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  1. Sarah

    What a great way of updating the childhood classic! I have to admit I never had coconut ice at school fetes (we always had honeyjoys, the toffees that you described above, and chocolate crackles), but I found a recipe for the bright pink type when I was 10 and never looked back! 🙂

  2. Johanna GGG

    I have been dreaming of coconut and chocolate – mainly in a cake – lately – but now you have me wanting it in coconut ice – I love coconut ice – not sure about coconut butter but I still want to try it.

    And yes I loved fetes – trash and treasure was just so much fun and do you remember that so many of those toffees stuck to the cupcake papers!

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I live that you used the word fetes. You rock. We neve Ha anything the good looking at school dances but I know I’d love it! Our snacks were store bought cookies and the like. Ick.

  4. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Yup, can’t identify with this memory at all. I do remember sucking the nectar out of honeysuckles that rimmed the recess field though. We’d gather up piles of them in our shirts and then sit in the middle of the field and make our way towards a sugar high drop by tiny droplet. This does sound like a tasty little snack though.

  5. Emma

    Hannah, your memories of school fetes could not possibly be any more perfect and similar to mine if you tried! I was JUST thinking about how awesome trash and treasure and patty-pan toffees and potato sack races were, and how incredibly exciting the whole ordeal seemed at the time…don’t forget about the jelly bean jar! ah, memories. (Oh yeah, the recipe looks good to!)

  6. Shenandoah Vegan

    Having grown up in Maryland, I’ve never seen any treats remotely like these. Any idea why it is called ‘Ice’? Like Icing? Or Ice Cubes?

  7. Allysia

    Coconut ice, eh? Never heard of that, but your version sounds infinitely more appealing than the traditional one! And I think subbing food coloring for chocolate was a wise decision. 🙂

  8. janet @ the taste space

    I like how you speak Aussie.. I learn new words all the time: copha. 🙂 Fetes, now maybe that is Canadian influence. 😉

  9. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Looks very coconutty. Though the amount of sugar scares me a little! It’s supposed to be more of a sweet/lolly/candy rather than a slice, I presume?

  10. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    yes please!! looks amazing!

  11. Lou

    Oh man, the school fete (or “fair”) was the absolute highlight of my year when I was a kid….. I remember getting a crsip $5 note (when they were still paper!!) to spend and I was SO EXCITED. Toffee apples, coconut ice, sausage sizzles, ahhhhh bliss. Trash & Treasure is SO MUCH FUN. Argh I want to go back there.

  12. FoodFeud

    What! What?! Delicious and well done. Yes, let’s go play now.

  13. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    My coconut ice memories are linked to my Australian gran, who made it the traditional copha and sugar filled way. It was one of those foods that I didn’t like that much, but still ate, and could eat to excess. A bit like chocolate crackles. I think I’d like this version more and love that you’re doing your bit for Australian culture in Canada 🙂

  14. Natalia

    Yummm : ) Making this is going on my to do list for sure!

  15. Choc Chip Uru

    I’ve never tried coconut ice but this definitely looks delicious 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I definitely need some of these. I’ve never seen these at a school fete.. probably because I’ve never gone to one. 🙂

  17. hungryandfrozen

    Oh yes! So much, all of this. the excitement of buying clip-on earrings and second-hand Dolly magazines, eating fudge and toffee apples and – yes – wincingly sweet coconut ice. I like the sound of this recipe, being a coconut fiend – might give it a go next time I’ve got lots of coconut oil to do things with.

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh yes what memories! The pink and white layers of coconut ice were everywhere weren’t they? Honey joys, chocolate crackles…toffees with hundreds and thousands!

  19. whisperinggums

    What is it about those old school fetes? I think you’ve got it — you are in a safe place that you know, but without all the rules that stop you enjoying it to the fullest.

  20. Hotly Spiced

    Those toffees were really good for pulling out wobbly teeth. I think I remember making them with a bit of white vinegar and that would make them really chewy instead of rock hard. The title of this post had my attention immediately and yes, the words ‘coconut ice’ do stir up memories of school fetes xx

  21. Heathy

    Yummmm!!! I love that you’ve become a coconut lover 😉

  22. Hannah

    I swear, everyone in the world must have gotten better school food than I did… This would have been a dream come true at any point during my years of compulsory education!

  23. Emma

    Dreamy childhood memories. I loved my elementary school, so much freedom, such wonder and delight; I definitely miss it. Too much coconut ice would probably lead me to some serious spechunking, though.

  24. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Updating childhood classics is so rewarding! I love how each bite brings a wave of nostalgia!

    I was actually just told about the existence of these coconut ice bars by my cousins who live in Montreal. They made them and were raving. I think your Aussie treats are starting to take the world by storm!

  25. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I love this post so much xo

  26. Erin

    Thanks for linking-up to 5-Ingredient Mondays! The link is now open for next week, hope to see you back 🙂

  27. msihua (@msihua)

    I don’t think I’ve ever had coconut ice, but your version sounds much much nicer!

  28. Agnes

    Pretty sure it’s not counted as coconut ice unless it’s pink. Yup. 🙂

  29. Louise

    I always loved coconut ice, but we only had the traditional pink one. And oh I loved those toffees so much. I’ve made coconut ice a few times in recent years, but none for some time. I’d like to try these too. I think I’ve got the ingredients to make these in the cupboard. Danger Will Robinson!