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Jamaican coconut drops recipe

Today I am giving you the popular Jamaican coconut drops recipe. This Jamaican dessert is sweet with a rich taste of ginger and other spices.

Jamaican coconut drops recipe

If you love coconut, you are going to love coconut drops.

Jamaica drops is a traditional Jamaican dessert that is so easy to make you will pinch yourself.

Made with very simple ingredients you will have right now in your cupboard.

Brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger and a coconut and you are ready to prepare Jamaican coconut drops with this simple recipe. 

Related: Peanut Drops, Plantain Chips

When make drops the sugary mixture is boiled down the a syrup that get firm when cool.

Traditionally, the cooked drops is scoop from the pot and “drop” on a banana leaf and leave to cool.

I guess that’s where the name comes from. Most of you reading this post won’t have a banana tree or have any means of getting a banana leaf.

But don’t be discourage because an over sheet or cooking foil will do the job. 

Although coconut drops is the most popular there are other types if drops, peanut drop and Jamaican almond drops, both of which are my favourite; I can’t eat to much coconut.

Usually peanut and Jamaican almond drops are more expensive to buy.

Coconut is also use to make a lot of other Jamaican desserts. Toto, grater cake, gizzada are all made from coconut.

Try the recipes below and enjoy one of Jamaicans favourite.

Jamaican coconut drops recipe

Jamaican coconut drops recipe

Jamaica drops is a traditional Jamaican dish, it is sweet and busting with flavour from the ginger a cinnamon.
4.15 from 14 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican coconut drops recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 1 Medium to large coconut
  • 2 Cups of brown sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon leaf Can also use cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • Large piece of ginger Grated
  • 2 ½ Cups of water The amount of water should just about cover the coconut when palced in the pot.


  • Break the coconut and remove the brown and white meat bit from the shell and wash it.
  • Dice the coconut meat into very small square like shape.
  • Place to water and cinnamon leaf in a saucepan on the stove at medium heat and bring to boil.
  • Add the grated ginger and the diced coconut to the boiling water. Leave to cook for about 30 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and let this cook until the water is reduce to a brown syrup like liquid. Make sure you stir continuously so the coconut will not burn.
  • Add vanilla extract and remove the cinnamon leaf.
  • Get your over sheet or cooking foil and place it on a flat surface. Using the cooking spoon, spoon out the coconut and drop it on the over sheet or cooking foil.


Now that we are finish, leave the drop to cold. I hope you enjoy this Jamaican coconut drops recipe.


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I am featuring you with full credit and a link to your site on a blog I am using. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Kevin, thanks for stopping by. If you plan on using my exact words or photos please don’t but if not by all means, take the recipe use it on you website I am ok with that.

  2. Jennifer Ramsay-Reed

    Good recipe, easy instructions came out good and Whole Family enjoy The Coconut Drops. Thanks..

  3. Jennifer Ramsay-Reed

    5 stars
    Keep up the Good work giving Great Recipes for Us away from Home.

  4. Sharon Bryant

    What happens if the drops won’t get hard? I put them on a parchment paper and left overnight and they are still sticky

  5. My drops are little sticky not hard
    What can I do to make drops harden?

    • Hi Marie, sorry to here that. It’s because the sugar wasn’t cooked long enough. It is tempting to remove the drops once the sugar got sticky and you don’t want it to burn but constantly stir at this point, until the sugar seem like it’s drying in to pot. Quickly place the drops on whatever you decide to dry them on.

  6. I never try any Jamaican food before but your simple recipe and clear instruction convince me to try coconut drops.

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