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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!

Christmas Coconut Ice!

© 2010 LadyFlashman

Are You a Coconut Ice Fan?

Dee Mouton on September 09, 2019:

YES! My aunt and I would go to a tiny store down the street in our neighborhood for these. I've been wanting to find out how to make them for years. But too bad my sweet aunt is no longer here.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 09, 2015:

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

Virginia Kearney from United States on December 09, 2015:

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!

RTalloni on December 09, 2015:

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

babs on August 17, 2015:

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

Melissa French, The More With Less Mom on July 27, 2015:

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

LadyFlashman (author) from United Kingdom on December 06, 2014:

Yes, it's a good idea to because it will keep them fresh longer.

Kelsi on December 06, 2014:

Do you keep refridgerated?

jheldt from USA on November 18, 2014:

Never heard of it but will have to try it sometime, looks and sounds amazing and i love coconut

anglnwu on November 16, 2014:

As a kid, I used to love this coconut candy. Singapore is colonized by the British and, naturally, this is quite a common treat. Glad that your recipe is way easier than the one I have. Thanks for sharing.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on November 16, 2014:

I have never heard of this type of candy. They look so cute. I like the idea that you can make it whatever color you want.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2014:

This sounds and looks like something my family would enjoy. I'll have to try making this soon.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 16, 2014:

I have never heard of this treat, but it does sound delicious! I'm sharing this recipe to Face Book, for my daughter; I'll be my granddaughters would love making this!

Voted up ++, pinned and shared.

mollysmixtures on March 25, 2014:

We love coconut ice too.

We only stock Stockley's coconut ice ass they are a Yorkshire based traditional confectioner who hand finish all their sweets and even still cook toffee in copper vats.

We love traditional sweets and coconut ice is one of the best

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 10, 2012:

I've never heard of this, but this looks fabulous.

aiclogcabins on July 26, 2012:

Love it!

clayva on July 15, 2012:

I'm glad I came across this, I'm going to give it a try.

anonymous on May 11, 2012:

I've never heard of this but it sounds delish!! Might have to make it for my kiddos, we are all huge HP fans so it might to be fun to try just for that fact!! <3

MemoryMistress on March 31, 2012:

I sure am!! The best sweet to have at home - coconut ice. Yummm

KarenCookieJar on November 22, 2011:

These are so cute, I've never heard of them before.

anonymous on July 20, 2011:

looks so good, yummy yummy lens!

blanckj on June 02, 2011:

These sound and look very tasty.

anonymous on March 19, 2011:

These sound wonderfully sweet, rich and delicious.....and they're pretty too!

anonymous on January 04, 2011:

Great lens! I love this stuff! Thanks for the recipe!

anonymous on December 18, 2010:

yum yum yum, great lens, must do thius for Christmas.

julieannbrady on December 08, 2010:

Well, I am surely thinking that nobody but you could make this look so beautifully yummy!

Indigo Janson from UK on July 22, 2010:

Every so often, some naughty lensmaster writes a recipe page here on Squidoo that has me wanting to lick the screen. This is one of them! It's been years since I had coconut ice (like the Chelsea buns!) but this lens brings it all back. I really should try to make my own and now you have given me the recipe...well it's hard to resist! Love your pink and white theme.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on July 19, 2010:

@Wednesday-Elf: Yes, icing sugar is also known as confectioners sugar. :)

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on July 19, 2010:

Looks easy and delicious. I enjoyed the instructions in the video, too. :)

anonymous on July 19, 2010:

Boy I remember these from my childhood, growing up in Scotland. YUM!

happynutritionist on July 07, 2010:

I love all the pink layers...in the dessert and the description:-)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 07, 2010:

What a delicious sounding dessert! It's a completely new one to me - I've never heard of it before and don't know what "Icing sugar" is :). Is it confectioner's sugar? I DO love coconut in desserts.

callinsky lm on July 06, 2010:

It does make me want to make some.

Zen Automat from New Hampshire on July 05, 2010:

These look wonderful... thumbs up a this content...

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 05, 2010:

This look good, though I have never been much into coconut.. Nice lens.

BuckHawkcenter on July 05, 2010:

These look so great! What a fun idea for a kids party or make as favors for parties! Adding to my Formal Afternoon Tea lens.

aishu19 on July 04, 2010:

They look too tempting...and simple to make too..great lens

Kathy McGraw from California on July 04, 2010:

I love coconut..and anything that is easy to make with no baking. I think I like these coconut ice treats, and think I will give your recipe a try.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on July 04, 2010:

I have never tried coconut ice before but they sure are beautiful and they sound delicious too.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on July 04, 2010:

Coconut ice is very good. Homemade, it is probably even better.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on July 04, 2010:

i love coconut - these look great

clouda9 lm on July 04, 2010:

These coconut ice sweets LOOK and sound just delish. You have a lot of great ideas and resources on here too!

bdkz on July 04, 2010:

Wow! These look so good!