station in San Juan Capistrano, with a fantastic brunch at nearby restaurant, Sarducci’s.
Big Train has a smoothie program designed to fit your customers!
Summer is right around the corner and that means high demand for cold, refreshing smoothies! Give your customers what they want during the warmer months with help from Big Train’s smoothie program. Choose from our wide variety of products, flavors and equipment to design the program that is right for your and save $10 on each case of smoothies!
If you love Irish Cream and blended ice drinks then you’ll love this Blended Irish Cream Smoothie Recipe. Big Train’s Vanilla Smoothie mix is a delicious versatile base mix. (No Sugar Added option available too). Big Train’s mixes generally just require water. But feel free to add milk or milk alternatives for that extra creamy taste. Don’t forget the Irish Cream Flavor Syrup, too. Enjoy!
Hot protein drinks are not a figment of your imagination. Fit Frappe, Big Train’s line of outrageously delicious protein drinks mixes launched in late 2011. With over 20 years experience making versatile gourmet drink mixes, we wanted to make sure that our new protein products could also be served hot while minimizing clumping. Keep reading for some Fit Frappe customer love, the best way to make a skinny latte and the science behind hot protein drinks.
As the name implies Fit Frappe can certainly be made blended with ice or shaken over ice. Alas it can be served hot too! Simply add your hot water (but not boiling hot) to your mug of choice and stir in your powdered Fit Frappe protein drink mix. (See packaging or website for mixing instructions). Coffee lovers will enjoy the espresso, vanilla latte and mocha flavors. And if you have a special coffee or espresso, try adding Fit Frappe vanilla or chocolate to craft your own custom hot protein enriched coffee drinks (this author adds Vanilla Fit Frappe to a hot cup of coffee as a new routine replacing popular dairy creamers that are high in sugar and fat).
We recently received an email from a CrossFit enthusiast who stated:
I love FitFrappe as it has solved the needs for my morning Crossfit workouts. Before, I’d wake up at 4am and have a protein drink and pre-workout caffeine supplement. Now, just a nice hot cup of FitFrappe.”
Steve N. Rogers, AR
To make the ultimate skinny latte, get one of those milk frothers (small battery operated blenders). Once you pour in the mix, froth away and enjoy! See the video below for a demonstration:
So, does serving Fit Frappé hot impact protein effectiveness?
Proteins are chains of large molecules made up of amino acids in different sequences. Denaturation of protein through such methods like heat, acid, or physical agitation is breaking the bonds between the amino acids. It is the amino acids that provide the nutritional benefits. Breaking the bonds can actually be beneficial because the body can access/use the amino acids much quicker than having the stomach acids digest or denature the protein.
For example, after a workout, some consume protein to build back the lean muscle mass lost during the workout. Consuming proteins that have been denatured is beneficial because the body will use/absorb the amino acids quicker.
So you can have your hot cafe drinks and protein too. Learn more about Big Train’s Fit Frappe gourmet protein drink mix line. Have a question or comment regarding Big Train? Have a protein drink recipe you’d like to share? Email us at email@example.com