Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Setting Time: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
319 Calories
7g Fat
64g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 319
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 696mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 132mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Although we don't know when the term hokey pokey was coined, it has been used in English-speaking countries to refer to ice cream and ice cream vendors since the 19th century. But in New Zealand, it designates honeycomb candy and also vanilla ice cream with honeycomb. A true treat from down under! This recipe is really easy to make and will bring to your table a fun and deliciously creamy, crunchy treat. Hokey pokey is New Zealand's most popular ice cream flavor and rightly so. Serve it as is, or use it to top pound cake or vanilla cupcakes.

Honeycomb candy is also known as hokey pokey, cinder toffee, or sponge candy. It's made simply by heating together sugar and golden syrup and stirring in baking soda. This causes the mixture to froth up and aerate. After about 30 minutes, the mixture hardens to become the honeycomb we all love. Many recipes for honeycomb use, indeed, honey, but many others, like ours, use golden syrup. Golden syrup, or light treacle, is a thick product made out of sugar and it has a color and consistency similar to honey. It's a famous British product that you can find online or in some specialty stores, but if you can't find it, light corn syrup is an adequate substitute.

Choose your favorite vanilla ice cream, and the dessert will only be better if you use good-quality ice cream. As the honeycomb is vegetarian and vegan friendly, you can use a dairy-free vanilla ice cream to adjust this recipe to suit your dietary preferences.

“A crazy simple recipe for a good result with this toffee treat. The only difficulty is making sure you’re careful with the syrup near the end of it’s boiling so you don’t end up with a burnt flavor. The candy itself is tasty on it’s own measure but it’s heavenly with ice cream.” —Noah Velush-Rogers

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  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup, or light corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Hokey Pokey Ice Cream ingredients

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  2. Line a baking tray with waxed parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

    Line a baking tray with waxed parchment paper

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  3. Heat the sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.

    add sugar and golden syrup to a saucepan

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  4. Melt the mixture, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil for 5 or 6 minutes—make sure you stir continuously so the syrup doesn't burn.

    cook the mixture in a saucepan

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  5. Take the pot off the stove and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will froth up and become pale.

    add baking soda to the sugar mixture in the saucepan

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  6. Use a spatula to scrape and pour the mixture onto the waxed parchment paper. Allow the honeycomb to set for 30 minutes.

    pour the sugar mixture onto the waxed parchment paper

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  7. Once set, wrap the honeycomb loosely in parchment paper and use a rolling pin to break it into small pieces.

    break the honeycomb with a rolling pin

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  8. Scoop ice cream into two serving bowls and sprinkle with hokey pokey honeycomb. Serve immediately. 

    Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, Scoop ice cream into two serving bowls and sprinkle with hokey pokey honeycomb

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