Friday Finds: A Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway!

by Maggie on March 12, 2010

If you have yet to buy some coconut oil for baking, you must do so NOW.

Or you can enter my first giveaway and win a jar!

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am not a coconut fan.  Especially the shredded coconut variety.  And don’t bother buying me a pina colada.  Yuck.

However, I have really grown to love baking with coconut oil.  I even like the faint taste that is the result in my baked goods.

I have been baking with coconut oil for about 8 months now, and I don’t know what I’d do without it.  There are nutritional benefits to using coconut oil in your cooking and baking.  Heck, you can even use it to treat your hair (Go Jenny).

Coconut oil is a good fat!  Kind of like avocados.

I try to avoid processed foods in my baking and in our cooking.  I use Earth Balance here and there but I am much happier relying on things like coconut oil and other simple oils.

I first discovered Tropical Traditions on twitter.  They were offering bloggers free product and a giveaway so I totally took them up on their offer!  They sent me a 32 ounce jar of their Gold Label Coconut Oil and have generously offered to send one of my readers a 32 ounce jar as well.

I really like the Tropical Traditions oil.  I used it in a yummy cookie that I made yesterday (I will share it next week) and in my cinnamon apple coffee cake recipe.  I did notice that it has a smell to it, but apparently that’s a good thing when it’s coconut oil!  I like that it comes in a glass jar – less plastic!  Like all coconut oils, you need to melt it first (the Babycakes cookbook fails to mention this…woops).

Here’s how you can enter the giveaway (I’m trying to keep it simple):

First, you must subscribe to their email newsletter in order to enter the giveaway (they don’t share any of your information and in my dealings with them have been fantastic).

Click here to subscribe.

Second, you must leave a comment telling me why you want to win and what you would do with your coconut oil (keep it clean people!).  Make sure you also mention that you subscribed to the newsletter.

The contest lasts until Monday, March 15th, 2010 at midnight night.

A winner will be randomly selected with the help of

I will notify the winner via email.

In case you’re interested, you can become a Fan of the Tropical Traditions’ Facebook page and follow them on Twitter
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.

Note for Canadian contestants: 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.  THAT SAID, I paid no duties or extra charges for my coconut oil.

P.S. This is my first giveaway so please let me know what you think!  I want to make this freebie thing easy for you.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle March 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

I have been wanting to try coconut oil for a few months now but because I am trying to save money I never buy it. I am always worried that I wont like it and it will be a waste of money. I would LOVE to get a free jar to try it out.


Kerri Foster Roberts March 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

I want to win because I’ve recently become a COCONUT OIL CONVERT!!!! I love it! It’s my favourite in buttercream icing and on popcorn. If I won, I would make a huge bowl of popcorn for my kiddos to celebrate….and then I want to make a batch of lip butter with it…Mmmmm!


Danielle March 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I just subscribed to the tropical traditions site because I would LOVE to have a free bottle of coconut oil! I’m a recent gluten-free/vegan baking convert (so glad i found your blog) and haven’t had enough cash yet to purchase everything you need to bake vegan and gluten-free. I’ve started reading a lot of vegan cookbooks and they all say coconut oil is the way to go!


Alana Callan March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Have never thought of baking with coconut oil but I love the flavour of coconut and think it would complement a lot of the types of baking I do – especially with chocolate and vanilla.

Very neat idea for a giveaway!!


Kai March 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I love coconut oil and if I win, plan to use this for EVERYTHING! From hair care, to body moisturizer and more recently started consuming it. I can’t wait to give this brand a try. I am also signed up for their newsletter!


Michele P. March 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I am already an email subscriber of their newsletter. I would love to make desserts and smoothies using this oil, it looks good (we LOVE coconuts, hubby is from Guatemala and might enjoy this oil very much!)


Kat March 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I would love to win because I’m addicted to a few recipes that use coconut oil (fudge, peppermint patties, coconut muffins) and I’m spending way too much money on the stuff! I would probably use this coconut oil for the fudge I make because you say it has a noticeable coconut flavor.

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.


Annie March 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter because I would really love to be the ever so lucky winner of a free 32 ounce jar of delicious coconut oil. I myself am a huge fan of everything coconut. I drink coconut water, buy coconut flavoured (all natural of course) lip balm and macaroons are my fav. I already use coconut oil but would love to try out this brand. If I win I will use the oil in gluten free baking (recipes courtesy of She Let Them Eat Cake!) but also as a supplement for my babe, Quincy (helps with dry skin and digestion as well as being awesome in baked goods). Let the best baker win! 😀


Rachel March 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

I just subscribed to the newsletter, and would love to win so I can continue my habit of toast with coconut oil, and stevia cinnamon mix sprinkled on top!


Anna March 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I’ve never used coconut oil, but I’ve been hearing so much about it lately – on blogs and from friends! I’m fascinated by the fact that it can be a substitute for butter (in my favorite chocolate chunk cookie recipe!) or for canola oil (when sauteing my favorite sea scallops!). Also, I just subscribed to the newsletter. Thanks for offering this giveaway!


jeff macklin March 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Coconut is one of my favorite foods evah! Even as a kids, coconut macaroons made me swoon. These days, being a full time dad, and not wanting to fill my kids with package baked goods, both my wife and i are always making cookies and muffins for lunches. Baking with coconut oil just makes sense.


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