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Traditional “Afrikaans” treats: ‘Coconut Ice’

These images above are from the first cook book I got from my gran. The title translates to “My First Cook book”.

Being South African, I grew up baking and eating lots of traditional South African or “Afrikaans” treats. Afrikaans is just one of the 11 official languages in SA, and is of Dutch and German decent. This post will be about the first quick and easy sweet treat I enjoyed as a child.

“Klapperys” or “Coconut Ice”

Some people may know this one as it is super delicious and child friendly. Ingredients and method follow below.

What you’ll need (25 individual squares):

  • greaseproof paper
  • butter for greasing
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 150ml water
  • 1 Tb golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups dry coconut
  • pink food colouring


  1. Grease a baking pan with butter, and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. On low heat, add the sugar, water and golden syrup to a saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat.
  3. Place lid on the saucepan as soon as the mixture comes to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and add the vanilla.
  4. Add half of the sugar mixture to a greased heatproof mixing bowl, as well as half of the dry coconut, and mix. Try to work fast, as the sugar cools down quickly.
  5. Pour the coconut mixture onto the greased baking pan, and spread evenly.
  6. Add a few drops of pink food colouring to the rest of the sugar mixture, and add the leftover coconut. Mix quickly.
  7. Pour the pink coconut mixture onto the other mixture in the greased baking pan, and spread evenly.
  8. As soon as the mixture firms up, which shouldn’t take long, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Let the coconut treats completely cool and harden before serving them.
Photo credits: Andrew Young

Give this recipe a go for the next kiddies birthday party you have, or as a quick sweet treat at any gathering.

Regards, Courtney xx


Published by Courtney's Cravings

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