Chocolate Coconut Sorbet Bars (aka Frozen Bounty Bars)

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Back in March we spent a week in St. Lucia. As well as making it a blissful place to flop flat out and drink cocktails, the blazing sunshine gives the island the perfect climate to grow sweet bananas, pineapples, papaya and coconuts. Every day at the beach the same elderly man would walk past touting the ‘best water in the world’, and each time he cracked open a fresh coconut and inserted a straw I felt like we’d escaped into a Bounty advert (minus the dodgy ’80s hair and make up).

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Perhaps best known for its bananas, St. Lucia is becoming increasingly famous for chocolate. Just behind our hotel was the Rabot estate, the cocoa plantation which produces the beans from which Hotel Chocolat chocolate is made. The rich, volcanic soil between the two ‘pitons’ or peaks of the island allows cocoa trees to thrive and during the course of the week we must have eaten a different chocolate dessert every day.

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Chocolate and coconut are a match made in heaven and with several glorious days of Spring sunshine under our belts it felt like time to bring out the ice cream machine. I first served this coconut sorbet for Easter lunch over vanilla roasted rhubarb with ginger nut crumbs, but delicious as it was I knew the sorbet needed a second outing accompanied by chocolate. I like to pretend that as I’ve got older my palate has moved towards fruit desserts, but on this occasion these chocolate-coated bars have stolen my childish heart.

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The sorbet recipe comes from the king of ice cream*, Jacob Kennedy, whose Gelupo gelateria in Soho serves the creamiest coconut sorbet I have ever had the pleasure of eating. In his Bocca di Lupo cookbook, Jacob offers a choice of creaming fresh coconut flesh or using pre-made milk and as I’m back in London not lounging under a coconut palm, I plumped for the latter. I’m pretty sure if you went with the flesh option these bars would come even closer to Gelupo perfection.

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*disclaimer: I still pledge allegiance to David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop as my all-time ice cream bible. Perhaps that makes David the god, and Jacob the king? Either way, both men know their ice cream. Chocolate_Coconut_Sorbet2

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Chocolate Coconut Sorbet Bars
 
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Creamy coconut sorbet coated in rich dark chocolate, these bars are reminiscent of a frozen Bounty. A taste of the tropics and the summer that's yet to come.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 250ml water
  • 190g caster sugar, divided
  • 90g glucose syrup or very light honey, divided
  • 3g leaf gelatine or 4 tsp agar agar
  • 600g coconut milk
  • 400g good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. To make the sorbet, bloom the gelatine by soaking in cold water for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, 150g sugar and 50g glucose syrup and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat immediately then squeeze the water out of the gelatine and add to the syrup, stirring until smooth If using agar agar, sprinkle over the syrup and leave to hydrate for 5 minutes before stirring to dissolve. Allow to cool completely.
  3. Transfer the syrup to a food processor, along with the coconut milk, remaining sugar and glucose syrup. Blitz until smooth then churn in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Transfer the churned sorbet to eight ice cream bar moulds (I use these). Freeze until firm.
  5. To make the coating, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Line a tray that will fit in your freezer with baking parchment. Remove the sorbet bars from their moulds.
  7. One at a time, dip the bars into the melted chocolate, spooning it down the sides to coat completely. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off then place on the prepared tray.
  8. Once all the bars are coated, place the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. After this you can serve the sorbet bars or wrap in greaseproof paper and return to the freezer until ready to eat. Will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for several weeks.

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20 RESPONSES TO Chocolate Coconut Sorbet Bars (aka Frozen Bounty Bars)

  1. what a lux-sounding getaway. I adore Bounty bars, they have always been my weakness. Am loving what you’ve done here. #need

  2. Elly -

    Love the sound of this sorbet. I’ve never eaten a bounty bar but your rhubarb/coconut dish looked AMAZING – might have to try that!

  3. I’ve spent most of my life proclaiming not to like bounty bars and now I find that I have a sneaky love for them. I’m sure, however, that a bounty bar is not a patch on this treat! My boyfriend was complaining last week that I hadn’t made any ice cream recently. Between that ‘hint’ and this post, pretty sure I’ll be getting my machine down at the weekend!

    • thelittleloaf -

      I’m exactly the same! I always avoid the Bounty bars in a box of celebrations but I actually rather like them. Homemade ones are so much more delicious though 🙂 x

  4. Oh my goodness, these sound like absolute heaven. What a wonderful way to pay homage to what sounds like an amazing trip. And so impeccably made too! I love these so much, Kate!

    • thelittleloaf -

      Do it!

  5. Your holiday sounds like a dream! And while I am not generally a massive fan of coconut, I love bounty, especially the ice cream ones and your chocolate covered sorbet sounds way better than real bounty! Intrigued by the gelatine in the recipe too – have never seen that in sorbet recipe before!

    • admin -

      Yes, the gelatine keeps the sorbet softer once frozen-I quite often use it in mine!

      • Good to know, thank you! I must try that next time I make sorbet!

  6. Well, if anything can live up to a week in St. Lucia, it has got to be these ice cream bars!

  7. Wow!! These look so delicious, I want one now and one for dessert later today 🙂
    The coconut chocolate combination may be one of my favorites. I love this Kate!

    • thelittleloaf -

      It’s one of my favourites too!

  8. Anne -

    OMG Kate!!!!! This recipe is totally a pure stroke of genius! I love those mounty bars that I used to get on Halloween (good thing too, because none of my friends liked them and I could basically just steal all of theirs). But FROZEN???? You’re such a goddess…

    • thelittleloaf -

      Ha, thanks Anne!

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  10. I’m on the right track now. I can’t help to make this for my honey on our anniversary. Thank you for the tips! Hope to see more.

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