My Papa’s Top-Shelf

Posted by The Cookie Queen     Category: Blog News

Ever since I can remember, my Papa loved sports. As a child I would look at the trophies lined up on a shelf installed close to the ceiling in the master’s bedroom where we lived in Tokyo. Since the rooms in Japan were very small it was ingenious of my Papa to think of installing shelves high up,  close to the ceiling – that way they only occupied “air” space, not living space.  Since it was so high up there I had to crane my neck and squint to determine what type of sport the figures on the top of each trophy played – table tennis, bowling, golf, tennis.  High up there were the sparkling symbols that reflected my Papa’s tireless practice and dedication.


Ever since I can remember, my Papa was health conscious. When I would open our refrigerator and look at the bottles lined up on the top shelf of the refrigerator door  I would read the labels on each bottle – Vitamin E, lecithin, bee-pollen, wheat germ, yoghurt. These bottles with funny names fascinated me more than the Hershey bars someone had squeezed in next to them. I watched him pop these jelly-bean-like capsules into his mouth as if they were candy.

I delighted in his reaction each time I cried, “Eeeew! Papa is eating pollen and germs!” He would laugh as I then waited for him to finish the yoghurt so I could have the fruit at the bottom. It was indeed ingenious of my Papa to place these bottles in a refrigerator shelf at eye-level of a curious and impressionable 8-year old, next to every chocolate on the market.


Ever since I can remember, my Papa never smoked or drank alcohol. His favorite drinks were and still are buco juice and fresh fruit shakes. His daily diet then and  now consists largely of fruit and vegetables. During special occasions when a lot of us tend to gorge on the richest and “deadliest” courses, he, on the other hand, always chooses the healthiest food from the menu or the buffet table. My Papa is now 74 years old, plays tennis every day and continues to explore healthy options. His years of regular exercise and good diet have kept him healthy and sharp of mind.

I love sweets, make no mistake, but, for Father’s Day, and in the spirit of my Papa’s  striving for good health, I decided to have Russian Cookie House put the spotlight on  its  wide range of sugar-free products.

Whether you or any of your loved ones want to or need to be health conscious, it’s a choice. Should you choose that option, we have it. Just like in the refrigerator of my childhood where chocolates and vitamin bottles were placed side by side, Russian Cookie House is proud to be able to offer both alternatives.

And our sugar-free products are definitely tempting!

Thanks Papa for being an inspiration so early in my life!





There are a few  natural  sugar substitutes on the market that are used in cooking and baking and to sweeten things, generally. These are low-glycemic, safe for diabetics and ideal for those watching their sugar intake for weight control or other health purposes.


The first 3 website subscribers and first 3 facebook fans to identify          A.) plant and B.) country of origin or source of  these sugar substitutes mentioned below  will win a box of sugar-free cookies!




Coco Sugar

C.  Which sugar substitute does Russian Cookie House use in their sugar-free products?

  • Lenie

    Agave is from the family of succulent plants,  native to dessert regions of america and mexico.

    Stevia Rebaudiana is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil

    Isomalt is the popular name for Isomaltitol which is a sugar substitute made from beet sugar. France, the United States, Germany, Russia and Turkey were the world’s five largest sugar beet producers

    Coco sugar is from  coco sap and is produced by natural process of heat evaporation with no preservatives added and considered to be the best sweetener substitute. Country of origin is the Philippines.

    RCH uses isomalt as sugar substitute. Isomalt is a natural product derived from the sugar beet, completely safe for diabetics and those watching their sugar intake, low on the glycemic index and hardly affects the blood sugar levels.

  • Marlene R. Yanga

    a ‎1, Agave are succulent plants and belong to the Lily family and originated from Mexico and South America.. 2.Stevia are herbs in the sunflower and chrysanthemum families(Asteracae) and originated in Brazil and the Guarani Indian of Paraguay. 3.Isomalt is from sugar substitutes and sugar alcohol that is real sugar made from processed Beets it was manufactured by the German Company PALATINIT 4. Coco Sugar-a sugar produced from the sap of cut flowers of the coconut palm and the country of origin is in the South and SouthEast Asia.Russian Cookie House uses granulated Isomalt in their Sugarfree Cookies.

  • Cathy X

    Agave is from tequiliana plants in Mexico and South Africa. Stevia is from sunflower in parts of North America and South America. Isomalt is sourced from beets, first manufactured in Germany (and used by your shop for your sugar-free products). Coco sugar from coconuts in the Philippines 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations! You are one of the winners
    of the Father’s Day blogue quiz. Your answers have been compared to the following
    information that we have gathered for the quiz. Should your answer be slightly
    different, we have accepted them since upon research they appear to be also



    – nectar from Blue Agave Americana (Agave tequilana)
    and Salmiana Agave (Agave salmiana)

    OF ORIGIN – Mexico and South America



    – The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly
    known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for
    its sweet leaves. Stevia
    is a genus
    of about 240 species
    of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae),

    OF ORIGIN – native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America
    to South America.



    PLANT – Isomalt is a sugar substitute and a sugar alcohol
    that is processed from real sugar made from beets.

    OF ORIGIN – The German company PALATINIT,
    founded in 1979, manufactures it.



    PLANT – Coconut sugar (also known as
    coco sugar, coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar) is a sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm.

    OF ORIGIN  – Coconut sugar has been
    used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in the South and South-East Asian regions where the coconut
    palm is in abundant supply. The world’s largest producer of coconut is the Philippines.[


    Russian Cookie House uses Isomalt.


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  • Anonymous

    Winners of the Father’s Day Blogue Quiz are:
    1. Ferdinand Bautista
    2. Ces Lopez
    3. Lenie
    4. Marlene Rivera-Yanga
    5. Tina Cerezo-Bongcayao
    6. Cathy Xavier