Saturday, December 24, 2011

Coconut Candy

I have not had these treats for years and years. When we were little tots my mum would occassionally make this candy for us. We looked forward to these occasions and loved it mainly because it was chockful of sugar. Tell me which kid does not like candy! My mum would add different colours to the candy to brighten them up but she did ration our portions. We would hold each piece in our hands and slowly nibble on them, just to make the taste last longer.

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So when I came across a Coconut Candy recipe in one of my cookbooks, memories came flooding back. Wouldn't it be great to make some for Christmas and colour them in red and green - the colour of Christmas. This recipe is so easy to make that any fledging cook could handle it. The candy makes great Christmas baked give-aways and I am sure the child in all of us will enjoy it as well. I hope you enjoy the holidays and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

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Coconut Candy

Ingredients:

3 cups grated coconut (slightly pressed)
2 1/2 cups sugar
300 ml evaporated milk
2 Tablespoon butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
green and red food coloring

Method:

1) Place all ingredients except vanilla extract and food colouring in a saucepan and place over a low flame.

2) Using a wooden spoon constantly stir the ingredients and cook the mixture until it thickens, becomes a lump, leaves the side of the pan and cystalisation begins.

3) Add the vanilla extract and stir well.

4) Remove half the mixture into a bowl. For the mixture in the saucepan, add the red food colour and stir well.

5) In the other bowl add the green food colour and stir well.

6) Line a square 9" x 9" square pan with foil. Lightly butter the foil and then spread one half of the pan with the red candy and the other half with the green.

7) Press down the mixture to compress it slightly. Cool completely before cutting in squares.

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6 comments:

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Love how you colored your coconut candies in these festive green and red. �� Merry Christmas Jo and happy new year!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

One of my church friends make these every year to give away. Very delicious, but sweet. Nice to be slowly savoured.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wen said...

Merry Christmas & Blessed 2012!

Bakertan said...

Merry Xmas and may you have a great 2012 ahead =]

noobcook said...

The colours are so catchy and festive, looks delicious. Happy Holidays!

Janine said...

it's been a long time since i had these candies too! brings back fond memories. Happy new year ahead!

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