A delicious and attractive candy snack for any coconut lover.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 - 7x7 inch pan
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a 7 x 7 inch pan with parchment or waxed paper. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat sugar and water gently, without boiling, until sugar has dissolved. Then, bring to a boil and cook until it reaches 240 degrees F/120 degrees C on a candy thermometer, or a little syrup dropped in a glass of cold water forms a soft ball.

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  • Remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla and coconut. Continue stirring until mixture begins to thicken, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Pour half of the mixture into the prepared pan and level the surface with a knife or spatula. Tint the other half of the mixture by stirring in the food coloring. Pour the pink mixture on top of other layer, and level the surface. Press all down firmly with the back of a spoon and allow to harden. When firm, turn out of the pan, remove the paper and cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Nutrition Facts

119 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 21.5g 7% DV; fat 4g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 2.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
Wonderful! This is exactly how coconut ice is supposed to taste and how I remember it from my childhood. (I suspect some of the other reviewers might have used sweetened coconut instead of plain flaked coconut, that would definitely make this too sweet.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/11/2003
I agree this receipe was way way too sweet even for me. It was a waste of ingredients that's for sure. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
Wonderful! This is exactly how coconut ice is supposed to taste and how I remember it from my childhood. (I suspect some of the other reviewers might have used sweetened coconut instead of plain flaked coconut, that would definitely make this too sweet.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2005
I didn't have any nonsweetened coconut and I read somewhere that in that case you should decrease sugar to 1/2 cup. Or maybe by 1/2 cup. I don't know. In any case I used 2/3 c each water and sugar the vanilla and I cooked the coconut in syrup until the whole of it was at soft ball. I also beat it a little much - be careful about that; stop while it's still a little drippy or it will be crumbly later. The result? It was delicious but it made about 20 square inches. Hmmm. I think I'll try and get my hands on some non-sweetened coconut next time. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/10/2003
I agree this receipe was way way too sweet even for me. It was a waste of ingredients that's for sure. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2007
I have been looking for years for this recipe. I tried it and it is really the best I have tasted. I do not like the "soft" coconut ice that you can buy or make. I prefer a bit of "bite" to my coconut ice and this really fills the bill. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2003
Very very sweet. I'm a huge sweet eater and I couldn't even handle these. Very attractive but a combo of just sugar and coconut is just too sweet. Though they did look good on a cookie/fudge platter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2007
Takes me back home to Grenada! Just because of that I would give it 10 stars if I could! I enjoyed having my daughter make this with me and when I watched her eyes when she took her 1st bite it was HEAVEN! Sweet sugared coconut is all is it BUT the memories of home is worth it! I'll make it again. Thank you for this:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2006
My father is lactose intolerant and loves fudge. We used to get coconut ice from a fudge guy at the fair each year when I was younger but he hasn't been there the last faw years. Dad loves this stuff but it is very sweet!! Better if you blend the coconut down so it's more fine. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/18/2009
I followed the instructions but ended up with a dry crumbly mixture after I added the coconut and vanilla. What did I do wrong? Also it made such a small amount it wouldn't have filled a 7X7 pan. Help as I really wanted to make this for my Christmas Candy tray. Barbara Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2006
thanks for the recipe - i decreased the amount of sugar - though very sweet. Wasn't as chewy as i expected. I added strawberry flavouring instead of the colouring which worked well with the coconut. Thanks again Read More
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