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Old 03-19-2007, 07:04 PM
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Sweet tea is made everyday in many homes. Most of our food just doesnt taste the same without it. My DH prefers what we call "old tea", yesterday's sweet tea if you can believe that. Sugar must be added while the brewed tea is still hot so it will dissolve. My mom always made sugar syrup to add to the hot tea.

Restaurants used to be known by their tea. Honestly, they were. How they brewed it, whether it was fresh, whether it was clear, etc. Now I think most places just dump a lot of sugar into it to mask the not so heavy tea flavor. Smithfield Chicken and BBQ makes really good tea to me. Although I have to say as I get older and older I want my tea less sweet.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:14 PM
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They teach in Sunday school down here that on the 8th day god made sweet tea.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:17 PM
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I think sweet tea is too sweet, too. So I usually order it 1/2 sweet and 1/2 unsweet... perfect!
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:33 AM
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I became a sweet tea addict, I am not even joking. I used to buy Luzianne huge tea bags and make the strongest sweet tea. When we moved back up north, I switched to Lipton Brisk and after 12 years of drinking that I recently switched to Arizona southern style sweet tea. I cannot drink soda anymore and I can only drink tea. I need a 12 step program yet none exist.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:54 AM
Location: S.E. US
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Default here's my sugar spiel... :)

>I think if you grow up on it, then you are just used to it.

Leigh - I think you mean "you are just addicted to it". It's not the tea, it's the SUGAR!

Why do you suppose diabetes and obesity is on the rise in this country? All the sugar in all our food has a lot to do with it. Check your nutrition labels...even things that you wouldn't think have it, do -- there's HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP in just about everything!

Somebody mentioned diabetic coma...you're darn right! one could spend one's life in a coma, with all the sugar we consume.

Just as one gets used to it (addicted to it) one can wean oneself off sugar.

OK, off my soapbox.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:07 PM
Location: Western Maryland
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There is nothing better than an icy cold glass of STRONG AND SWEET tea! There is no need for dessert when you have this with your meal.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:19 PM
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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That's so funny because I never really thought of it until this post. I grew up 19 years in WI and I remember always having 'Iced Tea' in the summer time. ALWAYS...and now here in VA we drink Sweet tea all the time and it is alot sweeter than the northern iced tea. It is SOOOOOO good though. Chick Fila has some good sweet tea!
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:39 PM
Location: Tuxedo Park, NY
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My wife's grandfather lives in TN, and one year when we went to visit her grandparents, we went to dinner at a place called Sonny's. He had 12 glasses of sweet tea. Didn't go to the bathroom once. My guess is that Southerners had different body composition and require sweet tea the same way most humans require oxygen. We should definitely get Scully and Mulder for this one.
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:59 PM
Location: Prospect, KY
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Originally Posted by MikeJaquish View Post
Good sweet tea will put a diabetic into a coma just from walking past on the sidewalk.
Oh man is that ever true! I tasted it once while we were in the south - well, let's just say I used to have straight hair and now it is curly
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:08 PM
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Default Serious Sweet Tea Drinker Checking In

Ok, I am well known with all of my friends, family and co-workers as the Sweet Tea Queen. I drink it from when I wake up until I go to bed. I was so happy when I recently traveled to Pittsburgh and found out that the McDonalds up there carry Mickey D's Sweet Tea. You usually can't find sweet tea up north.

I buy my tea bags wholesale from the same supplier that sells to Pal's Sudden Service in upper east Tennessee. I brew a gallon at a time every day (in addition to making sweet tea with our tea brewer at work). I start with a gallon of filtered water, get it to boiling, add 2 cups of sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from burner, add tea bag, steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and then chill tea. Soda pop evil, sweet tea good. LOL!
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