Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

by Erica Dinho on November 11, 2012

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Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

Cocadas are a traditional and popular dessert in Colombia. There are different variations of this wonderfully sweet treat, however, the main ingredient is always shredded coconut(coco), while other ingredients are dependent on region and family.

Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

Cocadas are usually sold on the streets and beaches around the country. Cocadas are very easy to make and keep fresh up to two weeks in the fridge stored in cookie tins.

These Cocadas Blancas (White Cocadas) are a delicious, sticky, sweet treat from the coast of Colombia. Here are some of the variations that I’ve posted before on the site: Cocadas de Arequipe, Cocadas de Lechera and Chancacas.

Buen provecho!

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(About 12 cocadas)

  • 2 1/2 cups of shredded coconut fresh or store bought
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut water
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder

Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)


  1. Place all the ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low.
  2. Let it simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir often with a wooden spoon to prevent the coconut mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

  4. sing 2 spoons, drop small amounts of the mixture onto the baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  5. et cool completely. Store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks
  6. Cocadas Blancas (Colombian-Style Coconut Candy)

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa November 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I love these sweets! Thanks for sharing how to make them!


2 Erica November 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Thank you,Belinda!


3 Dennis November 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Do you think it would be possible to substitute coconut milk for the whole milk? Looking forward to trying this one!


4 Erica November 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Dennis, I used coconut water and whole milk.


5 grace November 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

you do love your coconut, don’t you, erica! i do too, and these look yummy. :)


6 Erica November 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Colombians love to eat and cook with coconuts…..;-)


7 Joanne November 13, 2012 at 6:48 AM

I love all things coconut. These look amazingly addictive!


8 Erica November 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Thank you, Joanne! They are delicious!


9 Amy (Savory Moments) November 14, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Mmmmm – these look so good. I enjoy coconut so these candies would go fast in my house!


10 Erica November 14, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Thank you, Amy!


11 shannon November 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

these sound amazing, love coconut and cardamom :)


12 Erica November 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Thank you,Shannon!


13 Susana November 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I made these Cocadas Blancas for a bake sale and we sold them very fast. Simple to make and really good. I placed mine in the fridge until ready to sell and they were perfect.


14 Erica November 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Thanks, Susana!


15 Erika January 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Should the coconut be unsweetened? If I use Baker’s sweetened coconut, can I eliminate the sugar?
Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!! I am planning to make this one for the Colombian booth at International Day at the American School of Kuwait!


16 Erica January 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

If you use sweetened coconut, add less sugar.


17 Susan May 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Hi, I made these for my son’s project on Colombia… are they supposed to harden or stick together? Mine have just stayed separate… I’ve never had them or made them so I’m not sure what the texture is supposed to be.


18 Erica Dinho May 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

They are soft, but they stick together.


19 Dawn September 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Can we use sweetened coconut or should it be unsweetened. I am assuming unsweetened because you mentioned using fresh coconut. I am looking for a shortcut! This is for a school festival. Thanks.


20 Erica Dinho September 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Hi Dawn, You can find bags of grated unsweetened coconut at the supermarket.


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