I grew up eating something called “coconut drops.” This would be akin to going to the local store and buying candy. Coconut drops is made from coconut of course :-), held together by boiled usually brown sugar mixed with some ginger. A simple recipe, but it is really good and takes a degree of art to make it. So let’s talk about how to make Jamaican coconut drops.
One thing to note is that once it is made and the sugar hardens to hold it all together, it is pretty hard on the teeth. It is a labor of love to make it as you have to carefully cut the coconut into little squares/rectangles. I remember doing this for a family friend while growing up. She, Miss Hannah, made the best drops ever and I always enjoyed cutting up the coconut, while eating some of it and then getting the bowl at the end of it all. It was like eating the batter left in the cake mixing bowl.
I had some drops recently when I visited my 100+ grand aunt in Jamaica and it was fantastic! She was not the one who made it sadly, I actually bought it at a local market.
Here is the very simple recipe.
- 1 dry coconut
- some brown sugar
- some ginger
- Break the coconut carefully so that you can drink the coconut water inside. The only thing you should throw away is the husk of the coconut (the hard outer shell). Carefully remove the coconut from the husk; a future video will show you how to do this properly.
- Carefully cut the coconut into small squares/rectangles. This will take you a little while to do as it is a tedious task.
- Once that is complete, wash, then chop the ginger into small pieces.
- Pour some water in a pot and bring to boil. Spoon in the brown sugar and then the chopped coconuts, add the chopped ginger.
- It will be necessary to continue stirring the mixture as the sugar will start to stick to the pot as time progresses.
- Ensure that the flame on your stove is low to avoid burning.
- Once the texture of the mixture starts to stick to the spoon, turn off the stove and immediately spoon out the mixture into piles on a plate or cooking board.
This is one of my favorite snacks as a child growing up. I still eat it today.
When I start to send out cooking videos, there will be a video on how to do this. You’ll want to sign up for these lessons.
Have you ever eaten coconut drops? If so, I’d like to hear all about it.