Recipe – Jamaican Coconut Drops


Also called simply ‘drops’, these chewy toffees are a favourite sweet treat of Jamaicans everywhere. I love the punch the ginger adds to cut through the sweetness. Don’t be tempted to take the mixture off the stove too soon or it won’t set; once it starts to get sticky keep a close eye on it, stirring more frequently until almost all the moisture has gone and there are just bits of bubbling toffee between the chunks of coconut. Once it’s off the heat the toffee sets very quickly, so move fast when transferring the drops to the tray to cool.

Makes about 16

Ingredients
  • 1 mature coconut
  • 2 cups water
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt flakes, to taste
Method
  1. Remove the flesh from the coconut and peel off and discard as much of the brown skin as possible.
  2. Cut the flesh into a small dice.
  3. Bring water to the boil in a saucepan large enough to hold the coconut.
  4. Stir in coconut and remaining Ingredients, reduce heat to medium and cook for about an hour, stirring often, until the mixture is very sticky with almost no little liquid left.
  5. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper.
  6. Using 2 spoons, quickly scoop the mixture out of the pan, dropping it in small mounds onto the baking tray with a little space between each one.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. Serve Jamaican coconut drops immediately or store refrigerated with baking paper between each one so they don’t stick together.

This recipe is inspired by Bajan chef Paul Carmichael. Watch him making his Barbadian Cucumber Souse here.

FAQ

Can you make coconut drops from dried coconut?
Dried coconut shards do not work for coconut drops, they don’t hold together in the toffee.
What sort of coconut is used for coconut drops?
Caribbean coconut drops are made from a mature coconut with firm white flesh. Young drinking coconuts with gelatinous flesh won’t work.
Print-friendly Version

Share page on:

Order a Recipe Kit

What Our Cooks Say

Melisa (Beacon Hill, NSW)
Melisa (Beacon Hill, NSW)
Read More
We made the pot-sticker dumplings and bang bang chicken – once again both exceeded our expectations. My husband keeps saying it’s better ordering this than going out to restaurants as the recipes and food quality are amazing.
Glennis (Caringbah South, NSW)
Glennis (Caringbah South, NSW)
Read More
The whole Be Inspired experience has helped me love cooking again. I was sick of cooking the same old things - meal time is a lot brighter thanks to you Roberta.
Kate (Killara, NSW)
Kate (Killara, NSW)
Read More
I loved the Fresh & Easy Chicken – simple instructions, only a few ingredients and the time factor absolutely spot on. Then came the highlight, the taste, no compromise on the enjoyment of that meal! For the time poor Fresh & Easy hits the mark indeed.
Jen (Tamarama, NSW)
Jen (Tamarama, NSW)
Read More
Thank you for stocking our pantry with such authentic Ingredients and quality produce ... I’ve so enjoyed picking fresh leaves from the herb pots and loved listening to the chef's playlist while cooking. We really like the flexibility of cooking over a couple of days and changing the order we cook the dishes in when we want to.
Katrina (Arncliffe, NSW)
Katrina (Arncliffe, NSW)
Read More
I am absolutely loving these boxes! There are Ingredients I have never worked with before so having the confidence to try something new is so much fun! The recipes are just amazing and the notes on what can be prep’d beforehand are a great help too. Thank you so much.
Nathan (Manly, NSW)
Nathan (Manly, NSW)
Read More
Loving Be Inspired! Felt like a kid opening up a Christmas present when the box arrived. Fresh herb pots are a nice touch!
Richard (Earlwood, NSW)
Richard (Earlwood, NSW)
Read More
Thanks so much for the Fresh & Easy Meal, it was excellent. We regularly get another meal kit delivery – your offering is vastly superior and a similar price, so big ticks.
Previous
Next