So where do you get coconut sugar? Although coconut sugar has been gaining popularity, it is not readily available in your local grocery stores unfortunately. You can check in your local Asian grocery stores or other natural food stores (whole foods) to see if they carry it. Fortunately coconut sugar is readily available on the Internet.
Coconut sugar can vary in color. It's color can be as light as creamy beige to as dark as rich caramel brown. It also comes in various forms from soft and gooey to rock hard depending on how long the sap or "toddy" was placed under heat. Degree of sweetness can vary too. Coconut sugar is not highly processed like regular sugar and as a result the color, sweetness and flavor may vary from box to box. Much also depends on the type of coconut tree, the time of year it was harvested and the way the toddy was placed under heat to evaporate the moisture.
Here are some of them:
|Sweet Tree Organic Coconut Palm Sugar comes in unrefined form. It is also has a USDA certified organic seal on the packaging and the company claims to be the first coconut sugar manufacturer to obtain organic certification. The packaging comes in 16-ounce pouches and you can purchase it from Amazon.com in packs of six (6).
Sweet tree is a brand that was started by Ben & Blair Ripple of Big Tree Farms and Frederick Schilling of Dagoba Organic Chocolate. Although their website said that their coconut sugar was made from coconut sugar, we wanted to be sure so we emailed the company. We got an email back from Frederick Schilling himself and he confirmed that their coconut sugar made from coconut.
Sweet tree brand also make and sell different coconut based products such as coconut nectar, coconut water, and many more.
You can view Amazon.com customer reviews for Sweet Tree's organic coconut palm sugar (if available).
Organic Sweet Tooth Coconut Palm Sugar from Navitas Naturals also comes in raw form. It also bears the USDA certified organic seal on its packaging. The packaging comes in 16 oz resealable bag. You can view the nutrition panel of Navitas Coconut Sugar
Their website states that it is from coconut palm trees, 100% organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and sustainably grown. We wanted to make sure so we sent them an email and they confirmed that it is made from 100% coconut.
Navitas Naturals also makes a lot of organic products (not just coconut based).
You can view Amazon.com customer reviews for Navitas Naturals Sweet Tooth Palm sugar (if available).
Coconut Crystals from Coconut Secrets company. This comes in raw, unbleached and unrefined coconut crystals. The packaging comes in 12 oz cans. The company claims that their coconuts were grown WITHOUT chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. It is also Non-GMO verified and although not yet officially fair trade certified, they are practicing and exceeding fair trade parameters. The packaging also states that it is made from 100% coconut which is very important. They are not USDA organic certified but have a pending organic certification with the USDA.
They also make and sell other coconut based products, Coconut Aminos, Coconut Vinegar, Coconut Nectar and Coconut Flour. 3 out of the 5 have Organic USDA certifications. Only their coconut nectar and their coconut nectar are waiting for their last stage of organic documentation.
You can view Amazon.com customer reviews for Coconut Secret's Coconut Crystals (if available).
Palm Flower Coconut Sugar from Essential Living also comes in unrefined form. The packaging comes in 8 oz bags. We did not add this product originally here because We couldn't find any markings on the packaging or from their website that it is made from 100% coconut. So we emailed the company and made an inquiry whether it was 100% made from coconut. We cited concerns over some reports of some companies that mix coconut sugar with regular sugar and they responded that they too have heard those reports but they do not mix anything on their product and that its 100% organic coconut sugar.
You can view Amazon.com customer reviews for Essential Living's Palm Flower Coconut Sugar (if available).
There are other available brands but we cannot more information about them specifically if they have 100% coconut sugar (from coconut) in the packaging itself or on their website. In the course of our research, we found out that some manufacturers mix in regular cane sugar to improve its sweetness. Whether this is true or not is still unknown. Although palm sugars are also natural, they do not have the same health benefits as coconut sugar. The study of the glycemic index of coconut sugar that was done by the Philippine Food and Nutrition Institute was on coconut palm sugar only. For this reason, we only display items here that have 100% coconut sugar displayed on the packaging or if it says so on the website. As we learn more about the other brands as well as the brands listed here, we will update this blog.