Coconut candy recipe

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Coconut candy ball is a sweet, chewy, coconut snack. Made of chopped or grated coconut, this 4-ingredient treat is loved by adults and children across west Africa. Nigerians call it “Shuku Shuku” whilst the Ghanaians call it “Kube cake”.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 medium coconut
  • ⅓ cup Sugar
  • ½ lemon (juiced)
  • ¼ cup water
How to Make It
  1. Crack open coconut and remove coconut meat from shell (May buy de-shelled coconut meat to avoid this process).
  2. Chop the coconut meat into smaller pieces.
  3. Add coconut meat to a food processor with an s-blade.
  4. Turn on the food processor to chop coconut meat into even smaller tiny pieces.
  5. Place a small pot on a hob with medium heat.
  6. Add water, sugar and lemon juice and stir.
  7. Continue to stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  8. Bring mixture to a boil and leave to continue to boil for approx. 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken up.
  9. Add coconut meat and stir into caramel mixture
  10. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for approx. 10 minutes.
  11. After 10 minutes, remove from the hob and leave to cool for approx. 5 minutes or more if too hot to mould.
  12. Use a spoon to scoop out some coconut candy mixture and use clean hands to mould into a ball shape then place on a cooling mat (repeat this until all coconut mixture is finished).
  13. Serve as snacks after cooling.

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