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Coconut Ice Sweets

Updated on November 7, 2014
Coconut ice
Coconut ice | Source

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!

Pink coconut ice
Pink coconut ice | Source

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!

Coconut ice macro
Coconut ice macro | Source
Honeydukes sweetshop
Honeydukes sweetshop | Source

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!

An old fashioned sweet shop
An old fashioned sweet shop | Source

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!

Christmas Coconut Ice!

Are You a Coconut Ice Fan?

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      Rebecca Mealey 19 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds great to me. I'd love to try it. Thanks!

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      Virginia Kearney 19 months ago from United States

      I've eaten these before and didn't know how easy they are to make. I will have to add this to my Christmas candy list!

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      RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

      How pretty they are, and I love coconut. Looking forward to trying these sweets out!

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      babs 23 months ago

      just to clarify... this recipe does not need putting the mixture on heat at all ? thks

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      Melissa French, The More With Less Mom 24 months ago

      These looks so awesome. I included this in my Christmas in July roundup.

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