I was recently sent two jars of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try. It seems that everywhere you look the experts are extolling the virtues of adding coconut oil to your diet (you can read about the research here), so it was definately something I wanted to try.
The coconut oil is unlike any oil I’ve ever tried as it’s almost solid. The coconut oil is soft and easy to use, and with a little bit of heat it will become liquid. It does taste like coconut but the coconut flavor wasn’t as strong as I expected it to be.
I introduced my family to coconut oil through a familiar favorite, hummus. My normally good hummus was fantastic when made with coconut oil (get the recipe here).
I next used coconut oil in homemade waffles, in place of regular oil. I warmed the oil up for a few seconds first so the consistency matched that of the oil I normally use. The verdict: wonderful!
I heard that coconut oil was good for making popcorn so we tried that next. We didn’t care for the coconut mingling with popcorn flavor very much, but I think I used too much oil and chalked it up to user error.
I’m a big proponent of cooking from scratch and it’s provided me with ample opportunities to incorporate coconut oil into our diets. Sweet potato fries are sweeter when cooked in coconut oil. Imagine how wonderful homemade ice cream syrup made with chocolate and coconut oil is! You can find loads more recipes at Free Coconut Recipes.
Not only has Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil caused taste explosions, I’ve noticed that my hair and fingernails are a little strong. Related? I can’t say for sure, but I’ll take it!
Now? Who wants to WIN a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil??**
Tropical Traditions is giving away a quart of this awesome coconut oil to one lucky reader!
To enter this contest you must do two things:
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2. Leave a comment ON THIS POST (not on Facebook) telling me the first thing you’d cook if you were the winner, and please verify in the comment that you signed up for the newsletter
The contest closes May 9, 2012 at midnight EST. The winner will be drawn on the morning of May 10, 2012. The winner will be randomly selected (meaning pointed to) by my 5 year old son while he’s hopped up on sugary breakfast cereal (don’t worry, he can’t read yet!)
**Contest open only to residents of the US & Canada
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!