Product Endorsements, Coffee mugs and Ice Cube trays
Aug. 10, 2014 9:47 am
Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 8:43 am
Despite my penchant for needling the Allstars when they're reveiwing the sponsoring product of the month, I do in fact get all excited and frothy at the mouth when I come across a product that exceeds my expectations in every way. Not only that I can get
a tad vociferous about it. ( There! I finally got to use that word!)
My latest 'discovery' are the Contigo coffee mugs. I bought my first one several years ago and when I took a job that required me to wear suits to work, they were an absolute godsend. These things are almost spill proof and that is the single most important
thing to me in a go mug, right next to thermal properties. And mentioning thermal properties, they are right up there with the best of them, may in fact be the best. They keep your coffee too damned hot for a few hours and them drinking temperature for a few
more, average is about 6-7 hours for heat retention depending on how fast you drink it. A great product that works! The drip proof top works so well I have found myself tucking it under my arm like a thermos when fishing for my keys. The only thing you have
to watch for is the drink button on the side of the cap, you have to depress it to take a drink and it's quite possible to depress it while it's under your arm!!
So fast foreward a bit and I'm back in the land of construction and I've traded my suits for my Carhartts. As summer has progressed, I started experimenting with the Contigo cups to see how well hey did with cold drinks. Ice tea and ice cubes inserted, off
I went to work in 90+ degree weather and 8 hours later I still had ice cubes in the container. Fantastic. I cannot gush enough about these cups. They rock.
Ok, so I have a great cup and I have several of them, one for coffee, one for cold drinks, lately thats been iced tea. Now as good as the Contigo is, it cant keep my cold drinks cold indefinitely, nothing can so eventually, 10 - 12 hours in, my ice has melted
and that leads me to todays aha moment. The ice melting has long been a problem, not in and of itself, but rather in the dilution this causes in your drink. Now I know for most people, we drink it so fast that the dilution from the ice cubes is negligible
but in a lot of instances, you need that ice to stay viable especially when your trying to transport chilled beverages in a mobile container.
So a few days ago, I did something that had simply never occured to me before. I made ice cubes out of ice tea. Loaded my Contigo and all day I had good cold iced tea that tasted full bodied all day long. Why did I never think of this before? And it occurs,
wouldn't flavoured cubes be just the ticket for homemade smoothies and fruit shakes, iced coffee and the like????? I'm just getting started here!!
I am not an Allrecipes Allstar and I have no affilliation with Contigo in any manner other than my pleasure in using their products and I recieved no products or recompense in any form from Contigo as part of my motivation in writing this blog. It comes straight
from the heart.