I made this recipe up especially for Izzy, as his favourite lollies are pineapple lumps. I gave it a few trial runs using different ingredients, but this particular version was definitely the best. I once sent a batch off to the All Black boys in camp and it got demolished.
Preparation time: 10 minutes • Setting Time: 2 hours • Serves 10+
250g packet malt biscuits
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
70g Pineapple Lumps
½ cup sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
2 free-range eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
Place malt biscuits in a kitchen whizz and blend until almost smooth. (Don’t worry if there are still some bigger pieces, as this will add a nice texture.) Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Place macadamia nuts in kitchen whizz and blend until broken up, then add to biscuit crumbs. Add three-quarters of the shredded coconut, saving the rest for sprinkling on top.
Cut pineapple lumps into small pieces and add to the mixture.
In a pot, melt butter over a low heat and add sugar. Stir until dissolved and then add the cocoa. Mix together and remove from the heat.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla essence together and add to the butter mixture. Beat together until smooth and add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Line a baking sheet with baking paper, spread the mixture out evenly on top and flatten. Sprinkle over the rest of the shredded coconut, then place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
Remove from the fridge and cut into small pieces.