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.
I don't know about your pantry but mine is filled with a few different oils: grapeseed, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, unrefined peanut oil, and toasted sesame oil to name some. Historically, olive oil was my go-to oil but I find that olive oil is slowly giving way to virgin coconut oil. So I was pumped when I received quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions to review.
First off, it is nice being able to purchase coconut oil in a size larger than a pint (the size virgin coconut oil is available to me locally). When I opened the jar, my nose filled with a lovely coconut aroma, a bit stronger that other brands I have used. Although the oil was solid at room temperature (it is late spring here and my home was about 70 Degrees F) it was a bit softer than the other brand I have in my pantry.
The main reason I have unrefined peanut oil is for making stove-top popcorn. However, I remember the days before coconut oil was deemed a "bad fat", when popcorn was made with coconut oil....yummy! So, I decided to try this brand of coconut oil by making.....
I used the Perfect Popcorn recipe from Simply Recipes, substituting Tropical Traditions Gold Label oil for the oils listed. It turned out fabulously! High smoke point, fluffy popcorn, awesome flavor (no butter needed)! I also made a simple stir fry for dinner and used this oil with amazing results!
Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is wonderful and I would recommend you give it a try. From now until June 1, 2012, I am raffling off one quart jar. You can find out how to participate here!