Friday, 28 June 2013

How to make Nigerian Coconut Candy


Coconut candy is a classic Nigerian sweet treat which has been around for as long as I can remember. My escapade with this chewy goodness takes me way back in the days when it was sold in the streets for as little as 25kobo. I remember vividly, I would always save my lunch money for after school hours, Miss the school bus on purpose so I could trek home with friends and in the process stop by Iya Ramatu’s shop to buy Coconut candy……Sweet Lasgidi Memories :). It could be crunchy or chewy depending on how you make it. The tutorial below is for the Chewy candy but I also chipped in a lil sumn sumn for those who prefer the hard coconut candy. 

• Prep time:  15mins 
• Cook Time:25mins 
• Total time: 40mins 
• Makes:      

Ingredients::: 
• 200g Granulated Sugar 
• 1½ cup Water 
• 220g Coconut flesh 

Directions::: 
Step 1: Wash and Grate the coconut flesh; Set Aside 


Step 2: In a small sauce pan, Add the sugar and water and leave to boil for 12mins on medium heat till the mixture starts to thicken. 

Step 3: Gently Add the grated coconut and stir continuously for 8 mins till you notice the sugar caramelizing (You’d notice when it starts turning brown). To prevent it from burning underneath, turn down the burner temperature to the lowest and leave for another 5 mins (Keep stirring intermittently) 

Step 4: Turn off the Burner and scoop the hot coconut and sugar caramel mixture onto a flat plate with a spoon. As the candy cools, it firms up (Including the runny caramel). 

Step 5: Leave for about 3 – 4 Hours to harden completely. 
Enjoy! 

P.S: If you love your candy Hard and crunchy, you’d only need Two ingredients; Sugar and Grated coconut. Just pour the sugar in the sauce pan and leave to melt & caramelize. Add the Grated coconut and keep stirring continuously till the Caramel mixes completely with the coconut. Leave to cool before rolling into balls - Also leave to cool further & harden. The end result is a crunchy set of coconut candy

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43 comments:

  1. Long throat things. This is so tempting kai. Dobby pls o. So inviting.

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    1. Lol!! Don't worry aunty eya, I'd reserve some 4 u next time :)

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  2. Nice 1 dobby I'll try it tho d grating of d coconut looks like hard work#lazybonez#

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    1. Nahhh!!!! It isn't mel :)

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  3. Anonymous2:20 pm

    We call this Kashata in Kenya and usually cut it into diamond shapes once it has set. My fav childhood snacks

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    1. Kashata? Hmmm!! That shows we've really got a lot in common :). Could you be kind enough to send a picture of it? I'm sure lots of us would love to know how the Kenyan candy looks like :)

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  4. Anonymous12:19 am

    Chai I was so excited wen I saw d heading! Buh felt like crying wen I saw sugar as part of d ingredients #weight watching tinz#.:( nice one dear. ... Tokoni.

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    1. Lol! So sorry Tokoni :D...

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  5. Wow! Definitely gonna try this! Thanks Dobby.

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    1. Awww!!! You are welcome Njideka :)

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  6. Anonymous1:33 pm

    can i use honey instead of sugar.
    thanks

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    1. For this coconut candy recipe, you can't Anon.

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  7. Anonymous3:23 pm

    Dobby, you are simply a darling..... I know I made this request recently and I am so going to try this tonight. Thanks for this...mwah!!!!

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    1. You Sure did Anon. Thanks for the meal idea ;)...(Wish I could call you by name though)

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  8. The coconut candy I make does not stick together. maybe I will try this method. thanks.

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    1. Hi atilola! When coconut candies do not stick, it could be as a result of the sugar not caramelising well. You are welcome dear :)

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  9. Awww.. I made this today(all gone now..lol). This is the real Nigerian coconut candy :) Great job Dobby and your blog header is beautiful .

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    1. Thank you Nky :). I'm a huge fan of your videos :)

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    1. Nice suggestion :)....Thanks Bolaji

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  11. Wow. I've been a fan of finished coconut candy but am trying it out today on my own. Thanks for the recipe. Its mouth watering!

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    1. Thanks lily :).....Do let us know how it goes k.

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  12. Anonymous5:10 pm

    Nice am gonna make mine tomoro. Let me start jogging now so as to loose some weight for d coconut candy. lol

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    1. haha!!! please do and also remember to let us know how it goes ;)

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  13. Anonymous3:12 pm

    Wow coming across this for the first time! I've been wondering ♓☺w cocnut candy Ȋ̝̊̅§ made. ☂hαñks so much I will definitly practicalize.

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    1. Thank you too anon! Do keep us posted.

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  14. Anonymous8:15 am

    I tried making coconut candy Last week... (Just felt like it after years) but didn't come out well. And on the journey of getting a recipe that works i found this. Hope to try your recipe. Can as well use the coconut water in the sugar water mixture?

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    1. yes you can use the coconut water in the sugar:water mixture. some people even prefer using just the coconut water instead of water especially if they've got a large quantity of coconut water.

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  15. Anonymous1:07 pm

    great
    job Dobby. I made both d chewy & d crunchy coconut candies over
    17hrs ago but d balls haven't hardened till now. What do i do?Pls reply
    me as quick as posbl. 10q

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    1. This happened probably because you didn't allow the sugar to caramelise fully. You'd have to leave it for a longer time so it'd dry up and harden.

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  16. Wow I love coconuts. I gonna try this recipe tonight..

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    1. Do keep us posted :)

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  17. Hi Dobby. Thanks for the beautiful recipe. I tried makin it today but unfortunatly its refused to stick together. Is there anythn i can do to make it stick at this stage?

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    1. Hi fauz, just leave it to cool. Once it starts to cool down it'd begin to harden as well as stick together.

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  18. can u put it in the freezer to harden quickly?..cus i'm planning on making this and i don't want it to take time..been looking for this recipe since i was little
    thanks for posting it!!! :) :*

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    1. You're welcome Hannah. Yes you can put it in the freezer to harden it.

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  19. Anonymous11:51 am

    Hi Dobby :)

    Thanks for this coconut candy recipe....but could you give us a workable recipe with honey rather than sugar?

    Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome Anon. The caramelization process involved in melting of sugar helps in hardening the candy and making it brittle. This cannot be achieved when you use honey.

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  20. Anonymous7:54 pm

    Dear Dobby, can I use icing sugar in place of sugar?

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    1. It could work but for the authentic recipe, it's best to use sugar.

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  21. Dear dobby I have try so many times but my candy refuse to harden having done all d procedure as stated what could be d cause

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    1. Hello jujay, you have to let the sugar caramelize. That way, it'd harden once it cools.

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  22. Dear dobby I be tried countless time to mk d candy harden but it always fall apart what am I no doing right BC I end up throw it away

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