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Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

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Similar to a hard taffy or sesame candy, toolum is a type of brittle featuring coconut and citrus zest.


  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • cups fresh or frozen grated unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  1. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place the brown sugar in a deep saucepan and heat over medium heat, swirling the pan, until the sugar melts. Stir in the molasses, coconut, orange zest, and ginger, and stir until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Set aside to cool thoroughly and harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Toolum keeps for up to two weeks.