cream of coconut

I've now seen several recipes that I'd like to try that call for cream of coconut. I've scoured the stores within a 75 mile radius (yes, that is how far the nearest decent sized city is) and haven't been able to find it anywhere. Does anyone know of a good substitution or a way to make it at home? I was temped to mix coconut cream (from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk) with sweetened condensed milk but I'm not sure what the consistency or sweetness of cream of coconut is.

  • Posted by: ktr
  • March 7, 2015


Maedl March 7, 2015
Are you sure you want cream of coconut and not coconut milk? The latter is more often what you use in savory dishes. Cream of coconut consists of coconut, sugar, water ( in that order) and emulsifiers, plus other glop. There are a few recipes if you search 'cream of coconut DIY'.
ktr March 7, 2015
These are dessert recipes so yes I need cream of coconut.

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Maedl March 7, 2015
Then I would either try making your own or go the easy route and order it from Amazon.
HalfPint March 7, 2015
Cream of coconut can be found in the alcohol aisle. The brand that I see almost exclusively is Coco Lopez. Cream of coconut is usually used to make cocktails like piña colado. You can also use the thick layer at the top of an unshaken can of coconut milk. No need to mix with sweetened condensed milk or cream. There is also coconut milk powder that you can use to "make" cream of coconut, just add enough water to make a thick paste.
ktr March 7, 2015
Most grocery stores around here just have a small beer section because of the state laws regarding selling liquor, so no cream of coconut. And no, the liquor stores don't carry it either.
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 7, 2015
Have you checked the liquor stores?
ktr March 7, 2015
Yes I have. I got a look of utter confusion when I asked if they had it because I couldn't find it myself. Apparently around here you drink beer, liquor or wine - and mostly beer.
shelley March 7, 2015
I think that using condensed milk with coconut flavoring mixed in is your best bet to keep the consistency close.
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