Macapuno Balls Recipe

Macapuno Balls in a Bowl, Photo by JMorton

Macapuno Balls in a Bowl, Photo by JMorton

Macapuno balls are a popular soft candies, much loved by Balikbayans (Filipinos visiting the motherland, Philippines) to bring back as little presents and gifts when they returned back to their adopted countries.

I bought a few bags myself when I went home to the Philippines.

Macapuno balls are delicious and I thought it would be easy to make some here in London, where it is now easy to get ingredients from supermarkets selling world ingredients.

Macapuno preserve, is made from young coconut (buko) and can be bought from any Oriental shop also selling Filipino products.

Macapuno Balls Recipe




  • 2 cans (300 ml each) of condensed milk
  • 1 jar of macapuno preserves (can be home-made)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar


Method of Preparation:

1.    A jar of macapuno preserve has a lot of sweetened watery sauce so, it has to be emptied in a bowl and covered with a cheese cloth or a tea towel to absorb the liquid from it or put it on a colander and leave to drain.

2.    When most of the liquid had gone, add the condensed milk.

3.    Heat over a low heat for about 10 minutes or so.

4.    Remove from heat.

5.    Using a small container, dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and pour onto the macapuno.

7.    Blend the mixture well.  Then heat it up, again under a low heat and continue to mix until it thickens and separates from the pan.

8.    Let the macapuno cool down.  Shape them into bite-size ball then lightly roll them into a plate dusted with caster sugar.

9.    Finally wrap them up in cellophane or trimmed cling film as per photo above.


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