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Kidspot Kitchen

Easy coconut ice recipe

Coconut ice is a classic sweet made for cake stalls, school fundraisers and fetes. This coconut ice recipe is easy to make, very pink and delicious to eat! Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe



  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 25g butter or margarine
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • Pink food colouring


In a saucepan, combine icing sugar, milk, butter and salt. Heat on medium heat until it boils, and takes on candy-like quality. To test whether its reached ‘candy-like quality’, wait until the mixture is bubbling, take a teaspoonful and drop it into a bowl of cold water. If the mixture balls up when cool, it’s the right consistency.

Add your coconut to the saucepan and give a quick stir to combine.

Take off the heat and divide into two bowls. Allow to cool for 5 minutes; it should start to firm.

Mix one portion, either with a hand-mixer or stand mixture to ensure all ingredients are well combined and don't separate.

Press into a small greased tray (a small loaf tin works well) and put aside.

Put the other portion in your mixing bowl and add a few drops of food colouring, mix as the first portion and then press on top of the first portion.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Cut into desired portions and store in airtight container in the fridge.


  • This coconut ice needs to be stored in the refrigerator.
  • This is great party food or for a pink ribbon fundraiser, or a plate to take to a party or fete.
  • Be very careful when testing the boiling sugar mixture – it will be extremely hot.
  • Don’t let the kids help with ‘cooking’ part of this recipe, but they love to get involved when everything is cooled.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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