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Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Until recently, you’d be lucky to find one brand of shredded coconut in the supermarket, but now there are lots of options—does it matter which one you choose?

What We Learned

There are two types of shredded coconut—sweetened and unsweetened. Both start out as raw coconut meat that’s then boiled, grated, and dried. The dehydrated shreds are either immediately packaged and sold as unsweetened coconut or soaked in a liquid sugar solution and dried again to make sweetened coconut. We save the sweetened stuff to use as a form of added sugar in desserts like m...