My son's birthday is in October and we always take the opportunity to throw a different Halloween themed birthday party for him every year. Our family and friends love to get dressed up in costume and participate in our costume contest. This year, our theme will be Monsters! As a treat, I've come up with a way to convert one of my favorite Mexican classic candies, the cocadas (street-style coconut candy), into a Monster inspired sweet appetizer for our guests. This candy is so easy to prepare, that you can involve your kids in the process.
Food coloring is optional.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Line an 11” x 17” baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add sweetened coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla. Stir until all ingredients have been completely mixed.
Divide coconut mixture in six different bows. Add a few drops of different color food coloring in each bowl and mix well until desired shade of color has been reached.
Spoon different color mixtures in the lined baking pan (it's ok that colors touch one another). Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until coconut barely starts to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for aproximately 20 minutes. Until coconut is cool enough to handle.
With a round cookie cutter or spoon, cut out the baked coconut mixture and roll into 2" balls. Mixture should still be soft.
Adhere candy eyes with candy writer. Draw different monster faces in your coconut candies. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set before serving.