Helado de Coco (Coconut Sorbet)

Posted by Jackie on Apr 18, 2011

You can find helado de coco (coconut sorbet) anywhere on the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico…or in your kitchen if you follow this simple no-cook recipe!  You only need four ingredients to make this delicious Puerto Rican favorite.  Creamy, with a great (yet not overpowering!) coconut flavor, this is a great spring and summer dessert!  Try pairing it with Dulce de Papaya for an extra special treat.


  • 1-14 oz. can coconut milk (roughly 2 cups)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar


In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, half-and-half, cream and sugar.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and freeze for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is very cold.

Remove from the freezer and pour into your ice cream machine.  Freeze in the ice cream maker for 15-20 minutes, or until the sorbet is nice and creamy.

Scoop the sorbet into a container, and freeze for at least 2-3 more hours or overnight.


Makes 1 quart.

© 2011 Original recipe by La Casa de Sweets

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12 Responses to “Helado de Coco (Coconut Sorbet)”

  1. DavetteB December 19, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    this was my favorite when I lived in Mexico! On my list to try soon :o)

  2. Ediakaran February 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Este de seguro lo voy a tratar…me pregunto si se le podrian añadir pedazos de coco rallado?

  3. Yesenia Castellano August 7, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Just tried it and it does taste good, but do you by chance have the recipe for the helado de coco that the street vendors make? I’m really craving that specific one?

  4. jose alicea August 14, 2012 at 1:36 am #


    • Tina March 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Can you please share that one with me too. The one the street vendors sell. I miss having them. Thanks!

      • Aggie June 10, 2014 at 7:57 am #

        please forward the street vender receipe also as I love those “helados de coco”

    • Yesenia Castellano June 18, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      No street vendor, Helado de Coco recipe? Similar to Chicago’s Humboldt Park vendors before they required licenses to sell this. Snow like texture.

  5. Aggie June 10, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    hope to hear back from anyone who can give me the info

  6. Margarita September 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I really loved this recipe especially because the taste of the helado de coco being sold by street vendors in NYC for the last few summers has been so disappointing.
    If there is another recipe for the helado de coco that is sold in Puerto Rico, please send it to me!!

    Muchas gracias!

  7. osca March 31, 2015 at 3:22 am #

    hi i have a store in brooklyn ny were i would love to sell puerto rican coconut ice home made of course. is there any company that sells this treat wholesale ? in the ny area.

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