Oh sweet chewy goodness Cocadas you are delicious! Living close to the border my family often visited our family who still lived in Mexico on the weekends. After our visit we would dread our trip back home. The endless lines of cars, one behind another awaiting their turn to pass the border back into the US. The line moved so slowly it seemed like an eternity for us kids. Thank goodness for the street vendors who sold their goods to the cars waiting their turn to cross the border. The street vendors offered a supply of tempting treats such as fruit cups, aguas frescas, chips, soda and dulces (candies). I would immediately look for the dyed bright pink cicadas and asked, beg papi to buy me a one, lucky me he always did. They were so good.
Similar to the American coconut macaroon cocadas are delicious. Baked until golden in color they maintain their chewy texture. Diced fruit or nuts are can be added to the batter and during the holidays food coloring is added to the shredded coconut to give them a burst of color.
A sweet Latin delight I recently made cocadas featuring Imperial Sugar. Cocadas are easy to make, but be warned they are addicting. I have made several batches since sharing my recipe over at the Imperial website. Head over to the Imperial site for the recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed.