Coconut Ice Recipe

Coconut ice, is a sweet treat made with coconut, either milk and sugar or condensed milk and often colored in different colors. Pink being the most popular colored coconut ice. It is known as a British treat, with great popularity in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.  The recipe bears resemblance to Indian sweetmeats coconut burfi and coconut fudge. The latter being  more ambrosial  with the addition  of sweet scented rose water and or cardamom.

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This post features two recipes and tips for a vegan alternative.

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Condensed Milk Coconut Ice with aka Flop proof Coconut Ice

There are two methods for making coconut ice. The first is to use condensed milk, this may be the simplest method of making coconut ice. I have tried several coconut ice recipes-the one which worked best is this one, adapted from Scottish Recipes. I use equal amounts of icing sugar and coconut combined with a can of condensed milk an equivalent amount of my homemade condensed milk.


Easy Condensed Milk Coconut Ice

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Easy Condensed Milk Coconut Ice

Easy Condensed Milk Coconut Ice

Prep time: 5 M Setting time: 8 hour Total time: 8 H & 5 M
This easy coconut ice recipe uses condensed milk and does not require cooking.


  • 340g icing sugar
  • 340g cup desiccated coconut
  • 400g can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring


  1. This is a near flop proof recipe-it is very simple-combine the icing sugar and condensed milk until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add food coloring to the sugar mixture. Mix well.
  3. Add the desiccated coconut.
  4. Mix until combined then pour the mixture into a deep dish (for best results) allow to set overnight then cut into squares or desired shapes.
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Boiled Coconut Ice

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The best coconut ice recipe (according to my taste buds) is coconut ice made from boiled milk and sugar. The recipe I have used yields a 12cm x 12cm block. To make a larger quantity increase the ingredients proportionately. The ratio of coconut: milk: sugar is important for achieving the right texture of the coconut ice.

Some Tips For Making Boiled Coconut Ice

Though it is a fairly simple recipe-it does require a few precautionary measures:

1.    The thickness of the coconut ice is determined by the size and depth of the pan you intend using.
2.    The color will vary depend on the amount of coloring you use.


3.    Take care not to burn the sugar/milk mixture –this will turn the mixture a dark yellow color.
4.    Use lemon juice or cream of tartar to prevent the sugar from crystallizing


5.  The type of coconut used will also determine the texture of the coconut ice. I have used a rather coarsely grated coconut which results in a  more rough texture. Using fine coconut will result in a finer smoother coconut ice texture.
6.    Put the mixture in a greased pan.
7.    Allow the coconut ice to set for as long as possible it is best to make in the evening then allow to set overnight.
7.    Coconut Ice can be stored up to 7 days.

Boiled Coconut Ice Recipe

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Boiled Coconut Ice Recipe

Boiled Coconut Ice Recipe

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 40 M
This coconut ice recipe requires some patience. It is a milk and sugar syrup combined with coconut to form a fudge like consistency.


  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar (white granulated sugar-not icing or castor sugar)
  • A pinch of cream of tartar or ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Food coloring of choice. For this recipe I have used 1 teaspoon of beetroot juice…this results in a light pink color. If you prefer a darker color use food coloring.


  1. Add milk and sugar in a heavy based pan
  2. Mix until the sugar is dissolved
  3. Boil the mixture for approximately 15 minutes. Stir while it boils.
  4. Add cream of tartar or lemon juice.
  5. Stir until the mixture it appears to have thickened- it will also appear white. Take care not to boil too long- the mixture should not turn dark yellow.
  6. Add desiccated coconut. Add food coloring. Stir until mixed.
  7. Place into a lined pan. Place in refrigerator for a minimum 4 hours.
  8. Remove from refrigerator cut into square or desired shape.
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How To Make Two Colored Coconut Ice

To  make two colored coconut ice then follow the instructions in the recipe then separate the mixture into two portions. Add your desired colour to the mixtures.Press the first color into the pan then add the second color then refrigerate as per the instructions above.

How to Shape Coconut Ice

Coconut ice is commonly cut into squares or sticks, they can also be cut with cookie cutters or rolled . I have tried a few variations in decorating them, one option is to add coconut flakes for total coconut taste! and brush with edible gold for glam.

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Alternatively roll to make coconut wheels.


Vegan Coconut Ice

To make vegan coconut ice substitute condensed milk in the recipe with vegan condensed milk made from coconut milk.

To make a boiled vegan coconut ice, cook the coconut condensed milk for longer until the sugar starts to crystallize, then add coconut. Remove from stove and place in a dish to set. Setting time is at least 2 hours.


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