Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

I have always wondered why some of our dishes have been relegated to obscurity. Perhaps is the humble provenance of those dishes, something we have written about before, that keeps them away from the refined table. Maybe it’s time the revolution reached the cupboards.

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

Jalao is one such humble dish that still languishes as colmado fare, and although a childhood favorite it never delights guests with its fresh taste and chewy texture. A shame really.

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

It’s funny how we strive to cook and serve some of our most complicated desserts, which become a source of headache and much forum chatter amongst our beginner cooks. If you are going for truly Dominican fare forget tres leches, or flan: they may be Dominican favorites but they are not unique to our cuisine. I suggest that if you are new to cooking you might start with the simple recipes; they might not impress your guests with your culinary prowess in the same way as a properly-made tres leches, but they will enjoy the simpler ones all the same.

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

And no, we are not being paid by the PC Foundation, it happened to be the honey I have, and it is darn good, organic and the money goes to a good cause.  So there, buy it if you can find it where you live.

Can we perhaps re-discover these dishes, present them in a dignified manner and serve them with pride?

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

Is there any food that say "love" better than honey? I don't think so either. Make a bunch of these, and go around spreading sweetness and love around you.


    To cover the cookie sheet
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • For candy
  • 2 cups dry coarse coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of dark honey


  1. Pour the honey into a saucepan and bring to a "violent" boil over medium heat.
  2. Mix in the coconut and pour the mixture on the oiled tray. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Cover your hands with a bit of oil and make balls about 1.5" in diameter. Rest on an oiled surface. Serve at room temperature. For a bit of contrast you can sprinkle with coconut flakes.


To make coconut flakes follow the instructions in this link, bear in mind that you will need to stop the food processor before the coconut turns into flakes, there should be small chunks (about 1/4" pieces).


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  • Carmen Rosa February 11, 2011, 4:52 PM

    I so want one of those. Or five.

  • Elizabeth March 2, 2011, 9:45 AM

    wow, these looks and sound so yummy!! Thanks for posting… I can't wait to try them out this weekend :)

  • natasha March 30, 2011, 1:08 PM

    are these better than Memelos?

  • sara April 17, 2011, 2:54 PM

    how long do you boil the honey? mine were too liquid

  • Esther April 21, 2011, 12:44 PM

    I love this…

  • Aunt Clara April 25, 2011, 11:31 AM

    @Sara: Boil until it starts boiling with very big bubbles. Or better yet, use a candy thermometer and boil until reaches 225 F degrees.

  • Sheila May 26, 2011, 11:38 AM

    How many pieces are in a serving?

  • My Fudo September 22, 2011, 10:28 PM

    That looks so delish. How many days will it last? I want to prepare and pack it in plastics.

  • Alison @ ingredients September 23, 2011, 5:00 AM

    wow! fabulous

  • Anja @ AnjasFood4Tho September 25, 2011, 7:30 PM

    What an amazing recipe. I love foods that only consists of just a few ingredients. Honey and coconut just sound like the perfect combination. Will have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Edgar September 29, 2011, 1:24 PM

    Do you know the nutrition value of the Jalao?? i appreciate your help :) el orguillo de ser Dominicano!!!

    • Aunt Clara September 29, 2011, 1:41 PM

      No, honestamente que no tengo idea. Puedes consultar en una tabla los ingredientes independientes.

  • Isa Moran January 28, 2012, 5:16 PM


    just wanted to let you know how much i love this website

    the recipes are so awesome and sometimes so simple

    i tried most of the recipes and love all of them except for the quipes(kipes)

    omg there were so difficult to make i thought and truly i didn't like them. Anyways

    this is the closest i've come to real dominican food and desserts

    thank you so much

    and please keep the recipes coming

  • Jennifer March 5, 2013, 10:12 PM

    I’ve got to thank you for all your awesome recipes. I’m Dominican but my husband is Mexican and I must admit I find myself cooking mostly Mexican food. But now, with your help, I’ve been able to prepare some of my childhood favorite dishes and teaching my kids about them! I even got a little emotional today when I found this recipe for Jalao, one of my mom’s favorite desserts (r.i.p). Thanks once again.