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Jamaican Coconut Drops

Jamaican Coconut Drops are made with 3 simple ingredients; real coconut, brown sugar, and ginger but pack a powerful and delicious punch! These tasty Jamaican sweet treats are a traditional and easy to make coconut snack! Coconut lovers this recipe is for you, enjoy as snack or dessert!

Jamaican Coconut Drops

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Jamaican Coconut Drops are made with 3 simple ingredients; real coconut, brown sugar, and ginger but pack a powerful and delicious punch! These tasty Jamaican sweet treats are a traditional and easy to make coconut snack! Coconut lovers and vegans this recipe is for you, enjoy as snack or dessert!

Jamaican Coconut Drops

What is Jamaican Coconut Drops?

Coconut Drops are a delicious Jamaican sweet treat 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’s for you!

How to Make Jamaican Coconut Drops

Finely Chop Coconut: break open coconuts, remove coconut meat and cut coconut pieces into half inch (small) pieces; set aside.
Grate Ginger: grater the ginger and set aside.
Add Ingredients to Pot: in a large deep pot, add coconut, ginger, brown sugar, water and vanilla. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a rapid boil.

Cook Mixture Until Thickened: reduce heat to medium high and continuously stir the mixture to prevent from burning or sticking to the pot. Cook until the mixture begins to caramelize, thicken and becomes very sticky.
Drop onto Baking Sheet: Using 2 spoons, spoon the mixture and drop it onto a lined baking sheet. Allow to cool and harden, then enjoy.

How Do You Know When Coconut Mixture Ready?

When the liquid has thickened to a brown sugar 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. See below pictures for reference.

Jamaican Coconut Drops Recipe Tips

  1. Steady Heat & Stir – cook coconut mixture at medium high heat and stir every few minutes. Keep an eye on the pot to ensure the sugar does not burn during the caramelizing process.
  2. Medium Heat – to ensure your coconut is cooked through, boil mixture on a medium heat level.
  3. Type of Coconut – use 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. A whole dried coconut is recommended.
  4. Don’t Let Mixture Cool in Pot – do not leave the coconut mixture to cool down while in the pot, as this will be extremely difficult to remove.
  5. Use Caution – 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!

How to Store Coconut Drops

Store coconut drops in an airtight container at room temperature away from heat sources.

Other Sweet Treats to Try

Cookies and Cream Cookies & Soft & Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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Jamaican Coconut Drops

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Desserts & Treats // Jamaican & Caribbean Jamaican // Caribbean
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 9 Drops
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Jamaican Coconut Drops are made with 3 simple ingredients; real coconut, brown sugar, and ginger but pack a powerful and delicious punch! These tasty Jamaican sweet treats are a traditional and easy to make coconut snack! Coconut lovers this recipe is for you, enjoy as snack or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Coconut, chopped (2 medium whole dried coconuts)
  • 1 cup Ginger, grated
  • 3 cups Dark Brown Sugar, divided
  • 4 cups Water, divided
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

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. Cut larger 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.

2

Grater the ginger and set aside.

3

In a large deep pot, add coconut, ginger, 2 cups dark brown sugar, 3 cups water and pure vanilla extract. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a rapid boil.

4

Reduce heat to medium. Using a large spoon, continuously stir the mixture to prevent it from burning or sticking to the pot. Once the majority of the liquid has evaporated, add the additional cup of water and brown sugar. Cook until the mixture begins to caramelize and become very sticky.

5

When the liquid has thickened to a brown sugar and it becomes difficult to mix/turn with a spoon, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting to keep warm. Using 2 spoons, spoon the mixture and drop it onto a lined baking sheet. Allow to cool and harden, then enjoy!

Notes

To ensure your coconut is cooked through, boil mixture on a medium heat level and stir every few minutes.

Jamaican Coconut Drops

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