Coconut Ice Sweets
Coconut Ice sweets - what they are and how to make them
Coconut Ice sweets are a traditional English candy that require no baking and are very quick and easy to make!
Children love to make these too! Coconut ice candy is a great way to introduce children to cookery because they require no use of knives or dangerous hot ovens.
Traditionally coconut ice is always pink and white, but you can experiment use lots of different colors!
Ingredients needed for Coconut Ice
It's very simple, all you need is....
350g Desiccated (shredded) coconut (3.5 cups)
405g Sweetened condensed milk (1 cup)
350g Sieved icing sugar (3 cups)
(icing sugar is also known as confectioners sugar)
1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 Drops of red food colouring
Instructions for Coconut Ice
You will need a 24cm (9 1/2 inches) cake tin that is about 4cm (1 1/2 inches) deep. Line this tin with baking paper and grease it with a little butter.
Into a mixing bowl, add the coconut, condensed milk, vanilla extract and icing sugar and stir really well until all ingredients are combined.
Then take out half of the mixture and lay out flat and evenly in the tin
With the other half add the drops of food colouring and mix in - add more if you want the colour to be stronger. Then layer this over the white layer in the tin.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, it's better if you can make this the evening before and let it set overnight. Once set, cut into bite sized squares and enjoy!
Delicious Coconut Ice!
Harry Potter and Magical Pink Coconut Ice
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there's a description in chapter 10 about the sweets sold in Honeydukes Sweet Shop in Hogsmeade. Along with chocolates, toffee and nougat there's shimmering pink coconut ice, sold in squares.
If you are having a Harry Potter themed birthday party, squares of coconut ice sweets dusted with edible food glitter are an ideal little treat!
Get Inventive with Coconut Ice Sweets!
Who says coconut ice candy should be pink and white!
You can colour it blue and white for boys, red and green for Christmas or stripes of orange and black for Halloween! You can even use edible food glitter to get that shimmering wizard effect from the sweet shop in Harry Potter books.
You could even cut different shapes using cookie cutters - stars, Christmas trees, snowmen, anything goes!