Easy coconut ice


  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 25g butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • Pink food colouring


  • 1

    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.

  • 2

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

  • 3

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

  • 4

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

  • 5

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

  • 6

    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.

  • 7

    Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  • 8

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