Monday, 30 April 2012

Big Train Product Review by Peachy’s Panel of Whom You Know!

Whom You Know Peachy from ManhattanKEEPING AMERICA ON TOP: WHOM YOU KNOW CELEBRATES AMERICAN STYLE INTELLIGENCE and EXCELLENCE WITH BIG TRAIN:

Big Train Products Recommended by the Peachy’s Pantry Panel of Whom You Know!

Review Published: 4/19/12

(Excerpt from Whom You Know)

“If you’re someone who, like me, gets bored with the same old beverages over and over again (how many bottles of Poland Spring can a gal drink?!), then you’ve got to check out Big Train! An all-American company that started small and now produces over 200 products and exports to over 55 countries, Big Train is a classic example of the great American dream becoming a reality through creativity, hard work, and perseverance…”

(To read the entire review please go visit our friends at WhoYouKnow, click here.)

Thanks Peachy!

 

 

 

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Granita Recipes and Instructions for Gourmet Delicious Slushy Ice Drinks

Granita Recipes & Instructions

Ok so you got your granita machine to make more delicious frozen drinks faster. Here are some granita recipes and instructions to help you get started.

Chai Tea Slushy:
1.    Pour two (2) quarts of hot water into a clean mixing container.
2.    Empty the entire package (3.5 lb. bag) into the container and stir with a wire whisk until completely dissolved. (See Big Train’s Chai selection here.)
3.    Add 5-6 quarts of cold water stir and pour into Granita machine.

Blended Ice Coffee – Frozen Blended Crème Frappes:
1.    Pour two (2) quarts of very hot water into a clean mixing container.
2.    Empty the entire package of (3.5 lb. bag) into the mixing container and stir with a wire whisk until completely dissolved. (Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffee selection here.)
3.    Add 5 quarts of cold water or coffee and pour into Granita machine

Real Fruit Smoothie Slushies:
1.    Mix 4 parts water to 1 part concentrate and pour into Granita machine. (See Big Train’s selection of Real Fruit Smoothies here.)

Granita Machine Gourmet Recipes and InstructionsGranita machines take approximately 1 hour of circulation before the product is ready to be served.  Please follow machine directions.

If your Granita Machine has multiple barrels, you will be able to make up 2 to 3 varieties and layer them or add sauces or syrups to create signature drinks.

Suggested Signature Drinks:
Fill cup ½ way with granita mix, add your choice of sauce or syrup, and then fill the cup the rest of the way with granita mix, stir and serve.
•    16 oz. Drinks
Add 1 to ½ oz. syrups or sauces
•    20 oz. Drinks
Add 1 ½ to 2 oz. syrups or sauces

Suggested Sauces and Syrups to add:
Chocolate Sauce        Caramel Sauce    White Chocolate Sauce        Strawberry Syrup        Orange Syrup        Cherry Syrup
Raspberry Syrup        Almond Syrup        Vanilla Syrup                Hazelnut Syrup        Coconut Syrup

 


Signature Granita Big Train Drink Recipes:

Base: Use Big Train Vanilla Bean Blended Crème Frappe Mix
•    Add Strawberry Syrup = Strawberry Shake
•    Add Orange Syrup = Creamy Orange
•    Add Cherry or Raspberry Syrup = Cherry or Raspberry Shake
•    Add Almond Syrup = Almond Shake
•    Add Chocolate Sauce = Chocolate Shake

For frozen coffee drinks try any of Big Train’s delicious Blended Ice Coffee Mixes as the base then experiment with syrups (but not required)

See all of Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffee mixes here.

Got a great granita gourmet drink recipe? We’d love to here from you! Or submit your prized yummy frozen slushy drink recipes here: http://blog.bigtrain.com/recipe-submission/.

For more information call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or go to http://www.BigTrain.com.

Friday, 27 April 2012

ChaiTini: Vanilla Chai Martini Drink Recipe

ChaiTini
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Recipe type: Cocktail
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If you love Chai you're going to crave this amazing cocktail. Introducing the Vanilla Chai Martini which I affectionately call the "ChaiTini". Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 2.5 oz of vanilla vodka
  • dash of water
  • dash of half and half
  • 2 oz Big Train Chai Powder
  • scoop of cubed ice
  • whipped cream
  • dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Shake the vodka, water, half and half, and Big Train Powder with the ice.
  2. Strain into your favorite martini glass.
  3. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon to serve.
  4. Close your eyes and savor your ChaiTini!

 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Easy Real Fruit Smoothies, the “just Pour Over Ice” Summer Solution

Easy real fruit smoothies will soon be in high demand as baristas tune up their blenders get them ready for hot days ahead. Summer is just around the corner and nothing says summer like the taste of a delicious real fruit smoothie. The refreshing combination of fresh fruit blended with cold ice makes a perfect drink on a hot day. Big Train is celebrating summer by introducing six mouthwatering simple to make pour over ice real fruit smoothie mixes. Using the freshest fruit from around the world and hand-selected at peak ripeness, each Big Train Fruit Smoothie includes delicious real fruit and has less calories and sugar than many other leading brands. Enjoy the refreshing summer tastes of Strawberry, Mango, Wildberry, Strawberry Banana, SuperFruit and Peach smoothie mixes. Getting a bit of summer in every sip has never been this simple – just pour over ice and blend! So get those blenders ready! To view all of Big Train’s easy Real Fruit Smoothie mix products go here.

Real fruit smoothie pour over mix

The benefits to café owners and baristas? Not only will these delicious real fruit smoothies keep loyal customers coming back for more, they are incredibly simple to make. Just pour over ice, blend and you’re done! It’s easy. No more measuring water and product. Now you can make consistently great real fruit smoothies and serve more customers faster without waste. And with a 12 month shelf life, our products help foodservice professionals save money. To meet the summer rush, contact Big Train today at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) to sample Big Train’s Real Fruit Smoothie mixes with your customers today.

If you are a consumer and would like to try one of Big Train’s real fruit smoothies in your neighborhood, try searching our store locator. Can’t find a store in your area? Well, then fill out this form and take it to your favorite barista.

Smoothies are refreshing, healthy, and convenient. Big Train smoothies have 25-40% less sugar and 30-50% less calories than many other leading brands.

 

 

Easy real fruit smoothie pour over mix

Easy Fruit Smoothie Blender Ready Mixes from Big Train

 

Easy Real Fruit Smoothies: Blender Ready:

The best part is that you don’t have to wait. Want a real fruit smoothie now? Just grab some Big Train mix and some ice and a few seconds later you have a refreshing fruit smoothie. You will feel good about saving time and money with every simple to make, blender ready real fruit smoothie! Yum! So go ahead ask your Distributor or contact us for healthy easy to make simple to serve Real Fruit Smoothie mixes.

Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies (blender-ready pour overs and concentrates), kids’ beverages, hot cocoas (hot chocolates), low carb beverages and baked goods, powdered soft serve and flavored syrups to more than 20,000 customers including independent and small chain coffeehouses, bakeries, foodservice operators and its extensive international distributor network. For more information, ask your Big Train distributor or visit http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724). Or follow @BigTrain on twitter or like Big Train on Facebook.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Consumers are Mad about Mangos: Make the perfect Summer Smoothie with Mango Smoothie Mix from Big Train.

Mangos are a delicious mix of sweet and smooth textures and flavors. But have you ever tried to cut and peel a mango? If you have, you know it’s not easy. Summer is coming and though the taste of a mango smoothie sounds alluring, the work does not. Big Train has found and bottled the solution so you can enjoy a delicious tropical mango smoothie.

Mango Real Fruit Smoothie Mix Concentrate

Mango Smoothie Mix

You are going to love this tropical smoothie made with Big Train Real Fruit concentrate! Just blend Big Train Real Fruit Mango concentrate with ice and water. You can even blend the concentrate with yogurt or splurge with a scoop of ice cream. This mango smoothie is jam packed with flavor. Just a sip of this creamy orange and yellow drink will invoke images of a tropical paradise. It’s the perfect complement to the hot summer sun. Better yet, Big Train Real Fruit Smoothie concentrate is made with real fruit so you get the flavor and nutrition of real fruit with less time, effort and cost than peeling mangos all summer long. Cafes, baristas, and foodservice purveyors of real fruit smoothies, click here to see all of Big Train’s amazingly delicious and easy to prepare wholesale fruit smoothie mixes. Consumers, check out our fruit smoothie mix products for home use by selecting Home Barista products here.

Mangos are an ideal summer food because they are high in many carotenoids especially beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps protect us from the harmful rays of the sun. Yes, that’s the same beta-carotene that is in carrots, but most people prefer to eat mangos. Mangos are also high in B-complex vitamins. The B vitamins (anti-stress) are perfect for a relaxing summer. They are also a good source of vitamin A, vitamins C & E and selenium. Because Big Train’s Tea Blast smoothie concentrates include green tea, they also include antioxidants.

Sipping this tropical drink is the perfect way to relax, enjoy the summer and be good to your body.

Founded in 1991, Big Train is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, foodservice and retail industries in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with a manufacturing facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Big Train is known for high quality beverage solutions that are great tasting and easy to prepare. Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies, kids’ beverages, hot cocoas (hot chocolates), low carb beverages and baKied goods, powdered soft serve and flavored syrups to more than 20,000 customers including independent and small chain coffeehouses, bakeries, foodservice operators and its extensive international distributor network. For more information, visit http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724). Or follow @BigTrain on twitter or like Big Train on Facebook.