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How to make Coconut Grass

Coconut Grass

Coconut grass seems to be a key decorating element of Easter desserts, or desserts for any spring holiday. It’s easy to see why, since its color can really add a splash of brightness to a display, and it is a lot more appropriate (and versatile) for accenting food than the plastic Easter grass you can buy for filling up Easter baskets. Coconut grass is nothing more than shredded coconut than has been dyed green. Shredded coconut, especially after it has been colored, really does have the look of blades of grass!

To make coconut grass, add some shredded coconut to a large bowl and add in a few drops of green food coloring. Us a spatula or a spoon to mix the coconut and dye together; it may not seem like there is a lot of food coloring to go around, but the color will transfer quickly to the coconut as you stir. Add more coloring for a darker green.

Once your “grass” is ready, you can use it to top off Easter cupcakes, decorate a cake plate for displaying an Easter Bunny Cake or simply use it to fill up a basket to make a nice (edible) display for some Easter eggs and chocolates.

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  • Cheryl
    March 25, 2010

    I’ll have to make this – so easy!

  • Julia
    March 26, 2010

    This may be a dumb question, but have you ever shredded your own coconut? I can’t find the stuff anywhere (except in muesli) and I was wondering whether I could just make it.

  • Bell & Ross
    May 19, 2010

      This is a good,common sense article.Very helpful to one who is just finding the resouces about this part.It will certainly help educate me.

  • Amanda
    April 7, 2012

    I have food gel coloring not the liquid dye..will this still work? I’ve read somewhere about adding some water to dilute it but how much water per drop of food coloring gel?

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