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Coconut-Ice Shapes

Coconut Ice Hearts

These coconut treats are quick and easy to make and is sure to impress your Valentine!

Coconut Ice is a British confectionary. It was developed in the 1960’s in post-war England when sugar was in abundance.  Coconut ice has a soft, chewy texture and traditionally only white, but can be also be coloured, i.e. two-tone, etc. The origin of the word “ice” is not known, but could be because it looked like compressed ice!

4 x 250 ml icing sugar
4 x 250 ml desiccated coconut
2.5 ml cream of tartar
1 ml salt
2.5 ml coconut essence (optional)
1 x 397 g tin condensed milk
100 ml chocolate vermicelli, finely chopped (optional)
50 ml pink hundreds & thousands (optional)
few drops water

  1. Combine the icing sugar, coconut, cream of tartar, salt, coconut essence, if used, condensed milk and vermicelli or hundreds and thousands in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add a few drops of water if the mixture is too stiff.  It should have the consistency of play dough.
  3. Press the mixture into a silicon mould with heart shapes (see photo below).
  4. Alternatively, transfer the coconut-ice mixture to a Wizbake baking sheet and cover with a 2nd Wizbake baking sheet.
  5. Roll to the required thickness, about 0.5 cm works well.
  6. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut shapes out of the coconut-ice.
  7. Re-roll leftover mixture and repeat the process.
  8. Place the shapes in a single layer on a baking tray and refrigerate to harden.
  9. Once the coconut-ice has hardened, paint one half or one side of the shapes with melted chocolate or drizzle with melted chocolate.

Makes 40 to 60 shapes

Variations

Two-tone Coconut Ice

  1. Divide the mixture in half and add food colouring to the one half of the mixture, i.e. either pink or red.
  2. Press the coloured half of the mixture onto a baking tray lined with a Wizbake baking sheet and top with the other colour, e.g. white on top of pink.
  3. Refrigerate to harden, transfer to a chopping board and cut into squares or cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.

Coconut Ice Lollies

  1. Press the mixture into a lolie silicon mould.  Serve as is or paint melted chocolate on the back (see photo below).

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Coconut Ice Lollies
Coconut Ice Lollies