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Jamaican Coconut Drops

Made with 3 simple ingredients, these tasty treats are a traditional and easy-to-make Jamaican sweet snack! Coconut lovers, this is for Y-O-U!

If you’re looking for a coconut sweet treat, this recipe is for you! It’s made with finely chopped coconut, grated ginger, and held together by caramelized brown sugar! It takes a bit of manual labour to prepare, but the sweet reward at the end is totally worth it! So if you are a coconut lover, or someone with a sweet tooth, this one is for you!

Recipe Tips and Notes

Cooking – Boil steady at medium high heat. Keep an eye on the pot to ensure the sugar does not burn during the caramelizing process.

Type of Coconut – Ensure you’re using a whole dried coconut and not the pre-shredded packaged kind you find in the grocery store. It will require a bit of time and labour to husk and chop, but the reward is great. You must use a whole dried coconut.

Be Careful – Now, I have witnessed, with my own eyes, someone with missing teeth devour these coconut drops. However, please note it will be a little hard on the teeth at first, especially if it is the first time trying it!

The Process

Jamaican Coconut Drops

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Made with 3 simple ingredients, these tasty treats are a traditional and easy-to-make Jamaican sweet snack! Coconut lovers, this is for Y-O-U!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Coconuts chopped (2 medium whole dried coconuts)
  • 1 cup Ginger grated
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • after the first boil...
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

1

Break open coconuts and ensure they are fresh. Remove coconut meat from the shell with a knife - be careful not to cut yourself.

2

Cut coconut pieces into half inch (small) pieces. You may opt to use the chop setting on a blender but note, that is not the traditional way to prepare this treat. Set aside.

3

Grater the ginger and set aside.

4

In a large deep pot, add coconut, ginger, brown sugar, water and vanilla. Heat over high heat and bring to a rapid boil.

5

Reduce heat to medium high. Using a large spoon, continuously stir the mixture to prevent it from burning or sticking to the pot.

6

Once the majority of the liquid has evaporated (there should still be liquid in the pot, refer to pic #11 above), add the additional cup of water and brown sugar.

7

Cook until the mixture begins to caramelize and become very sticky.

8

When the sugar begins to form at the bottom of the pot and it becomes difficult to mix/turn with a spoon, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting. Using 2 spoons, spoon the mixture and drop it onto a lined baking sheet.

9

Allow to cool and become hard - enjoy!

Notes

A. Ensure you continuously stir the mixture, especially when you see it is coming close to the caramelization stage - you don't want your sugar to burn. Cook on medium heat if you want to err on the side of caution.

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