Coconut Ice - Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop Coconut Candy

Total Time
24hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 24 hrs

A trip down Memory Lane! This is my mum's recipe for Coconut Ice, little coconut squares which are coloured pink and white, and used to be popular in old-fashioned British sweet (candy) shops. My mum used to make trays and trays of these for our Church fêtes, as well as for Christmas and for gifts. These lovely little coconut morsels are very popular in Scotland where I think my mum's recipe originated – either from my Scottish grandmother or an auntie. These are great fun to make with the children, as they are easy as well as being "no-cook". If you plan to make them for gifts or to sell, pack them into attractive cellophane bags, glass jars or boxes and add a pretty ribbon as well as a label of ingredients and storage details. This recipe is part of my Old Fashioned Sweet Shop collection of recipes, sweets, candies, fudges, sugar plums and chocolates!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 405 g condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 340 g desiccated coconut (coconut flakes, non-sweetened)
  • 340 g icing sugar, sifted (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2.46 ml vanilla extract
  • 0.13-0.19 ml red food coloring


  1. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment. Mix the condensed milk with the coconut, icing sugar and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined. Spoon half of the mixture in the base of the tin and spread out evenly with the back of a spoon.
  2. Add the food colouring to the remaining mixture and blend well until it is an even pink colour. Spread over the top of the first layer and smooth out.
  3. Leave overnight, or at least for 4-5 hours, in a cool place before cutting into squares.
  4. Store in an airtight tin for longer periods; keeps for up to 4 weeks.
  5. Cook's tips.
  6. If you are able to leave the coconut ice overnight it will dry out and give a more traditional, crumbly texture.For a simple gift idea, place some of the coconut ice in attractive airtight jars and attach a gift tag, or in squares of clear cellophane and tie with colourful ribbon.


Most Helpful

These are great little treats for one with a sweet tooth. I let them sit overnight before cutting them up and they turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

queenbeatrice September 09, 2010

made these as well as your sugarplums, this was very easy recipe and the kids loved these little coconut candies. had to add a little more confectioners sugar, but not much. on the holiday candymaking list thanks. these look as pretty as they taste.

RecipeJedi December 16, 2009

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