One of my favorite snack foods right now is toasted coconut chips with caramel and sea salt. You might have seen this product at Trader Joe’s sold under the name roasted coconut chips or you may have encountered a version made by Dang sold at other grocery stores. Toasted coconut chips are sweet, salty, not at all greasy, relatively healthy, insanely delicious, and totally addictive. After yet another bag of toasted coconut chips ended up in my shopping cart the other day, I started to to think about how to make them myself.
On Amazon right now, it costs $2.26 an ounce for the Trader Joe’s chips (they are less in the store), $1.42 an ounce for Dang chips, and $0.26 per ounce for unsweetened flaked coconut. Just how hard could it be to toast and sweeten coconut myself?
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a photo yesterday of four test batches that I wasn’t happy with. I experimented with toasting coconut on the stovetop and in the oven, using different types of sugars, and at which stage to add the sugar. In the end, I developed a recipe for toasted coconut with caramel and sea salt that tastes just like Dang. Bonus: The whole thing is done in under 10 minutes! Get ready to get snacking!
How To Make Toasted Coconut with Caramel and Sea Salt