a few weeks back, my boss bought me and my coworker nanaimo bars, just as a nice treat. he devoured his, exclaiming how the bottom layer was his favourite and if only they would only just make this one layer. curious, i nibbled on mine (it had been many many years since my last tasting of a nanaimo bar) and discovered my absolute hatred of that same bottom layer.
the discussion about the love vs hate of coconut ensued. i pointed out that i had no issues with coconut itself, it was more the texture of the dried, shredded stuff that got to me. sort of the textural equivalent of nails scratching on a board.
and i can’t recall what led me to smitten kitchen’s recipe for toasted coconut shortbread, but the post was on the same subject of the polarizing nature of coconut. through reading the comments i learned of others who either directly, or through someone close to them, were all too keenly aware of the dreaded loathing of dessicated/shredded coconut, particularly the texture. what piqued my interest was how all the coconut ‘haters’ loved these cookies!
so it became a personal challenge to see how i would feel on the matter. i figured even if i hated them, they wouldn’t go to waste – at a minimum, my coworker would be happy!
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