Today I decided to try another recipe for Coconut Ice. I was first drawn to this lovely English Sweet by the color! I love anything pink! There are many different recipes for this candy and the first recipe I tried came from a cute cookbook called Life is Sweet, which actually comes from the owners of a cute British Sweet Shop called Hope & Greenwood.
That first recipe I tried was very easy to make. You just throw everything together and leave it out to dry before cutting into pieces. I think that many people like this version because it's so easy, but I want to really taste the coconut in my candy, and this easier version includes a whole can of sweetened condensed milk, and that is all that I could taste!
Today's recipe does involve boiling your sugar mixture on the stovetop, but it really is not very difficult, especially if you have a good candy thermometer.
The downside to this recipe is that it's difficult to cut after cooling. It tastes wonderful, and has a crumbly texture that melts in your mouth, but it is hard to cut into nice neat squares. The quick version, on the other hand, has a chewy texture and is easier to cut. (I cut my candy by pressing down with my pastry scraper.)
Today's recipe includes almost a full stick of butter, milk, powdered (icing) sugar, desiccated coconut, and coconut extract/flavoring. There is much more coconut flavor to it.
The desiccated coconut might be unfamiliar to some of you. It is a finely shredded unsweetened coconut that you can get from Amazon.com. You can also find it in the organic section of some grocery stores. You definitely don't want to go with the sweetened coconut, because this candy is very sweet already!
So, the choice is up to you! Do you want easy, neat & chewy or not as easy, not so neat but yummy? Speaking for myself, I'm going with not so neat but yummy!! If you want to try today's recipe, just click on this link! Have a great day!!