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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