coconut candyI know the holidays are over and we’re all try to make better eating choices but I had to share this recipe from my husband’s grandmother. For years I have been hearing about “Gram’s Coconut Candy”. I have a cookbook that contains all the recipes she had in her file and one of the recipes is for Alma’s Coconut Candy. As the Valentine’s Day approached my husband and I decided to give it a try.coconut candy

We knew it wouldn’t be the same for two reasons, first of all Gram always used fresh coconut! I didn’t have any fresh coconut on hand so I had to use dried coconut. Second all of many of Gram’s recipes didn’t have exact measurements and her recipe for coconut candy was no exception. For example she would say “add a bit of vanilla” or “add confectioners sugar”. I’m sure it made perfect sense to her as she had made the coconut candy numerous times before. I’ve had wonderful results with other recipes such as Beach Plum Jelly, which had very little directions or measurements, just an equal amount of sugar and juice.jelly, pantry

After some online searching I actually found a recipe very similar to Gram’s but with some measurements. By combining the two recipes we came up with a wonderful treat to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. When making these coconut candies you have to work quickly as the coconut cream part dries out very quickly.The coconut confectioners sugar dough is also very stiff to work with.  It helps to have another set of hands to work the dough and to roll the balls.coconut candy It would also help to have more chocolate melted that the original recipe called for as I ran out of chocolate halfway through the process. We were all pleased with the result and will try it again using fresh coconut.coconut candy

Alma’s Coconut Candy


3 Egg whites, beaten very stiff
2 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
¼ pound of grated coconut
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
2 boxes semi-sweet chocolate
2-4 Tbsp. Butter (Gram’s recipe actually called for paraffin wax but I opted for butter)


Mix the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, coconut and egg white together. Roll into small balls and let stand for ½ hour.coconut candy

Meanwhile melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler. When the chocolate is cool dips the coconut balls into the chocolate, Set the balls on a cooling rack to harden.coconut candy Once the balls cooled store in a cool place or in the refrigerator.

The flavor comes out if the coconut candies are allowed to sit for a day or so. I imagine if you used fresh coconut these candies would be even better.

11 comments on “Alma’s Coconut Candy

Carol on February 13, 2018 12:31 am

Sounds tasty! Pinned and shared

Susan on February 13, 2018 9:34 pm

Thank you so much for joining the “Happiness is Homemade Link Party”. I love family recipes the older the better. It is a great way to connect with older family member and share with our kids. I have Pinned to my Pinterest. Susan

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on February 15, 2018 2:49 pm

Ohhh – I want some!! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

Linda Barnby | Hello Sweet Life on February 17, 2018 1:45 pm

Who doesn’t love coconut? Almond Joy is one of my favorite candies. Now I can make this recipe fresh? Pinned!

Miz Helen on February 19, 2018 4:02 pm

Your Coconut Candy looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

April J Harris on February 19, 2018 5:49 pm

What a precious heirloom your Grandma’s recipes are, Nancy! I’m so glad you shared this one with us. Alma’s Coconut Candy looks delicious – and I so love vintage recipes!! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely week!

Nancy Wolff on February 19, 2018 10:34 pm

I love having Alma’s recipes, she was an amazing cook!

Charlotte Moore on February 21, 2018 1:09 pm

I wonder if frozen coconut would work? It is grated fine like fresh and actually is fresh frozen.

Nancy Wolff on February 22, 2018 1:16 pm

I would think frozen coconut would work, I used dehydrated which was ok but I decided fresh would be better. I’ll be frozen would work well!

Miz Helen on February 25, 2018 5:15 pm

Your post is on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate, I am pinning your post to our Features Board!
Miz Helen

Nancy Wolff on February 26, 2018 6:33 pm

Thank you so much Miz Helen! Thrilled to make it to the Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday! 🙂

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