A Taste Of Paradise: Authentic Guam Coconut Candy (Kekin Niyok)

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Håle’ Alupdo, also known as Coconut Candy, is a beloved Guamian dessert with a rich cultural heritage. This chewy, melt-in-your-mouth candy is traditionally made with simple ingredients readily available on the island. It’s a perfect way to experience a taste of Guam and enjoy a delightful homemade treat.


Coconut Candy Annie’s Chamorro Kitchen

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of salt

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Coconut: In a large skillet or Dutch oven, toast the shredded coconut over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning. You want the coconut to be lightly golden brown and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

    2. Make the Sugar Syrup: In the same skillet, combine the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.

    3. Coconut & Syrup Together: Reduce heat to low and slowly add the toasted coconut to the sugar syrup. Mix well to coat the coconut evenly.

    4. Patience is Key: Continue stirring for about 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and becomes sticky. The coconut should absorb most of the syrup.

    5. Shaping & Cooling: Lightly grease a baking sheet or parchment paper. Pour the hot coconut mixture onto the prepared surface and spread it out into a thin, even layer. Use a spatula to smooth the top.

    6. Setting Up: Let the candy cool completely at room temperature for several hours, or overnight. The candy will firm up as it cools.

    7. Cutting & Enjoying: Once set, cut the candy into squares or desired shapes using a sharp knife. Enjoy your delicious Håle’ Alupdo!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approx.):

    Calories: 180

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 30mg

  • Conclusion:

    Håle’ Alupdo is a delightful treat that’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. It’s easy to make with a handful of ingredients and offers a unique taste of Guam’s culinary traditions. This recipe allows you to bring a bit of island paradise into your own kitchen and share this special candy with friends and family.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute brown sugar with another sweetener?

    While brown sugar adds a rich flavor to the candy, you can substitute it with an equal amount of granulated sugar or honey. However, the taste and texture might differ slightly.

    2. My candy seems too sticky. What can I do?

    If the candy mixture remains too sticky after cooking, continue simmering for a few more minutes, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the mixture.

    3. How long can I store Håle’ Alupdo?

    Store your homemade Håle’ Alupdo in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. It can also be stored in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life, up to 2 weeks.

    4. Can I add other flavors to this recipe?

    Absolutely! For a twist, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, almond extract, or a pinch of ground ginger to the mixture while it simmers.

    5. Is Håle’ Alupdo vegan?

    Traditionally, Håle’ Alupdo is not vegan because it contains honey. However, you can substitute honey with a vegan alternative like maple syrup or agave nectar to create a vegan-friendly version.