Bret Michaels' Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka Tea
Confession #1: I am not, nor ever have been, a fan of the band Poison.
Confession #2: I have never seen a single episode of The Apprentice.
But I nevertheless have become somewhat obsessed with Bret Michaels's Diet Snapple Trop-a-Rocka Tea, which the former rock star designed as part of the Celebrity Apprentice competition. For his efforts, Michaels (a Type I diabetic) raised $250,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
Diet Trop-a-Rocka Snapple, which combines black tea with mango, cinnamon, peach, and pear flavors, is a low-calorie, no-sugar, aspartame-enhanced beverage. The subtle fruit flavors nicely tame the black tea taste, but they're not so saccharine they taste like kiddie juice rather than a grown-up stimulant.
And though there are certainly better diet teas on the market, I remain fixated on Trop-A-Rocka primarily because I cannot help but wonder, Did this magical beverage save Bret Michaels' life?
As readers undoubtedly already know, in April of this year, Michaels was rushed to the hospital after suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke in which severe internal bleeding occurs in the space surrounding the brain. Most people afflicted with a SAH die almost instantly or within a few minutes of the event.
Not Bret Michaels, however, who made a complete recovery.
I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. Maybe Trop-A-Rocka in no way contributed to Michaels beating the odds with his SAH. Or maybe the man didn't even really consume his own product, and like many celebrity endorsers, only showed up to sign off on the design and collect his check.
Or maybe, this former glam rocker has unwittingly come up with the most effective stroke-fighting medication available in liquid form.
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.