Ben Tre's Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre
Ben Tre's Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre

Ben Tre’s coconut candy is not only a processed dish for family entertainment, but it is also an intimate gift for friends and relatives. With quite simple ingredients from malt and coconut milk, it has made an interesting specialty that anyone who comes to Ben Tre must try once.

By Thomas Vietnam at | All Best Foods & Restaurants in Ben Tre

Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre

1. Better to Know as a Food Lover

Find them: Ben Tre city.

Best time: Dusk-Dawn

Don’t miss: Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy

Local’s pick: Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy Shops

Tourist’s pick: Supermarket in Ben tre


Facts: Coconut candy is a type of candy made from the main ingredients of coconut rice and malt sugar. This is a specialty candy and a traditional craft imbued with the country’s culture. In Vietnam, there are many coconut-growing areas, but Ben Tre is the birthplace and development of the coconut candy processing industry.

2. Better to Know Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy

Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre

Ben Tre coconut candy originates from Mo Cay district. According to collected documents, the first person to make candy was Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc, born in 1914, living in Quarter 1, Mo Cay town. Coconut candy at that time was called Mo Cay candy. In 1970, Nguyen Thi Vinh, born in 1945, lived in Ben Tre town, changed the way candy is processed. She established the Thanh Long coconut candy production facility, the first in Ben Tre town, and from there created the name Ben Tre coconut candy. Ingredients for making coconut candy include: coconut milk, malt, sugar (in the past people used canned sugar, but today we use granulated sugar). Malt is distilled from the sugar of sticky rice when it is incubated to germinate.

From the very rich source of coconut raw materials of Ben Tre, plus the ingenuity of the processor, the coconut people have known to add cultural values, the value of traditional manual labor to the product to make the fruit. Coconut is not only a source of raw materials but it has increased in value many times. Here, cultural factors in handicraft products have created economic value, contributing to improving and improving the lives of people in the coconut land. On the other hand, it is thanks to such economic development that traditional handicrafts are treasured, preserved and constantly developed.

Coconut candy production facilities have not hesitated to invest billions to innovate traditional candy production technology, creating more and more attractive designs and designs for customers. According to the old production tradition, coconut candy production facilities always attach great importance to quality, credibility, and do not use preservatives, chemical sugars and other banned substances to affirm their brands. As a result, Ben Tre coconut candy has been present in markets throughout the country and also exported to many countries in Asia, Europe and America.

3. Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy in Ben Tre

Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre

The best Ben Tre coconut candies

Coconut candy with coconut milk

With the pure greasy taste of coconut milk when not mixed with other flavors. This type of candy is quite popular, especially suitable for customers who do not like their own deep smell.

Peanut gummy coconut candy

This coconut candy has peanuts left intact to give the candy a rich flavor when you chew. This Ben Tre coconut candy is also an ideal choice for you if you want to try different types of coconut candies.

Durian coconut candy

Durian when combined with coconut milk creates a greasy, delicious flavor and creates a delicious and different candy compared to other Ben Tre coconut candies.

Coconut candy Cocoa and cocoa durian

The characteristic aroma of cocoa, slightly bitter when mixed with coconut milk, creates a unique aroma, great for customers who like candy that is not too sweet. The combination of cocoa and durian also creates a different type of coconut candy with a different flavor than other common candies.

Pineapple coconut candy and pineapple durian gummy candy

This candy has the taste of faint pandan leaves, striped coconut candy, green white coconut candy with pandan leaf flavor that looks very attractive. This is a type of candy that many domestic and foreign tourists find and buy.

Coconut candy taro and strawberry jelly

The color and taste of these two candies are loved by ladies and children. You can try the candies before buying to feel the taste of the candies and choose the one you like best!

4. How to Make Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy

Ben Tre’s Coconut Candy – Eat Best Food in Ben Tre


Coconut milk: 220g

Sugar: 60g

Malt: 35g

Salt: 1g

Coconut oil, butter: 10g

Containers, stencils

Step 1: The coconut candy mold is lined with a layer of wax paper, press the stencil to be perpendicular to the candy mold and then set aside to prepare for the freezing process. Linen with parchment paper so the candy doesn’t stick to the mold. You should line it with parchment paper, because the candy is very sticky, it will be a bit difficult to remove the candy from the mold.

Step 2: Put the ingredients prepared in the above part including coconut milk, malt, salt, and sugar into the pot. Turn on the stove on low heat to cook until the candy becomes thick. Measuring a temperature of about 125 degrees Celsius is okay. This candy slug you should stir constantly because the candy is quite sweet, so it will burn very easily.

Step 3: When you see that the candy is thick and sticky, the candy is done, quickly add coconut oil and pour the candy into the prepared mold.

Step 4: Wait for the candy in the mold to freeze and dry down, cool down, then put the candy on a cutting board, apply a thin layer of cooking oil on the knife and then cut the candy into small squares about 1cm to taste. complete.

Step 5: Take candy wrappers or stencils to wrap the candy beautifully.

5. Pro tips:

Here are our tips for easing your mind (and stomach) around food-handling environments that you may not be used to.

Make sure the food is freshly cooked. If you’re eating hot street food, it’s always safest (not to mention more delicious) to eat food you can see being cooked to order.

Look for lines and busy stalls. Busy street food stalls are an indicator of popularity, and their high turnover rate means the food is never sitting out for hours and developing dreaded bacteria. Yes, long lines can be discouraging when you’re hungry after a full day of exploring, but it’s not worth the risk of grabbing precooked food from the empty spot next door.

Eat when the locals are eating. The last and most important element here is when to eat. You’re likely already on a weird eating schedule while you’re traveling, but it’s important to try and adjust to the eating times of where you are. A bowl of pho might be lunch for Americans, but it’s breakfast for the Vietnamese. This ensures that you’re eating freshly cooked food and that you can find the best and most popular places to eat.

If you can’t drink the water, then you can’t eat the salad. Most people get so hung up on not drinking the water or skipping ice in drinks that they don’t think about all of the other ways in which water is used in food service. Fruits and vegetables tend to be washed with tap water in most places, rather than the filtered water that locals drink—or sometimes it’s not washed at all. If you’re really craving some produce, try fruits you can peel or cooked veggies.

Trust your gut. If you’re unsure about the food or the way that it’s being prepared, then keep moving. Eating street food all over the world doesn’t make you an expert. Every stall and every country are different, and sometimes the rules can be harder to follow. When something doesn’t look, smell, or feel right, don’t eat it! Trust your judgment. Chances are that there’s another spot close by that’s making something more delicious.

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Can Tho: Co Ut’s Cong cakeUt Dzach Fine Rice VermicelliThanh Van Grilled Pork SausageCrab Noodle Soup At Floating MarketScorched Rice with Caramelized Fish Sauce7-Toi’s Duck Meat PancakeBanh Mi ThuyBanana Blossom SaladFried Spring RollsFresh Spring RollsFetal duck egg (balut)Honeycomb CakeMini Sticky Rice CakeCassava Silkworm CakeGrilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky RiceKhmer-style Bun Goi Da SoupEgg CoffeeCon Son Grilled Snakehead FishBun Mam – Fermented Fish Noodle SoupLau Mam – Fermented Fish HotpotGrilled Snails with PepperMagenta Sticky Rice CakeDuck cooked with Fermented TofuRice Noodle PizzaVegetarian Noodle SoupSnails Stuffed With Pork

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Chau Doc: Chau Doc Fish Noodle SoupSugar Palm FruitBasa Fish Hot PotMam (Fermented fish)Phu Huong Beef Noodle Soup, Broken Rice with Pork Chop, Long Xuyen Broken RiceNui Cam PancakeO Thum’s Chicken Grilled with Lime LeavesStir-fried Shrimp with Sesbania FlowerSweet & Sour Soup with Siamese Mud Carp Soup & Sesbania FlowerCaramelized & Braised CatfishGrilled Rice-field Rat with Salt and Chili

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Soc Trang: Pia CakeCong Cake (Banh Cong)Bun Nuoc Leo Soc Trang’s Noodle SoupSoc Trang’s Bun Goi Da SoupDuck Noodle Soup with black PepperCurry Noodle SoupGrilled Beef on TileKhmer-style Tube CakeKhmer-style Mung Bean Cake (Banh In)Dried Radish (Xa Bau)Stir-Fried Noodles with Seafood (Mi Sua)Soc Trang’s Green Rice Flakes

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ben Tre: Phu Le Rice WineBen Tre’s Coconut CandyFlat BananaCoconut RiceSnail PancakeSea Snail with Coconut MilkCoconut WormYoung Coconut Salad with Shrimp & PorkSon Doc Puff Rice Paper

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Cai Be: Puffed Rice Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Vinh Long: Elephant Ear Fish (fried giant gourami)

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in My Tho: Fried Sticky RiceSnakehead Fish Rice PorridgeHu Tieu My Tho (Noodle Soup)Coconut Banana Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Tra Vinh: Macapuno CoconutBun Nuoc Leo Tra Vinh’s Noodle SoupTra Cuon’s Sticky Rice Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Sadec: Sa Dec Noodle SoupSadec Crab HotpotLai Vung Spring RollsSa Giang Shrimp Puff PastryLai Vung Tangerine

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Bac Lieu: Spicy Beef Noodle SoupBac Lieu’s Three-striped CrabWhite Radish PiesBac Lieu Thick Noodles & Creamy Coconut MilkBon Bon Pickles

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ca Mau: Banh tam ga cay (Silkworm rice cake with curried chicken)Grilled Vop clams with salt and pepperGrilled Mudskipper FishStone Crab Roast With SaltYoung Bee SaladNam Can’s CrabU Minh Forest’s HoneyU Minh’s Fermented Fish Hotpot

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Hau Giang: Cau Duc PineappleCai Tac’s Pork Organs PorridgeHau Giang’s Bronze Featherback Fish Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ha Tien: Herring Fish SaladSpider crab cake soupKen Noodle soupXoi Xiem (Siamese sticky rice)Steamed Noodle soupHa Tien Oyster porridge

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Rach Gia: Stir Noodle SoupKien Giang Fish Noodle Soup

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Con Dao: Bang nut jamVu Nang SnailRoasted Pork Bread (Banh Mi)Coconut Ice Cream

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Phu Quoc: Phu Quoc Sim WinePhu Quoc PepperPhu Quoc fish sauce

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.

Thank you

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