This Sweet Tea Infuser isn’t made for making classic, Southern sweet tea. It gets its name from the fact that it looks just like those sweet lollipops that you used to enjoy as a kid – and perhaps as an adult, too! Unlike a real lollipop, however, this infuser is meant to be used upside down, with the head of the “candy” acting as the tea infuser. It twists open to reveal a generously sized compartment that you can stuff with your favorite loose leave teas, then twists tightly shut to trap them inside as you dunk the infuser into your mug. The stick end of the “candy” is easy to stir with and also makes removal easy as taking candy from a baby (sorry, couldn’t resist).
The infuser is made with silicone and nontoxic plastic, so it is lightweight and durable. It measures 3.5-inches long, so it can be used with both traditional teacups and deep mugs. You’ll have to add your own sugar after infusing if you want to use it to make your own batch of sweet tea, though.
The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday that starts just after Halloween and celebrates the lives of friends and family members that have passed on. Colorful, smiling sugar skulls are the holiday’s signature since this is a celebratory holiday, not a sad one, and people will elaborately decorate their homes with skulls and throw colorful parties. You can celebrate a little bit more subtly with a Day of the Dead Teapot. This cute sugar skull-inspired porcelain teapot features a traditional design of a smiling skull with flowers for eyes and just the right pop of color to make the design festive and fun. The pot holds 20 ounces, which means that the pot makes enough for two.
And you should definitely serve your tea with some Homemade sugar Skull Sugar Cubes when you’re celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, even though you can certainly use this teapot all year round.
Green tea is a fantastic base for creating your own tea blends because it has a relatively mild flavor that can pair very well with all kinds of other roots, fruit, spices and flowers that are often used in tea blends. Usually, we experiment with teas by trying the variety available at the local coffee shop, since opportunities to blend your own teas are few and far between. I recently spotted an Green Herbal Tea Kit that will give you the change to do just that in your own home.
The kit includes three types of organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka, and nine different herbs that you can blend with them. The herbs include lavender, calendula, tamarind and mint, just to name a few. You can mix based on flavor, but the health benefits of each herb are also listed, so you can also try mixing teas based on their positive health benefits. Mint, for instance, “improves digestion, reduces heartburn and eases nausea and stress.” Reusable corn silk tea bags are included for brewing, although any loose-leaf tea infuser will let you try your blends out.
Manatees might not get the adoration that dolphins and some other sea creatures get, but the plump marine mammals are adorable in their own right, too. They’re even more adorable when they’re miniaturized – and that is exactly what the ManaTea Infuser delivers. These nearly irresistible tea infusers are shaped like manatees and hang gently from the side of your mug as you steep your tea. The infuser is molded from food-safe silicone and the tale slides off to allow you to fill or empty the infuser. The expression on the face of the ManaTea is one of bliss – as though he is happy as a clam to be relaxing in a warm cup of delicious tea. I suspect that it will make me want to drink a lot more tea, because I just can’t say no to a face like that.