Coconut Brittle recipe anyone?

sheshebopDecember 12, 2011

A friend says she remembers coconut brittle from when she was small. It was her father's favorite. She says she cannot find a recipe anywhere for it. It did not have any nuts in it, only shaved (not grated) coconut. Does anybody know of this? I wonder if I could just make a peanut brittle without the peanuts and only use coconut (if I can get the darn shell off). Perhaps somebody remembers something like this. I am nervous about just making brittle and finding out it was more like a toffee consistency. I just thought somebody here might have heard of or remembered such a thing.


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Sounds yummy!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 11:30AM
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Is this it?

Coconut Brittle is a rich, toasty brittle recipe with loads of flavor from shredded coconut. If you thought brittles had to include peanuts or other nuts, you must try this coconut variation. It�s wonderful dipped in chocolate, eaten plain, or crushed and used on top of coconut cream pie or other desserts.

Yield: 1 lb coconut brittle

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda


1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside for now.

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and salt over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar and butter dissolve, then insert a candy thermometer.

3. Cook the candy without stirring until it reaches 240 degrees F (115 C) on the thermometer. Once at 240, add the unsweetened coconut and stir it into the candy.

4. Once the coconut is added, you will need to be very vigilant and stir the candy frequently to prevent it from burning. It will be thicker and more difficult to stir, and might clump around the thermometer. The coconut will start to darken and the whole candy will get browner and have a toasty aroma, but with frequent stirring it should not blacken or burn.

  1. Cook the candy until it reads 290 degrees F (143 C) on the candy thermometer.

6. Once at 290, remove the pan from the heat immediately and stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda. As the baking soda is added the candy will start to loosen up and foam up.

7. Pour the candy onto the foil-lined baking sheet and use an offset spatula to spread it into a very, very thin layer. This candy is better the thinner it is, so try to get it as thin as possible.

8. Once it has started to set but is still flexible, carefully use your hands to pull it thinner, as you would stretch peanut brittle.

9. Allow the Coconut Brittle to cool completely. Once cool, break it into small chunks. If you want, you can smear chocolate on the brittle before breaking it, or dip individual pieces in chocolate.

10.Coconut Brittle can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Here is a link that might be useful: coconut brittle

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 11:35AM
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Oh THANK YOU Shaun! I have a friend who Loves coconut (as I do), and am happy to have something like this to fall back on.

Sherry, I am so glad you asked!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 1:54PM
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You're welcome, I just googled it, haven't made it myself. But if it turns out yummy, you can call it Shaun's Coconut Brittle. hahaha!!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 2:49PM
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Thanks Shaun. I googled it also and came up with nothing. Maybe Google doesn't like me either.
Anyway, I will try that one this week.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 9:42PM
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