I use coconut oil all the time, so it’s a staple in our pantry. It’s great in baking, pan-frying, or even raw treats. I’ve even used it as lip balm or for rough, dry skin. I know there are tons of uses for the stuff, and you can read about a lot of those HERE. I’ve always bought my coconut oil in bulk off of Amazon, and have never tried Tropical Traditions products (except for my favorite–coconut cream concentrate, but that’s another post!) Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me a free sample of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to review. And not only that, they are offering one free quart of this wonderful stuff to one of you lucky readers!
There are lots of different types of coconut oil, and apparently, they are not all created equally. So what’s the difference? That’s what I wanted to know. And you can read all about the difference and how coconut oil is produced HERE. Tropical Traditions has also done a cool video that explains their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
My biggest question was whether I would notice a difference between the Nutiva brand that I normally buy in bulk off Amazon and this product. And the consensus was: yes! In a straight-up taste test right out of the jar, the Gold Label product was much milder. One thing I love about the Gold Label product is that it’s made in small batches, and is not mass-produced. Makes me feel like I’m a part of helping small farmers, even if that’s just idealistic.
I was trying to think of a way to feature the coconut oil, and not have it get lost in the recipe. I thought these did a great job of it! They may make you reminisce of York peppermint patties, as the minty goodness melts in your mouth!
Recipe: Peppermint Patty Bites
1 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil + 1 TBSP (separated)
1.5 tsp pure peppermint extract
2 TBSP honey (raw preferred)
1.5 cups dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, add 1 TBSP coconut oil, stir and set aside. Mix the 1 cup coconut oil, peppermint extract and honey in a bowl, then melt. Pour into candy molds (I had some heart-shaped ones on-hand) and place in fridge for about 45 minutes, until hard:
Quickly dip each peppermint patty in the cooled chocolate and place on a plate covered with parchment paper. Place in fridge for another 1/2 hour or so until hardened. Eat ’em up! Store in fridge for best results, as these will soften at room temp.
And here’s the giveaway:
One lucky winner will win ONE FREE QUART of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! This giveaway will close on Friday, May 18th at 9 p.m. PST.
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Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 1 pint
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.
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Suzanne H says
I like to mix it with cocoa powder and drizzle it over banana soft serve. Yum!
I LOVE Tropical Traditions coconut oil!!! This recipe looks divine!!! And coconut oil is SOOOOO good for you…this would be a great way to be sure to get enough! I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil to make my own ‘toothpaste’…by mixing in some baking soda and orange flavoring.
Kristin W. says
I would use it in everything:)
Jennifer Wright says
I would love to try Tropical Traditions coconut oil. I have used various brands since beginning the paleo lifestyle. I would definatly have to make a batch of my paleo almond joy recipe. It is one of my favorites and uses alot of coconut oil as the filling. I am new to the paleo lifestyle and look foward to learning many more recipes. I will definatly have to try the peppermint patty bites above! I love chocolate!
Alithea C says
I use the coconut oil in everything…toothpaste, on bagels, for gf baking!
I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil…hmm, what would I do with it? Eat it, fry stuff in it, bake with it, bathe with it, rub it on my dry skin…and my latest kick…oil pulling with it! And BTW…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE peppermint patties…make them all the time with coconut oil (and sometimes add a bit of coconut cream too!) Awesome give away!
If I win I would make the peppermint patties!
This recipe would probably be the first thing I’d try, but after that maybe some frosting.
I LOVE peppermint patties and would make a big ol’ batch using some of the coconut oil. Thanks for the opportunity!
I am still trying to appreciate the taste of coconut oil…to me, it’s very “earthy.” While I love coconut for some reason the oil just doesn’t sit well with me. However, I’ll keep trying. First up, I’m sure I’d use it in some almond flour based muffins or waffles.
I buy gold lable from tropical traditions by the gallon bucket! we use it for SOOOOO many things. My favorite is using it in baked goods in place of butter b/c my youngest has a dairy/egg intollerance
I am LOVE coconut oil! I am a newbie but use it everyday!
I would make your vanilla raspberry swirl cake 🙂
Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals says
I use coconut oil for everything. Yummy.
I love coconut oil! One of the things I have been doing lately is using in my deodorant recipe. It works fabulous! Even my husband started using and is happy with it.
I would use it to make Paleo Granola!
Melissa Hughes says
I use coconut oil for everything! I am really looking forward to trying this recipe to indulge my chocolate cravings! The most recently awesome, unexpected use of coconut oil I can report was in removing a stubborn scuff off a wood floor – took it right off! (I, of course, probably wouldn’t use the Gold Label for this…lol.) I haven’t tried Tropical Traditions yet and look forward to it!
I’ve been reading the Tropical Traditions book on Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), but I haven’t yet ordered their gold label VCO, as I had a big tub from another company to use up… I can’t wait to try their’s; the testimonies on the their book on the benefits of VCO are simply amazing!!!
I would use the coconut oil to cook and bake, =]
I love cooking with coconut oil!
Lisa S says
Great giveaway! I would love to try making your peppermint patty recipe but this jar would mainly be used in my everyday cooking, scrambled eggs, stirfry etc…
This re ups sounds awesome! I love to use it with veggies though.
I have recently been on my second round of the HCG diet in a year. I did really well the first time but I managed to sink right back into my eating habits of old and returned to my former size and then some. This time I read on several of the message boards that going to a Primal/Paleo lifestyle was a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Also, I LOVE to bake and so I would use this coconut oil to start baking the paleo way!
I LOVE coconut oil & use it for everything! Baking, cooking, moisturizing. Of course, I have 2 separate ones-one in the bathroom for moisturizing legs after shaving & a separate one in the kitchen for baking! LOL 😉
Mmmm..yummy. Coconut oil!
I’m thinking cooking with veggie stir fries
I use coconut oil everyday to cook with, well, everything.
Jessica Decker says
Super giveaway! I cook a lot with coconut oil. It’s my ‘greaser’ of choice!
I LOVE CO…use it for cooking…on my face.
I use it for sauteeing veggies, cooking eggs, for my dog’s health, lots of things!!
bob tessier says
love coconut oil!!! an essential ingredient to the paleo kitchen!