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ISO coconut cream (ie Coco Lopez)

andygirl Mar 31, 2008 01:41 PM

Hi there,
Anyone know where this is sold? I'm in Etobicoke/Toronto. I am desperate to make a coconut cake recipe that calls for it and the big and little Loblaws near me don't carry it...

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  1. cynalan RE: andygirl Mar 31, 2008 01:47 PM

    I would be very surprised if a big Loblaws does not have it. It should be near the drink mix aisle or possibly, the international foods Thai section. Any large grocery store should carry it. Not an exotic item but grocery clerks often haven't a clue.

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      andygirl RE: cynalan Mar 31, 2008 02:54 PM

      Thanks. We looked in both areas at a large, newish Loblaws and then the store manager said they no longer carry it - lack of demand! Very annoying.
      I will try more loblaws I guess...

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      wontonfm RE: andygirl Mar 31, 2008 06:41 PM

      Not Etobicoke but I've seen it at Dominion at Yonge and Eg.

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        andygirl RE: wontonfm Apr 1, 2008 11:44 AM

        Thanks - I'll try Dominion

      2. SherylKirby RE: andygirl Apr 1, 2008 12:32 PM

        I'm pretty sure my local Price Chopper has it (Gladstone & Queen). Or perhaps the No Frills in Dufferin Mall with the big huge international aisle.

        1. pescatarian RE: andygirl Apr 1, 2008 01:58 PM

          If all else fails, you can go to Little India on Gerrard or T&T Cherry St. I know it's not in your neighbourhood, but you should be able to find coconut cream at these places.
          I've gotten it at the Supercentre recently at Don Mills and Eglinton.

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            peppermint pate RE: pescatarian Apr 1, 2008 02:53 PM

            ...or Chinatown. I bought some at one of the Asian grocery stores on Spadina today.

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            embee RE: andygirl Apr 2, 2008 07:29 PM

            There are many other brands available in addition to Coco Lopez. I've seen product from Grace and Mr Goudas (in blocks) and quite a few more in cans and in powdered form. I can't tell you whether they would be interchangeable in a cake recipe. (I recall a CI coconut layer cake recipe that used Coco Lopez.)

            Coco Lopez is usually in the drink aisle. The other brands might also be there, but are more likely to be in one of the international or ethnic food areas (Caribbean, Thai, etc).

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              wontonfm RE: embee Apr 2, 2008 09:25 PM

              I think that the Coco Lopez type of Coconut Cream is totally different. It's a very thick syrup and is very sweet. I think the stuff in blocks may be called Cream of Coconut.

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                embee RE: wontonfm Apr 3, 2008 06:14 AM

                Possibly true. Coconut creams are not an area of personal expertise. However, other brands also come in cans and some of the powders turn into a sweet syrup when mixed with liquid. Given the makeup of our population, it's unlikely that the absence of one particular brand of coconut cream would stymie a cake recipe. I wish I could be more specifically helpful.

            2. thenurse RE: andygirl Apr 3, 2008 08:56 AM

              I've seen it at No Frills at Gerrard and Carlaw.

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