Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christmas Cooking ~ Coconut Ice

Hello dear Christmas friends! It's so lovely to see you.

I hope that you will forgive me for not being a very good blogger over here at Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 lately. I've been doing a few days of substitute teaching each week and I've also been busy nursing sick family members.

I've also been busy baking this week and I crazily volunteered to make sweets for my daughter's school carnival. I'm probably one of the only Aussies over here who has never made coconut ice before so I set myself the challenge of learning how to make it. Of course, I headed to Pinterest to see if I could find a good recipe or some inspiration. 

Here is my version of Coconut Ice!

Coconut ice is a sweet and delicious confection that is often found at school fetes, church fairs, fundraising cake stalls and birthday parties. It is made with desiccated coconut, confectioners sugar and condensed milk and its origins are British/Scottish. It is also one of a few sweets that doesn’t require any cooking, so it’s a safe recipe for little hands to get stuck into. The messiness factor is something that the kids will also LOVE about this yummy treat!

Big Al loved pouring the ooey gooey condensed milk into the bowl!

Coconut Ice:

1 tin sweetened condensed milk
750g or 4 cups icing sugar
1 250g packet McKenzie's Shredded Coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pink food colouring

Mix all ingredients, except for the pink food colouring together and divide in half. This is the hard part! I tried using a spoon but that was a big waste of time. I suggest that you roll up your sleeves and use your hands! Evenly press one half of the mixture into a foil lined slice tin. Colour the other half of the mixture with a few drops of pink food colouring. Press the pink mixture onto the white layer.

Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes and then cut into little squares; I suggest using a serrated knife.

The recipe that I used was found here. The page also has a link to an excellent conversion chart.

You can also add other edible colourings for a festive/seasonal variety.

Coconut ice

White and orange at Halloween
Coconut ice

Red and green at Christmas!

It would make a wonderful addition to party bags especially as you can make it well in advance and it will last for at least a month in the fridge in an airtight container.

 Let's hope they actually sell at the fair! 

Well, I hope you might try making some coconut ice next time you need to contribute something to a bake-sale or fund raiser. I'm sure you'll love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating a little bit of Christmas joy!
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  1. You had me at the name "coconut ice" - love it. It looks wonderful too, I"ve never heard of it before. I may just whip up a batch for Labor Day.


  2. what a gorgeous confection! i can't wait to give it
    a try, because i have the WORST sweet tooth.

  3. I know my group of kids would love helping me make this. I'm sure we will experiment with different colors just for the fun of it :-)

  4. Now I'm eager for the holidays to roll around.


  5. This sounds wonderful...and EASY! I look forward to trying the recipe..and the many color combinations. Thanks so much. Hope it sells at your fair...
    Jane (artfully graced)

  6. That is SO pretty... you know I LOVE pink!

    I will have to try this sometime, but I am afraid I will eat it all myself...

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

  7. I've never heard of this before!

    Looks like something I am going to *have* to make. Love it! ;)

  8. Christmas tends to take care of its self. You daughter's school needs are more important to my thinking.

  9. You are so right LV! Everything has been on hold lately for my daughter and my son. I wouldn't have it any other way!

    Best wishes.

  10. Wow I have never heard of these, will have to try!

  11. This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I can't wait to try it! I am going to make mine orange and white for Halloween and sprinkle black sprinkles on top! Too cute and so delicious! Happy PS!

  12. I agree that this recipe would be perfect for little hands to assemble. For me, too sweet but it sure looks like a fun dessert when you can give it various coloured looks.

  13. This is something I'm definitely going to try!

  14. Am sure that anything that starts with opening a tin of condensed milk is going to be very tasty :)

  15. yummmmmmmm! Happy Pink Saturday :)

  16. Coconut ice ... who knew?!!! My mouth is watering! Have a great week.

  17. How wonderful! I have never come across this before and your post has totally inspired me to give it a go. Thanks for the yummy inspiration. :)

  18. It looks so yummy! Love all of the different color ideas too. No kind of!

  19. I did them last christmas :-)
    But after some tasting I wanted to do a more "grown up" version...

    I added some dark rum, and then coated the pieces in dark chocolate. Yummy :-)

  20. What a wonderful, easy recipe!! I love it.

  21. What an interesting treat! I love coconut so I might have to try this :-)

  22. Hi Natasha,
    I love your Christmas Blog, because I love Christmas. Your Coconut treats look delicious. I have stopped by from OTMM, thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  23. Thought I'd stop by... Coconut Ice -it's a beautiful treat. I actually tried for the first time this year - so sweet ;) Might make some for X-mas though as I have a sweet tooth.

    Best wishes Pernilla♥

  24. Wow! That looks good!
    I've never tasted Coconut Ice, but Im sure its good!!

  25. These look amazing!!! I have to try these.

    Great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Sorry to be so late in getting to visit.

    - The Tablescaper

  26. Natasha,

    These sound so YUMMY! Definitely on the list for this year. Thanks for linking up last week! I have been pinning up a storm not leaving time to post anything, hope to join your party next week. Have a lovely weekend!

    Best wishes,

  27. I've never heard of this before but anything with coconut in the name has to be delish!
    Pinning it to try later with my girlies.

  28. I've never seen this before but it's beautiful. It seems like a simple and delicious candy. I like that you've shown different color combinations for the seasons. I'm always looks for ideas for treat baskets for my kids' teachers. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  29. These look delicious! Thank you for linking up to Sharing Sundays.


  30. These look so pretty and really delicious! I will definitely try these. Your blog is lovely, what a great idea for Christmas all year round!

  31. This sounds delicious Natasha and the red and green coconut ice remind me of summer watermelon! Pinning!


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

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