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Candied coconut made from fresh coconut ribbons, tossed in sugar, and cooked on the stove creating the perfect coconut candy snack.

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As a kid, I loved going to the crack seed store and picking out goodies. The Aunties were always so nice and made sure I got a little extra in my bag. One of my favorites was candied coconut.

The Vietnamese call this popular treat mut dua.

White coconut ribbons with a nutty and slightly sweet taste. Great grab and go snack and my children love it.

candied coconut

If you love coconut, then you’ve got to try some of my other popular recipes that incorporate coconut milk: haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding) , ube mochi, kulolo, sweet potato haupia pie bars, mochi, and butter mochi.

Fresh coconuts are plentiful here in Hawai’i and I love to use local produce for my recipes. These coconuts were bought from a local farmers market.

How to clean a coconut?

Coconuts come with a tough outer layer called husk. I like to use a machete to remove the husk.

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Once you get to the center of the coconut you will find a central dark shell. This holds the coconut meat and water.

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Using the blunt end of a heavy kitchen knife, hit the coconut around the equator. Rotate the coconut around while doing this.

A crack will form along the center. Then you can use the knife to pry to two pieces apart. I suggest doing this over a bowl so you can catch the water.

Then use the backside of a spoon to pry the coconut meat from the shell.

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Can you eat raw coconut?

You sure can or you can dry them out and candy them like this recipe does. You can also drink the coconut water straight out of the coconut or use it for cooking or baking.

What do I need to make candied coconut?

  • Fresh coconut
  • Granulated sugar
  • That’s it!

How to store candied coconut?

This is best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If you find that more coconut water is seeping out of your candied coconut after you’ve cooled it down you can add a little more sugar and toss in the pot again to cook out the last of the water. This means it was not completely cooked the first round.

How to make candied coconut?

Remove coconut meat from the shell of the coconut. You can save the water for drinking, cooking, or baking.

Slice into thin ribbons about 2 inches long.

In a large mixing bowl add coconut ribbons and sugar. Cover and allow to sit for 1 hour.

After an hour some of the coconut water will have seeped out. Place a medium pot over medium heat and add the coconut and sugar mixture.

Heat until the liquids begin to bubble stirring frequently to prevent burning. The liquid will begin to evaporate and you will be left with crystalized sugar on the coconut ribbons.

Remove from heat and allow to cool spread out on a cookie sheet.

ENJOY!

candied coconut

Candied Coconut

Relle Lum
Candied coconut made from fresh coconut ribbons, tossed in sugar, and cooked on the stove creating the perfect coconut candy snack.
4.58 from 21 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Treats
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 coconut
Calories 194 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Remove coconut meat from the shell of the coconut. You can save the water for drinking, cooking, or baking.
  • Slice into thin ribbons about 2 inches long.
  • In a large mixing bowl add coconut ribbons and sugar. Cover and allow to sit for 1 hour.
  • After an hour some of the coconut water will have seeped out. Place a medium pot over medium heat and add the coconut and sugar mixture.
  • Heat until the liquids begin to bubble stirring frequently to prevent burning. The liquid will begin to evaporate and you will be left with crystalized sugar on the coconut ribbons.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool spread out on a cookie sheet.
  • ENJOY!

Notes

*Store completely cooled candied coconut in an airtight container at room temperature.
*If you find that more coconut water is seeping out of your candied
coconut after you’ve cooled it down you can add a little more sugar and
toss in the pot again to cook out the last of the water. This means it
was not completely cooked the first round.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 41gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38g
Keyword candied coconut, candied coconut ribbons, coconut, coconut candy, keeping it relle, mut dua
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By on March 22nd, 2020

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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9 thoughts on “Candied Coconut”

  1. 5 stars
    Hello, Bonjour, Aloha from Northern Canada! My youngest of 4 kids was curious about coconuts and we found one locally and cracked it (eventually, with some tutorials lol!!). Then we didn’t know what to do with it and came across this super simple recipe. It was easy and a huge hit! The kids eat it like candy (on its own) and the adults have also liked it as a toping on gruau (oatmeal/porridge) or yogourt.

    Thank you, merci, mahalo for sharing this recipe with the world!

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  2. 5 stars
    It was easy to follow but I think I misunderstood something. I kept on stirring and cooking because it still seemed wet on the bottom, then it started browning and seemed even more wet. I think I caramelized the sugar so I finally stopped and spread it out on a pan but I now have coconut brittle instead nice candy pieces. It taste good so, I am OK with that.

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