Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Three Colored Coconut Candy

Three colored coconut candy is my husband's
favorite candy. Therefore I have learned how
to make three colored coconut candy.

It is a wonderful candy with an interesting texture.
The gelatin makes it slightly spongy.

 The cutting process.

Box and hide them from your husband. Then give away.
He is always complaining about me giving away all the goodies I make.

Three Colored Coconut Candy

2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 Tbsp. butter
dash of salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp. cold water

1 1/4 cups of coconut
1 tsp. vanilla

Dissolve gelatin in water and set aside.

Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan and heat to boiling.
Stirring constantly, boil to 232 degrees. Remove from heat.

Spoon gelatin into a mixing bowl and pour hot sugar mixture
over top. Mix on medium-high for about 4 minutes. The
mixture will turn white and creamy. Add coconut and vanilla.
Beat a until coconut is mixed in. Pour into greased 9 x 13 dish.
The mixture will be similar to melted marshmallows-
you will have to get a spoon and spread it out.

Repeat layer 2 more times. For the second layer add a few 
drops of red food coloring with the coconut. For the third layer 
add 3 Tbsp. of coco powder with the coconut. 
When cool- cut into pieces, as shown above.

This recipe is in the Esther Shank cookbook. I use milk
instead of cream. I also added a few directions.



  1. Thank you so much for this post! One of Sherwins favorite candies is 3 colored candy and I have been a little scared to make it. I didn't think the instructions in Esther Shanks cookbook were super clear. You gave the push I needed to do it. THANKS!! (it is in the fridge...the truth will be revealed after awhile. I am praying it turns out!)

  2. What kind of coconut do you use? Is it powder or shredded or coconut milk?

  3. I got this recipe from a Mennonite lady 40+ years ago. I always make it for Christmas and only Christmas. This is the first time I've seen it in print other than mine and it's exactly the same, except mine uses evaporated milk. It is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful candy!!

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