This blog is a super big deal, because it’s about the first samples I’ve ever been sent to review as a blogger!
I received a package from Tropical Traditions the other day and I literally squealed when the FedEx guy came to the door. He looked at me like I was a freak, but that’s okay. I didn’t mind. 🙂
The box. So cool!
Inside the box were the following two products…
Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter and Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate. Yay!! I was so, so excited. I’ve heard a lot about the PB and was very anxious to try it, and I wondered how the Cream Concentrate would compare to Artisana’s Coconut Butter. I immediately dug into both containers and… yeah. I was one happy girl. 🙂
**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.**
First up, the Coconut Peanut Butter:
The information posted on their site:
“Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter is made from organic peanuts and organic coconut. Two ingredients: nothing else! No fillers, no binders, no sweeteners, and no preservatives. The peanuts are 100% organic Valencia peanuts grown organically by family farmers in New Mexico and Texas. Grown in the dry climate of the southwestern United States, these peanuts are certified organic and free from aflatoxins. The dried coconut is certified organic coconut meat from the Philippines from coconuts that are grown with no fertilizers or pesticides. This premium dried coconut contains no additives or preservatives, and is not sweetened. Unlike most dried coconut on the market, our dried coconut products are not treated with sulfites to keep them white. Together, these premium organic roasted peanuts and the premium organic dried coconut are ground together to make a delicious and nutritious spread!”
First off, let me say how much I LOVE that it the peanuts are from a family-owned farm. I think that is so cool and I try to support local farmers as much as possible. I also absolutely love the fact that it’s 100% organic with no preservatives, fertilizers, sulfites, pesticides or sugar. That is beyond cool, and I have huge amounts of respect for companies like that.
Taste: It’s really yummy! In my opinion the coconut flavor isn’t strong enough; it mostly tastes like peanut butter, but it’s still very good. I like the hint of coconut in it, but I wish it was more evident.
Consistency: I think it’s closer to coconut peanut sauce, because the consistency is very thin. It dribbles off the spoon and I have to do the whole “1… 2… 3!” thing before I move it from over the jar to my mouth a bowl. I don’t mind it though. The jar says not to refrigerate it, but I broke the rules and put it in the fridge tonight. I’ll let you know what it’s like tomorrow. 🙂
Value: Right now it’s on sale for $9.99, which is probably worth the price, but normally it’s $14.99, which is kind of expensive. It’s a good deal when you take into consideration that everything is organic, but that may or may not help you justify spending the money.
Overall: I wanted SO badly to love this, but to be honest, I was a little disappointed. I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things about it and I was hoping it would live up to that, but that wasn’t the case for me. It’s definitely good, but do I love it? No. Would I personally buy it? Probably not. Your average jar of natural peanut butter costs $2-$4, and I think it’d be easier and more cost effective to just stir in some coconut oil/butter yourself. Also, the coconut flavor would probably be stronger and if you’re like me, that’s a plus. 🙂
There you have it, folks. My review on Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter. Keep in mind that my opinion may be COMPLETELY different from yours, so if you’re desperate to try it, then give it a shot. I looove coconut, and that could be why I wanted more of the taste. You, however, may not be as obsessive as I am, so it may be the perfect balance. I’d love to hear your thoughts and how they differ from mine, so please come back to my blog and let me know!
By the way, Tropical Traditions also has a super cool program going on. If you place an order, during check-out select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter this code: 6008630 You’ll get a free book about coconut oil which includes information, stories and a ton of ways to incoporate it into your diet. Pretty spiffy, eh? 😉
Next up: my review of Tropical Traditions’ Coconut Cream Concentrate. It’s gonna be a good one, so don’t miss it! 🙂
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried any of Tropical Traditions’ products? What do you think? Which is your favorite?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. I apologize again for my crazy messy thoughts. It’s 1:30 AM, so I’m having a hard time organizing everything, choosing good, descriptive words, etc. So, yeah. Good night. 🙂