Coconut ice was also a favorite because, like most homemade Jewish candies, it is kosher for Passover. Of course, there is no special reason to color half the coconut ice pink; use any color you like.
pareve, kosher for Passover
1 1/4 cups water
4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Rinse an 8 x 12-inch jellyroll pan with cold water, then drain off excess.
2. Put the water, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heavy-based pan. Bring to a boil over high heat without stirring, then reduce heat and boil gently for 12 minutes.
3. Have a large bowl ready. Carefully pour the syrup into the bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until it becomes cloudy.
4. Beat in the coconut and vanilla extract.
5. Pour half the mixture into the dampened jellyroll pan and then quickly stir a few drops of red coloring into the mixture remaining in the bowl.
6. Pour pink mixture over the coconut mixture in the pan. As soon as the candy is firm, divide into 2 x 1-inch bars.
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