Wednesday, 27 February 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Blended Irish Cream Smoothie Recipe

St. Patrick's Day Irish Cream Smoothie Recipe
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For a smooth and creamy St. Patrick's Day Irish cream smoothie recipe, try this!
Ingredients
  • 5 fl oz of milk
  • 1 ½ scoops of Big Train Vanilla Smoothie mix
  • 1 shot Irish cream syrup
  • 12 oz of ice
  • (Optional for green color): Green food coloring, or green peppermint flavor syrup, like Davinci's Peppermint Paddy Sugar Free Syrup.
Instructions
  1. Add milk
  2. Add vanilla smoothie mix
  3. Add Irish cream syrup
  4. Add ice (and optional food coloring/green flavor syrup)
  5. Blend thoroughly until smooth.

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!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train (And Contest)

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train

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
  • Gluten-Free
  • No Hydro Oils
  • 5/3.5lb bags per case
  • Kosher Certified

Some Recipe Ideas Using Caramel Crème Base Mix

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

Ingredients

  • 7 fl oz hot water
  • A 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix from Big Train
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Define The New You in 2013

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.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Hot Protein Drinks: Serving Fit Frappe Hot

Fit Frappé Hot ProteinHot 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 fitfrappe@bigtrain.com

 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Big Train 2012 Holiday Hours

With the holidays right around the corner, we understand the importance of keeping your pantry or warehouse stocked with all of the delicious drink mixes and/or baked good mixes that your consumers love. They’ll need a place to get away from all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, and you don’t want to leave them out in the cold without their favorite beverage because of a missed order deadline.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • We’ll be closing at 12pm PST for our company Holiday Celebration.
  • Orders placed by 10am PST will ship the same day.
  • Orders placed after 10am PST will ship on Friday, 12/14.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • All orders placed after 1pm PST will ship on Wednesday, 12/26.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • No same-day shipping available.
  • All orders placed will ship on Wednesday, 12/26.

  • Closed for Christmas day.

  • We’re accepting orders!

 

  • Closed for New Year’s Day.

Online Ordering is a Click Away

We accept online orders 24 hours per day 365 days per year. Let us know if you would like us to set you up for online ordering.

Thank you for making 2012 amazing. Looking forward to an even better 2013!

 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Green Baked Cinnamon Apple Frappe

Guest Post by TheCavery.com

Cinnamon Apple Frappe RecipeThis is very exciting for me because I wanted to share this new coffee protein drink I’m diggin. It is called Fit Frappé by Big Train. Have you heard of this? It’s basically the same powder you use to make your frappés but it has protein AND caffeine (bOinGk!). The taste is amazing for the large amount of protein (20 g for 16oz!) and if you include it in your green smoothie like I did, it fills you up better than a protein bar with 20g of protein (yucky!). AND it wakes you right up! I highly recommend it!

 

Green Baked Cinnamon Apple Frappé
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Love love love this new green smoothie recipe I conjured up in my kitchen today. I’m very excited to share it. I think staring at my new Christmas tree brought up the need to get some cinnamon and apples in my life ASAP.
Ingredients
  • ½ package of Big Train’s Fit Frappé in Vanilla Latte
  • 4, 5-inch celery sticks chopped
  • ¼ baked cinnamon apple. (Recipe: ¼ apple, dusted with ½ tbsp of cinnamon, baked under 350 degrees F for 20 minutes)
  • ¼c pure carrot juice *can be substituted with almond milk or water
  • ¼c almond milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Whip all ingredients up in a blender until you have reached a smooth consistency with no lumps or fibers. This will usually take about a minute depending how efficient your blender is.
  2. Add garnish (pepita seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon & nutmeg)
  3. Swirl with a spoon, and enjoy!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Cyber Monday Chai & Frappe Sale | Big Train Drink Mixes up to 50% off

Big Train Sale Black Friday Cyber Monday

 

If you were hoping that Big Train would be offering extra savings for Cyber Monday, then boy do we have some great news for you!

Cyber Monday Chai & Frappe Sale | Big Train Drink Mixes up to 50% off

Ends Midnight, Cyber Monday 11/26.


Mystic Chai, 2 lb Can
50% OFF
Only $6.25 + shipping (No promo code needed)
(normally $12.50)

Curl up with a delightfully delicious cup of Big Train’s Mystic Spiced Chai and unwind from your busy day. Simply add hot water, mix and enjoy your Mystic Chai tea latte. Mystic Chai can also be served blended with ice and water. This product has a very similar taste profile to Big Train’s legendary Spiced Chai drink mixes.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Skinny Chai Nirvana: Big Train Launches Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Latte

Skinny Chai, the Big Train Way!

Skinny Chai Latte Fit Frappe Spiced ChaiLast 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.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Big Train Stops at Compete 4 Causes (C4C) 5K with #WLSFA

Recently Big Train discovered Compete 4 Causes, a non profit organization dedicated to raising support and public awareness for charitable causes while promoting Fitness & Wellness. Since Launching Fit Frappé (outrageously delicious café style protein drink mixes) in the health and fitness industry, the Bariatric community has really embraced this protein drink mix line. Sandi Henderson from Banded Living was kind enough to invite Big Train to support the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLFSA) booth at the event. It was great to meet WLSFA YouTube sensation Wendy Campbell aka Banded Wendy. Antonia Namnath, CEO and Founder of WLSFA was there too!

C4C WLSFA Banded Wendt Sandi Henderson

Banded Wendy, Jim from Big Train 'n Sandi Henderson

It was a gorgeous southern California day, perfect for a run. Fun fact: Banded Wendy runs to techno music. The event was held on the Cal State Northridge University campus. There were no earthquakes! (Knocking on wood.)  Big Train handed out samples of our Fit Frappé line to race participants. The response was very enthusiastic.

We met some great people including the lovely Lea Crosetti, Founder of BariAthletes.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Coffeehouse Hillbilly Beans in Olympia Washington Wins Coffee Fest Blender Prize Package from Big Train

In September Big Train attended Coffee Fest Seattle, where we held a contest to give  away a blender prize package. Anyone who signed up for our OnTrack™ Rewards program during the show had a chance to win a Vitamix Drink Machine Advanced blender, two pitchers and 3 free cases of product mixes. When the dust settled, the winner was a coffee shop called Hillbilly Beans, located near Olympia, WA. The owners were kind of enough to contribute to a little FAQ, so without further ado we present to you…

Hillbilly Beans In Olympia, Washington

Coffeehouse Hillbilly Beans Olympia Washington

Where are you located?

We are located in Littlerock, Washington which is between Olympia and Grand-mound at the foothills of Capitol Forest.

What types of drinks do you offer?

We offer iced, blended, and hot coffee drinks, teas, smoothies and protein shakes.

Are you known for any type of particular drink?

All of our drinks have funny “hillbilly” names. A white chocolate mocha is called a Ma’s Favorite, a mocha is called a Moonshine, Blended coffees are called Mashed, whipped cream is considered opossum pie topping and so on. Skunks seem to be one of our most popular drink; it is white chocolate and chocolate combined. Some customers enjoy a little raspberry flavor with the chocolate and white chocolate, which is called Road Kill.

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