One of my favorite things about the holidays is making all kinds of Christmas goodies to share with family and friends. It's the one time when I can get the boys to work in the kitchen and not just eat there.
Okay, I admit, they probably wouldn't help me in the kitchen if there wasn't the chance of sneaking a bite or two in between the work.
Every year, we make caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate (recipe). It has become a neighborhood favorite. My son also loves to make easy turtles with Rolos, pretzels, and pecans.
This year my daughter wanted to try something new.
A gluten intolerance motivates my daughter to find natural recipes. I usually don't review products that aren't made in the U.S.A. but we really wanted to make coconut and chocolate. In fact, we often make our own chocolate with cacao powder and coconut oil. Guess what? Some ingredients aren't grown in the U.S.A. because we don't have the climate for it. Coconut oil is one of those ingredients. No matter how hard I've looked, I've found that almost all coconut oil is important from the Phillipines. That is where many coconut farms are located.
I have always wanted to try Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. I've seen it on their website at reasonable prices. I know that the coconut oil is USDA certified organic and Tropical Traditions adheres to the strict guidelines set by the USDA. If I can't find coconut oil harvested in the U.S., at least I know I can find one that I feel confident is safe.
We couldn't wait to try the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites. After all,we love chocolate. Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil made the chocolate extra creamy and with a great taste. Much better than the waxy chocolate sold in stores. Better yet, with no artificial ingredients, we feel good about eating it.
We rolled out our coconut balls and dipped them in the yummy chocolate then added an almond on top of some of them. I know we didn't make them look pretty but they sure tasted good. The Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil definitely deserves to be on the top of my list of high quality coconut oils. The taste is great and it's easy to use. Just scoop a little out of the jar and melt it easily in the microwave or on the stove top. Chocolate made with coconut oil is light and creamy. It's so much fun making our own candy. Even when we use a few imported ingredients, we are still making the candy in our own kitchen and it still qualifies as American made. I can't wait to make my own face cream out of the coconut oil. I love the video on how to use coconut oil. I can't wait to try some other new concoctions.
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.
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