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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.
Aug. 10, 2014 9:58 am
Great blog. As for tucking the Contigo's under your arm while fishing for your keys push down on the 'push in button', it will lock and you will be good to go fishing. I agree they keep the coffee too hot. I have to let the coffee cool a bit before putting the top on.
Aug. 10, 2014 10:03 am
Oh BTW, I must confess that I have finally received my apron and oven mitt. I now consider myself a full fledged Allstar. ;)
Aug. 10, 2014 12:23 pm
Great blog, but have never heard of Contigo's mugs before. I will have to take a look for them, sounds like something my husband would like. Thanks..
Aug. 10, 2014 4:04 pm
Totally agree - Best. Mug. Ever! I throw them in my tote bag, on the seat of the car, knocked them over countless times - never a leak. Like BDW, I have to let my coffee or tea cook a bit before the lid goes on. Manella, they carry them at Costco - in a two-pack of course! =D
Aug. 10, 2014 4:05 pm
... that's "cool" not cook...
Aug. 11, 2014 1:19 am
Have you bought stock in the Acme Ice Cube Tray company, yet ;)
Aug. 11, 2014 3:27 am
I've also never heard of Contigo mugs. I'm going to check them out, however. There's one thing I cannot stand and that is lukewarm coffee or tea and lukewarm iced tea. OK - that's a few things I cannot stand... ;)
Aug. 11, 2014 7:50 am
I had never heard of the Contigo mugs before either! Until our trip to SoCal in 2013. Marianne, gammaray, & bdweld told hubs and I about them. I came straight home, went to Costco and got us each one, they come in a two-pak. I LOVE them. They are the best insulated coffee mugs on the market!
Aug. 11, 2014 8:44 am
Survival would be very difficult without our Contigo mugs! I have been known to turn around and go back home because I left mine sitting on the counter. Love blogs that are written straight from the heart, Raedwulf. I get the disclaimer - ROFL!
Aug. 11, 2014 9:09 am
Pffft! That is the sound of my coffee being sprayed as I laughed at your disclaimer. Very clever. I so wish I had known about these little gems when I was commuting on the LIRR. None of the travel mugs I found were drip free.
Aug. 11, 2014 10:48 am
I see (on Contigo's website) that they have a guarantee. That's pretty cool. Lots of info there on the website, but I could not find where they are made. Anyone? Is it there and I am not finding it? It's probably on the packaging.
Aug. 11, 2014 12:17 pm
BD, that push down thing must be a feature on a different model from the ones I have. Good idea though and you know I just spent ten minutes trying to get mine to lock lol. Congrats on the mitts!~~~~~ Manella, your husband will love you to pieces for it!~~~~ AnninLondon, they do have them at Costco but they only sell the 12oz kind at Costco up here. The 12 oz will fit into most single serve coffemakers but I still prefer the 16 oz for its capacity. I see they have a 20 oz now too.
Aug. 11, 2014 12:26 pm
Gammaray, invest in ice cube trays? Ya lost me kiddo, wouldn't that sorta be on par with trying to patent water? lol ~~~~ Mother Ann, I use my cups all the day, working afield as I currently am, they do get lukewarm at the 6-7 hour mark so if tepid tea ruins yer woolies, best drink it within that 4 hour mark. ~~~~ Candice, great find huh? I literally stumbled onto them, was just looking for a mug that wouldnt drip and saw these with their guarantee in a Walmart I think it was, tried one, LOVED it!!!~~~~ Me too Shearone, I have two because I misplaced one, now I couldn't live without two of them!! ~~~~ BigShots, glad I could help with that dirty screen on the PC hehe, get thee to a department store and buy one of these. ~~~~ Indiana Peggy, geez you set me to googling up a storm and I cannot find out where they're made either, gotta be China.
Aug. 11, 2014 12:30 pm
Whilst I was searching for their point of origins I came across a series of reviews on the Amazon website, one of which claimed that hese cups are difficult to clean and if you don't you risk a build up of coffee gunk in the lid that will drop into your coffee or otherwise find its way into your mouth. This is not a lie, but it'a also kind of a so what. I get the odd chunk and just toss it, I know I aint gonna buy some teensy brushes and go all Mr. Clean on the lids each time I use it. However, if that sort of buildup makes ya queasy, you might want to buy the brush kit they sell on the Contigo website!
Aug. 11, 2014 3:01 pm
Raedwulf, nice feedback from you. I hope they are made in the USA, but I would think if they were they would make it well-known.
Aug. 11, 2014 10:56 pm
Thanks Peggy, yeah I agree, mores the pity. Btw, I'm Randy. Nice to meetcha.
Aug. 12, 2014 6:01 am
Must check these out! Not familiar with this brand.
Aug. 12, 2014 2:15 pm
Hi ya Randy! Great blog.... I have to check those out! I have made the mistake of trying to freeze water in the traditional to go coffee mugs..... oooh not a pretty site.... that was 10 bucks down the drain! Now I love the freezing tea in cubes idea!!!!
Aug. 13, 2014 5:25 am
Tip about freezing the tea is brilliant!
Aug. 13, 2014 9:14 am
I love my contigo, I received it as a gift last year for Christmas and it goes where I go! :) Great idea about freezing the tea!
Aug. 13, 2014 2:48 pm
I should add something about freezing the cubes. I like my iced tea sweet and strong, so I use too much sugar, 3 tea bags for a quart of tea and a 1/3 cup heavy of lemon juice. The cubes produced from this brew are sticky and they dont have the same staying power as regular ice cubes. However, your tea never tastes diluted and that part rocks. Im finding that with regular cubes, I'm still in the rocks after 8 hours. With the ice tea cubes, they are slush by 4 hours, gone by 6. Again however, its a Contigo and your drink stays cold into that 8th hour.
Aug. 14, 2014 9:44 am
Make lemonade ice cubes and you can have an All Day Arnold Palmer in the Contigo Mug which sounds great but will never be a replacement for my Kahuna Sized Coffee Mug. I am an AllRecipes Allstar and I never endorse anything.
Aug. 14, 2014 7:55 pm
Hiya Doug, good to see you!! Tell me, why do you never endorse anything? Surely there must have been one or two things that crossed your path worthy of your endorsement.
Aug. 15, 2014 2:53 am
Hi Randy, I never heard of the contigo mugs. Worth looking into. I love iced tea in the summer with lots of ice.
Aug. 15, 2014 6:43 am
Morning Randy - If something is sent to me for free, I feel an obligation to talk about it positively whether I like the product or not. Now if I pay for something and I don't like it, I will let everyone know it. Now there is one product that I have talked about on here many times and will always talk about and that is Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar - I think everyone should try it
Aug. 15, 2014 12:21 pm
Great blog. :) I will have to check out the Contigo Mug; I hadn't heard of them before. Good idea about the flavored ice cubes. I actually thought of that once to use in lemonade or something like that, but I never tried it. I discovered that my husband gave all our ice cube trays to Good Will. When he moved in, he discovered I had an ice maker, which he had never had before. He figured there was no need for ice cube trays to take up room in the kitchen cabinets. UGH! We've been married over 2 years, and I still haven't remembered to pick up ice cube trays when I'm out.
Aug. 17, 2014 11:39 am
You rib the Allstars? No way! Tell me more... :)
Aug. 17, 2014 3:14 pm
I'd tell you more Doc, but then I'd have to shoot you. Now I know you're all moved and what not so what happened to your decidedly fun run of humorous blogs? I was grooving on those!
Aug. 28, 2014 8:43 am
Thanks Raedwulf. Now I know what to get my hubby for his birthday. Great blog. Thanks again.
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