Cocada (Brazilian Coconut Sweet)

Cocada (Brazilian Coconut Sweet)

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Cocada is a popular street food sold everywhere in Brazil. It's a sweet made with grated fresh coconut. There are many variations, this one with a hint of vanilla is one of them. Enjoy! Use the tin of condensed milk for measuring the sugar, as well. If fresh coconut isn't available, desiccated coconut is a good alternative.


Serves: 6 

  • 1 (400g) tin condensed sweetened milk
  • 1/2 tinful caster sugar
  • 300g fresh grated or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes a little darker. If you find that the cocada is cooking too quickly, reduce heat to low and continue stirring.
  2. Once the mixture has thickened enough and feels heavy on the spoon, remove from heat and place spoonfuls on a wet marble work surface or a piece of greaseproof paper.
  3. Let cool for about 30 minutes (cocada will harden a bit) and transfer to a sealed container.

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