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Coconut Candies Recipe
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Coconut Candies

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"Chewy coconut candies are made with just milk, sugar, coconut and vanilla."

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together milk and sugar until smooth. Heat, without stirring, to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and vanilla. Let cool slightly.
  2. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper lined sheets and let cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 21, 2008

This recipe was good. I love really sweet stuff, however, this was too much! Next time I will add more coconut to balance out the sugar mixture.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 25, 2007

I double the recipe to make as Christmas gifts this year, based on all the good reviews. I boiled and boiled the milk and sugar with a candy thermometer for about 20 minutes and the temp never reached the 240 mark. I finally gave up and poured it out on 2 cookie sheets, hoping it would set and I could cut into bars. Of course, they never really solidified, so I added some mini-choc chips, poured it into jars and called it "Coconut Ice Cream Topping". LOL


26 Ratings

Dec 26, 2003

This recipe is a real winner! I made it on a rainy day, and the candies still set up beautifully and tasted great. A great addition to Christmas gift baskets, especially for coconut lovers.

Apr 26, 2006

These were fast and easy to make, but very sweet. I would use unsweetened coconut next time, but I would probably make them again. I also quartered the recipe, and still got 12 balls, so yield is really a lot more than stated. I tried a version with soymilk, and they were just as good. A great coconut "macaroon-type" alternative for my milk/egg allergic kiddo.

Mar 31, 2007

This recipe is a life saver. My 2-year old granddaughter has severe allergies to dairy, egg, and peanuts. There are not too many chewy recipes available. I substituted soy milk. I did use some gel food coloring to make them look prettier. Thanks so much for posting this!

Aug 29, 2008

I followed the instructions exactly, and they did not set up right. This was my first try really making candy though. I am sure that it is an art. Even though they did not set up, they were still good.

Mar 26, 2010

I substituted almond extract for the vanilla. I put an almond in the center of each ball and then chilled for one hour. I melted dark chocolate wafers and dipped each ball and chilled again. They taste pretty close to the Almond Joy but a lot fresher! They were a big hit at the Church bazaar!

Mar 30, 2008

This recipe was okay...I thought it was way to sugary and so eating just one kinda made me a little sick. I think that if you were to add a little less sugar and maybe change it up by dipping them in chocolate, even just one side it would look pretty and break up the flavor just a little.


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  • Calories
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 75.4 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 24 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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