You see the label: "dang". You smile a little, thinking, "that's cute". You tear open the bag and pull out a piece or two and give them a chomp. Ok, now the smile is bigger, and you think, "this name is perfect!". That's pretty much what it is like to first try Dang Toasted Sea Salt Coconut Chips. Everyone has the same reaction - we all go into it thinking they'll probably be good. But.... dang! They're dangerously close to being worthy of a habit. With just two ingredients and no added sweetener, there's nothing getting in the way of the pure coconutty flavor and toasty crunch.~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Coconut is a sustaining food - consumed for thousands of years by humans wherever they would grow. As we became more of a consumer culture, coconut was revered for its stability as a natural fat, used in cooking and frying, not to mention continued consumption of raw coconuts. But times changed, and coconut became a forbidden food, full of something truly evil called “saturated fat.” Many people stopped eating it except on rare blissful occasions. A friend says, "Then, about 15 years ago, when I was a raw vegan, I came across some studies that touted coconut as actually healthy. I kept reading. And I started eating coconut again, with abandon, in all of its forms — from chips to oil to butter. I’ve never looked back."
Enter Dang. They're making tasty and toasty coconut snacks that we can all rally behind. Delicious, crunchy, and made from just two ingredients each, this is bliss. Coconut + a touch of salt + gentle toasting = a meltingly crisp salty-sweet snack that is paleo perfect, great for a hardcore AIP regimen, but so insanely delicious that you'll want to eat these all day.
And go right ahead. Coconut is back, and it looks to be here to stay. Hoorah!
Know that when you eat these, you're putting good stuff in the body. For a few decades, coconut was vilified by the American nutritional mainstream (there are many theories, but sometimes you'd hear an expert talk about how bad it was to consume any kind of fat that was naturally solid at room temperature, despite the fact that that's the kind of fat present in animals naturally. It's almost like someone saying you shouldn't eat oatmeal because it's gloppy and might clog up your system....).
Luckly, there’s been a reversal during the past decade, and coconut is now being celebrated as the health-giving food it truly is. Studies are coming out weekly, it seems, further supporting coconut’s role in supporting health in a whole spectrum of ways — from weight loss to energy-boosting to cognitive enhancement to immune boosting. Coconut is chock-full of lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, which have incredible effects on human health. Far from being unhealthy, the “saturated” fats in coconut are among the healthiest substances we can consume. People who once avoided coconut oil are now consuming it by the tablespoon, and loving the effects. Yes, it’s been a long road for coconut. But you can now feel good about consuming it freely and happily.
The Dang Story, in their own words:
Dang is named after my mother, who grew up eating food from some of the best chefs in the world: Bangkok’s street vendors. One day, she passed on her recipe for Thai Lettuce Wraps just like she used to have as a college student. I found myself involuntarily snacking on one of the ingredients - Toasted Coconut. It had a strong, sweet aroma and a very satisfying crunch. I immediately called my family, who have been importing goods to the US for more than 30 years, and with that, our company was born.
Dang’s motto is “Dang, that's good!" We are forging ahead fast, bringing you unconventional culinary delights from around the globe.
Here at Dang, we value the 4 Fs and 3 Cs:
- Family - We are a family company, and as such we support each other to the fullest.
- Friends - We treat our partners and customers as we would treat our friends…with respect.
- Fun - We're happy and we know it!
- Food - We live to eat and we love to share what we eat.
- Culture - We're aware of those things that are ingrained by one's upbringing and value the richness of diversity that exists in this wonderful world.
- Community - We think community is the best way to live a fulfilling life on this earth so we strive to create beautiful communities and give back to our community.
- Creativity - We're into trying new things. We take risks, we experiment, we prototype and iterate…and we'll continue to do so always and forever.
Why coconut is so great for you
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, and it’s been shown to
Help with weight loss
Boost energy and athletic performance
Help with Alzheimer’s and cognitive function
Have antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities
Nourish the thyroid
Help prevent candida overgrowth
Boost the metabolism
Make skin and hair softer
What Are Dang Coconut Chips?
Made from the nutrient-packed copra, or meat of the coconut, our toasted coconut chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy. The meat is sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Professional tasters detect notes of vanilla, yogurt and pear. What do you taste?
Since copra is high in fiber, you don't have to eat a lot to feel full…a few handfuls and you'll be good to go. We think toasted coconut chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy your snack cravings quickly and give you a boost of energy.
Many cultures around the world have been subsisting on coconuts for generations, and rightfully so. This miracle tree nut has so many uses, it might just be the most versatile crop plant in the world. The husks can be burned to produce electricity, the juice is delicious, light and packed with electrolytes, and the meat can be eaten raw for a snack, pressed into coconut milk, or toasted for a truly special experience.
While great on their own, toasted coconut chips can be used to enhance other foods. Try them with: