Coconut Ice

"Every New Zealand child learning their way around the kitchen makes this at one time or another. Classic supersweet confectionery."
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Ready In:
1 container


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 cup milk
  • 12 cup desiccated coconut
  • red food coloring, to turn it pale pink


  • Boil together for exactly 5 minutes.
  • Then remove from heat and beat until starting to set.
  • Pour into lined heat proof dish and score as it is setting.
  • Allow to set.

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  1. I made this after my last batch of Coconut Ice failed (soft). How hard could Coconut Ice be! This worked perfectly. I loved the 'boil exactly for 5 minutes' which did the trick. I did, however, add a lot more coconut. This worked out well. Thanks Missy Wombat for foolproof Coconut Ice.


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