I decided to do a taste test comparison on 2 different brands that offer the coconut butter or coconut cream concentrate products, just to see if there would be a difference in what I felt, was a pretty straight forward product. (Not a lot of room for differences, or so I thought.)
The 2 brands that I compared are Mara Natha’s Coconut Butter and Tropical Traditions’ Coconut Cream Concentrate. The Mara Natha brand is “all natural” and the Tropical Traditions brand is organic.
To make the test fair, I did the exact same thing with each product before drinking it. I used 1/2 cup hot water each, in 2 separate mugs, then added about 1 Tblsp each coconut products, to both mugs. I stirred thoroughly with each, and then did my taste test.
One of the first things that I noticed, was that the Mara Natha brand had a strong off flavor to it. I am not sure what the flavor was or what it was from (The coconuts themselves, or part of the processing of the product?) but I know that I did not like it. It also had a heavier flavor than the Tropical Traditions brand, but overall was not too bad. I would give that product a 3 for making coconut drinks with.
The Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate had a lighter flavor overall, and no bad aftertaste. I would give this brand a 5, as it tasted creamier, and I would only use this brand for making coconut drinks with now. I will probably use this in other dishes now too, since I really like the flavor of it.
In this picture, the Mara Natha brand is on the left, and the Tropical Traditions is on the right.
***Note – I was NOT paid, nor compensated in any way, shape, or form to review this product. I purchased these products with my husband’s hard earned money, and always strive to find the best tasting, and healthiest products available to our family.