Coco López Ingredients

Recent musings on the Piña Colada ( 1, 2 ) have led me to purchase a 15 oz. can of Coco López Cream of Coconut, which purports to be the source of the original Piña Colada. I have been avoiding it because of its rather lengthy list of ingredients, but thoroughness requires that I at least try using it. I’ll do some web-based research on the less natural sounding components, and will eventually make a drink from it, but not just yet. It’s not a colada day.

INGREDIENTS: COCONUT MILK, SUGAR, WATER, POLYSORBATE 60, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, SALT, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ALGINATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (EMULSIFIERS), CITRIC ACID, GUAR GUM, LOCUST BEAN GUM.

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2 Responses to “Coco López Ingredients”

  1. c says:

    ok, so they’re all emulsifiers.

    polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, propylene glycol alginate, mono and diglycerides… all seemingly necessary to keep the coconut oil and water in a happy molecular marriage. guar gum and locust bean gum emulsify as well as thicken. so basically, Coco López is virtually guaranteed never to separate, and to be thicker and creamier than any naturally occurring food product has a right to be. I may be able to live with that.

    It’s worth noting, too, that Coco López, where I’ve seen it sold, is $3+/can, generally twice the cost of your bog-standard can of un-emulsified, un-thickened coconut milk. Will it prove worth it?

  2. c says:

    Wow. I cracked open the tin of Coco López this evening… didn’t have any pineapple, but we had some peach puree in the fridge, with which I concocted a Peacha Colada of sorts. It was ok, but that’s not the point…

    Coco López looks like nothing so much as a can of waxy congealed bacon drippings, kinda yellowish and fatty. All of those emulsifiers are doing their job, because at room temperature, it spoons out in a thick gloopy blob that stands up nice and high, like a melon ball of fat. Ewww.

    Incredibly sweet, too. Tasted very much like sweetened shredded coconut, but moreso, and with a nasty nasty mouthfeel. Like I said, the bevvy turned out fine, and none of the above mentioned traits of the Coco López were evident, but its an unsettling ingredient to say the least. I wonder if I just had an off can, or if it’s all so very foul looking.