Cocado – Amaze Balls



I have been to Push Start Kitchen (an underground supper club in Atlanta) twice so far. Zach and Cristina are absolutely delightful hosts. Zach is an amazing chef and the food so far has never failed to please both visually and tantalize my taste buds always leaving me wanting to go back for more. I have to thank my friend Kiana for introducing me to that place.

On both occasions they have ended with this delightful Costa rican treat. I went googling on line for a recipe for it and found something called a Cocada. I went ahead and tried it out but reduced the sugar as it just seemed way too  much sugar at 2 cups!. Zach rolls his in powdered honey. I decided to roll the ones I made in a mix of almond and pecan grinds. I loved it and so did everybody else. Now these are  nowhere near as delicious as Zach’s but at the moment they will do.

The reason I called them Amaze Balls – is because that is the name Sumier came up with after he had the first one and Yen happily agreed.

I did one more modification, I took a quarter of the mixture and then added Lilikoi syrup to it and cooked it for a little longer to dry up the syrup. So I got a Lilikoi flavour to it – and those were simply delightful as well.


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cans granulated sugar – use the empty condensed milk can to measure it
  • 1 lb frozen grated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds (skins on)
  • 1 cup pecans


Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.

Mix the condensed milk, sugar, coconut, vanilla extract and milk in a heavy-bottom saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When the bottom of the pan starts to show and the mixture is a bit thicker (20-25 minutes) and the color has turned a little turn off the heat. Pour the mixture on the baking sheet – spread out and let it cool.

Use your food processor to pulse the almonds and pecans to a powder.

Once the mixture is cool, using a small cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop the mixture, roll it into a tight ball between your palms and then roll it in the ground nut powder. Thats it!


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