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Hokey Pokey

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Introduction

Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb. It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. It is also the perfect present to take to a dinner party. Better than flowers, as they need to be put into a vase, better than chocolate, which people tend to smile politely at, but put away in a drawer: no one can resist a bit of hokey pokey I've found.

The quantities I've specified don't make an awful lot - enough to fill a little tin 12cm in diameter by 6cm deep - but any more and you'd be sued by your dentist.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb. It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. It is also the perfect present to take to a dinner party. Better than flowers, as they need to be put into a vase, better than chocolate, which people tend to smile politely at, but put away in a drawer: no one can resist a bit of hokey pokey I've found.

The quantities I've specified don't make an awful lot - enough to fill a little tin 12cm in diameter by 6cm deep - but any more and you'd be sued by your dentist.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

Hokey Pokey
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Makes: 125g / 2 cups

Metric Cups
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda

Method

  1. Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You mustn't stir once the pan's on the heat, though.
  2. Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt, then turn to goo and then to a bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup - this will take 3 minutes or so.
  3. Off the heat, whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and watch the syrup turn into a whooshing cloud of aerated pale gold. Turn this immediately onto a piece of reusable baking parchment or greased foil.
  4. Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.
  1. Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You mustn't stir once the pan's on the heat, though.
  2. Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt, then turn to goo and then to a bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup - this will take 3 minutes or so.
  3. Off the heat, whisk in the baking soda and watch the syrup turn into a whooshing cloud of aerated pale gold. Turn this immediately onto a piece of reusable baking parchment or greased foil.
  4. Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.

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What 40 Others have said

  • So quick and easy - first time I made it I burned the pan and smoked my kitchen out! That was my fault though. I would advise watching the pan like a hawk! When I was little this was known as "puff candy" and it's still my favourite treat. Sometimes I dip the pieces in chocolate which goes down extremely well. Makes lovely Christmas gifts!

    Posted by Nickki on 10th October 2017
  • Made mine today, but substituted local grown honey for golden syrup. I also used the toffee 'drop' test to make sure it had cooked long enough (5 minutes). Added the bi carb and the clouds happened, but should have used a deeper pan. Nonetheless, a delicious result of crispy 'real' honeycomb.

    Posted by LaneyGreaves on 17th July 2016
  • Works a treat ! Lovely clouds and no gooey mess. Make sure you measure exactly and don't cook on too high a heat.

    Posted by Cat21 on 21st May 2016
  • This is seriously the easiest recipe i have ever followed!! 3 ingredients = 1 yummy sweet treat, only problem i had was eating too much, DELICIOUS

    Posted by Stevesgal on 31st July 2015
  • hi i really wanna make this but i cant find golden syrup where i stay so could you please suggest any substitute?

    Posted by appy23 on 16th February 2012
  • Amazing! This is the first time I've ever made 'Hokey Pokey' its turned out perfect and the whole family is impressed. I can't believe how quick and easy it was, I can recommend this recipe. Thank you for sharing this!

    Posted by eswinbank on 12th April 2015
  • Usually when I make something, it fails first time, - not this! It is easy, & quick - just waiting to taste now. Burnt my tongue on the spoon though, in my haste to sample it!!

    Posted by sebski on 18th October 2014
  • What a fabulous recipe! I've made this just and it's awesome. Thanks Nigella!

    Posted by Luuk Jan on 27th March 2014
  • I have just made this today, and as an added extra, I melted some dairy milk chocolate and cooled it, when the hokey pokey was set I poured on the melted chocolate and put it in the fridge to set, tastes just like a cruchcie it's so nice.

    Posted by marycatherine83 on 22nd February 2014
  • I have literally just made this! Easy as pie! Now just a waiting game for eating it :-) and maybe sharing...we'll see.

    Posted by klaire79 on 24th January 2014
  • Extremely easy recipe to follow. Turns out perfectly, every time. Family loves it.

    Posted by COOKINGONALLBURNERS on 13th January 2014
  • This turned out perfect! And super easy as well! Thank you so much :)

    Posted by hannahcpk on 14th January 2014
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