How to Make Coconut Drops

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Jamaican cuisine is simply amazing, from refreshing beverages and spicy meals to delicious desserts. Yes! Jamaica has its own unique sweet treats, from grater cake, gizzada, blue draws/dukunoo to coconut drops!

Coconut drops top my list of Jamaican desserts because it’s absolutely delicious and also because I love coconuts. If you are a coconut lover and you are looking to make coconut drops this weekend, here is a super easy recipe shared by Grace Foods.

AuthorsherikaeCategoryDifficultyIntermediate

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time40 minsCook Time1 hr 5 minsTotal Time1 hr 45 mins

 4 cups water
 2 cups dry coconut, diced
 1 cup dark sugar
 1 tbsp ginger
 washed green banana leaf

1

Put water to boil, add diced coconut and boil for about 40 minutes.

2

Add the sugar and ginger and continue boiling until the mixture becomes syrupy (about 30-35 minutes).

3

Drop by tablespoons full on a green banana leaf (Jamaican tradition) or on a wet cookie sheet.

4

Allow to cool until the drops have fully set/become hard.

5

When they are fully set, remove from banana leaf or cookie sheet and serve.

Ingredients

 4 cups water
 2 cups dry coconut, diced
 1 cup dark sugar
 1 tbsp ginger
 washed green banana leaf

Directions

1

Put water to boil, add diced coconut and boil for about 40 minutes.

2

Add the sugar and ginger and continue boiling until the mixture becomes syrupy (about 30-35 minutes).

3

Drop by tablespoons full on a green banana leaf (Jamaican tradition) or on a wet cookie sheet.

4

Allow to cool until the drops have fully set/become hard.

5

When they are fully set, remove from banana leaf or cookie sheet and serve.

Coconut Drops

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to drink plenty of water after eating your coconut drops, because they are a real sweet treat.

Why the banana leaf?

The use of the banana leaf is a Jamaican tradition, it is believed that the banana leaf not only adds flavor, but the glossy nature of the leaf makes it perfect for setting and super easy to remove the cool drops. Additionally, we support using nature’s produce so that we can reduce our carbon footprints. I grew up seeing my mother use the banana leaf to set her coconut drops and I have adopted that practice, I hope the tradition lives on. There are other types of drops as well, namely peanut and almond, you can try those, just add those ingredients instead of coconut.