Homemade Gifts: Coconut Ice

Homemade Coconut Ice

It was Grandma’s birthday recently, and she loves coconut ice. I thought it would be fun to try and make some for her. It turned out to be really easy and very delicious! I will definitely be keeping this recipe in mind for future gift ideas. I thought I might try changing the colours to match the occasion – some green and red for Christmas, or perhaps some edible glitter? Or Dad’s favourite football colours?

This recipe is no bake, and easy for children to help with.

Cooking with Kids - Coconut Ice

Homemade Coconut Ice

150 ml sweetened condensed milk
250 g icing sugar
175 g desiccated coconut
2 -5 drops pink food colouring

Grease and line a shallow baking tray/lamington tin. I use a little spray oil first so that the paper stays in place.
The secret to easy colour blending:

Divide the condensed milk into two separate bowls. Colour one bowl of condensed milk pink, using the food colouring.

Divide the icing sugar and coconut evenly into each of the condensed milk bowls. Mix each bowl until fully combined and stiff.
Press one mixture into the pan gently then top and press with the other mixture. Your paper may slide around a bit. I ended up doing this part on the bench top, then transferring it to the pan. It wasn’t a perfectly smooth shape but that just meant extra edge bits for us to chop off and nibble later!
Leave to set then cut into cubes or fingers.
To store: wrap or layer with waxed or greaseproof paper and store in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from here.

I bought this cute jar from Ikea and tied it with pink ribbon before giving it to Grandma.

Homemade Coconut Ice

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