Candied Coconut

Dulce de Coco

Preparation info
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    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Food and Life of Oaxaca: Traditional Recipes from Mexico′s Heart

By Zarela Martínez

Published 1997

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I’ve made this recipe many times and I find that a candy thermometer is absolutely essential. The coconut tends to crystallize unless you cook it to the exact temperature.


  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut (from half of an average-size coconut)


Place the granulated sugar in a small, heavy saucepan. Add ¼ cup water, stirring to dissolve well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Watching carefully to see that it does not boil over, cook to the soft-ball stage (234°F on a candy thermometer), occasionally washing down the sides of the pan with a pa