Coconut ice squares

Coconut ice squares

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Approx 30 pieces
This recipe was re-tested and updated on 05 April 2011. It now uses 250g of sweetened condensed milk and works beautifully.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal739
  • fat4g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0g
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  • 250g sweetened condensed milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 200g dessicated coconut



    A large hairy, brown nut that grows on the coconut tree, found throughout the world's…

  • pink edible food colouring, optional


  1. Using a wooden spoon, mix together the condensed milk and icing sugar in a large bowl. It will get very stiff. Work the coconut into the mix until it’s well combined – use your hands, if you like.

  2. Split the mix into two and knead a very small amount of food colouring into one half. Dust a board with icing sugar, then shape each half into a smooth rectangle and place one on top of the other. Roll with a rolling pin, re-shaping with your hands every couple of rolls, until you have a rectangle of two-tone coconut ice about 3cm thick.

  3. Transfer to a plate or board and leave uncovered for at least 3 hrs or ideally overnight to set. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and pack into bags or boxes. These will keep for up to a month at least, if stored in an airtight container.

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10th Jun, 2016
I changed the recipe to 190g of sweetened condensed milk and icing sugar and 140g of dessicated coconut to make less and it worked for me. But I had a problem with the milk because there was too much and it was too liquidy but the coconut absorbed it pretty quickly. Overall tasted fine and looked nice.
23rd Oct, 2015
Made this today as requested by my hubby, after having some dessicated coconut that needed finishing up. As advised by others, I used a whole can of condensed milk with 340g of dessicated coconut and icing sugar. To save the faff of trying to roll it all out, I greased and lined a 20x20cm tin and used clean hands to squash the white layer into the tin, followed by the pink layer. Left it in the fridge for a few hours until it was completely set. Perfect. Don't think this childhood favourite will last long in our house! :-) Am interested to find a diary free version of coconut ice, might trawl the net and see what I can find!
4th Sep, 2014
Fab recipe - made this with our local Girl Guides, and got them to roll the mixture into balls instead of rolling out (so they could each take some home that evening).
30th Nov, 2013
Well, this looks the part but as I have to have a dairy free diet, I haven't been able to nibble it as I went.... At least it means there is the full amount to distribute to friends in pretty bags for little prezzies!
25th Aug, 2013
I have been making this for the last year. I split the mix into 2 and make white individual squares and colour the 2nd batch pink or light green (sounds awful but looks good) so you have 2 different individual coloured squares. Looks just as good bagged up as a present.
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31st Oct, 2012
Added roughly 50% extra of everything so that i used up the whole tin of milk and it was fab. 400g condensed milk, 400g icing sugar and 300g coconut. Easy to make with a very helpful 3 year old. TIPS............. I stuck it in the fridge overnight before cutting. Also I split the ingredients at the start and added the colouring to the con milk so that it gave a more even pink colour.
29th Dec, 2013
What a great tip - never know what to do with my leftover condensed milk, and the coconut ice was so popular it is worth making more.
22nd Apr, 2012
This little treat was great ,we tried one it was yum , we are going to bring the rest to our cousins lets hope everybody loves them!
15th Apr, 2012
i made it following the recipe and it turned out perfect no problems at all it tastes really good too
31st Dec, 2011
I am making this recipe out of 101 delicious gifts, which still shows 50g of condensed milk instead of the new version 250g, so when the book gets reprinted you need to edit this recipe or add a note some how! But the 250g version works a treat. cheers buzzybee.


1st Dec, 2018
How long dose this keep once made? I'm thinking of making it for Christmas :)
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3rd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. It will keep for a month if stored in an airtight container.
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