I have been reading about this fairly new product for a few months now and I finally noticed that my local grocery store chain Meijer had it on their shelves the other day. I thought to myself, what better time to try it than now? I purchased 2 containers of the Dairy, Gluten, Soy, Egg, and Nut Free Buttery Spread.
So here’s the skinny. We (my husband, 2 sons and myself) were not overly thrilled about the taste of the organic buttery spread on toast, bagels, steamed vegetables and popcorn. The reason being was because it tasted too much like coconut. Its main ingredient is “Virgin Coconut Oil” so the taste made sense but was not a favorite on the tested foods.
On the plus side, Organic Melt took my homemade buttercream frosting for my son’s recent birthday cake to a new level! It was AMAZING and the best tasting frosting I have ever made! My grandmother used to make me a homemade birthday cake when I was a kid with creamy homemade frosting that she topped off with toasted coconut. This recipe brings back those wonderful memories of enjoying my birthdays, surrounded by my entire family, as a young child. A REAL WINNER! My boys and husband raved about the delicate taste, not too sweet but creamy with a subtle hit of coconut flavor. Plus it is heart-healthy too!
This product is a vegan, gluten free, soy free and a nut free alternative to standard cow’s milk butter and margarines. The virgin coconut oil is a stable saturated fat and a fruit-based source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) according to Melt’s website http://www.meltorganic.com/our-products/rich-creamy-melt/. I definitely recommend using this product in a baking capacity.
Here is my buttercream frosting recipe which is delicious on cupcakes, cakes, brownies, etc. Enjoy!
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
Yields: 2 1/2 Cups
1 Cup Melt Organic Rich & Creamy
1/2 Cup Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening
1 1/2 tsp Good Quality Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Organic Soymilk
2 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the margarine, shortening, soy milk, vanilla until well incorporated. Slowly add the confectioner’s sugar and mix on low for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for 4-6 minutes until light and fluffy. Feel free to add more sugar to taste as some recipes call for up to 3 cups of sugar. I think 2 1/2 cups are sufficient and taste delicious! ~Erika