Tropical Traditions Review & $100 Giveaway

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We use a lot of coconut products in our family.

Coconut oil, Coconut Butter (typically I make my own Homemade Coconut Butter), Coconut Milk (we make this homemade too), Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, Coconut Flour.

Pretty much–you name it.

If it’s coconut, we love it.

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite places to buy coconut products–

(Please note, the links that follow are referral links. If you purchase after clicking on them I might make a commission.  I so appreciate your support that helps to keep my blog going!)

And I have a great treat for you. A giveaway of $100 of wonderful products from one of my favorite coconut purveyors, Tropical Traditions.

I’ve been using Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil for a loooong time.

We use mainly their Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, but we also use their Gold Label Coconut Oil from time to time.

But Tropical Traditions doesn’t only have coconut products.

And recently I had the opportunity to try a few more of their product lines to get better acquainted with them–

And I love what I got to try.

1.  Virgin Red Palm Oil

For years I’ve heard that Red Palm Oil is THE oil of choice for popping popcorn.

And if you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know what popcorn fans we are. (Check out my Surprise Seasoning Popcorn, Herbes de Provence Popcorn and Dorito® Popcorn for a look at some of our favorite recipes.)

Thanks to Tropical Traditions, I finally got the chance to pop some corn in this oil.

It’s amazing.

The taste is superb, it smells fabulous when popping, and the color–the popcorn comes out looking just like the yellow-ey tinged popcorn at movie theaters, only more vibrant.

And it’s all natural. The reddish color of the oil turns to a deep yellow that coats the popcorn beautifully.  No “Yellow No. 5″ in this stuff :).

2.  Shredded Coconut

We use shredded coconut in my Easiest Coconut Milk, for making Coconut Butter, Homemade Almond Joy® Bars, and for these delicious No Bake Coconut Delights.  I decided to use them to make the Almond Joy® Bars first.

The Tropical Traditions Coconut Shreds were light and larger than most, but not chunky like the coconut chips you typically find in snack mixes.  The topping of the bars required a little more coconut oil than usual, but the bars had a heartier feel to them which was really pleasing.  And if you haven’t tried that Almond Joy® Bar recipe yet, you don’t know what you are missing :).

3.  Natural Dish Detergent

I really like this dish detergent. We haven’t bought a “typical store brand” for a long time (I’ve been working on a homemade version) but thought I would give this one a try.  And it’s great. Gets the job done without all the chemical nasties.  Those chemical nasties and I don’t get along. At all.

4. Coconut Cream Concentrate

The label on the Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate says that it really is another name for Coconut Butter.  Even though I make my own Homemade Coconut Butter all the time (it’s SUCH a bargain), I wanted to test the quality of Tropical Traditions’ product.  I made an interesting apple and coconut treat and it turned out fabulously.  TT’s Coconut Butter is a different texture than mine–I suspect it’s because they make their Coconut Concentrate from fresh coconuts, and I made mine from the dried variety.

The fragrance reminds me of their Gold Label Coconut Oil somewhat.

So–the giveaway entry is below, but in the meantime I wanted to mention some sales that Tropical Traditions has going on right now.

Special Sale

Right now, through September 5, you can Buy One Get One Free of Tropical Traditions’ Gold Label Coconut Oil Gallons.

This coconut oil apparently has more antioxidants than any on the market.

Now you can get 2 gallons for $99 and they typically sell for $110 each–this is a really good deal!

You can click here to check out their site.

Giveaway Details:

1.  One winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Tropical Traditions for use towards any of their great products (including their amazing grass-fed beef products).

2.  The giveaway will run from today through Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013 at 12:00 am.

3.  I will notify the winner by email and will give the winner 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back I will choose another winner.

4.  All entries will be verified, so please don’t say you did something that you didn’t do.  That’s not honest, folks :)!

Enter by Following the Directions in the Rafflecopter Widget here….

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of these products 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 simply really love their stuff :)!

Thanks for being such wonderful readers. I look forward to announcing the winner!

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  1. I had no idea that various forms of coconut can be classified as a nut, or a fruit or a vegetable!

  2. I had never even look at the expiration dates on my CO. Good to know they last 18m-2 years for best quality. Even more glad the site said they usually last much longer than that…although I go through mine quite quickly!

  3. I love how you can buy oil that has the coconut flavor or the oil that doesn’t. I think it makes it more versatile and user-friendly for all your baking and cooking!

  4. Expellor Pressed Coconut oil won’t taste like coconut!

  5. I love tropical traditions!

  6. Tropical Traditions seems like a great company with great products – yes, I’ve been checking out their FAQs. :) Their quality standards and explanations are all so helpful. I hope to be able to purchase something from them in the near future! Thank you for all the great information!

  7. I buy their expeller press coconut oil and love how it comes in a big bucket, also like it when they have free shipping.

  8. on the Tropical Traditions FAQ page I learned that coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F. I never have my AC on, so mine is always melted in these warmer months :).

  9. I didn’t realize that most coconut oil in stores was chemically refined. Just one more reason to stick to Tropical Traditions.

  10. I have been using TT coconut oil & palm oil shortening for about 6 months–I learned the following: “The smoke point of coconut oil can be increased by combining it with Palm Shortening or Virgin Palm Oil. Both of these oils have a much higher smoke point, and are suitable for high heat, such as deep frying.” This is great to know since I’ve wanted to use my coconut to fry in, but i haven’t yet because I thought it would burn. Guess it helps to read through the FAQ section!!

  11. Coconut oil does not need to be kept in the refrigerator. This is great. It also keeps for two years. This is great when stocking up when prices are good.

  12. this would be soo fun to win. I want to try coconut butter.

  13. I always thought palm oil was so bad for the environment. Good to know that TT produces sustainably. Also, I never thought of combining palm and coconut oils. Thanks for the info.

  14. I would LOVE to win the $100 Gift Certificate to Tropical Traditions! I am just starting on a more natural way of living and could definitely use this!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Janis Rowland says:

    No side effects!

  16. I did not know you could have hand made coconut oil

  17. I learned that Coconut Cream Concentrate has more fiber per gram than grains do…you learn something new every day! Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!!

  18. I didn’t realize they had so many skin care products….I might browse there if I win :)

  19. Rebecca Dahl says:

    I didn’t know that since coconut oil in nature is packaged inside the coconut meat that it is recommended to take coconut oil throughout the day with high fiber and protein foods.

  20. The gold label is my all time favorite!!

  21. Charlotte Moore says:

    I would not have thought a person should not experiment with coconut oil while pregnant if you were not used to using it before. Amazing!!!

  22. I learned that the proper amount of coconut oil to take would be an adult equivalent to what a baby would receive in breast milk of lauric acid. That is quite a lot of coconut oil! I will need to be creative to get that much (3.5 TB) a day. Thank you for this opportunity.

  23. I was surprised to learn that palm oil is a good source of vitamin E (more than coconut oil).

  24. I just recently tried their coconut oil & it’s hands down the best I’ve ever had!! I would love to win this so I can try their other products!!!!

  25. It’s recommended that an adult consume 3.5 tbsp./day in order to get the same amount of MCFA’s that a nursing infant would consume!

  26. Melissa Snow says:

    I learned about the differences between coconut milk, coconut cream, and TT coconut cream concentrate. I do love their products!

  27. I love TT! Thanks for reviewing other items besides coconut oil!

  28. I was not aware of all the details surround coconut sugar. I bought it once from the grocery thinking it would be a good alternative sweetener. But not if it’s so unsustainable to harvest.

    • I’m confused about this–don’t they say on the site that the trees are done producing coconuts? (Hi Heather!)

      • Hi Adrienne! :) I guess that’s a good point, it just seemed to me like their FAQs was saying why they don’t sell coconut sugar and saying all the ways it’s not sustainable. *shrugs*

        • Yes, if you read their reasons, that one part doesn’t make sense to me. I never followed through on that though.

          • You make a good point….it does sound a bit confusing the way they word it. I’ve been meaning to get Googley about coconut sugar anyway, so I’ll try to do that tomorrow to see what else I can find out about it. I was so excited to find it in a normal old grocery store that doesn’t carry much natural foods, so it would be a bummer if I really shouldn’t buy it.

            • I just heard back from them and here is their reply:

              On the whole, coconut palm sugar is not a sustainable practice. The best coconut palm sugars are produced from the sap of the coconut tree by cutting off the coconut flower, which would normally form into a coconut. By sacrificing the coconut flower that would normally become a coconut, one is preventing the coconut palm from reproducing and is sacrificing coconut products (like coconut oil, coconut flour, shredded coconut, etc.) in favor of the sap/sugar.

              In the place where we mention that some current palm sugar production often comes from older coconut trees that are beyond their prime and no longer able to effectively produce coconuts, please note that we are specifically mentioning that chemical fertilizers are commonly used to increase the sugar production in these older trees. So, even though these trees may not be producing many coconuts, you are still ending up with a product that has been exposed to chemical fertilizers, which in turn affects the health of humans and the environment. If you notice in my first paragraph above, the best coconut palm sugars are produced from the sap of younger coconut trees by cutting off the coconut flower.

              We have a detailed article on this subject that you can read in its entirety here: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_palm_sugar.htm

  29. I learned that the gold label is hand-crafted and has very stringent quality control. and that expeller-pressed oil doesn’t have the taste and smell of coconut oil. good to know. sometimes I don’t want it to overpower the taste of my other food.

  30. On Tropical Traditions website, I found that Coconut Oil is not destroyed or chemically changed by using low heat!!!! Awesome!!!!

  31. I learned that you should ingest about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil daily to receive its benefits.

  32. carol graham says:

    I absolutely am addicted to using coconut oil for cooking, baking, oil pulling and my hair and skin.

  33. I learned the difference between the Expeller Pressed coconut oil and Gold Label coconut oil.

  34. I learned that they sell four different types of coconut oil with gold and green being the better ones if you want coconut flavor with it. Did not realize that they were helping small family farms with their products either.

  35. I did not know the amount to supplement with coconut oil was 3.5 T a day!!!
    i’ve been laboring under the misapprehension that it’s 2T!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  36. I learned the difference between gold label virgin coconut oil versus other types. Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. I learned a lot of things (and already love their coconut oil) – found it interesting that they don’t sell coconut milk because they haven’t found a packaged coconut milk that meats their standards!

  38. Very interesting fact: You can be allergic to whole coconut, but not coconut oil – since the coconut oil doesn’t have the protein! Learned something new :)

  39. I just found the whole page on their coconut oil very interesting!!!

  40. Mariah Dorn says:

    I read the entire FAQ page a lot of the things I know due to our family having a special needs child that is directly affected by foods. Im glad they explained that not all coconut oils are the same this is something I educate others about all the time.

  41. I love the amazing amount of recipes on the website !

  42. I learned the difference between expeller pressed coconut oil and how it’s done.
    Might want to try it!

  43. Jessica K. says:

    Didn’t realize the coconut was classified in all three categories.. nut, fruit, and vegetable!

  44. Love that expeller pressed oil doesn’t have the coconut flavor and is the “common” type oil that millions of people in Asia consume on a daily basis.

  45. Expeller pressed coconut oil is steamed to remove the coconut aroma.

  46. if you freeze it, it tastes like white chocolate? YUM! I need to try that!

  47. I think I probably knew this, but forgot that the recommended daily amount of coconut oil is 3.5 T. a day! I really like Tropical Traditions, and we have ordered from them many times

  48. I love Tropical Traditions!! We love the coconut oil, the rapadura, and the teeth cleaners, just for starters. Would love to win this for our family! :o) Thank you for the giveaway!
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

  49. I really like coconut sugar but after reading about the unsustainability I am going to really think about buying any again. I can live without coconut sugar but I don’t want to live without the oil. Hadn’t been buying oil from tropical traditions for a long time. Love the company.

  50. Great tip for mixing the oil back into coconut cream concentrate. I’m not usually so patient.

  51. I have loved and used Tropical Traditions coconut oil products for years, but I did go to there facts and learn how the coconut cream concentrate differs from coconut oil. The coconut cream concentrate is all parts of the coconut./

  52. Tropical Traditions strives for strict standards for their products, especially those labeled “organic.” There are also strict standards in choosing where food items are grown & raised, such as coconuts in the mountains away from cities which have more fumes & exhaust, etc. They are also strict about the cleanliness & conditions of where the food is processed & packed.

  53. We use organic, unrefined coconut oil but I’ve been thinking of getting some refined as well for more savory type cooking. My husband doesn’t like the coconut oil used for things like eggs. I’ll have to check into their products.

    • Didn’t list my fact I guess…Expeller Pressed Coconut oil goes through a steam deodorizing process making the taste is very bland, unlike Virgin Coconut Oil which retains the odor and taste of fresh coconuts.
      Perfect for my husband’s eggs ;)

  54. Marion Millan says:

    That it states 3.5 Tbsp per day are okay. There is so much conflicting information out there.

  55. I love that coconut oil has so many uses!

  56. I’ve ordered from TT before and love their coconut oil. It was a better quality than the one I bought locally. I found out the difference between virgin and refined and now I know why some people say cooking with their oil did not have a coconut taste….mine always did. Would love to win this gc and maybe try something new to me from their site.

  57. I learned that the harvest of coconut palm sugar is not a sustainable practice.

  58. I learned that the expeller pressed coconut oil does not contain all of the nutrients and anti oxidants that the virgin coconut oil does.

  59. I learned that coconut oil is not a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Thank you so much for such an awesome giveaway! I use Organic Coconut Oil on a regular basis, but would love the opportunity to try other coconut products too!

  61. Brittany Ardito says:

    I learned that 3.5 tbsp is recommended

  62. I would love to try the Coconut Cream Concentrate. I just recently placed an order at Tropical Traditions, but I only bought coconut oil. I also plan to try your Coconut Butter if I can make it in my blender. Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. They have a great FAQ section… it clearly explains the difference between the types of oil, which I had been wondering about.

  64. I watched the video on making coconut milk. I’ve read your recipe before, and even done it once or twice myself, but being a visual learner, the video was really helpful to me. Going to go give it a try right now!

  65. Certain coconut oils don’t smell or taste like coconut.

  66. I think it is awesome that they employ family farmers. I also found out that the quality is much higher because it is a family farm. Much more care and attention goes into the coconut oil than mass-produced oil. They test every batch and it has consistently been up to par.

  67. Fantastic Giveaway! I love Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil. They have such high quality and incredible products!

  68. I learned that coconut cream concentrate has the same benefits as oil with the extra perks of fiber and protein

  69. I learned the difference between expeller-pressed coconut oil and Tropical Traditions’ Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil.

  70. My two favorite and new factoids about coconuts that I found on the TT FAQ page were:

    1. People who may be allergic to coconuts may not be allergic to the oil because it contains no coconut proteins in it

    2. Pure, dried coconut contains more fiber per gram than even oat bran

    Thank you. I am bookmarking this page for future reference and thank you for the giveaway :O)

  71. I love cooking with coconut oil.

  72. I learned that you can increase the smoking point by adding Palm Oil. That would help when using this one pan I have – leaves tons of marks all over the pan when cooking with it.

  73. I learned the differences between coconut milks, cream and cream concentrate as far as water content. I also learned how much of the coconut products have a lot of the fiber removed and how the FDA allows additives without labeling because of the amounts added and how Tropical Traditions does not do either of these processes.

  74. I had no idea that freezing coconut oil would change the taste and make it sweet!

  75. Tracey Caldwell says:

    I’ve never thought about using coconut oil as a butter spread. What a great way to get the 3 1/2 T.

  76. I love Tropical Traditions. . . . .use their recipes a lot . . . love the coconut concentrate. the oil. everything.

  77. Susan Alexander says:

    I hadn’t realized that there is a recommended daily intake of 3.5 Tbsp – good to know! I need to find more ways to incorporate coconut oil into our diet! :)

  78. I learned that Tropical Traditions gets its coconut products from the Philippines.

  79. It’s best to take about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day.

  80. I loved the little video on how to make coconut milk from dried coconut. I will defininately try this because fresh coconut milk is so much better than canned.

  81. TT coconut flour is over 19% gluten free protein! Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. ra thompson says:

    great giveaway!!…..

  83. I learned that it would take 49 large coconut capsules to equal the daily suggested requirement.

  84. I found out the difference between the coconut oils. I also want to try their palm oil since it seems a healthier option. Gotta love Tropical Traditions.

  85. I learned that coconut oil does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.

  86. I learned Coconut oil is liquid above 75 degrees F. (25 C.), and below that it will be a solid fat. It can be stored in either form, and it can be liquefied easily by applying low level heat.

  87. I learned that coconut oil can last for up to 2 years (although we go through it so fast, it probably wouldn’t last that long in my house!). I also learned that you can mix palm oil and coconut oil to increase the smoke point. That’s great to know since I often use another oil for high heat and save my coconut oil for baking and eating raw.

  88. Thank you for the opportunity to join in on the raffle! I’ve tried some of the TT products: gold label oil, green label oil, and I have the coconut concentrate. Just not sure how I’m going to use it yet—-I need to do some experimenting and reading!!

  89. I figured out why my coconut oil is always liquid I don’t think our house ever get below 76 degrees.

  90. Valerie Fieber says:

    I found out Tropical Traditions doesn’t make coconut oil in capsule form because the recommended daily amount of coconut oil consumption would be equal to taking 49 pills!!!

  91. Ooh! So excited about this! Thanks for the review, I have been curious about their products for a while now.

  92. I’ve heard varying things about cooking with coconut oil. Good to hear what they have to say: it is best not to cook beyond the smoke point of coconut oil, as this will begin to deteriorate the oil and turn it yellow.

  93. I like to get the big bucket of expeller pressed oil for cooking, and I like the free shipping they sometimes offer.

  94. I LOVE TT CO!!! The gold label is all we use!

  95. I didn’t realize how there were so many different kinds of coconut oils. I have always wanted to try it, but never knew where to start or even that there was a place to start since some are better than others!

  96. I learned the difference between expeller pressed and their Gold Label coconut oil.

  97. THE difference between their coconut oils

  98. Tammy Bybee says:

    I learned that we should consume about 3.5 tbsp. of coconut oil daily

  99. Karen Miller says:

    Coconut oil works for so many things, but if you don’t like the smell or taste of coconut, the Gold Label isn’t for you. Even though I think it’s wonderful, others in my family, not so much.

  100. I like that TT explains why they don’t source coconut sugar–because you can either get coconuts OR coconut sugar, not both.

    • I just got an email from them explaining this further. It is really interesting indeed. We don’t use it. It’s a shame b/c it seems like a great low glycemic sweetener.

  101. I learned about the various processes of making coconut oil. Very interesting!

  102. I love TT Coconut Oil. Unbelievable all the health benefits!

  103. Anna M. Lavender says:

    I have found that I really love cooking with coconut oil. It is wonderful. When I make cookies I replace the crisco that is called for and use coconut oil.

  104. Jacqueline says:

    I’ve heard great things about Tropical Traditions, but haven’t quite taken the plunge. This might do the trick!

  105. I love the old fashioned methods they use to extract their extra virgin coconut oil. We love TT at our house! :)

  106. Sher in Ky says:

    I had no idea Tropical Traditions had so many different forms of coconut and their level of education is amazing. I’m also very pleased with the number of recipes that are listed using coconut products.

  107. I learned that coconut oil has no omega 3 fatty acids, which is great because I have Pyroluria and need to limit omega 3′s.

  108. Love Tropical Traditions,very helpful. What I learned was that you can add Palm Shortening or Virgin Palm Oil to Coconut Oil to increase its smoke point.

  109. I didn’t know there was a “daily recommended amount” of coconut oil. Interesting! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  110. I love how versatile coconut oil is. I love that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated.

  111. No hydrogenated fats!

  112. I had no idea there were so many different coconut products – oil, cream, different pressed, etc!

  113. Awesome giveaway, hope I win!

  114. e marshall says:

    I love how well TT explains the differences between their different oils! Personally, I think Gold Label is the best!

  115. I thought it was really cool about if you refrigerate or freeze Virgin Coconut Oils the taste changes completely, and some describe it like a “candy” or “white chocolate.” Must try making some treats!

  116. I learned that they provide recipes! Yum!

  117. I’ve learned that they have a coconut oil just for hair

  118. I learned that a good amount of coconut oil to consume in a day is 3.5 tablespoons a day. Work up to that amount.

  119. I love coconut and all the amazing benefits! It would be so great to win!

  120. I learned that “Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour also contains over 19% non-gluten protein!”

  121. I love Tropical Traditions! Thanks for this giveaway!

  122. Diane Knickerbocker says:

    Reading through TTs FAQs I learned more about the differences between the different oils they sell. My family doesn’t care for the taste of coconut in baked goods but I learned that the organic Expellar pressed variety doesn’t have as strong a flavor to it but still contains the nutrient value of Laurie acid.
    Always learning more,
    Diane Knickerbocker
    Minifarmmom

  123. found a recipe for coconut oil mayo! yay!

  124. I learned about why they don’t make coconut sugar.

  125. I’ve used Tropical Traditions for several years now and love all their products. I like the Palm oil for pie crusts and frying hashbrowns, french fries, & just about everything. They are a great company. I really enjoy the wealth of info you post on your blog.

  126. Cristi Perkins says:

    Tropical Traditions is organic and 100% gluten free. Very important in my world.

  127. I learned that “coconut oil is NOT destroyed or changed chemically in anyway from its original form by using low heat.” This is great!

  128. I LOVE their products we’ve been using them for a few years now and try something new every once in a while. Their non-GM popcorn is so good and tastes/pops great on the stove in coconut oil. Our stash is running low so this would be great to help us stock up some more. Thank you for hosting a great giveaway!

  129. Love this site! Hope to win!

  130. Thank you!!

  131. Lori Larsen says:

    I have been told that using Coconut oil in anything is much better for health reasons than anything else. I am willing to make the change! I’d appreciate the chance to win to try out the products. Thank you.

  132. I love tropical traditions, thanks for the giveaway!

  133. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil has tested as high as 62% for lauric acid!

  134. Didn’t know coconut oil had that long of a shelf life.

  135. I’ve learned that coconuts could be classified as a nut, fruit, and a vegetable. :)

  136. I love their products and this is a great giveaway. Thanks.

  137. I learned the different ways coconut oil is expressed and what they will taste like.

  138. Melissa Martin says:

    So glad to know you make a coconut oil that doesn’t taste like coconut!

  139. would love this..i’ve been using tropical traditions for the ‘non coconut flavored” oil, since i’m trying to convert hubby to using it more for cooking! i’ve been wanting to try the palm oil! also didn’t realize about the smoke points and combining oils! that’s good to know!

  140. I learned Coconut cream concentrate has no water in it and is pure coconut unlike coconut cream.

  141. Oh man, I would love to win. We go through coconut oil like it’s dessert. Oh wait, it is. ^__^

    As far as what I learned from their faqs is as far as the comparison between the Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil (EPCO) and the VCNO, the EPCO still has the medium chain fatty acids/tryglicerides (MCTs) that are the major reason for the nutrient benefits of coconut oil. These are what studies say increase metabolism, support the immune system, etc.

    This is why I eat 2 tablespoons a day, so I can raise my extremely low body temperature.

  142. Laura Flynn says:

    I love Tropical Traditions and would LOVE to win! I have 8 children and could use the help!

  143. I eat coconut oil every day, but I learned that I’m not eating enough of it!

  144. I love the fact then do things naturally and do not use the chemicals to extract the oil. I love the coconut oil and have it in my smoothies every morning and us it on my toast plus I use the shortening for my cooking and baking

  145. I learned that coconuts are a fruit, nut, and vegetable (oil)! I always thought they were a nut.

  146. I’ve never been very clear on the differences between coconut oil, butter, milk, and cream concentrate. Good to have that cleared up!

  147. Lynn Orr Correll says:

    I love the variety that Traditions carries and all the healthy options.

  148. I didn’t know that coconuts can be classified as a nut, fruit and vegetable.

  149. I was reading about the uses of coconut oil, and it mentioned adding it to tea. I have never tried this, though I’ve been adding it to lots of other things. Sounds yummy!

  150. Ambar de Mejia says:

    I need to take 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil! I need 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day! And, add 1 more for my husband! Whew! More than what I thought!

  151. i thought i knew a lot about coconut but… a vegetable? stands to reason a fruit or nut! anyway…learn something new every day. picked up a half dozen coconuts put out for trash(!!) pickup from a neighbor’s trees the other day. there were dozens i left behind. i told some friends today who also picked that “trash”! how wasteful people are! i love coconut any way, shape or form!

  152. What1? I never knew that they sold chicken and fish etc. I guess I just didn’t search too far.

  153. I would love to win this! Our family eats a LOT of coconut oil. :-)

  154. Michelle Leverette says:

    Coconut cream is about 70% fat. I had no idea!

  155. I will definitely have to make coconut milk. I had no idea it was so easy!

  156. I was surprised that the recommended amount is 3 1/2 Tbsp a day! Interesting.

  157. I’m impressed that the oil is inspected three times prior to packaging for retail sale. That’s commitment to quality!

  158. There’s such a thing as coconut flour?! and it’s sweet?! And gluten free?! I think I may have died and gone to heaven. I love sweet things, but I’m trying to be healthier (and at least closer to gluten-free). I did not know coconut oil was SO versatile. This sounds like it would be a fantastic thing to try!

  159. I learned that coconut oil does not need to be kept in the refrigerator… “In the Philippines and other tropical climates, where the ambiance air temperature is much higher than North America, people traditionally have not refrigerated coconut oil. Virgin Coconut oil is very stable since it is unrefined and mostly saturated. The expiration dates on our Virgin Coconut Oils are for two years, and on our Expeller-pressed coconut oils they are 18 months, but they will usually be fine much longer than the expiration dates. We do recommend you store the oil out of direct sunlight. In the tropics coconut oil is almost always a liquid, since it’s melting point is about 76 degrees F. In North America it will usually be a solid, butter-like consistency. It can be stored in either form.”
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope atyahoodotcom

  160. I did not know that the harvest of coconut palm sugar is not a sustainable practice.

    “The best coconut palm sugars are produced from the sap of the coconut tree by cutting off the coconut flower, which would normally form into a coconut. By sacrificing the coconut flower that would normally become a coconut, one is preventing the coconut palm from reproducing and is sacrificing coconut products in favor of the sap/sugar.”

  161. I would love to win, all of these products sound amazing!

  162. : ) Kate ( : says:

    It was interesting to read about the benefits of the coconut concentrate as well as the oil. Makes me want to go eat a spoonful before bed!

  163. I didn’t know the recommended asking coconut oil is 3.5 T !!

  164. I didn’t realize all the differences between the types of coconut oil.

  165. suzanne patterson says:

    I learned that the melting point is 76·

  166. Suzanne Patterson says:

    I had no idea coconut oil’s melting point is 76 degrees.

  167. I personally love the stability of the oil, and I am excited to try cooking with some coconut flour! There are many in my family with food allergies.

  168. I want to try the red palm oil

  169. Expeller pressed co is better if you don’t want your food to have a coconut flavor.

  170. I LOVE the Tropical Traditions page! I love ALL of the pages on your blog.

  171. I learned Coconut oil is not destroyed or changed chemically in anyway from its original form by using low heat. Cool.

  172. Maghann Budd says:

    It’s a myth that there are coconut oils that are ‘live’ and have seen ‘no heat’!!

  173. I love Tropical Traditions products and how they support small scale farmers.

  174. WOW!! Fantastic info on the T.T. FAQ page! I need to up my intake to 3.5 tbsp/day.

  175. I learned about what it means expeller pressed coconut oil
    Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is made from coconuts that have NOT been treated with chemicals or fertilizers.

  176. Gretchen Schlier says:

    Slight heating virgin coconut oil during processing helps to make sure moisture is not present and can actually make the oil have a higher level of antioxidants….Who knew?

  177. So many uses for coconut oil! You don’t have to put in refrigerator…. I want to win!!!!

  178. Our family has a lot of allergy/immune issues we are trying to resolve by switching to natural healthier choices…. thank you for all the info you share and hosting the Tropical Traditions giveaway!

    • Also, I love all the products I’ve seen on their website and wish I could try one of everything! Mostly wanting to try to add healthier oils like the coconut and palm to our diet right now. ;-)

  179. I saw the FAQ question asking if coconut oil is safe for pregnant women. I’m six months pregnant and it never occurred to me to ask! (whoops!) Good to know it is!

  180. I was reminded that Tropical Traditions is my favorite coconut oil company. I like that they use small sustainable farming methods instead of harsher chemical extraction

  181. I am amazed at how ‘clean’ their products are…. and how bad others are~ like using solvents and fragrance etc. It’s nice to find companies out there that still sell ‘real’ foods! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  182. I learned that coconut oil does not contain any Omega 3 fatty acids. Thank you for this giveaway, I would LOVE to win!

  183. I learned that the company started out small and isn’t owned by a big corporation, which I support wholeheartedly.

  184. I learned that 3.5 Tbsp. is the recommended daily intake of coconut oil but that it is best to start off by spreading it throughout the day. Good to know!

  185. i learned that 3.5 tbsp is the amount of coconut oil an adult should consume per day.

  186. They are a Christian company.

  187. Coconut cream contains approx. 70% coconut oil along with fibre, protein and naturally occurring sugar. I will now be trying out coconut cream!

  188. I learned about coconut flour! you can substitute 10 – 30% of your flour with coconut flour and then reduce your sweetener because it is naturally sweet!

  189. Love Tropical Traditions!!! Their oils are the best! Use their expeller pressed for frying/baking. They have great recipes – pie crust out of this world. Supplement with the gold label virgin oil. Make my own skin care products with their oil. Really helps increase your energy level. So healthy for so many ailments.

  190. We use their coconut oil and love it! I have read the book and was so impressed with the company and how they run it. Love them and would love to try some other items from them.

  191. I learned that expeller pressed coconut oil is made the old fashioned way- without chemicals. I love coconut oil. So many amazing uses.

  192. I learned coconut oil is not a source omega 3 fatty acids

  193. The many uses of coconut oil.

  194. I’m really impressed with their commitment to quality and learned a lot about the different types of coconut oil~ and which to buy if I don’t want it to taste like coconut :) I also like their expression of faith and knowing I am supporting a company that isn’t afraid to put it out there.

  195. im trying it on my legs now, with diabetic discoloration it seems to be helping a lot!

  196. I am so glad to see this giveaway. I have not been using coconut products for a long time but I live than and am doing my best to spread the word. When I went to the Tropical Traditions website today there was an article about babies with allergies having been born by caesarean section and how the flora from the mother’s intestinal tract doesn’t get to the baby when it’s born via c section. My tenth grandchild was born a week ago today ( stuborn breech) and I have been researching this topic. Low and behold there is an article on the tropical traditions website about this very subject. Thank you for all your helpful information Adrienne.

  197. Wonderful! I just bought the Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream, now looking for recipes to try. So many products I’d like to try. Would be great to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  198. The native farmers and their families harvest coconuts and make the oil by hand using a traditional method of grinding the coconut and separating the oil.

  199. I looked through Tropical Traditions FAQ and I learned that the harvest of coconut palm sugar is not a sustainable practice. That’s why they don’t sell it.

  200. I learned how much coconut oil is ideal for a person to take each day!

  201. I love reading about WHY they got into the business!

  202. Celena Thomas says:

    I love Tropical Traditions! This would be a great chance to try some of their other items.

  203. Celena Thomas says:

    I just learned about their chickens being raised on a special formula with no soy and Cocofeed.

  204. Lori Houston says:

    Coconut can be classified as a fruit, nut, and vegetable in it’s different forms.

  205. Hello, I can’t wait to try the palm oil for popcorn. Love my popcorn!

  206. There are no Omega 3 fatty acids in coconut oil.

  207. I learned that I can easily swap out butter for coconut oil in recipes to make it healthier!

  208. One thing I can say, is that the recipes look delicious! I learned:
    There are many uses of coconut oil and many ways to incorporate it into one’s diet. Since it is a stable cooking oil, one can simply replace unhealthy oils in their diet with coconut oil. Since it is a solid most of the time at room temperature or when refrigerated, it can be a butter or margarine substitute for spreads or for baking. Any recipe calling for butter, margarine, or any other oil can be substituted for coconut oil.

  209. Coconut oil is not a source of Omega 3 fatty acids

  210. It’s really important to be aware that coconut oil is considered a good and safe food for pregnant and lactating mothers! :)

  211. I learned they have the best coconut oil for the best prices anywhere!

  212. I was surprised to think that anyone would think coconut oil was a source of omega-3 day acids

  213. Love coconut oil! Would love to win this!

  214. I’d love to try this coconut oil! Hoping to win!

  215. I LOVE coconut oil. This would be an amazing giveaway to win!!

  216. I think it’s amazing that TT is a family business run by Christians! What an amazing company to support. :)

  217. I love that coconut oil is either liquid or solid and I can use it more than one way and it’s better than vegetable shortening and vegetable oil!

  218. Nancy Simmonds says:

    Just read from the Tropical Traditions’ FAQs that I should eat 3.5 T. Of coconut oil each day…I got pretty close to that today!

  219. I learned that the reason Tropical Traditions does not carry a coconut oil capsule, is you would need to take 49 of them to get the recommended daily dose! Oh my word!! Guess, I will stick to a scoop in my coffee and a scoop on my peanut butter toast! :)

  220. I can’t enter for the twitter one. :( I tried twittering a while ago, but it’s not for me! I’m more of a tweeker…hahaha… whatever that is… ;)

  221. I learned that an adult should consume 3.5 tbs of coconut oil per day.

  222. So excited to try some of these products you mentioned!!

  223. Love, love, love coconut oil!

  224. I haven’t tried this brand of coconut oil, but I would love to.

  225. I learned that expeller pressed coconut oil does not retain the coconut flavor, so perhaps I will get some expeller pressed the next time I order. DH is not fond of the coconut taste that accompanies the coconut oil I currently use.

  226. I knew coconut oil was great for you but I didn’t know that “The best comparison in nature as to the percentage of MCFAs being consumed in a diet is human breast milk.” WOW!!

  227. Coconut oil is 50% lauric acid. I didn’t realize it was that much. :)

  228. Lisa Lawton says:

    I really am interested in trying some of TT’s products–just need to get my hubby back to work!!
    :)

  229. Tammie Mathos says:

    I found everything on their website interesting and learned a lot.

  230. I didn’t know their coconut oil was handmade from fresh coconuts.

  231. My friend has been telling me about TT for the last year or so but I never made the time to check into them. I am amazed at what all they sell!! I had no idea they sold an alternative to toothpaste. I’ll be buying some of that and their insect repellent.

  232. Are there side effects from coconut oil….LOL. NOT!!

  233. I didn’t realize antioxidants increased with heating

  234. I loved reading about how their gold label coconut oil is hand crafted in small batches, the traditional way! Very neat!

  235. Trisha DeVelis says:

    I love that pregnant woman can take it and that it contains Lauric acid just like breast milk, but pregnant women need to be careful especially if they were not using it before becoming pregnant because their bodies are not use to it. Coconut Oil and all coconut products are the very best!! If ever I was addicted to something…it is coconut oil!!

  236. I learned that you should eat about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil daily to get all the good stuff from it.

  237. Hi Adrienne, thanks for the great giveaway!! I learned and love, that it’s produced in small batches by family farmers, and as they said, much like it’s been done for thousands of years. That’s pretty great that they are dedicated to keeping this tradition and helping the small farmer families.

  238. I had no idea that coconut could be used in so many different things.

  239. I love TT. I use the coconut cream concentrate to make yummy treats for my children.

  240. I learned about the gold label standard in processing the coconut oil very interesting and no chemical or other “bad” ingrediants!

  241. Coconut cream concentrate has fewer carbs than coconut milk :0 great for my low carb lifestyle

  242. I learned that a coconut can be classified as a nut, a fruit, and a vegetable!

  243. I’ve been ordering from Tropical Traditions for years! I’m still waiting for their Cocofeed to be available!

  244. I learned about their expiration dates!

  245. Danyelle Cotten says:

    I love coconut oil and use alot of it when I can,I would love to win some!I have been wanting to try oil pulling as well so this would come in at a great time

  246. Tropical traditions has so many great coconut products. I want to try them all!

  247. Danyelle Cotten says:

    Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is slightly heated at the end of the processing prior to packaging to ensure that no moisture is present, and to draw all the oil out of the curds (coconut solids) that are formed by the natural oil separation process

  248. It is better to eat coconuts from where they are grown. The ones in the store are not fresh, they have traveled several thousands of miles to us. A fresh coconut does not have a long shelf life. If you have allergys to mold, coconuts in stores may have mold. Eat the dried coconut instead.

  249. I didn’t realize that both human breast milk and coconut oil contained lauric acid! The things I learn when I read stuff… :)

  250. I learned that Tropical Traditions offers raw organic pet food and raw meat pet treats! definitely interested in these products!

  251. Wow…all this great information! I am still reading and reading and reading. I started out reading about EO’s to get ideas on what were the best. I am attending a seminar on YLO’s and heard from a friend about the controversy. She said they are good products, but don’t get caught up with the selling etc. I said I was just going to listen and see what this person has to say about EO. Not sure if this person is with YLO. I read all the parts of the oils and found myself linking to other things you suggested. Thanks for the info!