At the end of a birthday dinner a few weeks ago, the servers distributed small parcels containing coconut drops. Since we’d already had dessert, I decided to take mine home but having it in my hand, I couldn’t resist breaking off a piece and slipping it into my mouth. It was so delicious – just the right balance of spices and sugar – that pretty soon, the package was empty and I was feeling a bit guilty for finishing it.
Coconut drops or just plain drops are a traditional snack that’s very popular with young and old Jamaicans. The name comes from the way that drops are made – by dropping a hot mixture of diced coconut, ginger, spices and sugar onto a flat surface, traditionally banana leaf, to cool. Of course, if you don’t have a banana leaf, a greased cookie sheet will do just fine and because you spoon the mixture, you can control the size of each drops.
Since its such a simple recipe, coconut drops is one of the snacks almost everyone knows how to make, and did I say how tasty it is? In the days before packaged snacks, like banana or plantain chips, were what students reach for, it’d be one of the treats vendors always had for sale just outside the school gate.
A few years ago, one of my friends made coconut drops but she used only about half the sugar the recipe called for. Surprisingly, less sugar didn’t compromise the flavor.
Here’s a recipe for Coconut Drops from Enid Donaldson’s The Real Taste of Jamaica.
- 2 cups diced coconut
- 1 tbsp powered ginger or 1 tsp grated root
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 lb brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- Combine all ingredients adding about ½ to ¾ cup water to cook coconut. Boil about 20-30 minutes. Stir well and drop by spoonfuls onto a greased tin sheet.
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10 comments on “Coconut Drops”
I’m not particularly fond of coconut, with one exception…. fresh coconut is good and taste nothing like packaged coconut. I’m thinking these tasty little tidbits just might be delicious!
Looks delicious, thank you for the recipe, Marcia 🙂
These sound absolutely delicious – I shall both pin and bookmark them and will try them the next time I see coconuts for sale here in France 🙂
I love coconut, and these sound delicious!
Hope you get to try them one of these days, Nancie!
You’re welcome, Lili!
This sounds delicious – and seems surprisingly easy to make, too (always a factor for me).
Looks yummy! The recipe looks easy, and all that brown sugar is a strong indicator that I would enjoy this.
Thanks! That has been great and so easy to make.
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