Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

by Erica Dinho on September 28, 2012

Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

Chancacas are a traditional dessert from Buenaventura Colombia, a seaport city on the Pacific Ocean. This candy is made with coconut and panela (sugar cane) and is a delight in every way.

Using fresh coconut makes this dessert sensational but you can also use dried shredded coconut. This coconut candy is very sweet and has a chewy texture. It is very similar to cocadas and panelitas, which are other popular coconut candies in Colombia.

Buen provecho!



  • 5 cups of shredded coconut
  • 2 cups of water
  • 16 oz of panela
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, place the panela, water and lime zest. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  2. Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

  3. Add the coconut and cinnamon stick. Stir well and cook for about 30 minutes more or until the mixture is thick. Discard the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the prepared sheet. Press the mixture evenly into the sheet. Cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.
  6. Chancacas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)
    Chancacas Buenaventura

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa September 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Looks like such a perfect sweet ending to a good meal. I love that you offer a tall glass of milk with this!


2 Jenn and Seth September 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

such a fun treat! looks yummy!


3 Phil September 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I have got to say that i have a very sweet tooth and i love coconut so how could i not love these. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures.


4 grace September 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

i would just dig into that bowl of sticky goo with my fingers and be done with it–what a treat!


5 Jennette October 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Looks delish!


6 Heather B October 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Im soo excited to make these!! Thank you!


7 Eva October 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Saw the recipe and decided I had to try it. I’m so glad I did.My husband liked them a lot.


8 Erica October 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Thank you everyone for all your comment and feedback!


9 Phil November 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

So. How do you make Panela. There is lots of sugar cane here – Australia. Could I make it at home? Or with the syrup from freshly squoze sugar cane?


10 Erica November 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Phil, I buy the panela. I don’t have a recipe for homemade panela.


11 wilbert cacafranca July 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Id like to share on how to make your own Panela (Latik in Tagalog/Philippines). The above recipe/item we call it Bokhayo. Here is the engridients on how to make your own panela to make a pefect Chancacas/coconut candy.

1. 1kg of sugar (either brown or white)
2. 2 liters of coconut milk (buy the coco milk in can)
3. shredded coconut

in a pan mix all together, stir in low heat til become sticky, then add the shredded coconut, approx. cooking time 1 hr. you will then have a shinny sticky sweety Chancacas/coconut candy/bokhayo.


12 Kit Wai August 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

hi , thanks for sharing the recipe .
May i know panela is it palm sugar ?


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