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Peanut Drops Recipe

Try the very simple peanut drops recipe, one of Jamaican favourite snack that both adult and children will love. Made with just six simple ingredients, these sweet munchies are highly addictive.

peanut drops

What Is Peanut Drops

Peanut drops is a sweet Jamaican snack made with roasted peanut, ginger, water and spices. All the ingredients is cooked down to a syrup like liquid that is harden when cool.

This peanut cake is easy to make and the result is very tasty. You can eat drops anytime of the day.

Jamaican peanut drops

What You Need For This Recipe

Here is what you will need to make peanut drops; roasted peanuts, brown sugar, grated fresh ginger, vanilla and cinnamon. I used ground cinnamon here, but you could also use cinnamon leaves or stick instead.

I like a lot of ginger in my drops because I like its burning sensation from the ginger, so I often use more ginger then the recipe recommends.

How To Make

Put the peanut and the grated ginger to boiled for about 5 minutes. Let the peanut absorb the ginger flavour. If you are using cinnamon stick or leaf, also add it here so that the peanut can soak up that aromatic flavour.

Add the the sugar and leave to cook until the liquid became a thick syrup. This may take up to forty to fifty minutes.

The ground cinnamon also goes in with the sugar and vanilla is added when the liquid is reduced.

Cook on high heat until the liquid start thickening, turn the heat to low to prevent the pot burning.

Once the liquid is thicken, you will need to “drop” it and leave to cool for the drops to form. Traditionally we drop on banana tree leaves because it the leaves are broad with enough space for all the drops and the drop won’t stick to it.

There is a change that you won’t have banana leaves. In the case, use over sheet or aluminum foil. Leave to cool so the drops can form.

Jamaican peanut cake

Peanut drops, or any kind of drops, is eaten at anytime of the day or night in Jamaican. It is usually eaten on its own. This is the perfect for someone who have a sweet tooth.

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Jamaican Peanut Drops

The perfect every day snack.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 3 Cups Roasted peanuts
  • Cups Brown sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 4 tbsp Grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla


  • Add the peanut and the grated ginger along with the water to a pot.
  • On medium to high heat, bring to a boil.
  • Add the the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Leave to cook for 50 minutes or until the the liquid reduce the a thick syrup.
  • Half way through add the vanilla and turn the heat down.
  • Use a large spoon, spoon out the peanut and drop it on aluminum foil, over sheet or banana leaf.
  • Leave to cool.


  • When spooning the drops, do it quickly because the syrup starts the get hard once you remove it from the fire. 
  • And careful not to burn yourself with the syrup. 
Keyword peanut


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