Whenever I see those cellophane packages of red, yellow and white coconut candy balls among the bags of arare and li hing mui at Long’s Drugs, I think of my grandma. Grandma loved the fresh, soft-fleshed “spoon meat” coconut and so coconut candy was a natural favorite of hers. As kids, my cousins and I would sneakily rifle through grandma’s snack stash in her bedroom – (and there was also another stash in the rarely-used microwave) – looking for treats. The sweet, coconutty and brightly-colored coconut candy balls were one of the better finds, by far trumping the ginger hard candies, the peppermints and the ribbon candy (typical grandma sweets).
If grandma were here, she would absolutely love my latest discovery: Hawaiian Coconut Candy. They’re made in Hilo of just coconut and sugar, but these candies are simply delicious and very addicting. Crack coconut and totally stash-worthy. Crave, crave, crave.
Coconut Candy Co.
(808) 443-9596 or (808) 269-9846