Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tropical Traditions Coconut Flakes - Review & Giveaway!

***This giveaway is closed.***
Winner: Jennifer

I hope you like coconut! Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me a GIANT bucket of their Organic Coconut Flakes to try out. I'm talking about 2 lbs of fluffy flaked coconut here!The coconut is dessicated, so 2 lbs is a lot! I can't wait to use it in lots of things from curries to cookies and bars. It comes in a 1 gallon pail that I admit I had a little trouble opening. It has a break-off tab, and you peel off a strip, and then bend back the tabs to open. But the tab that you pull the strip with broke off completely... Thanks to sharp scissors and determination, I did get it open. To close it I had to kneel on it! That tells you just how strong the seal is! I am sure that with more openings and closings it will become easier to do. Sometimes you just have to put your back into baking!

This arrived with perfect timing for that last minute holiday baking. But I've done a lot of that - I decided to make Oatmeal Energy Bars. I got the recipe from my Canadian Living Baking Book(which I recommend - lots of great recipes), but you can also find it here, at the Canadian Living website. (Of course, there are loads of recipes on the Tropical Traditions blog too - just search for "coconut flakes"!) And although I was planning for these to be lunch treats for my husband to take to work, they are so pretty and tasty that they're going in the holiday tins, too, cut small into bite-size pieces.Check out that big bucket of gorgeous coconut! I also used Tropical Traditions Organic Thick Rolled Oats in this recipe (you can read my previous review of those here). The coconut smelled wonderful as soon as I got that lid off. It's crispy and fresh-smelling. I like flakes better than shredded, because to me shredded coconut has a sawdusty texture. I'm weird, I know.I didn't have apricots for the recipe, so I substituted raisins. I would have used dates, only someone (okay, it's my husband) doesn't like them. Bah. And slivered almonds? I only had whole. So I whizzed them in my mini food processor to chop them up. You could really substitute anything for the dried fruits and nuts in this bar. I love dried cranberries, so those go in for sure! But you could go for variety by adding anything from desserty options like chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to pepitas and goji berries.

And here's what you do when the recipe calls for a 9x13" pan, but your 9x13" pan is in the fridge, full of a cashew and eggplant casserole - line a bigger pan with parchment paper, fold up an edge to approximate a 9x13"-ish size, and fill the rest of the pan with your pie weights (we use beans). Looks funny, works great.
Look how they turned out! Yum! If you wanted to get fancy, you could drizzle them with melted white chocolate or that "yogurt" coating stuff (aka partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, whey powder, yogurt powder and sugar... not healthy at all).

Tropical Traditions has generously offered one of my readers the chance to try the Organic Coconut Flakes for free!

The giveaway:
A 2 lb pail of Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flakes!


How to enter: Head over to Tropical Traditions and let me know one other thing you'd like to try, OR one thing that you learned there. Make sure I've got a way to contact you if you're the winner!

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Please be sure to include your email address if it’s not public in your blogger profile! Anonymous comments without a way to contact you will be rejected. Canadian or US mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends January 6th at 11:59 EST. A winner will be drawn the next day, announced here, in a separate post and emailed!

Prize will be shipped by sponsor. Note for Canadian entrants: Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway. (FYI - it's unlikely to have a charge, being well under the $60 that incurs duty charges. There was no extra charge on my shipment, which came to Canada quickly and packaged well.)

I received the product to review, but was not otherwise compensated for this review.

148 comments:

  1. would love to try their organic lip moisturizers....
    btw I LOVE coconut.

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  4. I"ll probably make Magic Cookie bars


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  5. I would love to try their Powdered Laundry Detergent.

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  6. I follow GFC publicly (and my email is public) #1

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  8. I'll either make some Nanaimo bars... or my FIL's chocolate macaroon drop cookies.

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  9. I would love to try the Rapunzel Organic Bittersweet Dark Swiss Chocolate! Thanks so much!
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  12. I would love to try the Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
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  18. I'd also love to try the natural deodorants.
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  26. I'd love to try their massage oils!

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  31. I'd love to try some yummy curry with these!

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  32. I'd love to try their Tea Tree Liquid Soap!
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  36. First thing I'd make is classic Coconut Macaroons!
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  37. I'd love to try the Organic Sun dried Tomatoes.
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  43. I think I'd make the Black and White Toasted Coconut Fudge first.

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  44. I would like to try the organic palm oil

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  45. I subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter and I love it! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  49. I think I would make the Thai coconut curry recipe if i won the coconut! Or maybe the coconut shrimp, or the coconutty granola, or the coconut pancakes....so many recipes so little time! ;D

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  51. I would love to make Banana Coconut Cake Recipe.

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  52. I'd like to try their peanut butter. Thanks!!
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  55. gfc follower already #1 :) Happy holidays!!

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  56. Hmm...if I won I'd like to try to make coconut macaroons - my hubby's favorites!

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  57. I learned that most of the chickens out there are fed soy, but Tropical Traditions offers healthy soy free eggs!

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  59. I would love to try coconut cream concentrate. It sounds tasty!

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  61. I follow tropical traditions on twitter. I'm bash147

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  63. If I win these I am going to make some cookies with big old coconut chips in it.

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  64. I'd like to try their Organic Chocolate!

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  68. If I won this, I'd first make macaroons!

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  69. I'd love to try the Himalayan Pink Salt

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  71. I'd probably be digging out an old recipe for a coconut cake that my mom made when we were kids & making it first!

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  72. one other thing I would love to try would be the organic moisturizing creams.

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  79. I will be making Coquito which is a puerto rican eggnog like alcohol drink

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  80. We love to try out different maple syrups so I'd love to try their Organic Maple Syrup!

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  83. I would like to try the unscented moisturizing cream.

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  84. I would like to try their coconut peanut butter.
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  86. I would try the chocolate coconut smoothie recipe first.
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  87. I've heard the organic palm shortening makes good piecrust!

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  88. I'd use it to make coconut cream pie!
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  89. I would also like to try the teeth cleaner
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  98. I want to make some macaroons :)
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  99. I would also like to try the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
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  104. If I win I plan on making a coconut cake!
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  105. I'd like to try the Coconut Flour.

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  112. I would make a coconut cream pie.

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  113. I would love to try the Liquid Dish Soap.

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  119. I would make a candy called Church Windows.

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  120. I have been wanting to get some of their organic flours - my resolution is to do more bread baking this year.
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  124. I would love to make a coconut layer cake, but think your Energy Bars look pretty good too.
    And big thanks for the tip re: the wrong size pan. GENIUS!
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  125. I would love to try the Organic honey suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  130. I'd love to try the shampoo bar

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  137. I'd love to make this: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2011/1/3/coconut-almond-cups

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