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Everyday more and more the cocada gains popularity outside the Brazil. The fact is even the brazilians don't know its origin. About 1750, when Brazil was being colonized and received many immigrants, the African slave women began to cook to the planters. They took all their culinary skills and adapted too many dishes to the palate of the masters. Particularly in Salvador, where appeared the most african adapted to brazilians dishes, the slaves created many dishes with coconut milk (fruit in abundance in the North of the country) as stews, moquecas and escabeches. With the leftovers of coconut they prepared the cocada, combining molasses or rapadura, very common stuff in that time. The point is that the candy endured until the present day, being found from the simpler and traditional version to the recipes with sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, pineapple, passion fruit, clove and cinnamon.