Jamaican Coconut Candy

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Servings: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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4 cup raw brown sugar (recommended: Natural Sugar)
2 cup chopped fresh ginger root
2   fresh coconuts, whole coconut, not shredded
1 cup chopped pecans (or nut of choice) optional
Melted chocolate, for dipping





Crack open 2 coconuts. (Putting the coconuts in a 250 degree F oven for several minutes will make them easier to crack open). Scoop out the coconut meat using a paring knife. Clean the coconut and cut up into bite-sized pieces.

Put the coconut pieces and chopped ginger root into a large pot (cast iron works best). Cover with water and boil for 3 to 4 hours to soften and bring out the flavors. Be sure to continue to add water as it boils down. Once the water has reduced, add brown sugar and boil for another 30 to 40 minutes or until there is no liquid left. It should be in a syrup state. Fold in chopped pecans. Drop pieces onto nonstick foil and let set for about 15 minutes. Dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

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My boyfriend and his family loved them. And they're Jamaican!

By msptstatus on May 08, 2009


Sweetest candy ever! It took a long time to make. However, it was good enough that my current boyfriend asked for us to be exclusive the day after I made this for him, and he's Jamaican! Something must have worked.

By msptstatus on May 07, 2009

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