Barranquilla’s Coconut Cravings: A Dive into the Coco Delight Cocadas

Unwrapping the Sweet Connection Between Cocadas and Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Coco Delight Cocadas
Coco Delight Cocadas
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Barranquilla, often termed the “Golden Gate of Colombia,” is not just about its vibrant Carnaval celebrations or its rhythmic cumbia beats. Dive a little deeper into its culinary scene, and you’re bound to discover a dessert that has been capturing hearts (and taste buds) for generations – the Cocadas.

Now, if you’re pondering about the Coco Delight Cocadas recipe, it isn’t just another variation of a coconut dessert. This particular treat has roots that trace back to Barranquilla’s bustling streets, thriving markets, and sun-kissed Caribbean shores.

Let’s take a moment to visualize Barranquilla. Located on Colombia’s northern coast, it’s a city that thrives amid the tropical heat, adorned with palm trees and characterized by the warmth of its people. Amidst the hustle and bustle of its daily life, street vendors offer a myriad of traditional snacks and sweets, with cocadas being one of the most sought-after treats. It’s quite common to witness locals and tourists alike, heading to their favorite vendor to get a dose of these sweet coconut morsels, especially during the sweltering afternoon hours.

At the heart of this dessert is the humble coconut, a fruit that flourishes along Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. Over the centuries, coconuts have deeply embedded themselves in the Colombian culinary fabric. In Barranquilla, the transformation of coconuts into cocadas is almost poetic. Fresh coconuts are cracked open, their water sipped as a refreshing drink, and their flesh skillfully grated and transformed into various delicacies, with cocadas reigning supreme.

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The process of making cocadas in Barranquilla is not just about mixing ingredients; it’s a dance of flavors, with each step in the recipe reflecting a part of the city’s soul. The sweetened condensed milk echoes the city’s love for rich, decadent flavors, while the optional addition of raisins or almonds provides a delightful crunch, reminiscent of Barranquilla’s diverse and multifaceted culture.

But the Coco Delight Cocadas isn’t just a reflection of Barranquilla’s culinary landscape; it’s also a testament to its history. The city’s position as a vital port has exposed it to a myriad of cultures, from Spanish colonizers to African and Arab immigrants. Each group has left its mark on the city’s palate, and the cocadas, with its blend of indigenous ingredients and introduced culinary techniques, is a sweet embodiment of this cultural fusion.

Furthermore, for many in Barranquilla, cocadas are not just a dessert; they are a symbol of perseverance and entrepreneurship. Many families have been making and selling cocadas for generations, passing down secret family recipes and techniques. They stand as a testament to the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and the community’s dedication to preserving its culinary traditions.

To truly appreciate the Coco Delight Cocadas, one must understand its connection to Barranquilla. It’s a dessert that tells a story, a sweet narrative of a city that celebrates its traditions while embracing the new. Whether you’re enjoying it amidst Barranquilla’s lively streets during Carnaval or savoring it from miles away, each bite of the cocada promises a piece of this Colombian city’s heart and soul.

So, the next time you find yourself shaping those coconut mounds or taking that delightful bite, remember the tales of Barranquilla they carry. Let the Coco Delight Cocadas be not just a treat for your palate but also a sweet journey through the rich tapestry of Barranquilla’s culture and history.

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Coco Delight Cocadas

Coco Delight Cocadas

Recipe Author : Mike Gonzalez
Cocadas, a beloved coconut confection, hail from the Hispanic culinary world, promising a delightful mix of sweetness and texture. These traditional treats, made predominantly from sweetened coconut, are a staple in many Latin American countries. The Coco Delight Cocadas will transport your taste buds straight to a tropical paradise!

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Colombian
Servings 15 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup chopped almonds or raisins Optional


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. If you’re using almonds or raisins, fold them in now.
    3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, Pinch salt, ½ cup chopped almonds or raisins
  • Using a spoon or your hands, shape the mixture into small mounds or balls, and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the cocadas are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet.


  • You can also add a hint of lemon or orange zest for a citrusy touch.
  • Cocadas can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 60mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16g
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Perfect Pairings: Complementing the Coco Delight Cocadas

Desserts, especially those as delicious as the Coco Delight Cocadas, often steal the spotlight. However, enhancing your tasting experience often lies in the company they keep! Here’s a curated list of other dishes and treats from our collection that would beautifully complement the sweet allure of Cocadas:

Enyucado ~ Cassava Cheesecake Cake
A rich and creamy twist to the traditional cheesecake, using cassava as its base. Its velvety texture and mild flavor make it a perfect dessert duo with Coco Delight Cocadas. Imagine taking a bite of the cocada, followed by a slice of this cheesecake – it’s like a dance of textures and flavors on your palate!
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Enyucado ~ Cassava Cheesecake Cake
Cholados Colombianos ~ Colombian Cholados
Cholados is a cross between a frozen dessert, fruit cocktail, and a drink, and derives from El Valle region of Colombia. It is made with crushed ice, fresh fruit
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Cholados Colombianos ~ Colombian Cholados
Canelazo (Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink)
You might be thinking the ingredients sound a lot like a hot toddy, and you would be right. It's a hot toddy with a Columbian twist.
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The list goes on with a range of dishes from Arequipe to the Colombian Coffee Crusted Pork Chops that can make your culinary experience truly Colombian. But the trick lies in balance. Just as you wouldn’t pair an overpowering wine with a delicate dish, choose the ones that harmonize with your primary treat – in this case, the Coco Delight Cocadas.

Dive into this beautiful culinary journey and discover how each dish can either contrast or enhance your cocada experience. After all, in food as in life, it’s all about the perfect pairing!

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