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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)
  • 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
  • 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
    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.

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  • Reply Debbie hurry May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      So going to have to try it!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo May 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    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)

    • Reply Jen May 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Jo. Am going to try it with the ice cream this week 😉

  • Reply essexhebridean May 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Ahhh….and when those chunks are folded into some home made caramel ice cream….yummy!

    • Reply Jen May 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Yes! keep meaning to make some nice cream to use up the last of it!

    • Reply Valerie May 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

      We call that Pooh bear ice cream…mmm

      • Reply Jen May 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        What a cute name!

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden May 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Jen

  • Reply Marmaduke Scarlet May 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    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!)

    • Reply Jen May 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Yes, the kids loved it!

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