Jalao: A Quick and Easy Caribbean Dessert Recipe

honey candy


Jalao is a coconut and honey candy that is most commonly found in the Dominican Republic. It is super easy to make and who doesn’t love honey and coconut? The exact flavor and color of your candy is going to vary depending on the honey you use. This recipe is so much fun as you can really highlight the flavor of different varieties of honey.

This recipe makes about 12 balls.



  • 1 teaspoon of oil (to cover tray)
  • 2¼ cups coarse coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of honey


Grease a tray with the oil.

Mix in honey and 2 cups of coconut flakes into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once it reaches boiling, start stirring quickly and continuously until it turns into a darker color (like caramel).

Pour the mixture onto the tray and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cool, dip your hands in some oil to coat and then make balls. They can then be rolled in coconut or sugar.

Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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