Coconut Ice

‘Tis the season to indulge, and what better way to do so than with a classic Xmas treat, Coconut Ice. Pleasing to the eye, and containing enough sugar to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, this is a holiday snack your kids will love to make. I haven’t made my first batch of the season yet, so I don’t have a picture to share, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it here. Makes approximately 18 squares.


  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • 3 cups of desiccated coconut
  • 125 grams of copha
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 or 3 drops of cochineal (pink food colouring)


  • Line the base of a 20cm square cake tin with foil.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and stir in the coconut.
  • Melt the copha over a low heat and stir into the coconut mixture along with the vanilla. Mix well.
  • Beat the egg whites in another bowl until frothy, then mix them thoroughly with the coconut mixture.
  • Press half the mixture into the prepared tin, smoothing the surface with a spatula.
  • Add some cochineal to the rest to colour it pink. Stir until well blended.
  • Smooth the pink mixture evenly over the white layer.
  • Allow to set in the fridge for around an hour.
  • Remove the coconut ice from the tin, discarding the foil.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the coconut ice into squares.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

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