Tablet Cocoye

Delicious and sweet, Tablet Cocoye is a popular Haitian dessert made with fresh coconut. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 Tablets


  • 2 coconuts
  • 2 cups water divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup carnation milk


  1. Crack, clean and slice or shred coconut. Combine coconut, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, grated ginger and lime zest to a saucepan and bring to a boil with 1 cup water. Continue to simmer, when the liquid evaporates and appears low add remaining 1 cup of water.  The coconut mixture will cook for roughly 2 hours - until no longer raw and chewy. 

  2. With a low amount of water remaining add the vanilla extract and carnation milk.  Lower the heat a bit (medium/low) as you don't want to burn the sugary sauce.  Continue to simmer until the liquid thickens and evaporates, stir frequently.  You want the coconut mixture to cook off as much liquid as possible. (This recipe variation is a bit wetter than some, so depending on how you want your tablet, continue to cook down).

  3. Once the liquid has cooked off, transfer the coconut mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Make piles of the mixture and flatten out so the coated coconut tablet will dry.  Roughly 30 minutes or so, flip the tablet and allow the other side to set. 

  4. Once set - enjoy this sweet and delicious dessert!

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