Hokey Pokey

No, not the Hokey Cokey, Hokey Pokey.
I can’t remember what the other name is for it-this is Nigella’s name, and I like it, and it’s her recipe, so I’m sticking with it! Basically, it’s a bit like the stuff on the inside of a Crunchie Bar.

I made some last week, as a thank you, to send back with the energy monitor that Rugby Friends of the Earth super kindly lent me to use during the Great Energy Race.

I should warn you that this actually, properly makes your teeth ache it is so sweet. Which might not be a bad thing, as long as you only have small bits of it at a time…

This is what you need:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 4x15ml tbsps golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

This is what you do:

  • Put the sugar and the syrup in a pan and stir together (it won’t mix very well/completely, but give it a shove around)
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  • Place the pan on the heat, and then RESIST the urge to stir it while it is on the heat
  • It will melt, and then after about 3 or 4 minutes, it should be a ‘bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup’

    I think mine was actually a little too dark, so maybe a smudge lighter than this...

    I think mine was actually a little too dark, so maybe a smudge lighter than this…

  • This is the best bit-if you have kids-go get them now to come and help/watch. Take the pan off the heat, and whisk in the bicarb-it swooshes up and looks pretty cool
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  • Immediately pour this onto some greased foil, or some reusable baking lining things

    I 'restrained' mine in a baking tray, but I guess you could just go freestyle

    I ‘restrained’ mine in a baking tray, but I guess you could just go freestyle

  • Leave to set
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    and then bash into chunks.
    Needless to say, I forgot to take a pic of it all packaged up in it’s cleverly recycled chocolate box, ready to be posted….

Enjoy! And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the achey teeth.

11 thoughts on “Hokey Pokey

  1. Ah, you’ve chosen one of my favourite thing to make for kids – part recipe, part science project! I always knew it as “honeycomb” or “cinder toffee” (guessing people used to make it for bonfire night!)

  2. You guys tend to call it honeycomb, but in NZ its Hokey Pokey and you get it mixed into vanilla icecream (or in bars covered in chocolate). :o)

  3. I became addicted to Hokey Pokey Icecream when I visited my folks in NZ last Christmas. it is “awesome”!

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