Coffee flavoured coconut ice


Although I consumed tons of pink and white coconut ice when I was a little girl, my palate seemed to have morphed the past 20 years. I am now only able to take a small bite after which I need to drink 2 litres of water. Let’s face it, old school coconut ice is schweeeeet.

But the texture of this delicacy is magnificent and the memories made when consuming them is inspiring, so I needed to recreate it to fit my current taste. The bitterness of coffee compliments the sweetness of the coconut extremely well, but be warned: the end product is still quite sweet. I made this for dessert for a picnic in the park and it was perfect, all I needed was a pair of roller-skates.




385 g sweetened condensed milk

400 g coconut

500 g icing sugar

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

25 ml coffee liqueur


  1. Mix together the condensed milk, coconut and icing sugar; using your hands seems to be the best way.  Be sure to use a large bowl.
  2. Divide the coconut mixture in two. In the one half add the coffee and liqueur and mix well.
  3. Press the white, unflavoured half of the coconut mixture into a shallow dish of around 30cm x 30cm. Press the coffee flavoured coconut on top of the unflavoured mixture and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Cut into blocks and serve with bitter coffee – it is very, very sweet.



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