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Grandma's Coconut Candy

This recipe of Grandma's is made the way we enjoyed it as kids. It is deliciously sweet and the coconut and sugar is held together with vegetable shortening.

I don't make this anymore, now that we all understand the effects of saturated fats on our arteries. Vegetable shortening or Copha is a saturated vegetable fat.

Nonetheless, if you must have some, have just a little.

At the very least, you know the fat is fresh shortening and not a trans-fat, which I understand is far worse.

Grandma's Version

Just Add Prepare
• 1/4 pound desiccated coconut

• 1/2 pound icing sugar

• 5 oz Copha, or solid vegetable shortening

• 1 tsp vanilla

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• red coloring

• Melt the copha in a saucepan over moderate heat

• Add in all the ingredients except the coloring. Mix well

• Spoon half the mixture into a lined, greased square baking tin. Press down firmly

• Refrigerate till firm

• Drop a couple of drops of red coloring into the remainder of the mixture. Combine well so that there is even coloring

• When the white mixture is firm, spoon the pink mixture on top

• Refrigerate till firm

Slice into squares to serve. This mixture will make about 14 - 16 squares of coconut candy

Now, how easy was that!


You can make variations, by layering several colors, but the usual is pink and white.

Be sure the solid vegetable shortening is white in color.

To help with the cutting process on serving, make knife marks while the mixture is still soft, and then refrigerate.


The version of coconut candy that I make these days, does NOT have fat but does have sugar and condensed milk. Because it has no fat, the sliced candy is somewhat "flexible". Nonetheless, it still tastes delicious.

Wishing you happy cooking!

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