Recipe...Curacao Sweets

Popular local sweets bought from a street vendor for about US$2.

½ fresh coconut, grated or 1½ cups dried unsweetened coconut
¼ cup water
½ cup sugar
Juice of ½ lime
Food colouring (optional)

Boil the water and add sugar, one spoonful at a time. Cook until it becomes a thick, pliable syrup. Add the coconut and continue stirring until the mixture hardens. Stir in the lime juice and food colouring. Let cool slightly, and then form into patties. Serve on broken pieces of coconut shell.