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Bukayo Recipe

How to make a Sweet, Soft and Chewy Dried Coconut Candy Recipe

Bukayo or Bocarillo Recipe. Another popular Filipino native delicacy, these dried coconut candies are super sweet, soft and chewy. It is made from fresh coconut strings that comes from a mature coconut and cook in water and palm, dark brown or mascovado sugar. The coconut strings are simmered in sugar syrup until it reaches caramelization point. You can also use young coconut, but it will become runny and spreadable, it will turn out as a Coco Jam.

Makes 15

bucayo 1

Bukayo Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mature coconut, shredded
  • 1½ cups dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup mascovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut juice or water
  • 2 tsp. calamansi juice (optional)
  • Banana leaves, greased with oil

Cooking Procedure: 

  • Mix dark brown sugar, mascovado and coconut juice or water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over the lowest heat possible for 1 minute until the sugar becomes watery and almost dissolve.

bucayo prep 1

  • Add mature coconut strings and calamansi juice, if using. Stir the coconut mixture to coat with sugar evenly, then cook for about 15 minutes or until the syrup thickens and reach caramelization point. You know your Bukayo is done when it is sticky enough to hold its shape.

bucayo prep 2

  • Fire off, let it cool slightly, then transfer into a greased banana leaf. Form the mixture into a flat circle, repeat until you’re done and set aside to dry. When it’s completely dry, it is ready to be served and enjoy.

A  fresh Mature Coconut that I shred, halfway I stop and took a photo it looks delicious and tempting…

bucayo 2
To store the bukayo you can either place in a jar, an airtight plastic container or you can individually wrap in plastic and tie it with a ribbon. A sweet treat, so appealing and very affordable giveaways for kids at parties. 
bucayo 3
Bukayo makes a great pasalubong treat to your loved ones and friends too. You can even make an extra income selling this special bukayo in food stores. For me It’s all about good quality food and profitable business ideas.

About pingskie

Hello, I'm Ping Joven welcome to Pinoy Desserts the home of Filipino Dessert Recipes, I love sweets and I love to share my goodies with my family and friends. I’ve spent so much time in our kitchen even though I don’t have formal cooking education, but I cook and bake a lot. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I love watching Foodnetwork Channel & YouTube cooking videos it helps me develop my skills. To my fellow home cooks and home-bakers we should keep doing what we love and enjoy being creative in the kitchen. I also love taking photos of my food but, I’m not a good photographer, so I just hope and pray that my food will make you hungry, so you won’t notice my bad composition LOL. And lastly, please have mercy on my poor writing skills, English subject has always giving me a headache and as I compose this bio I can feel a migraine starts to kick in LOL. Thanks for visiting, have a nice day and may the blessings chase you today!


  1. These look delicious! I dont think I’ve ever had any Filipinos deserts and i’d start with this.

  2. I like this recipe thanks for sharing. Like Bukayo

  3. I have been craving for bukayo! Thanks for sharing.

  4. yummy reminds me of the onion rings at outback!


  5. OmG! I miss this. But I don’t think I have the patience to do this. I just miss eating this in Pta. Taytay!

  6. Seems delicious!

  7. We will have to try it…I love coconut!

  8. This is interesting treat. I want to try it next time I get a coconut.

  9. madalas kaming gumagawa nito kz binebenta ni mama,.

  10. crystal sheckles-gibson

    These look delicious. I will have to try this for Christmas.

  11. I’d love to try this out when I have a chance to visit the Philippines.

  12. Wow! Yummyness overload! <3

    I remember during my childhood days, my mom always brings me Bukayo. Hays, miss those days!

  13. I super love bukayo and I really missed it! the last time I ate bukayo was over 5 years ago i think…

  14. yummy,.

  15. I didn’t know coconut came in strings. Interesting.

  16. Hmmm gives me an idea. I will check if I have some coconuts ready for harvest in our backyard. 😀

  17. All-time face of my Tatay. Will try to make one of this soon. 🙂

  18. looks delicious!

  19. I love coconut and trying treats from around the world. I work for a Japanese owned company and when someone comes back from Japan they always bring the office staff a treat. I will try to make a version of this here in the US.

  20. This coconut candy recipe looks delicious! My husband and I both love coconut.

  21. i would love to try this. It looks absolutely delicious. I think I will try to make this.

  22. Those look really yummy! I love coconut

  23. sherry ann gole cruz

    looks yummy and easy to make!

  24. Wow that looks yummy but I don’t think I could find some of those ingredients.

  25. My wife really would love to try this dessert. We both love coconuts and sweets as well!

  26. this is my fave sweets during elementary days

  27. These look so very very good. Maybe a can make these!

  28. oh my…wanna try this dessert..love sweet foods.wanna try took to cook this. thanks

  29. My mom loves them very much!

  30. Looks interesting. I wasn’t sure what it was, but it sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try.

  31. I don’t have muscovado sugar in canada.. What could I substitute?

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