Looking for a healthy and tasty snack that will give you energy and leave you feeling satisfied? Meet Dang toasted coconut chips. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, or meat of the coconut, these toasted coconut chips are sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. Dang was founded in July 2012 by Vincent Kitirattragarn after getting a recipe from his mother Dang (yup he named the company after her!) for one of her favorite dishes, Thai lettuce wraps, which happened to be garnished with these delicious coconut chips. He decided those coconut chips were too good (and healthy!) to keep to himself, so he quit his job in environmental sustainability research and started Dang the company.
Coconut chips have a host of health benefits, from their high fiber content to their medium chain triglycerides which provide a quick source of energy (rather than sitting around and getting stored in your body like other fats). Personally I enjoy snacking on coconut chips because they keep me satisfied for longer and their flavor is so versatile. You can have them by themselves, or use them as toppings for a variety of dishes (see our blogpost on 14 Things to do with Coconut Bacon).
Dang’s coconut chips are made from coconuts grown in Thailand using organic farming methods, and Vincent makes the trip from California to Bangkok twice a year to ensure their high level of quality is maintained. Dang is still very much a family-oriented business, with Vincent’s brother and cousin filling key functions and of course with his mother tasting and giving her opinion on all of their products! The company has grown exponentially since their launch almost 2 years ago, as more and more people are discovering the yumminess and healthiness of these awesome snacks!