Crack the coconut (my favorite method is wrapping it in an old towel and cracking it with a hammer). Remove the flesh (careful with sharp edges) using an old table knife or spoon.
Remove the dark peel using a potato peel. Wash and pat dry.
How to make Dulce de Coco
Grate in the food processor or by hand, the consistency (fine or coarse) will depend on on your own taste
Mix the all the ingredients in an iron pot and bring to a boil over very low heat. Stir regularly to avoid sticking and keep an eye on it to prevent it from overboiling.
When it reaches pudding-like consistency remove from the heat (it may take up to 40 minutes). Chill before serving
You can either prepare it with new coconut (the kind that still has the soft husk and water) or dry coconut.Each has a different taste and each has its fans. Some people like the coconut grated finely, some coarsely. I prefer a combination of both.If you are not able to procure a coconut you can use dry packaged shredded coconut, although the taste won't be the same.