Review: Innocent and Vita Coco coconut water

Battle of the Coconut Waters – Innocent vs Vita Coco

This is the ultimate battle of the brand leaders of the coconut water –

Innocent  vs Vita Coco.

Review: Innocent and Vita Coco coconut water
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Which will win?

Disclosure:

The Innocent coconut water was sent for me to try.  However I purchased the Vita Coco version out of my own pocket.

Coconut water has become the staple beverage for healthy eaters for a few years now. It’s increase in popularity has sprouted a number of companies, all claiming their water is the best.

Coconut water boasts many attributes – it is a source of potassium, which contributes to healthy muscle function, and there are claims that it aids hydration – although I would suggest that most drinks aid hydration, but I won’t split hairs.

But, is there any real difference between one brand of coconut water and another?  Isn’t 1 glass of coconut water pretty much the same as another glass of coconut water? Now it’s time to get to grips with these 2 leading brands of coconut water, and find out – let the battle commence.

 

Innocent Coconut Water
Innocent Coconut Water

Innocence

Source: Thailand

Contents: 100% pure coconut water, from 4.5 coconuts

Shelf life after opening: 2 days

Taste: Nice, clean refreshing taste.

Comments: It is definitely worth adhering to the shelf life date, as I detected a slight bitter aftertaste after the 3rd day of opening.

Price: 1L carton £3.69 (Ocado)

Rating: 4/5

Brownie points: 10% of Innocent’s profits goes to charity.

 

Vita Coco

Vita Coco natural coconut water
Natural coconut water

 

Source:

Contents: 99% coconut water, 1% fruit sugar, vitamin C

Shelf life after opening:

Taste: Like Innocent, a nice, clean refreshing taste, but with a sweet aftertaste.

Comments: This is slightly sweeter than the Innocent brand, however after 3 days, I didn’t detect a bitter after taste.

Price: 1L carton £3.49 (Ocado)

Rating: 4/5

Result: Score Draw.

Overall, I couldn’t detect a huge difference in taste between the 2 coconut waters. However, if I had to pick I would choose Vita Coco based on the fact I could get away with using this on the 3rd day after opening and it’s about 20p cheaper.

But that slightly troubles me, Vita Coco seems to last longer because of it’s sugar content. Do I really want to add to my sugar consumption? As much as I like the taste and the convenience of a longer lasting coconut water, I’m wondering if perhaps the Innocence version is the healthier alternative.

What do you think?  What’s your favourite coconut water and why. Please leave your comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to champagnetwist.wordpress.com for more.

Thanks for reading.

#COYOPops ice lolly

Coyo Yogurt Ice Lolly – review

Hello,

Yesterday, I mentioned how the audience were invited to sample COYO lollies at the Culture Cloud – Lulu Guinness wellness event in Covent Garden. As promised here is a review of the lollies.

Created especially for Lulu Guinness’ in store Picnic Pop-Up, the COYO Pops‬ yoghurt ice lollies are, available exclusively at the Covent Garden shop until late July.

Picnic Pop-Up Lulu Guinness COYO
Lulu Guinness Picnic Pop-Up Limited edition lollies made with CO-YO coconut milk alternative Picture source: https://twitter.com/palm_pr

I tried the Skinny Dip Chocolate Ice lolly, and have to say, it was delicious.

The texture was beautifully creamy, yet the flavour wasn’t the expected sickly, sugary sweet, tongue tieing affair. It was simply a tasty coconut lolly, covered with a good quality chocolate covering. Chocolate and coconut are a natural combination, but if you’re thinking this was a frozen Bounty on a stick, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is truly one of the best lollies I’ve ever had, and I’m going to make a special trip to try the other flavours.

#COYOPops ice lolly
COYO Pops ice Lolly, Lulu Guinness Picnic Pop-UP Picture source: Francesca Hodge via instagram 

Yes, I’m going to make a special trip just for a couple of lollies, they are that good!If you’re in the area, and would like an healthy alternative to regular ice lollies or ice cream, you could do a lot worse than to visit the temporary pop up venue.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Picnic Pop-Up is running until 22nd July, at the Lulu Guinness Covent Garden store. The other flavours, which I didn’t taste, are Sunny Salted Caramel and Very Vanilla. Cost £3.

COYO coconut yogurt alternative is on sale in most supermarkets. I’m going to find some and create some recipes using this product.

 

 

COYO Coconut Yoghurt Alternative
COYO Coconut Yoghurt Alternative Natural

Have you tried any of the COYO products? What did you think? Why not comment below. Please don’t forget to like and subscribe if you would like more from Champagne Twist.

Thanks for reading, see you soon 🙂

Ultimate Coconut Rice Pudding – recipe

Hello,

I teased a photo of this recipe on Instagram last night, and now here it is.  This is seriously coconutty, the flavour boosted by the addition of ground almonds.

Warning, if you’re on a low calorie diet, don’t even look at the recipe.

 

Seriously, don’t.

 

I’m not kidding.

 

Really, you’re still scrolling down?

 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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Ultimate Coconut Rice Pudding

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pudding rice, washed and drained
  • 1/4 cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 3/4 cup semi skimmed or almond milk
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • fresh grated coconut to serve (optional)

 

Method:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, add all the ingredients, except the fresh coconut. Stir thoroughly.
  2. Cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally for about 45 mins, or until the rice is soft, but still with a slight ‘bite’. There should be very little liquid left.
  3. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. If you prefer, you can grate fresh coconut over the rice pudding.  You could also use toasted desiccated coconut as a garnish.

The pudding can be eaten on it’s own, either hot or cold, or can be used as a base for fruit sauces.  I will post another recipe, featuring rhubarb, which will go well with the coconut pudding.

coconut rice pud

Let me know if you try this recipe, and please comment and like if you enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

 

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves – recipe

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves
Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

It’s Maundy Thursday today, the day before Good Friday.  This year is going by fast, just think it will be April next week. The weather is still cold, so before we enjoy all those chocolate Easter eggs, perhaps we can indulge in something with includes a healthy combination of fruit and nuts … ahem!

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup golden vanilla caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coconut or almond extract

plus vegetable oil of greasing the pans

For the lime drizzle:

  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest (a whole small key lime would be great if you can get hold of one)
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • warm water, recently boiled

Method:

For the mini loaves

  1. Preheat the oven Gas mark 4/350 F.
  2. Prep 8 mini loaf tins, greasing  well with the vegetable oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and then set aside.
  4. In a jug or small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just mixed.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the loaf tins, and bake in the oven for 40 mins, until  well risen and golden brown on top.

Test with a skewer to ensure the loaves are fully baked.  If the skewer doesn’t come out clean, bake for another 5 -10 minutes.

If the skewer comes out clean, remove the loaves from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the loaves from the tins and continue to cool on a wire rack.

For the lime drizzle

Simply combine all the ingredients together and pour equal amounts over the mini loaves, while they are still warm.  Leave for a few minutes before enjoying with a nice cup of tea.

chocolate coconut honeycomb recipe

Chocconut Honeycomb Recipe

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As promised yesterday, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Honeycomb, or a homemade version of the Crunchie chocolate bar – but with a twist.

For the honeycomb recipe, click here.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or over a Bain-Marie.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil into the melted chocolate.
  3. Partially dip the pieces  of honeycomb into the chocolate mix, and place them on to a sheet of grease proof paper or a silicon tray.  Cool in the fridge.
  4. When the chocolate covering has dried, re-dip into the chocolate mix to ensure a thick covering.
  5. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the chocolate covered honeycomb, while the chocolate is still wet.
  6. Allow the chocolate to harden, and then enjoy.
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