With a long weekend coming up, I decided to make a sweet treat today. Back when I was growing up, this Coconut Candy was very popular. It is pretty easy to make and relatively inexpensive as it requires only a few ingredients which most people have (except for the coconut) in their pantries.
The recipe calls for freshly grated coconut but since that is not easily available here, I used dried grated unsweetened coconut for this recipe. I am really delighted with the way the candy turned out. The Ro-Ri boys loved it!
The first time I made this candy, I used only condensed milk but not regular milk. The dried coconut was able to clump together with just the condensed milk. This time round, I used a little more coconut for a thicker candy. The dried coconut appeared really dry. I had to add half a cup of full fat milk to rehydrate it so that it could clump together. Because of that the cooking time had to be increased from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
- 2 2/3 cups (227g) dried unsweetened grated coconut
- ½ cup (110g) sugar
- ½ cup (120ml) milk
- ½ cup (4 oz/160g) condensed milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 8 to 10 drops food coloring
Grease a 7-in x 5-in (18cm x 13cm) pan or rectangular container.
Melt butter in a non-stick pan on low heat. Add coconut, sugar, milk, condensed milk, vanilla essence, and food coloring. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and coconut clumps together, about 20 minutes.
Transfer mixture to prepared container. Level the surface with a spatula. Press down firmly with wax paper or plastic wrap. Set candy aside to cool.
After about 30 minutes, cut into cubes with a well greased knife. Allow candy to cool and set overnight.
Remove cubes from pan and store in an air-tight jar.
Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
NOTE: This post was updated on August 21st, 2012 with new pictures. Minor changes were made to the recipe. Video was included on April 28th, 2012.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!