Have you ever eaten coconut drops? I wish I could make them. Of course, I could follow a recipe, but it seems likely that I’ll make a disappointing batch. I have childhood memories of my mother making this Jamaican dessert—she used fresh coconuts, and I would help her cut the coconut into smaller pieces before they were covered in melted sugar. She cooled the drops on banana leaves. My designers at Proof and I talked about the possibility of offering a little more and a behind-the-scenes view to fans or those curious about “How to Love a Jamaican.” They had the brilliant idea to call it coconut drops. I love that.
Explore the food, music, and process that went into writing “How to Love a Jamaican” below.