Mexican Coconut Candy Recipe

Sarah Grossett | The Gold Lining Girl

Mexican Coconut Candy is an easy treat you can bake up pretty much ANY time. With just two ingredients, it couldn't be quicker!

Mexican Coconut Candy Photo

There’s a few different variations on Mexican coconut candy. I’ve seen a really pretty version that is striped and tri-colored - green, white, and red - not unlike the stripes on a Mexican flag. It’s a very neat candy to look at, but it’s a bit labor-intensive to make.

Another variation on Mexican coconut candy is called cocadas. They’re soft and chewy candies that are oven-baked to golden brown. Seeing as though cocadas provide a similar flavor profile to the tri-color version of the candy, but are much simpler and quicker to make, I decided to test-run a recipe for cocadas!

Mexican Coconut Candy Picture

Wow, these little candies are amazing! Lots of coconutty deliciousness, and they’re incredibly soft and chewy. But you absolutely must adore sugar. If you’re only mildly a sweet-tooth, you may want to skip these.

They remind me a lot of macaroons, but they’re possibly even sweeter. It makes perfect sense though that they would be little sugar-bombs, since they only contain two ingredients: shredded sweetened coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. Yep, that’s it!

Mexican Coconut Candy Image

However, I had leftover chocolate ganache from making a chocolate peanut butter cookie pizza, so I decided to give these Mexican coconut candies a dunk. Why not? They tasted like Mounds bars!

That step is completely optional, of course, but if you happen to have leftover ganache or melted chocolate sitting around, then I highly recommend it!

Mexican Coconut Candy Pic

The semi-sweet chocolate really cuts through how sweet these are. It is a delightful and welcome contrast to all the sweetness! I doubt it’s very traditional to dunk cocadas in chocolate, but it was totally delicious nevertheless.

With two ingredients, 30 seconds of mixing, a few minutes to fill the muffin cups, and 10-15 minutes of baking, you really cannot beat the speediness of this recipe for homemade candy!

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Mexican Coconut Candy Recipe

    30 Servings


  • 14 ounces Sweetened Shredded Coconut, (1 package)
  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together coconut and sweetened condensed milk until well-combined.
  3. Coat mini muffin pans with non-stick spray.
  4. Fill each muffin cup to the top, flush with the pan, with the coconut mixture, pressing to tamp down.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Cool completely in the pan. 


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Author: Sarah Grossett
Recipe Yields: 30 pieces of candy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 piece of candy
Servings Per Recipe 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 78
Calories 146

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 28mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sarah Grossett

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Sarah has an affinity for shiny golden objects, hence the name of her blog: The Gold Lining Girl. Peanut Butter's the one thing she'd take to a desert island, so it's only right that she's our Peanut Butter Fanatic!

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