It’s day twelve of the Eats Amazing Advent Calendar and today I have a delicious treat to share with you – my 3 ingredient, super easy to make coconut ice.
Along with my 2 ingredient fudge, this is an absolute staple in my homemade gift repertoire, it wouldn’t be Christmas without making several batches of my coconut ice! Because I am part of a wonderfully large family, for the last 10 years I have made most of my Christmas presents. Every year I set aside a day or two in the run up to the big day and make piles and piles of homemade sweets for the whole family, and this coconut ice is always the first recipe I start with.
This recipe makes a really big batch of coconut ice – I cut mine into 8 square’s worth, but if you don’t need so much, you can easily cut the recipe in half by using just one tin of condensed milk and half of the icing sugar and coconut.
Easy Coconut Ice
- 2 400g tins sweetened condensed milk
- 700g icing sugar
- 650g desiccated coconut
- pink gel food colouring (optional)
Line a small rectangular baking tray or cake tin with baking parchment. If you don’t have any, tin foil also works well.
In a large bowl, mix one tin of condensed milk with 350g of the icing sugar. Mix well, then add 325g of the desiccated coconut and stir again until thoroughly combined (the mixture may be quite stiff and hard to stir, but do persevere!). Tip into your prepared tray or tin and press down to form a thin layer.
In the same bowl, tip in the second tin of condensed milk and mix with the remaining 350g of icing sugar. Add the food colouring (if using), and stir in until the mixture is a completely pink. Add the remaining 325g desiccated coconut and stir until combined. Gently tip into the tray and press down to form a second layer over the first.
Leave the tray out to dry over night. Once the top feels hardened to touch, carefully tip the slab of coconut ice out onto a large chopping board, peel off the baking parchment/tin foil and leave to dry for a few more hours. Cut into bars, squares or even pretty shapes using cookie cutters and leave to dry a little longer before serving up or packing into pretty cellophane bags ready to gift to your favourite people!
As I mentioned above, this post is part of the Eats Amazing Fun Food Advent Calendar. Every day from now until Christmas I’m sharing a new festive food idea here on the blog and I’m announcing them over on the new Advent Calendar page too, so do click on the link, bookmark it and pop back each day to see the latest new post!