Questions and Answers - Coconut Milk vs. Cream of Coconut

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I have a recipe for a pina colada cake that calls for Cream of Coconut. I cannot find it, only coconut milk. Is it the same thing? Thanks for your help! - Karen (1/08/01)


Coconut milk - Coconut milk is not the juice found inside a coconut, but the diluted cream pressed out from the thick, white flesh of a well-matured coconut. Coconut milk is a rich, creamy liquid made from water and coconut pulp. It is a staple ingredient in Thai curries and in beverages, sauces, soups, and desserts throughout Southeast Asia. Unsweetened coconut milk is available in cans at well-stocked grocery stores and Asian markets. Do not substitute cream of coconut.

Cream of coconut or Coconut Cream - Cream of coconut is a smooth, thick liquid made from fresh coconuts. It is thick and very sweet, and commonly used in mixed drinks. Can usually be found in your local grocery stores and liquor stores, available in liquid and powdered forms.

Substitutes for Cream of Coconut:

Sweetened condensed milk with coconut extract to taste

1 cup top layer of canned coconut milk (not low fat) - do not shake or stir can before skimming

1 cup heavy whipping cream (35%) plus 1/2 cup coconut cream powder



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