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Coconut Ice

No baking required with Coconut Ice which means this recipe can safely be outsourced to the kids.

Pink and white are the most popular colours for this treat, but go ahead and be adventurous. Green and white for Christmas, any pastel combo for Mother’s Day and maybe blue and white for Father’s Day.

To achieve the dual colour effect, take half the coconut mixture (pre colouring) and spread it into your pan or container, then add the colour of your choice to the remaining coconut mixture.  Make sure your lining paper overhangs the edges of your pan or plastic container.  This will allow you to pull the entire slice out of the pan for easy slicing.

Go really lightly when adding the food colouring, usually it takes only a few tiny droplets to achieve quite a vivid colour. Remember, it’s easy to add a few more drops if you feel your colour is too light.

If you don’t mind getting your hands sticky, set your spoon aside, roll up your sleeves and attack the mixture with both hands.  Once you’ve achieved the shade you want, spread the coloured mixture over the white layer of coconut, pat down firmly, cover and refrigerate.  After about two hours the Coconut Ice will be ready to slice and serve.  If you are sharing with friends, bring out the twine, the labels and the cellophane bags and wrap to your hearts content.

Coconut Ice

Delight a friend with a beautiful gift of homemade Coconut Ice.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Setting Time 2 hours
Author Helen


  • 4 cups Icing Sugar / Icing Mixture
  • 800 gms Condensed Milk
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 10 cups Desiccated Coconut
  • 2 - 3 drops Pink Food Colouring
  • 1 teaspoon Strawberry Flavouring


  1. Line 20 x 30 cm baking tray or plastic container with grease proof paper, allow for paper to overhang edges. 

  2. Add sifted sugar, condensed milk and vanilla essence to large bowl and mix through.

  3. Add desiccated coconut to mixture and mix with hands.

  4. Once well combined, take half the coconut mixture and spread onto lined tray / container. 

  5. Carefully add a tiny droplet of food colouring to the remaining coconut mixture. Mix well to blend in colouring.  Repeat this step until desired shade is achieved.  Spread coloured mixture evenly over white coconut layer and pat down firmly.

  6. Cover and refrigerate for about two hours.

  7. Once set, the coconut slab can be removed from tray / container and sliced into small squares.

  8. Return slices to container and store in fridge or else package up into little gift bags and share with family and friends.

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