Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Who Knew Lollipops Could Be So Funny?

Dr. John hailed as the ‘Mama Celeste’ of lollipops by famed comedian Jim Gaffigan. 

We recently learned Gaffigan touted our sugar-free lollipops in his New York Times Best Seller Dad Is Fat. The book details the challenges of parenting according to Gaffigan’s perspective. It is filled with hilarious insights Gaffigan is famous for in his stand-up comedy routines. Dr. John is honored that Jim recommends Dr. John’s lollipops and appreciates the importance of giving his children healthier treats.

“I was surprised that he mentioned me and the lollipops in his book. Jim is a very funny guy and I’ve enjoyed his humor for years. He’s a comedian who can tell a story and make you laugh. It’s refreshing to know that ‘clean’ comedians still exist!” stated Bruinsma.

In addition to Gaffigan’s ‘Mama Celeste’ reference, the comedian refers to the our lollipops as ‘flavored muzzles’ noting his children’s affinity for the sugar-free treats. Gaffigan goes on to write “Dr. John makes sugar-free lollipops. (No, he did not pay me to write that. He does not even know who I am. I don’t even know if Dr. John is a real doctor or he even exists)” and added, “Dr. John, I think you should send me a case of sugar free lollipops as a reward for mentioning you.” 

Gaffigan found out recently that Dr. John is, in fact, a real doctor when the two met backstage after the comedian’s show at Meadowbrook in Rochester Hills, MI.
Dr. John brought family members and staff to Meadowbrook and enjoyed an evening of laughs that included a new twist on Gaffigan’s infamous Hot Pocket routine. Gaffigan’s staff generously provided complimentary tickets to the show.  Following his performance, the group was invited back to meet the comedian. Dr. John came prepared with a large bag filled with candy which Gaffigan noted immediately.

“How’d you like the plug? Is that my free candy?” Gaffigan quipped after being introduced to Dr. John. After a few photos, Gaffigan autographed his best-selling book for Dr. John. Bruinsma’s family and staff noted Gaffigan was a ‘very kind, down to Earth’ guy

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Birch Xylitol Sweetener - Sweetness without the Sugar

Almost everyone could do with a little less sugar in their diet – we all know that too much sugar is bad for our waistline and teeth. But many of the alternatives aren’t much better – leaving an artificial, chemical-like aftertaste with ingredients made in a laboratory. There’s always the option of no sugar at all – but those with a sweet tooth will most likely never make that change!

For those looking for a natural sugar substitute, Xylitol provides sugar-like sweetness without excessive calories, artificial aftertaste or blood sugar spikes.  Here are some of the advantages to Dr. John’s® Simply Xylitol® Sweetener:

100% USA Made from Birch: Many companies sell xylitol derived from corn  or sell products containing a mixture of combine xylitol with other  artificial sweeteners. When you buy Dr. John’s® Simply Xylitol® Sweetener, you’re getting 100% xylitol derived from birch, and nothing else.

Convenient packages: Simply Xylitol® Sweetener comes in resealable 1 lb and 5 lb packages in granulated form, so it’s easy to use in a variety of applications. It can be substituted for sugar at a 1:1 ratio so there’s no need to change your recipes. Simply add xylitol sweetener where you’d normally add granulated table sugar - to your favorite fruit salad, morning coffee or a delicious cake.  You’ll be amazed at how little you’ll miss sugar!

Beneficial for dental health: Each tablespoon of this amazing sugar substitute delivers 6 grams of xylitol – meeting the daily recommendation of  Dr. John’s® Simply Xylitol® Plan, providing maximum dental health benefits in the process. Xylitol has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the incidence of tooth decay and reduce the effects of dry mouth.

Low glycemic index: Xylitol sweetener has a low glycemic index – 7, compared to 100 per same size serving of table sugar – so it can sweeten your treats and cooking without raising your blood sugar.

Each serving of Simply Xylitol Sweetener contains only 15 calories,  less than 1/3 of that of a tablespoon of white, granulated sugar (~50 calories). While it seems like a small difference – imagine every recipe with 1/3 the amount of calories from sugar. The calories saved add up quickly!

Simply Xylitol Sweetener, along with a variety of treats and candies featuring delicious, natural xylitol, are available at drjohns.com. We hope you try this amazing sweetener for yourself and say goodbye to sugar!