Saturday, 31 March 2012

Proteinoffee, Coffee Creamer Alternative.


Proteinoffee, Coffee Creamer Alternative with Big Train's Fit Frappe

Did you ever think the extra calories in your diet might be inside your morning cup of coffee? Every morning when you add creamer you may be adding unnecessary calories to your diet. Drink three cups of coffee a day with two to three tablespoons of creamer in each and it might take you an additional hour in the gym to work off your coffee alone.

How much creamer do you put in your coffee? Those yummy decadent liquid dairy creamers that come in amazing flavors have become a staple at most grocery stores.  Looking at the nutritional label of a popular brand of Vanilla Caramel creamer, the creamer has 35 calories, 2g fat, and 5g carbs in a single serving based on one tablespoon. Does anyone use just one tablespoon? I used to really pour that creamer in my coffee. Most likely I had a quarter cup of creamer which means I added 140 calories, 8g fat and 20g carbs to one cup of coffee. And on those days I enjoyed refills I would double my intake. Wow, what an eye opener. Some Non-dairy creamers display one teaspoon serving size  for a 6 oz. cup of coffee. Most people now drink as much as four times that amount of coffee. That means up to four times as much creamer and, really, do you measure at all?

It’s not just the calories that cause concern for those seeking healthier options. Some creamers contain saturated fat or trans-fats so many unsuspecting creamer consumers are adding lots of calories and various types of undesirable fat to their diets.

Coffee Creamer Alternative

Fit Frappe Protein Mix + Coffee

The solution? Try using Big Train Fit Frappé® Vanilla or Chocolate as creamer replacements.  These drink mixes do double duty. They can be used as a delicious stand-alone coffee replacements or you can use the mix as a creamer replacement. Most likely you would use a fourth to a half a packet, or one full scoop, as an addition to your coffee. If you add 4 tablespoons of Fit Frappé gourmet protein mix you are only adding 65 calories, only 0.5g sugar, but you’re gaining 10g protein and 19 vitamins and minerals. If you need an extra punch, add Fit Frappé Mocha, Vanilla Latte or Espresso flavors to your coffee for an additional caffeine boost.

Not only are you saving on calories by using the Fit Frappé as creamer, you are also adding additional fiber, vitamins and minerals and that powerhouse of protein mentioned above, to your coffee.

 

 

Jackie Silver, founder and president of AgingBackwards.com and Author of Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, says, “Starting your day with ‘proteinoffee’ as I call it, will keep your body going much longer than your average cup of coffee.

Proteinoffee = Protein + Coffee

Jackie Silver of AgingBackwards.com

Protein is essential for healthy nails, hair, skin and muscles. Not only that, but according to WebMD.com, ‘Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats and thus may be the new secret weapon in weight control.’ Since I’m not always hungry for breakfast, I make sure to start the day right by including Fit Frappé protein powder in my coffee – a win-win,” Jackie explains.

Protein plus coffee? How can that taste good together? Fit Frappé is the latest drink creation from Big Train. For over 20 years Big Train has built a brand recognized for amazingly delicious drink mixes that are easy to make. After several months of research and development, Big Train Launched Fit Frappé to the world in 2011. Earlier this year Big Train won one of 3 Best New Product Awards at the Coffee Fest trade show in Seattle. Fit Frappé comes in 5 flavors: 3 coffee-included flavors – Mocha, Vanilla Latte, and Espresso, and 2 coffee-free flavors – Vanilla and Chocolate. These two flavors are ideal as coffee creamer alternatives or bases to other beverages and smoothies.

If you’re looking for a better-for-you coffee creamer substitute and would like more information on Fit Frappé gourmet protein coffee mixes, go to http://www.fitfrappe.com or http://www.bigtrain.com. You can also see what is being said about Fit Frappé on twitter by searching for #fitfrappe or by reviewing Big Train’s posts on Facebook. Enjoy your proteinoffee, your coffee creamer alternative.

By Jim Wendt, Big Train Marketing Team

Proteinoffee

Enjoying Fit Frappe - Proteinoffee

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Start Your New Year’s Resolution with a Healthy Protein Coffee Drink

Big Train is kicking off their New You in the New Year promotion and encouraging everyone to stick to their health and fitness resolutions throughout 2012. Right now, 45% of Americans are beginning their resolution to lose weight or get in shape. This requires a healthy diet and making healthier choices when dining out – including the coffeehouse. They will have to choose between the calorie filled, dripping with caramel syrup gourmet goodie or an ice water with lemon. But do you have to sacrifice taste for health?

No way!! Not with Fit Frappé™! This great tasting, good for you, gourmet protein coffee drink mix from Big Train® has tons of healthy components that will keep you full until your next meal. This innovative beverage is offered in three coffee flavors (Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Espresso) and two frappe bases (Chocolate and Vanilla) so there are plenty of flavor options to keep you on track with your 2012 health and fitness resolutions.

Check out this Fit Frappé™ testimonial video from Jackie Silver, author of Aging Backwards, Secrets of Staying Young. Jackie submitted this sweet video about new year resolutions and some great feedback on Fit Frappe. For a lighter video, grab your Shake Weights and thighmaster and check out this funny clip.

So what does a 16 oz Fit Frappé™ have in it? Let’s take a look:

  • 20 g Protein
  • 130 Calories
  • Less than 1 g Sugar
  • 5 g Fiber
  • 24 g of Carbs or Less
  • 19 Vitamins & Minerals

Fit Frappé™ can also be made 3 ways – frappe, iced or hot. Whatever type of drink you are in the mood for, Easy to make Fit Frappé™ will satisfy your taste buds and curb your appetite.

The protein used in Fit Frappé™ is called calcium caseinate – a clean, slowly digested protein that is made from milk. This long lasting drink will keep you from reaching your hand in the candy jar at work because you will not feel hungry in between meals.

Not only can you use Fit Frappé™ for a delicious good for you, gourmet beverage, but you can also use the mix for baking! Below are a few of Big Train’s favorite recipes submitted by people who love Fit Frappé™! The best part is…you won’t feel guilty for indulging!

 

Dark Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Makes: 16 brownies

Preparation Time: 10 minutes; or less

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup oats (ground to a flour)

1/3 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/3 c. Big Train Espresso Fit Frappé™ protein drink mix

1/4 c.  NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Blend

2 egg whites

1/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

3/4 c. non-fat plain yogurt

1 T. coconut oil

30-40 drops Nu-naturals Liquid Cocoa Bean Extract

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350* and spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  • Pulse 1 cup of oats in a food processor until it becomes a flour and put to the side.
  • Combine milk, yogurt, oil, Liquid Nu-Naturals, and egg whites in a bowl.
  • Combine oat flour, cocoa powder, Fit Frappé™ and Fiber blend in another bowl.
  • Slowly add and mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  • Pour batter into pan
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool, cut, and ENJOY!

Fit Frappe Pom-Parfait

Make Chocolate Fit Frappé™ Blended

Top with granola, banana and pomegranate

Vanilla Latte Oatmeal

Follow oatmeal recipe

Add 1 scoop of Vanilla Latte Fit Frappé™

Add 2 tablespoons of water

Stir and enjoy!

Skinny Turtle Mocha

Drink Size: 16 fl oz Blended Drink

5 fl oz water or milk

2 scoops (8 tbsp) Mocha Fit Frappé™ Mix

1 ½ fl oz Sugar Free Caramel Flavor Syrup

12 oz ice

Pour 5 fl oz of chilled water or milk into a blender. Add 2 scoop (8 tbsp) of Mocha Fit Frappé™ Mix, 1 ½ fl oz of Sugar Free Caramel Flavor Syrup and 12 oz of ice. Blend thoroughly until smooth.

Skinny Hazelnut Latte

Drink Size: 16 fl oz Blended Drink

5 fl oz water or milk

2 scoops (8 tbsp) Vanilla Latte Fit Frappé™ Mix

1 ½ fl oz Sugar Free Hazelnut Flavor Syrup

12 oz ice

Pour 5 fl oz of chilled water or milk into a blender. Add 2 scoop (8 tbsp) of Vanilla Latte Fit Frappé™ Mix, 1 ½ fl oz of Sugar Free Hazelnut Flavor Syrup and 12 oz of ice. Blend thoroughly until smooth.

Skinny Caramel Apple Frappe

Drink Size: 16 fl oz Blended Drink

6 fl oz Sugar Free Apple Juice

2 scoops (8 tbsp) Vanilla Fit Frappé™ Mix

1 1/2 fl oz Sugar Free Caramel Flavor Syrup

12 oz ice

Pour 5 fl oz of Sugar Free Apple Juice into a blender. Add 2 scoop (8 tbsp) of Vanilla Fit Frappé™ Mix, 1 1/2 fl oz of Sugar Free Caramel Flavor Syrup and  12 oz of ice. Blend thoroughly until smooth.

Fruit Protein Smoothie

Use Vanilla Fit Frappé™ as a base

Add Mango and raspberries

Add ¼ cup of water

Blend and enjoy!

Bananas for Fit Frappe

Any flavor of Fit Frappé™

Use milk instead of water

Whole banana

Blend and enjoy!

Get more recipes, fitness tools, and information on you can get Fit Frappé™ at http://www.newyou2012.com or create your own delicious drink and tell us about it at fitfrappe@bigtrain.com.

Finally! You CAN reach your fitness goals and find the New You in the New Year in 2012 with Fit Frappé™ and Big Train.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Perfect Bariatric Protein Drink for Gastric Bypass and Lap Band Weight Loss Patients.

The bariatric community is constantly on the look out for new delicious protein drink mixes as part of their stringent diets. Each year, more than 200,000 people make the life-changing decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss. Focusing on health and a better well-being, bariatric patients work towards a total body and diet transformation. Extreme diet restrictions immediately following the surgery prevent this group from eating solid foods for weeks and then they’re required to maintain a high protein diet. The minimum protein requirement is about 50 to 60 grams per day to consume that much protein from foods alone – especially during the first few months after surgery.

Protein Drink Mix hot iced or cold

Fit Frappe: Hot, Iced, or Blended.

Bariatric patients often turn to liquid protein supplements because it is convenient and contains a high source of protein. However, many protein supplements have a very chalky taste, and more often than not, do not mix well when heated…but NOT Big Train’s Fit Frappé™!

Big Train first launched Fit Frappé™ last month with fitness and coffee lovers. During that time, the samples fell into the hands of a few weight loss surgery patients and we discovered that this was the perfect bariatric product  because of the high protein/low sugar and fat content, versatility, and great taste.

Here is the nutritional breakdown for Fit Frappé™ in a 16 oz serving:

  • 20 g Protein
  • Less than 1 g Sugar
  • 130 Calories
  • 5 g Fiber
  • 3.5 g Fat
  • 19 Vitamins & Minerals
  • 25 g Carbs or Less
  • Gluten Free

One of the best features about Fit Frappé™ is that it can be made blended, over ice or hot – and mixes very easily. In fact, our friends at BariatricTV.com did an entire segment on Fit Frappé™ and how easy it is to make and how great it tastes!  (And it doesn’t clump up when served hot like other protein mixes.) Click here to see the episode below (Fit Frappé™ appears around 6:15):

Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix as seen on Bariatric TV

As seen on Bariatric TV

As you can tell, BariatricTV.com is very excited that there is a delicious protein option for gastric bypass patients. Here are a few more bariatric community members that have tried Fit Frappé™ and are in love with the drink!

“I am a bariatric patient and I am a protein snob. When I come across a protein that I enjoy, it excites me and immediately I want to share it with my friends and community.” -Beth

“So glad you came up with something now that I have had bariatric surgery all of your products are awesome.  Will be ordering the big tubs for sure!” – Linda

Many bariatric patients are replacing their morning cup of coffee with Fit Frappé™ and some are using it as a mid-day meal. They love the clean coffee taste and the fact that it can be made blended, over ice or hot. (Just add water.) Several recommendations for adding extra POWER include oatmeal, bananas, blueberries and raspberries, but Fit Frappé™ is delicious right out of the jug in any one of these 5 flavors:

Fit Frappe™ comes in five flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate (non-coffee) and Vanilla (non-coffee)

Fit Frappe™ comes in five flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte and two non-coffee flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla

If you are a member of the bariatric or lap band community or simply want to incorporate great tasting protein drinks as part of your diet, and would like to learn more Fit Frappé™, please go to FitFrappe.com or send an email to fitfrappe@bigtrain.com. Check us out at twitter.com/bigtrain and read the #FitFrappe posts. Also, visit us on facebook.com/bigtrain for recipe ideas, product information and Big Train giveaways! Find more easy to make gourmet beverage mix products at BigTrain.com.

 

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Celebrate Great Service with a Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBars.

Did you know Nordstrom, the amazing retail company with insanely loyal customers, best known for defining exceptional service, also known as an upscale department store chain in the United States, started as a shoe store? Now Nordstrom also sells fashionable clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. Oh and chai. Chai? Yup. Big Train chai.

Nordstrom eBar carries Big Train Chai

Celebrate Great Service with a Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar.

Recently, the “Espresso Bar” from older stores has been discontinued and re-introduced as the “eBar” offering a variety of quick-fix snacks, and an expanded “hotbar” drink list. Yup you guessed it, Big Train’s famous chai is sold at Nordstrom eBars nationwide.

Wanna be a home barista? Great! You can purchase Big Train Vanilla Chai and Big Train Spiced Chai at Nordstrom eBars.  Note – Selection may vary.

Nordstrom stocks Big Train Vanilla Chai and Big Train Spiced Chai in all eBars nationwide:

Buy Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar

Buy Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar

So after you experience the Nordstrom touch, delight yourself with a world famous Big Train chai that is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Perfect for cooler days of fall and winter, grab a can or two on your way out.  Or give Big Train Chai as a great gourmet gift as the holidays are right around the corner. Thanks for your support Nordstrom! Our customer service team admires Nordstrom as we try to go above and beyond for our foodservice and home barista customers. Pssst if you’re a cafe or restaurant owner ya may wanna check out our unique rewards program called OnTrack Rewards. 😉

For more information about Big Train products like Fit Frappe Protein coffee mixes, Blended Ice Coffees, 16 flavors of Big Train chai, amazing frappe mixes like Southern Velvet, gourmet hot cocoas, real fruit smoothies, seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Egg Nog frappes, and more go to BigTrain.com. Also for fun giveaways, recipes, and new product announcements, follow us on Facebook, twitter, and You Tube. Or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Thanks Nordstrom!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Bon Beverage: Boire Big Train Chai Mixes via Le Gourmet Chef.

Continuing our retail appreciation week at Big Train, we’d like to give a grand merci to Le Gourmet Chef for carrying some of our delicious beverage mixes at their 77 stores across the country.

Le Gourmet Chef

Based in Chillicothe, OH 45601, Le Gourmet Chef is a wonderstore for foodies providing everything you need to organize a fun and festive celebration for any occasion. Giving guests world class barista style beverages can be part of the menu with amazing drinks made from Big Train gourmet beverage mixes. LGC stocks some of our most popular drink flavors.

Le Gourmet Chef has a huge assortment of gourmet foods, kitchenware and home entertaining products and they provide expert advice on dining and entertaining. According to their website, “Whether it’s holiday baking or a Hawaiian luau, you’ll find the food, drinks, tools, decorations and accessories to make it happen in your home.” Look for Big Train mixes on their shelves and in their online store.

Le Gourmet Chef carries the follwing Big Train products (selection may vary):

  • Single Serve Big Train Spiced Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train Vanilla Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train Raspberry Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train No Sugar Added NSA Vanilla Chai
Big Train Spiced Chai Single Serve

Big Train Spiced Chai

Vanilla Chai Single Serve

Big Train Vanilla Chai

Big Train Raspberry Chai single serve

Raspberry Chai

NSA Vanilla Chai No Sugar Added

NSA No Sugar Added Vanilla Chai

Voulez-vous desire le chai ce soir?  Then run over to Le Gourmet Chef or visit their website aujourd’hui.

If you’d like to inquire about Big Train’s huge selection of gourmet mix products like our new Fit Frappe™ Protein Drink mixes, Real Fruit Smoothies, Blended Ice Coffees, delicious frappes like our new Southern Velvet™ blended creme, hot cocoas, lemonade and green teas, check us out at BigTrain.com or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Or follow us on twitter or facebook and see our recipe and “how to” videos on You Tube. Merci beaucoup Le Gourmet Chef.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Dress For Less (and grab a can of Big Train gourmet Cappuccino mix at ROSS).

This week is Big Train Retail Partner appreciation week. In this post, we’d like to thank Ross Stores for stocking some of Big Train delicious gourmet products nationwide.

Ross stores carry Big Train

Get Big Train Passport line at Ross

At a time when the economy is sluggish, ROSS is on a tear as more consumers are looking for better deals on great looking apparel, shoes, and accessories.  How good is ROSS doing? The company’s sales have risen over 40 percent since 2007 and with over 1,000 stores and 12 new ones opening in the Chicago area, ROSS Stores is on track to pass $8 billion in annual sales.

Buy Big Train Passport Line at ROSS

Big Train is pleased to offer some of its most popular gourmet mix products at Ross stores nationwide. Look for Big Train’s Passport beverage mixes at Ross so you can enjoy a barista style beverage mix product at home that is as delicious to drink as it is easy to make. With the holidays right around the corner, Big Train products make great gifts. So if you want the same amazing drinks that are served up at coffeehouses around the world, stop at Ross and grab a can or two.

ROSS stocks the following Big Train Passport line across the country – selection may vary (Check their website store locator for locations near you):

  • Mocha Cappuccino
  • French Vanilla Cappuccino
  • Lemonade
  • Mango Passion Iced Green Tea

Big Train’s Passport Line looks like this:

Gourmet Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Gourmet French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

gourmet lemonade mix

Gourmet Lemonade Mix

Gourmet Mango Green Tea Mix

Mango Green Tea Mix

Thanks ROSS for your support and best wishes for continued success. For more information about Big Train and the company’s gourmet drink mixes, go to http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Or follow Big Train on twitter or like Big Train on Facebook.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

HomeGoods is Your Passport to Delicious Gourmet Beverage Mixes from Big Train.

Where can I buy Big Train” is something we hear all the time. This week is Big Train Retail Partner appreciation week. In this post, we’d like to thank HomeGoods for stocking Big Train products nationwide.

Buy Big Train Gourmet Beverage Mixes at HomeGoods

Buy Big Train at HomeGoods

HomeGoods is the only major off-price store dedicated to home fashions, and just opened a new 25,000 square foot store in Big Train’s backyard in Point Loma, its 3rd store in the San Diego, California market. This new location can be found at Loma Square, Rosecrans Street and Midway Drive. With the addition of this store, HomeGoods has three locations in the San Diego market. The HomeGoods allure is great home furnishings at up to 60% off typical department store prices. HomeGoods is a division of The TJX Companies, which operates T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.

Big Train developed a new “Passport” line of gourmet drink mix products just for retailers like HomeGoods, to give their customers a barista style beverage mix product that is as delicious to drink as it is easy to make. With the holidays right around the corner, Big Train products make great gifts. So if you want the same amazing drinks that Big Train is famous for, stop at HomeGoods and grab a can or two.

HomeGoods stocks the following Big Train Passport line across the country (Check their website store locator for locations near you):

  • Mocha Cappuccino
  • French Vanilla Cappuccino
  • Spiced Chai
  • Vanilla Chai
  • Lemonade
  • Mango Passion Iced Green Tea

The packages look like this:

Big Train Gourmet Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Gourmet French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

Passport Gourmet Spiced Chai Mix

Spiced Chai Mix

Gourmet Vanilla Chai Mix

Vanilla Chai Mix

Gourmet lemonade mix

Gourmet Lemonade Mix

Gourmet Mango Green Tea Mix

Mango Green Tea Mix

Monday, 12 September 2011

Chai Latte Recipes: How To Make Chai Teas using one of 15 Big Train Gourmet Chai mix flavors.

Big Train just launched two new flavors of chai latte mixes. And just in time for chai tea season. It’s here folks. The days are slowly getting shorter, the air a little cooler, your jacket a little heavier – it’s time. You will begin to notice the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees as you reach for that extra blanket and your favorite warm beverage. What’s better than savoring your favorite Chai tea latte on a cool, autumn evening? How about two new chai recipes from Big Train? Caramel and Tropical Chai are the newest additions to the yummy and ever-expanding Big Train Chai family.

Big Train's New Caramel Chai Tea LatteBig Train’s new Caramel Chai Tea Latte will wrap you up in a blanket of sweet, buttery caramel with the classic notes of vanilla, cinnamon and black tea spice of chai. This popular flavor for lattes, coffees and desserts pairs well with chai and pours well into your favorite mug.

Big Train's New Tropical Chai Tea LatteAnd for those of you that are not looking forward to the impending crispness in the air, Big Train’s Tropical Chai Tea Latte will transport your taste buds to a warm, sunny island. With the bountiful blend of mango, pineapple and passion fruit blended with the creamy exotic spices of chai, this chai recipe will be sure to give your mouth a little beach  party – minus the tiki torches and hula dancers.

One of the great features about the Caramel and Tropical Chai Tea Lattes as well as the rest of the Big Train Chai family is the versatility. All of the chai flavors can be made three ways – hot, iced and blended. Here is a great YouTube video that demonstrates how to make a delicious chai tea latte, hot and iced.

Note, Big Train drink mixes are legendary – they taste as delicious as they are easy to make – just add water.

The flavor on these Chai drinks is big, but the product line is even BIGGER! Here is a list of the delectable and irresistible Chai mix flavors from Big Train:

Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai, Raspberry Chai, Chocolate Chai, Green Tea Chai, No Sugar Added Vanilla Chai, Decaf Spiced Chai, Low-Carb Chai, Gingerbread Chai, Decaf Vanilla Chai, Dairy Free Spiced Chai, Eastern Chai, Seréno Chai, NEW Caramel Chai, and NEW Tropical Chai

As you can see, Big Train knows Chai. In fact, we have the largest variety of Chai in the industry…and we aren’t done yet! We have many more recipes in our apron pocket, but wanted to share these newest flavors – Tropical and Caramel Chai – just in time for Chai season. Cheers!!

Are you a Chai Chasing retailer, coffeeshop or foodservice business? Contact us anytime at 800 BIG TRAIN, that’s 800 (244-8724) and request your FREE SAMPLE of Big Train Chai mixes!

You can also go to http://www.bigtrain.com to learn more about other great tasting beverages. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, FoodBuzz, and Empire Avenue. Oh and Yelp for recipes and testimonials for Big Train chai-chai lattes.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Big Train Reviews – Beaumont, Texas – CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee Cafes

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee Cafés Serving Big Train flavors like Four Berry or Fresh Mango Smoothies, Turtle Frappe, Caramel Macchiato Frappe, White Chocolate Mocha, Ying-Yang Mocha, and Chocolate Covered Banana FrappeWhen you think about hospitals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t a delicious frappe or smoothie, right?  Well, that’s exactly what CHRISTUS Health had in mind when we created our retail division four years ago.  In addition to CHRISTUS Healthy Living Marketplace shops and CHRISTUS Healthy Living Spas, it seemed obvious that CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee Cafés should be part of our retail strategy. The retail component is a small but necessary amenity for the overall patient / visitor experience at seven of the hospitals within our multi-state, Catholic health system.

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee CafésSince partnering up with Big Train, the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee Cafés have seen a whole new kind of customer come through our doors.  We knew we would get family members of patients who were in our hospitals, and we figured we would get our own Associates, but we’re now seeing more people who are not connected to the hospital make a special trip just to enjoy our frappes, mochas and smoothies.  Thanks to the yummy selection of Big Train flavors like Four Berry or Fresh Mango Smoothies,  Turtle Frappe, Caramel Macchiato Frappe, White Chocolate Mocha, Ying-Yang Mocha, and Chocolate Covered Banana Frappe, our customers actually prefer our wide variety of flavors that tempt even the most finicky taste buds. Customers can enjoy our selections hot or cold, which makes them a nice treat on our 105-degree South Texas and Louisiana days!  Our loyal Facebook fans and customers play an active role in the flavors we buy – it just makes good sense to listen to mocha, frappe and smoothie addicts – or, lovers – who know exactly what they want to drink every day.

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Coffee Cafés on Facebook

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Southern Velvet™ Frappe Mix from Big Train is Like Heaven in a Cup.

Southern Velvet™ Frappe just sounds amazing doesn’t it? Wait till you taste Big Train’s latest creation: Southern Velvet Blended Creme Frappe mix powder. Big Train’s delicious gourmet frappe drink mix yet again delivers an easy-to-make great tasting beverage that just requires water.

Red Cake Frappe Mix

Red Cake Frappe Mix by Big Train

First some red velvet cake trivia. The more ya know…

  • In WWII, bakers used boiled beets to enhance the color of their cakes.
  • Some say Lady Eaton from Eatons Dept Store (the prelude to Toronto’s famed Eaton Centre) in Canada invented Red Velvet Cake in the 1940s and 1950’s
  • The 1989 Film “Steel Magnolias” had Red groom’s Cake in the shape of an Armadillo which is credited by some as leading the resurgence of red chocolate cakes.
Armadillo Red Cake in Steel Magnolias

Red Velvet Cake in “Steel Magnolias”

And so it seems red gourmet cakes are picking up steam and popping up in new exciting places. Have you tried the Cheescake Factory’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake? aaaaa-mazing!

So coffeehouses, specialty retailers, and home baristas everywhere, offer your customers, foodies, and guests a decadent Big Train Southern Velvet blended creme frappe. Try it iced, blended, or hot! (yup this can be served as a hot tasty beverage too!). The chocolaty cake goodness of Big Train’s decadent Red chocolate cake gourmet beverage with hints of cream cheese, delights the senses and delivers an impressive indulgence to a great menu.

For Southern Velvet topping ideas, try mixing one part whipped cream cheese and one part whipped cream.

Use a pastry bag for Southern Velvet Frappe Toppings

Southern Velvet™ Frappe Topping: Try whipped cream cheese mixed with whipped cream

If you are a retailer or coffeeshop or foodservice business, contact us anytime at 800 BIG TRAIN, that’s 800-244-8724 and request free samples. Or go to BigTrain.com.

Got recipes ideas for Big Train Southern Velvet Frappes? Let us know!