I haven’t used coconut oil for long.  I bought some from Kroger several months back and have used it in a few ways.  Then I tried Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  Gold Label

The taste is completely different.  The texture is completely different.  The brand I bought from the store has no coconut smell or flavor, but this one does!  There is no comparison!

So what’s the difference?  Well, Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil is:

“a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories on coconut oil antioxidants reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils.  The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties.”

And it shows.  I have been very impressed and delighted with its taste.  The first thing I made with it was Rice Krispy Treats for St. Patrick’s Day last month.  You simply replace the butter with coconut oil.  Yum!

Our favorite thing is popcorn popped in Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil!

And hidden in the cupcakes for today’s Easter celebration!

There are so many more recipes I’m going to try in the future!

We definitely won’t be buying anything but coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.  Such good stuff!  But even more, I like and appreciate this story the founder of this company has to tell!  Take some time to read it!

Tropical Traditions offers a variety of products.  Go take a look!

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.