How to Eat Coconut Oil

In fudge.

But not just any ordinary fudge. . .

"Healthy" fudge made with 3 ingredients: Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, honey and cocoa.

It is a raw, vegan fudge so it is only warmed to melt the coconut oil and honey. Then the cocoa is added and whipped until it is smooth and creamy and then poured into a pan to cool.

In Hot Cocoa.

Since discovering the TT Free Coconut Oil Recipes website, I have had absolutely no regrets for going off of white sugar. I never thought I would enjoy Hot Cocoa again, but TT Hot Cocoa Coconut Oil Recipe has been my favorite late night drink.

In Healthy Whole Grain Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies.

So good, and so good for you.

Melted and Poured Over Multi-Colored Popcorn.

. . . with a little Real Salt.

By the Spoonful.

Or should I say mouthful? I have a hard time keeping my oldest son out of the jar. He thinks it tastes sweet and will eat it plain by the spoonful.

There are many, many, more ways! In fact, I have been using a lot of coconut oil in my kitchen, thanks to Tropical Traditions. They sent me two jars of coconut oil to review ~ the Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and the Green Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

I have heard that coconut oil was good for you, and have used it in my kitchen for frying (since olive oil cannot be used at high temperatures). But I never knew that coconut oil was supposed to smell like coconut! I was not buying virgin coconut oil. And there is a difference between virgin oils and refined oils, the later of which has no coconut smell and is the product of refining, bleaching and deodorizing dried coconut meat. Not only does this affect the scent, but also the taste. Virgin coconut oils are made using the fresh meat of the coconut and are not refined. TT has a great article explaining how coconut oil is produced if you want to learn more.

There is also a difference between the Gold Label and the Green Label.

. . . is handmade in the Philippines. I learned that this can affect the taste and smell of the Gold Label Oil, which is actually caused by too much dried coconut solids in the oil. My jar of Gold Label Oil had a much stronger taste and smell. It reminded me of the first time I tasted coconut meat direct from a coconut. I learned that this does not affect the quality of the oil, but it did make it less appealing to me. This oil I am using in recipes with other flavors and on my skin. I am, however, impressed and respect that this oil is a hand made product.

. . . is made by certified organic fresh coconuts that are first dried and then the oil is cold-pressed out by machine. I learned that it tends to be more consistent in taste and smell because it is made in large batches.

Both oils are a high quality, unrefined oil that retains the coconut smell and taste, but I personally prefer the Green Label oil.

There are other uses for coconut oil that reach beyond your kitchen. I used the oil to moisturize my scalp. I massaged it into my scalp, put a towel over my head and kept it on overnight. (Shampoo, rinse and repeat to wash it out). I also rub it onto my feet before bed and it soothes my dry, itchy feet overnight. This really worked wonderfully for me and I keep a small cup of it by my nightstand. If I am cooking and I get some on my fingers (from using my finger to scoop it into the pan), I just rub it in my skin or put it on my lips. This stuff is great!

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.