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Treat of the Week: Pina Colada on a Stick

Jul 29, 2015 04:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Pina Colada on a Stick

Rhea’s Rundown

I love the idea of a deconstructed classic on a stick. This treat brings together some of the best summer flavors: rum-soaked pineapple, coconut, and strawberry. It’s a bit more involved to make (about 5 hours in total), but is sure to leave an impression at any summer gathering!

Ingredients – Serves 12
  • 1 ½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 envelopes plus 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup white rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 72 chunks
  • 18 strawberries, halved lengthwise


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Spread coconut on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until golden, stirring after 4 minutes. Combine coconut, cream, coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Remove from heat; cover and let stand 20 minutes.

3. Place coconut water in a medium bowl; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand 5 minutes or until solid.

4. Strain coconut milk mixture through a sieve over a bowl, pressing to extract liquid. Discard coconut. Gradually add coconut milk mixture to gelatin mixture, stirring with a whisk. Return mixture to pan; heat over medium heat just until gelatin dissolves (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill 4 hours or up to overnight. (The layers should separate naturally.)

5. Combine rum and lime juice in a large zip-top plastic bag; add pineapple, and seal bag. Refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight, turning bag occasionally.

6. Drain pineapple mixture. Cut coconut mixture into 72 cubes. Thread 2 pineapple chunks, 2 gelée pieces, and 1 strawberry half alternately onto each of 36 skewers.

“Pina Colada on a Stick.” Cooking Light: Fresh, Fast, Food; Best Summer Recipes. Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. 2015. Print.

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