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.
- 2⅔ 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! 😎