I grew up in a Jamaican household. One of my favorite treats growing up as a child, was coconut drops. In Jamaica the coconut is used in many ways. From drinking the water straight from the coconut, to using the flesh of the coconut to make coconut milk for various dishes.
My parents have a few trees in their backyard, so when visiting them recently I came home with a bag of mature coconut flesh and was very excited to try making coconut drops for the FIRST time.
Its such a simple recipie. The traditional recipe calls for brown sugar, which I didn’t have, so I used white sugar and added a few tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses to darken it. If you have ever used Blackstrap Molasses you know it has a strong taste but suprisingly the taste was not noticed at all by my family. I’m sure using just white sugar would have been fine as well, but I am used to the drops having a certain color and decided to give it a try.
So here is the recipe, enjoy!!!
3 cups of mature diced coconut flesh
1 cup to 1/4 cup of cut ginger
2 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla
- The first thing you will need to do is dice up your coconut. (Mature coconut flesh is very hard, so use a sharp knife and be very careful.) Cut the flesh into very small pieces.
- Peel and blend the ginger with enough water to blend smoothly and add it to a large pot with the rest of the ingredients. (I only had 1/4 cup of ginger and it was just enough to flavor the drops, but i prefer much more).
- Bring to a rapid boil then reduce the stove to medium high heat.
- Let this cook until the water evaporates, and allow it to thicken up. (this took me about 1hr)
- Reduce the stove to low/medium heat and stir, stir, stir to prevent it form burning or sticking to the pot.
- When the mixture becomes very sticky and hard to turn you are now ready to spoon out the mixture onto wax paper.
- Allow to cool down and enjoy
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