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There are many snacks referred to as coconut candy but the sweet chewy Coconut Candy we are talking about here is the one we make in Nigeria. Though a bit of work goes into grating the fresh coconut meat into tiny pieces, the snack itself is very simple to make.
- 1 head fresh coconut with the juice
- 200g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
Before you make the Nigerian Coconut Candy
- Break the coconut, making sure to collect the coconut juice from it.
- Remove the meat from the shells and grate the meat into small pieces. I use the smaller openings on this grater for this task.
- Make sure to grate along the meat of the coconut rather than across it. This is so that you’ll have long thin coconut pieces rather than a mass of grated coconut.
- Pour the coconut juice into the pot.
- Add the icing sugar (powdered sugar). Stir.
- Add the tiny coconut pieces and stir.
- Add water to the same level as the coconut pieces.
- Cover the pot and set to boil at high heat.
- Once the contents start boiling, stir continuously till all the water is just about evaporated.
- Reduce to low heat and continue stirring.
- At a time, you will notice that the contents have started sticking together. That is the sugar caramelising.
- Keep stirring till the coconut pieces start turning slightly brown.
- Turn off the heat and scoop the very hot coconut candy onto a flat plate and leave to cool down.
- The coconut candy should be sticky when cold. It should not be dry.
- You can store it in the freezer for up to a month.
- This is supposed to be a very sweet snack that is why all that sugar is used in the preparation but feel free to reduce the quantity of sugar.
- The caramel from the sugar can be tough to wash off the pot when it has cooled down.
- The best way to wash this off is to use very hot water as soon as you are done with making your coconut candy.
We have a video to guide you below