Friday, October 16, 2009

Easy and Impressive Coconut Ice

Coconut fanatics, this one is for you!





Like many, I take pleasure in searching out beautiful confections. When I first saw Coconut Ice on display, the contrasting pink stripe drew me in and the name confused me. I soon found myself gathering recipes and any other information I could find about the fudge-like candy. The origins are claimed to be from the UK, but I could not find a substantial history to share with you. It is as much eye candy as it is the edible kind, and that's really all I needed to know.

I'm proud to say, that after much trial and error and many recipes, this one is the best. Take it from someone who has labored over a boiling saucepan of napalm sugar syrup and has tossed out her weight in organic coconut. Perhaps it is my lack of candy making expertise that caused the aforementioned to bomb terribly. All I know is that a blindfolded monkey could make this version, and it looks like a million bucks!

One word of caution: don't even THINK about using sweetened coconut. The end result is much too sweet and you will probably be sad that it doesn't taste as good as it looks.

Coconut Ice

An interesting and pretty coconut fudge-like candy.

See Coconut Ice on Key Ingredient.






Things I learned while making this recipe:


Abandon your wooden spoon. Mixing with your hands and squeezing the batter through your fingers will help to incorporate the ingredients. The mixture will be quite stiff.

Use a little strawberry or cherry candy flavoring in the pink mixture. It's delicious and provides another level of contrast.

Pink on top, or white on top? White is most commonly pressed into the bottom of the pan. This provides a crisp and uniform upper layer. I have used both pink and white on bottom and both versions were pretty.

A sprinkling of powdered sugar on top of the finished product makes a nice presentation. Bag and tie with ribbon for holiday gift giving.




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just gave this a try- tasty, but sticky! I was unable to cut out nice cubes as it was very soft and sticky, so I ended up cutting out rough cubes and coating my hands with powdered sugar before shaping them into more regular shapes. It spoiled the looks a bit, as I ended up with more of a marshmallow/taffy shape, but they still taste nice!

Next time I'll use less of the milk, and make three layers- neopolitan style!

Anonymous said...

This is Indian sweet, its called Barfi (indian fudge)
Barfi has many variations, coconut barfi is one of them.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous person who tried this recipe.
Have you tried it with less condensed milk as you said, and was the result better? and how much did you use? Hope it was a success.

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