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Mothers day is a tough one, for my own Mum I have no trouble thinking up gifts but my Mother in law is another matter.
She is awesome don’t get me wrong and has some easy to buy for interests. However, this means that every gift giving holiday she usually gets the same themes. Cats, flowers… gardening…..
There comes a point when you realise you’ve exhausted your options!
We wanted to do something nice for her this year that wasn’t tired and repetitive. So I thought of something Gray and I could make together, Nanny’s favourite sweet treat!
She loves Coconut Ice. You might think that something like that must be complicated, but it really couldn’t be simpler!
Standard Coconut Ice is just three ingredients! And the classic pink and white, or our rainbow version is just four! No baking, no long, complicated process. Perfect for having fun with the kids. Of all the recipes I’ve tried making with Gray, this is probably the absolute easiest for kids, there is literally nothing to it but mixing.
I really wish I got better pictures, I feel like I just haven’t done this project justice, guess I will have to make it again!
Here are the ingredients for our awesome Rainbow Sprinkle version!
4 cups Icing Sugar
1 tin Light Condensed Milk (14oz)
(Optional) Rainbow Sprinkles or Red Food Colouring
There really is nothing more to it as far as ingredients go.
(Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous you could do something like dip the pieces into chocolate after!)
Now if you’re still not convinced how easy this recipe really is, here are the instructions!
Sieve sugar into large bowl. Pour in milk. Mix until even.
Add coconut, mix until even. (Note: You will find it gets far too stiff to finish mixing with a spoon, this is the great bit for kids! Get your hands in there! Smoosh it all up and be warned, you will get sticky!)
If using sprinkles, add now and mix until even.
If using red food colouring for the traditional pink and white layer look, separate mix into two parts, add a few drops of red to one part and mix until evenly pink
Now you can choose how to let it set! You can line a tray (or use a silicone one) and just press the mix firmly into the tray until flat (if using pink and white, press first one colour, then the other on top).
I used molds instead, so rather than press into a tray, I took small pinches of the mix and pressed them gently but firmly into my molds. They came out beautifully!
Leave for at least an hour to harden, then turn out of molds or cut your tray into squares and leave another hour or two to dry completely.
Will keep up to 3 weeks in an airtight tub.
There you have it, could it be any easier? Just like my Chocolate bark, it is so quick and easy and what’s more, you can totally personalise this recipe with whatever exciting extras you think up!
My mother in law was so thrilled with this gift, she absolutely adored the little flower and heart shapes, it was a lovely activity for me and Gray and a lovely gift that was well worth making.
Why not try having a sticky, fun treat making session with the kids yourself, it takes less than 30 mins for the main bit (not counting drying!) and cost me less than £5 for a huuuuuuuuge batch! (think enough for gifts for 4 people!)