Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review / Giveaway


One of the great things about reviewing and giving away products here at Frugal Follies is that I get the chance to try things that I might not otherwise!  For instance, I've heard great things about coconut oil (not to mention the health benefits), but I had never gotten around to giving it a try.

So I was really excited when Tropical Traditions offered to let me try their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  Here's a video that explains more about coconut oil:








Still unsure what coconut oil is?  Check out this post on What Is Virgin Coconut Oil? to learn more.  If you'd like to learn more about the health benefits of coconut oil, check coconutoil.com.

I wasn't sure what to make with the coconut oil.  Luckily, I was able to find lots of great recipes using coconut oil by doing a search.  Here's what I ended up making!

CHOCOLATE EGG GRANOLA BARS
Based on a recipe from Heavenly Homemakers

1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup Reese's Chocolate Easter Eggs (about 6), chopped finely

Line an 8x8 baking pan with wax paper.  Spread the butter on the top of the wax paper.

In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil.  Cook over medium-low heat until melted and well combined.  Remove from heat.  Add the oats and mix until the oats are covered.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then add the chocolate eggs.

Using a spatula, spread the mixture into the 8x8 pan.  Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until solid.  Remove wax paper and cut into squares.

Makes 16 granola bar squares.
They were delicious!  I loved how the coconut oil gave the granola bars a faint coconut taste without having to add coconut itself.

The Tropical Traditions website also has information on how to use coconut oil.  There are lots of great ideas there - not only can it be used for baking and frying, but it can also be used to make your own mayonnaise, salad dressings, and even ketchup!  I will definitely be trying these recipes soon.

If you'd rather watch videos (I love to watch cooking videos!), check out this video on how to use coconut oil from the Tropical Traditions YouTube channel.

Are you interested in trying Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil?  Before purchasing, you might want to learn more about buying coconut oil.  If you choose to purchase from Tropical Traditions, you can order 1 pint (16 oz) of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil or 1 quart (32 oz) of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from their website. 

Or would you like to try it for free?

Frugal Follies is sponsoring a giveaway for 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older. This giveaway will end on Friday, July 13th, at 12:01 am Eastern time.  If you are the winner, I will contact you shortly thereafter, and you will have 72 hours to respond.  If you do not respond within that time, your entry will be  declared invalid and a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook. If you are a Canadian resident, Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge for your prize.



a Rafflecopter giveaway


(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. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)

104 comments:

Vesper June 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM  

I would like to win so I can use it in some Chinese/Thai cooking
meiklesurvey@gmail.com

Anonymous,  June 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM  

I enjoy cooking and this would DEFINATELY come in handy.

Love3570@aol.com

Miss Sarah June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM  

I'm finding how good (and easy) it is to use coconut oil in my baking and cooking, and I'd love to have some of the TT Virgin Coconut Oil to use as well as the cheaper stuff I have now.

Thanks for the giveaway!
pennies.points.prizes at gmail dot com

Cindy Merrill,  June 13, 2012 at 3:38 AM  

Would really like to try this- would be delicious, I'm sure.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM  

I have been wanting to try some recipes using coconut oil. julierupert@gmail.com

Kathlean Owens June 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

I saw on Dr. Oz that Coconut Oil has anti fungal properties and I need it, but don't want to say what for! :o)

Angela June 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

love coconut oil--replaces butter in my recipes, when i can afford it!

Anonymous,  June 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

i would like to win because there are so many uses for pure coconut oil
glori johnson
gloria4869@yahoo.com

jopb June 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM  

I want to try an alternative to other oils and butter. hwb277@hotmail.com

Emily June 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM  

It's neat to have a product that's good for both cooking and beauty!

Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM  

I keep hearing about this oil but haven't tried it yet. this giveaway would give me a chance to try it before I buy it.

Lane Mahnke June 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM  

I'd like to win because I've been looking for healthier alternatives to frying with oil, and I think this is just what I've been looking for.

409cope June 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

I would love to try this coconut oil as I have heard that it is very healthy and aids in weight loss.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

MamaHunfy June 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

I'd love to win because i'm an avid coconut oil user!

hun423 at hotmail.com

polly June 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

i would love to win because i have never tried cooking with coconut oil before
pkeintz@gmail.com

Katie Short June 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM  

I'd like to win because I make all natural soap and detergent products, and coconut oil makes luxurious bar soap!

Marthalynn June 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM  

We use coconut oil for pretty much all of our cooking, so this would be great for us!

Christine June 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

I want to try coconut oil because I have been hearing all sorts of good things about it!


Christine

Ttrockwood@yahoo.com,  June 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM  

I love how much flavor this oil has and how natural and unprocessed it is!

judithelenore June 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

I have been trying to switch my family over to using more coconut oil, because it is healthier to use when cooking at high temperatures. So, i would love to win some to get us started.

Sarah Rainwater June 23, 2012 at 2:52 AM  

I want to win because there is this pumpkin coconut muffin recipe that calls for this and i want to make them.

wallindeb June 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM  

I want to win because I have heard how healthy and beneficial coconut oil is.

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ June 24, 2012 at 5:10 AM  

I love cooking with coconut oil - healthy with a light flavor
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

judy gregory,  June 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM  

because i have the dryest, most sensitive skin on the planet

Stephanie H. June 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM  

I would like to win because I love using good quality coconut oil because it is healthier. But I can not afford to get it on my food stamps

lpninpain at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  June 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM  

I love to try coconut oil

tiggerperrine at gmail dot com

mindomatter76 June 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM  

I would really like to win this so I can try it out! I keep seeing giveaways for this product,and really want to try it!
mindomatter76@gmail.com

Christina July 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM  

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'd like to win because I've never used this and would love to give it a try!

Karmakaytlyn July 4, 2012 at 6:58 PM  

I would like to win because coconut oil is the only oil I feel comfortable cooking with and I am quickly running out!

Marianna July 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM  

I want to win because I've never tried coconut oil but I want to!
Marianna

Milly,  July 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM  

I've heard great things about Tropical Traditions' coconut oil and I'd love to give it a try. I'm especially hoping for the breastfeeding benefits.
millybry at gmail dot com

Sue D July 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM  

I have just started learning how to use coconut oil and would love to have more to experiment with.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Kylie July 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM  

My family is working on switching to coconut oil from vegetable and canola oil since it so much better for you! Thank you for a lovely giveaway! Kylie Carlson

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy July 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM  

I love using coconut oil. Since it's summer, I like to cook the diced chicken breast in the coconut oil for salads. It gives the chicken a yummy flavor that is great in salads.

Brenna Rogers July 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM  

Just used this to sooth my skin after a sunburn! Love itt!!! brogers1026/at/hotmail.com

Haley July 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

I'd love to win because I LOVE coconut oil! I use it in my skin, hair, stir fries, cookies! EVERYTHING! I am heading to college and coconut oil is on my "must bring" list!

kelley roach,  July 9, 2012 at 2:39 AM  

i would love to use it on my hair

klr89@cornell.edu

Nancy July 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM  

I'd like to win because coconut oil has so many healthy uses!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

InezbyDesign July 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM  

Forgot my name & email on my last comment.

Love TT & their coconut oil.
InezbyDesign
designs345@gmail.com

Kathy,  July 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM  

Have been wanting to try this brand. Would love to win.
Kathy

Kim July 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM  

I would like to win because we've been using this as a moisturizer as well as for cooking, and it is nice to have extra around.

Jen July 10, 2012 at 6:12 AM  

I use coconut oil in everything! Would love to win this to bake with :)

jen.leach@gmail.com

Nicole July 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM  

we use coconut oil for so much! Love adding it to my oatmeal in the am.

Courtney Tucker July 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM  

My favorite way to use coconut oil is in skincare products such as cold process soaps and body butters, body melts so, I would like to win to make more!
: )

CAJUNMAN12 July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM  

I'd like to win because coconut oil is healthier for me
Damian Jarreau

irenec July 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM  

I'd love to try it for the flavor and the health benefits. irene.cypher20@gmail.com

truwinner July 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

would use it for everything, cooking, beauty etc..

truwinner@gmail.com

LeahB July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM  

I'd love to win because I've always wanted to try Tropical Traditions products!

Alexa July 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

i'd like to win this coconut oil because not only is it great for cooking, it's also great for ur hair.

Alexa July 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM  

oops forgot my rafflecopter name and email

Alexa Brown
oyinayo@hotmail.com

Bonni July 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

I would really love to win this...I have heard great things about using coconut oil on your hair...anyone try it?

Missy L July 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM  

I'd like to win because I've never tried this product before.

mlynnh5 at gmail dot com

Missy Lynnh

Stefani K,  July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM  

I use a lot of coconut oil in the sundries I make. It'd be great to use such a high quality oil in them.

susansmoaks July 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM  

i have heard that coconut oil is good for memory, will use this to cook my veggies
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Stacy July 12, 2012 at 5:56 AM  

I would like to win because I do a lot of baking and would like to try it in place of vegetable oil. Plus, I would like to try it in my stir-fry veggies.

Cindy Merrill,  July 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM  

Tried cooking with coconut oil a few times with great results.

Denise,  July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM  

I have heard great things about it, and would love to try it.

Amanda Starr July 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

I LOVE coconut oil. I use it to cook all the time!

scott _ amanda 11 at hotmail dot com

Fangirl Jen July 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM  

I have heard a lot about the benefits of coconut oil. I'm interested in trying it out. Adventures in dining!

Jessica Anderson July 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM  

I would love to win this to cook with and to use for beauty purposes.

jessicabanks1721@yahoo.com

Melissa July 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM  

I want to win because I love coconut oil.
lisa.blogs2 at gmail dot com

Gaines7 July 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I want to win because of the health benefits of coconut oil.
gainessimmons@aol.com

Renee G July 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM  

I'd love to win so I could try stir-fry with this product.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Anonymous,  July 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM  

I want to win because I want to try something new.

Sasha Dang

china769@hotmail.com

Trisha McKee July 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM  

I would love to win this because there are so many uses for it!

Trisha Ridinger McKee
trishannemckee at gmail dot com
tridingermckee at gmail dot com

carol lewis,  July 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM  

Would love to try this healthy oil and it sounds so tasty, as I love coconut!
spcale at yahoo dot com
carol lewis

laurasloves July 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM  

I would love to win this as I using cooking oil in so many of my recipes. Coconut Oil is so much healthier for you and it would be so much fun to see how all of my favorites taste using it.
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  July 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

I would like to win because I use this stuff all the time!! <3 brogers1026/at/hotmail.com

Beatriz July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

we love coconut oil to cook with and for diaper cream :) beatriz bry 2 @ aol dot com

Anonymous,  July 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM  

I'd like to try this because I'm seeing it an awful lot online lately.

Tim Moss, yupbucket@hotmail.com

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