Share these Pink Ombre Creamy Coconut Hearts with your loved ones this Valentine's Day. Each little coconut candy is made using just three ingredients plus some pink food coloring. They are quick and easy to make and taste great.
For all of you coconut lovers out there, today's Valentine's Day recipe is for you.
I know that sadly excludes all of you coconut-haters, but for those of you who love coconut as much as I do, you're gonna love these Pink Ombre Creamy Coconut Hearts.
They are creamy and chewy at the same time and are bursting with coconut flavor. Plus they are pretty in pink!
They make a great Valentine's Day treat but would also be fun to serve at a bridal shower or baby shower.
Let's make coconut candy hearts!
To make these candies you will need:
unsweetened coconut - Buy a bag of flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut. If you use sweetened coconut, these candies will be incredibly sweet.
white chocolate - For the best flavor, use white chocolate made with cocoa butter. You can use chips or bars, just be sure to finely chop the bars so they melt easily.
cream of coconut - You'll need 15 ounces of cream of coconut. It is the star of the show! It really gives these candies an intense coconut flavor.
What is cream of coconut?
Cream of Coconut is a creamy liquid made from real coconuts and sugar. It has an intense coconut flavor and it’s typically used to flavor mixed drinks, like Pina Colada, and it makes delicious 2-ingredient chocolate coconut fudge.
You can buy Cream of Coconut in cans or in squeeze bottles. You will typically find this product in the liquor aisle at your grocery store but you may also find it in the international food aisle.
To make these coconut hearts, you can use a can of Cream of Coconut which will need to be stirred well as it comes out of the can in two layers. The top layer is thick and needs to be scraped out of the can. The bottom layer is liquid.
If you can find squeeze bottles of Coco Real Real Gourmet Cream of Coconut you can simply squeeze it out of the bottle without needing to stir it. If you use it, just measure out 15 ounces, about 2 cups for this recipe.
pink food coloring - I used Betty Crocker Neon Pink Gel but any bright pink food coloring will work well.
double boiler - If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a bowl set inside a saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water. Just be sure the bowl fits snuggly in the pan and does not touch the water.
The printable coconut candy recipe is below this step-by-step tutorial.
step 1 - make the 3-ingredient coconut candy
- Pour the cream of coconut into the top bowl of your double boiler.
- Stir it until well blended. Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Set bowl over a pot filled with an inch of water.
- Heat over low heat, stirring often, until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in coconut. This mixture will get very thick, so use a sturdy spoon or spatula.
- Divide the mixture into three bowls.
- Color one bowl bright pink. Color a second bowl very light pink. Color the third a medium shade of pink.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
step 2 - press the coconut candy into a heart mold
- Equally divide the light pink coconut among the 24 heart cavities, a heaping teaspoon in each.
- Press down in an even layer.
- Now, add a layer of medium pink, then top with a layer of bright pink.
- Press down to compact the mixture and clean up any coconut that is sticking out around the edges of the hearts.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
step 3 - unmold the candy hearts
- Un-mold hearts by turning the mold upside down, pressing on the backside of the hearts, and allowing the coconut candies to fall out.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Freeze, to keep longer.
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This recipe was originally published on Hungry Happenings on January 31, 2014. It was updated with new photographs in 2022.
Use a couple of simple ingredients to make these yummy coconut cream hearts with pink ombre coloring for Valentine's Day
- 1 15 oz. can Cream of Coconut
- 10.5 ounces white chocolate chips
- 10 ounces unsweetened coconut
- pink food coloring
Stir cream of coconut, then add white chocolate chips to the top bowl of a double boiler.
Fill bottom double boiler pot with 1 inch of water. Put bowl on top and heat over low heat.
Stir occasionally until melted.
Remove from heat and stir in coconut.
Divide into 3 bowls.
Color 1 batch bright pink, 1 batch medium pink, 1 batch light pink.
Spoon a teaspoonful of the light pink into 24 heart cavities. Press down into an even layer.
Top with a layer of medium pink then a layer of bright pink. Press to compress the hearts.
Freeze for 1 hour.
Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
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