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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, Big Train introduced a protein-boosting gourmet beverage called Fit Frappé®. It is a complete line of coffee and non-coffee protein drink flavors that can be made blended, over ice, or hot. Until now, there were 5 flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate and Vanilla. We’re adding one more to that list. Big Train is now introducing a brand new flavor to our great tasting protein line – Spiced Chai Latte – just in time for Chai season!
Benefits of Chai Latte Plus Added Protein – Skinny Chai Supreme!
Even better than just a skinny chai, now you can enjoy one of Big Train’s best-selling flavors with the long-lasting energy from protein with this new Fit Frappé flavor. Gluten-free, very low in sugar, low in calories and packing enough of a caffeine boost to keep you going, Spiced Chai Latte will definitely satisfy your chai craving.
Ahhh, Root Beer float. There was nothing better when you were a kid than observing the makings of your favorite treat – watching the root beer fall into the frosty mug, seeing the bubbles pop on the surface of the foam, smelling the sweet and creamy ice cream as it plopped into the soda and then… taking that first bite of your scrumptious root beer float! Creamy, bubbly, tangy and downright good! Don’t you wish you could have one right now? Cold and refreshing with a sweet and creamy texture, this traditional dessert has been a favorite for generations.
Now, you can get this same tasty flavor in an easy to make frappe! Nostalgia has never tasted better with Big Train’s newest flavor, Root Beer Float Blended Crème Frappe. All you need is ice and water or milk and you have an outstanding and refreshing treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day!
What are the flavors in Root Beer soda?
The unique flavor of root beer is not composed of just one element, but several complex ingredients. The primary flavoring is from the bark of the sassafras plant. This plant can be found in your backyard…but don’t go making root beer from it, there are other ingredients to the drink. Other flavorings include vanilla, cherry, licorice root, nutmeg, molasses, cinnamon, clove and honey. Wintergreen also gives it a creamy bite on the finish of the drink and stands out nicely in the Big Train Root Beer Float Blended Crème Frappe. Big Train sells this product in 3.5 lb bulk bags for the foodservice industry. Who knew so many different ingredients could mix together so deliciously?
All of the classic flavors of Root Beer soda along with the smoothness of vanilla ice cream are combined to create the Root Beer Float Blended Crème Frappe! This flavor had an overwhelming response at Chicago Coffee Fest in June in 2012. Customers were asking for seconds, thirds and even fourths as well as requesting samples left and right.
This is sure to be a hit any time of the year with all customers! Request your FREE sample of Big Train’s Root Beer Float Blended Crème Frappe from your local distributor or call 800 Big Train (244-8724). Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for product updates and giveaways!
HSN Frappe drink mixes! For the first time ever, Big Train products were made available via national television on the Home Shopping Network on Monday, July 2nd.
It all started when HSN came looking for some delicious drink mixes to sell as part of HSN’s 35th Anniversary celebration. What better way to celebrate than to offer up amazing coffeehouse style drinks that can be enjoyed at home, right? Mixing up several Big Train frappe mix flavors on live television created a lot of excitement here at Big Train’s headquarters in Lake Forest California. We could practically taste the drinks from here.
A lot of preparation and planning went into getting ready for the HSN airing. After presenting a variety of options, and lots of taste testing, and tremendous effort behind the scenes to prepare for the live show, Big Train and HSN worked together to offer 8 Big Train yummy drink flavors in two exclusive fun packages:
11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Cookies n’ Creme
11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Southern Velvet
11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Root Beer Float
11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – New York Cheesecake
Big Train and HSN selected Keri Maletto to be the lead on-air host. In addition to her experience as a fun and vivacious host for the Home Shopping Network, Keri has appeared in feature films like Dolphin Tale and television shows like Burn Notice and The Glades. Keri did a fantastic job presenting HSN’s exclusive Big Train drink mix products on HSN highlighting Big Train’s value to consumers that are looking for great tasting cafe style products that are easy to make. She even suggested some great ideas like adding strawberry liqueur to flavors like our New York Cheesecake frappe mix to create a yummy Strawberry Cheesecake Frappe cocktail for example. She also mixed up Cookies ‘n Cream, Bubble Gum and Orange Crème blended ice drink flavors. Great job Keri!
HSN created a Big Train brand page on their website where these exclusive products are available for sale in case you missed the program today. Hurry though, there is a limited supply and these products will likely sell out soon.
Did you miss the live show? No worries the show will run again at around 12:00 noon and again at 5:45 pm EDT.To view HSN’s Program Guide go here. Watch HSN live on your computer by clicking here:
For more information on these exclusive HSN Drink Products go here. For more information about Big Train go to Big Train.com.
What is a coffee smoothie? A coffee smoothie is what most people call a café frappe or blended ice coffee drink or blended frappe cappuccinos. These smoothies blend iced coffee with other flavorings. The easiest way to make a smoothie like this (and the secret of fine baristas around the world) is using a high quality mix. You will find that Big Train’s gourmet Blended Ice Coffee mixes are great options to add to your drink line up. You can indulge in a number of flavors including caramel latte, chocolate malt, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, dulce de leche, espresso, Heath mocha, java chip, Kona mocha, mocha, pralines n cream, vanilla latte, and white chocolate latte. You can add additional items to these mixes to come up with your own flavor profiles. See all the Big Train flavors here.
How to make a coffee smoothie
To get started with your coffee smoothie creation, you will need a bag of Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffee in your favorite flavor. All you need to do is add ice and water to the package directions. Place it all into a powerful blender and mix it up. Within a minute or so, you will see the blended drink begin to form. When it’s smooth, all you need to do is place it into a chilled glass and add a dollop of whipped cream if you want. Invest in a great blender as great equipment can make a huge impact on the quality of blended ice drinks.
Quick steps to make a coffee smoothie: Simply pour ice, water and mix into the blender. Blend until smooth.
How can you add variations?
• Fresh fruit is a great way to add another dimension to your coffee smoothie. Fruits like cherries, orange, or banana goes well with chocolate. You can either blend the flavors in with the mix or add them as fine chunks after you complete the blending process.
• Syrups make another option for taking your coffee smoothie up a few notches. You can add additional chocolate syrup for a rich flavor. Vanilla can smooth out chocolate peanut butter. Hazelnut or caramel syrup makes excellent notes in many kinds of smoothie.
Dulce de Leche Coffee Smoothie
• Toppings can take a great coffee smoothie into the stratosphere. Whipped cream is one option. But adding walnuts or peanuts is a great option also. Sprinkles add an additional element. A drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce is perfect. Even a sprig of mint can make a difference.
Let your imagination soar!
Take your imagination and soar with Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffees. You will taste the difference. With these easy to use mixes, you can make smoothies at home. You can also add another dimension of revenue to your coffee house business that will have your customers begging for more. The choices and possibilities are endless. Enjoy your coffee smoothies.
For more information on Big Train Blended Ice coffee mixes go here.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.