Coconut Ice

While not a particularly festive person, I think it’s nice to hear about other family’s holiday traditions. Christmases around here are a very quiet affair, just the immediate family and a very low key lunch. However, we do tend to make a lot of snacky things that aren’t made at any other time of the year.

One of those is coconut ice. The smallest hint of it makes me think of Christmas. As mentioned in a previous post, the recipe we use is very simple; just desicated coconut, icing sugar, condensed milk and food colouring. Most years it was traditional white and pink, but sometimes Mum could be convinced to branch out to different colours.


Mooncalf commented that the coconut ice recipe in Hope and Greenwood’s book didn’t turn out too well. Even though I’m sure everyone has their own favourite coconut ice recipe, here’s the recipe I use.

Coconut Ice
3 cups desicated coconut
4 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 400g can condensed milk
red (or any other colour of your choice) food dye

Mix icing sugar and coconut together, then stir the condensed milk in thoroughly. Split the mixture in half. Press one half of the mixture into a lined tin (I used a 20cm by 20cm tin) and put in the fridge. Add a few drops of food colouring into the other half of the mixture and knead until the colour is even. Press the coloured mixture over the white mixture. Put in the fridge until set.

How many pieces it yields depends on how you cut it. I prefer smaller bits as it seems to go further and it’s pretty sweet.

In the weeks before Christmas, I might put up a couple more recipes that only get rolled out during the holiday period. Do you have many recipes that only come out round this time of year?

4 Responses to “Coconut Ice”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Yum! I haven’t had coconut ice in years!

    The only recipes I keep to Christmas are my fruit cake, and my mum’s rumballs and apricot balls. My best friend and I exchanged Christmas traditional food this weekend past – I gave her one of my fruit cakes, and she gave me a massive container of her almond bread. Long may that tradition continue!!

  2. jane Says:

    That looks delicious – and so easy! I would love to give it a try 🙂
    As for festive recipes – I like making gingerbread at this time of year, although I’ve not done that yet this year either. Also, of course, mulled wine!

  3. bells Says:

    God I want some! It takes me right back to school fetes!

  4. Christine Says:

    Oh coconut ice, sweet pleasure of bygone days… why don’t we eat this anymore??

    I love Christmas treats too. This time of year I usually make things like almond bread, spiced cookies, shortbread, gingerbread, and lots of mango, stonefruit and melon salads. I also love panettone, panforte and rum balls but haven’t branched out into making my own yet!

    Ooh now I’m hungry…

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