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Monday, December 24, 2012

Homemade in the U.S.A.Coconut Oil Review & Giveaway



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.
 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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39 comments:

  1. I am already Subscribed to Tropical Traditions email newsletter kculver1969@yahoo.com

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  2. I am thrilled that it can be used in place of so many other oils. I really did not realize that it could be used so extensively. For that reason, I am excited to try it for some of our recipes.

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  3. I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil and I use it/eat it everyday!
    Great for frying - eggs are delicious fried in CO. I don't use vegetable oil - coconut oil is a delicious replacement.
    I love to make Coconut Bark - just mix coconut oil with cocoa or baking chocolate (or chocolate of your choice)
    Also a great moisturizer for your face, skin.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

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  4. I would love to make fudge with it!

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  5. skin care

    frogz60@hotmail.com

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  6. I want to try it for french fries, I have a friend who says it works great and is better for you than lard.

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  7. I love Tropical Traditions!! I use their coconut oil for everything from skin moisturizer to cooking (love it for cooking) and so many other things!

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  8. I am excited to use coconut oil when I'm baking.

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  9. I love that coconut oil is good for you. Like to try it in my baking.

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  10. I would love to try it in baking (oatmeal chocolate chip cookies) but also on skin! To help with dry skin and try it on my daughter's eczema.

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  11. I want to make granola with it.

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  12. Cooking. It makes everything taste so good!

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  13. I am curious to try it in my holiday fudge!

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  14. I would love to try it with my fried rice.

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  15. THANK YOU-GREAT PRODUCT!

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  16. i use it in molasses cookies. awesome!

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  17. Would like to use the coconut oil for making coconut shrimp
    rollerbeth at gmail dot com

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  18. This is the best coconut oil I've ever had! Happy New Year!

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  19. This is the best coconut oil I've ever had! Happy New Year!

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  20. I love just putting coconut oil on top of stuff!

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  21. I would like to try the recipe for Chocolate Almond Coconut bites.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  22. WONDERFUL PRODUCT, THANK YOU!HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

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  23. WONDERFUL PRODUCT, THANK YOU!HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

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  24. Tropical Traditions Coconut oil is the ONLY ONE I will use! Can certainly use a free jar, as I go through it pretty quickly!

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  25. Can't wait to try it in my baking!!!!!!

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  26. Chocolate fudge! It's soooo good.

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  27. WONDERFUL PRODUCT, THANKS!I appreciate it.

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  28. I never tried it before but I hear its some good oil to cook with. I would love to try it.

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  29. I am excited about this because it is healthy for you and you can use it for different thing too.

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  30. I love it on popcorn. I put it on all of my cooked veggies and also put it on my skin. It is also useful for weight loss.

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  31. I'm most excited about trying something new! I'm always looking for newer and healthier ways to cook (oh, better tasting too!) I am excited to try it out and see how it tastes!

    Thanks!
    Marianne
    Sandling All Day

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  32. For making chocolate! Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I would love to try your coconut balls. They look delicious!

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  34. WONDERFUL PRODUCT, THANKS!HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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