Tuesday, 31 May 2011

How to Make a Big Train® Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

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Let a Big Train® customer teach you how!

Of all the great attributes that makes Big Train® the company it is today, one stands out above the rest. Our products may be easy to make, come in wide varieties of drink mixes and flavors and always maintain premium quality taste, but all of that pales in comparison to the people who enjoy them.  That’s right, the best part about Big Train is YOU!  The relationships with our loyal customers is what defines us and our products. So from all us at Big Train®: Thank you!

Without further ado, here is Amanda Hi (@pinkmacprincess) showing us how to make a delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie using Big Train® Strawberry Banana Blended Creme mix with fresh fruit:

YUM! Thanks, Amanda!

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Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Friday, 27 May 2011

Cocktails! Cocktails! Cocktails! Try Big Train’s Strawberry Martini, Margarita & More!!!

National Strawberry Month is soon coming to an end, so be sure to see it off with style! Whether you’re having a quiet night at home or hosting a rockin’ party, perfect cocktails are always the key ingredient. Using our delicious Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast and your favorite liquor, the drink possibilities are endless. Although we’re not going to list them all, below are our top three recipes for Big Train® strawberry cocktails!

 

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Strawberry Margarita (16 oz)

  • 3 fl oz Big Train® Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • 3 fl oz tequila
  • 2 fl oz lime juice
  • 2 cups of ice

Pour into a blender and blend until smooth then garnish with a strawberry.

Strawberry Daiquiri (16 oz)

  • 3 fl oz Big Train® Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • 3 fl oz rum
  • 2 fl oz lime juice
  • 2 cups of ice

Pour into a blender and blend until smooth then garnish with a strawberry.

 

 

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Strawberry Colada (16 oz)

  • 3 oz Malibu Rum
  • 3 oz Big Train® Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • 2 oz Midori Melon Liquor
  • 2 cups of ice

Pour into a blender and blend until smooth then garnish with a strawberry.

Strawberry Martini

  • 4 parts Vodka
  • 2 parts Triple Sec
  • 2 parts Big Train Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with cracked ice and shake well.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

Feel free to spice up your drinks with any other garnishes, liquors or whatever else you may feel so inclined to add! With our versatile Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast, if there’s an adult beverage you have in mind, you can make it! Just switch out the cocktail mix you would normally use and replace it with any of our TEN flavors.

Please be sure to enjoy the rest of your National Strawberry Month, have a great Memorial day weekend and always remember to drink responsibly!

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

DIY McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

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McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

McDonald’s recently launched their new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, and with the success of this flavor others may be wondering how to do it yourself and jump on the bandwagon. Café owners need to be able to compete with this fresh flavor and consumers should be able to enjoy it without having to leave the comfort of their own home. That’s why Big Train® would like to provide the instructions and means to create your very own Strawberry Lemonade frappe, slushi, or smoothie.

Lemon Cooler Fruit Tea Smoothie BlastThe only ingredients you need are:

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McWho? Here’s OUR Frozen Strawberry Lemonade!

That’s it! You can make the drink into a blended frappe smoothie (using a blender),  or a slushie granita style (using a frozen drink machine) .  Both preparation methods are on the bottles of Big Train® Fruit Tea Smoothie Blasts and they couldn’t be simpler! To make the beverage on the right, we separately blended 2 oz of each syrup with 2 oz of water and 8 oz of ice. Afterwards we poured them together to create the eye catching and delicious drink pictured. To skip a step  you can blend them both together to get a softer pink colored drink, but the decision is yours to make! As a wholesale supplier, Big Train® is set on providing businesses with all the ingredients necessary to create the perfect drink. So, whether you’re lounging in your backyard this summer or running a tight ship at your small (or large!) business, treat yourself and others to the refreshing  and tangy Frozen Strawberry Lemonade with a little help from Big Train®.

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Monday, 23 May 2011

How to Make the Perfect Strawberry Smoothie!

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Show love for your favorite fruit with some delectable drinks!

In honor of National Strawberry Month, Big Train® would like to offer you some advice on how to properly celebrate this momentous May.  How, you might ask? Simple: By providing you with the best strawberry smoothie and drink recipes around! All you need is your favorite Big Train products, fruit, a blender and a warm summer day! Well…on second thought, you might need a few other things as well.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

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Big Train Vanilla Smoothie Mix is the perfect base for your smoothies

  • 5 fl oz of apple juice
  • 1 ½ scoops of Big Train Vanilla Smoothie mix
  • ½ cup of bananas
  • 4 strawberries
  • 12 oz of ice
  • Pour in juice, vanilla smoothie mix, bananas, strawberry and ice into blender. Blend thoroughly until smooth.

Strawberry Shortcake (16 0z)

  • 4oz of water/milk
  • 4 tbsp Big Train Cake Batter mix
  • 12 oz of ice
  • Strawberry syrup
  • Blend until smooth

 

Screamin’ Strawberry Banana

 

 

 

Big Train Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast

Big Train’s Fruit Tea Smoothie Blasts will blow you away!

 

 

 

  • 2 fl oz of Big Train Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • 2 fl oz of Big Train Banana Banana Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • 4 fl oz of water
  • 16 oz of ice
  • In a blender, add 2 fl oz of Strawberry Sensation Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast
  • Banana Banana Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast with 4 fl oz water and add 16 oz of ice.
  • Blend thoroughly until smooth.

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Fro Yo vs. Wow Cow | Why You’ll Love Big Train’s Powdered Soft Serve Mix over Frozen Yogurt

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Wow cow – Delicious and Nutricious!

Frozen yogurt, aka Fro Yo, is currently all the rage as the healthier alternative to ice cream, but it’s not the only contender. Although Big Train’s Wow Cow Soft Serve may not technically be considered frozen yogurt, it still has the same great taste, smooth and creamy consistency, with drastically less fat.  Here’s why Wow Cow soft serve would make a remarkable addition to your yogurt shop, ice cream store, or café:

1.  Three of our softserve lines, Wow Cow, Wow Cow with No Added Sugar, and Wow Cow Creamy Tart, are fat free, have no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils and are gluten free. But for all the carb counters out there, we have the perfect product: our very popular Skinny Minnie! While Big Train® Skinny Minnie also has no trans fat, hydrogenated oils or gluten, it also has only 5 net carbs per 4 fl oz serving! It’s the ideal treat after the gym because it’s tasty and guilt-free! And just like our mainstream products that have a great reputation for excellent flavor, Wow Cow does not disappoint.

2.  Not only does Wow Cow have 4 different lines of soft serve base mixes, but each one has over FIFTY flavor options! Check them out:

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So many flavors!!!

3.  It’s a powder! Because it’s not yogurt it doesn’t need to be refrigerated so Big Train® Wow Cow doesn’t take up space in your freezer, it’s cheaper to ship and it has a longer shelf life, saving you money! All you need is a soft serve machine at your restaurant. To do so, Big Train® recommends Taylor and Electro Freeze Soft Serve equipment for making the highest quality desserts for your customers.

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4. Flavors galore: Neutral powder softserve bases can be mixed with the any of the flavor syrups to create a wide variety of flavors.  That means you’ll carry less inventory than with pre-flavored frozen yogurt products and have more flavor options that last longer!

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The perfect treat for your puppy pal!

5.  Your pets will love it too! Mary Thompson of the Animal Friends Pet Hotel in Garden Grove, CA is always sure to serve her canine guests some Wow Cow soft serve.  They can’t get enough, although you may want to steer clear of the chocolate bases!

6. Big Train® Wow Cow is Kosher! L’chaim!!

If you decide to sell Wow Cow in your store, you’ll be given tons of promotional items like posters, sell sheets and flavor strips to educate and entice your clientele. So start off your summer with the ideal froyo alternative, and let Big Train® Wow Cow’s soft serve powdered mixes have your customers begging for more. What is your favorite soft serve flavor?

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Friday, 13 May 2011

London Calling Big Train to Caffe Culture 2011!!

caffe culture big trainOn Wednesday May 18th and Thursday May 19th, Big Train will be taking the Caffé Culture 2011 Expo by storm! Caffé Culture is the UK’s foremost event in the global café market. Held at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London, it’s the ideal place to meet suppliers face to face and find the perfect product or business partner for your café. On top of the hundreds of vendors presenting drinks, equipment, food, etc., this trade show also offers café workshops, seminars and one-on-one consultations.

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Big Train’s booth for Caffe Culture 2011!

Big Train will be there bright and early at 9:30 a.m. (London time) at booth B16. If you’re an international customer who just happens to be in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and say hello. Cheers!

UPDATE: We had a an absolute BLAST at Caffe Culture. We met so many awesome people and we’re already looking forward to next year’s!

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Quiet One: Silencing The Competition

Vitamix and Big Train: Two Peas in a Pod

Vitamix and Big Train®: Two Peas in a Pod

Due to the nature of how Big Train’s drinks are made, it’s easy to recognize the true soul mate of our delicious blended iced coffees, smoothies and crèmes: Blenders.

According to Dictionary.com, a blender is

“An electric culinary grinding and mixing appliance, consisting of a container with propeller like blades at the bottom that are whirled by a high-speed motor to purée, chop, or mix foods.”

In a nutshell, that’s what a blender is and that’s what one does.  However, not all blenders are created equal. We’ve all had or used blenders that are so outdated or cheap that they’re incapable of blending everything, take too long, or are so loud that using them becomes an excruciating chore.

That’s why, since 1937, Vitamix has been making some of the most trusted and high quality blenders out there.  But while that may have been the year they created the first blender, it wasn’t until 1949 that Vitamix found its name and put themselves on the map with one of the first television infomercials ever to be put on air.  Afterwards they continued to showcase their new and improved blenders including the “Kitchen Center”, “Vitamix 3600” and later the “Vitamix 4000”.  In keeping with the tradition of always having the most advanced product of its kind, Vitamix released “The Quiet One” in May of 2010.  As can be assumed by its name, it’s easily the quietest blender on the market. Here are just a few of this remarkable machine’s features:

  • Operating at an amazing 18 decibels below its closest competitor, The Quiet One would be perceived as being four times quieter.
  • Six program buttons with 34 optimized programs to choose from provide operator ease of use and consistent beverage preparation every time. Create custom blending programs for signature drinks, smoothies and blended coffee drinks.
  • A magnetically secured back cover means it’s easy to clean and there are no screws or pieces to take apart, significantly reducing cleaning time.
  • The container’s unique design and built-in dripless spout improves pourability, resulting in time and cost savings and improved customer experience. The container’s double-sealed bearing also provides improved wash-ability, extending life of the blade assembly.
  • A high quality ≈ 3 peak output horsepower motor and exceptional smoothie blade design yields efficient, consistent, quality blends of even the most challenging ingredients.

Katie and Jocey from Coffee Tree Roasters in Pittsburgh, PA shared with us what they like best about the Quiet One Blender:

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Vitamix The Quiet One at Coffee Tree Roasters

“We LOVE:

  • It’s nice to converse with customers while making smoothies. This is something that is difficult, if not impossible to do with other blenders we have used.
  • It’s very easy to clean
  • The Vitamixes are faster than other blenders”

Anthony Ciepiel, Vitamix’s Vice President of Marketing, noted that “By focusing on designing blenders for the most demanding users and the most demanding applications, we create blenders that last longer and need fewer repairs.”  This rings true for many store owners who rely on the silent power of The Quiet One to keep their customers happy.

Brent Kennedy, owner and Operator of the Looney Bean Cafe,  bought one of the blenders at a convention last year.   When asked about his experience with the Quiet One, he said “We really like it…We will buy them again.  In fact, we are in the market for 2 now!” Maybe that’s why Vitamix’s revolutionary new machine was awarded the 2011 Kitchen Innovation (KI) Award from the National Restaurant Association.  Whatever the reason(s), it’s safe to say that it was well deserved.

Whether you’re a busy restaurant owner trying to create the perfect feel and taste for your café or a regular Joe who enjoys finely blended beverages, could Vitamix and Big Train® be your perfect match? Why buy your Vitamix blenders from Big Train? Besides the fact that we love our customers, you get 2 pitchers and 3 FREE cases of Big Train product. What’s your favorite blender?

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).