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Jan 6, 2008 07:07 AM

Anyone made Hokey Pokey?

Like some of you may have watched, I caught Nigella Lawson's Express show where she made a candy for a friend called Hokey Pokey.

It consists of sugar, golden syrup and baking soda.
It's as easy as can be to make and wonder if anyone tried making it and if so, how it turned out.

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  1. is that like the sponge toffee? like the inside of a Crunchie bar?

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    1. re: im_nomad

      gosh I don't know if it's called sponge candy or not. I know here in the states, I think it's more referred to as honeycomb. there is no vinegar in the recipe. and it's not microwaved. http://pennypincherspantry.wordpress.... here it is for looking up. I just love the stuff, but our kids, not so much. they make faces yet I could devour the entire batch. I must be low in my sugar or whatever causes me to like this stuff so much. you can toss chocolate sprinkles or whatever on top of it just out of the saucepan and just after dropping on the counter top when it's still boiling.

    2. We call it sponge candy - and I've made it before with this recipe. In New Zealand, they have wonderful Hokie Pokie icecream - I am craving some just thinking about it!!

      Sponge Candy (microwave)
      Makes about 1 pound

      1 c. sugar
      1 c. dark corn syrup
      1 tbsp. vinegar
      1 tbsp. baking soda

      Combine first three ingredients in 2-quart glass bowl.
      Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High for 3 minutes.
      Stir, then microwave uncovered on High 5 to 10 minutes (until thickened).
      Test for 300 degrees F (soft ball stage) by dropping small amount in cold water.
      Remove threads from water. Candy is done if threads are very brittle.

      Quickly stir in soda, mixing well to prevent baking soda lumps.
      Mixture will foam up as soda is stirred in.
      Pour quickly into buttered 8 inch x 8 inch or 9 inch x 9 inch baking dish.
      Allow mixture to spread by itself; let stand until firm.

      1. The picture looks like thin sponge toffee...not made it in YEARS!!!
        The Hokey Pokey recipe itself, looks more like peanut brittle without the peanuts....
        I never cared for nut brittles with soda in them.....I like them REALLY brittle.
        jeanmarie, thank you for the recipe...I am just going to have to make some!!!


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        1. re: violabratsche

          everyone asks if it's like brittle. to me, it isn't at all as I am not a brittle junky myself. the hokey pokey is much lighter, weighs a ton less, due to the soda it has many little bubbles in it which creates a lighter than air testure to it and it's melts away in your mouth if you choose not to chew it up. apparently, I'm the only one who's made it and watched the show with NL. no vinegar is involved at all...........not in this recipe anyway........