International Recipes

Cocada Branca
(White Coconut Flake Candy)

This candy is from Brazil.

This is a recipe for white coconut candy. It is called "white" because there is also black cocada (cocada preta). The black cocada is made with brown sugar and has a dark brown color.

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  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 coconuts
  • 4 cloves (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)


  1. Grate the coconuts with a hand grater (Do not use blender, food processor. Coconut flakes already grated will not taste the same as freshly grated coconuts).
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon. Boil for about 20 minutes or until you get a thick syrup. Test by dropping a full teaspoon of syrup in a glass with water. The syrup should become a soft candy. (You can remove the clove and cinnamon from the syrup at this point).
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the grated coconut with a wooden spoon.
  4. Return the saucepan to heat and cook additional 5 minutes. Perform the water glass test again to make sure it has boiled long enough.
  5. Use a large spoon to drop amounts of melted cocada onto a buttered baking sheet.
  6. Let cocadas cool, then serve.

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