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Hokey Pokey – Nigella Lawson

Hokey pokey, as far as I knew, was just a song. However, I have learned that hokey pokey is also a candy, with a recipe popularized by Nigella Lawson.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hokey pokey cake, poke cake, poke cake recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Stef


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs golden [dark corn] syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp bi carb [baking] soda


  • Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You can't stir once the pan's on the heat.
  • Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt and then turn to goo and then a bubbling mass the color of maple syrup - this will take 3 minutes or so.
  • 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 baking parchment or greased foil.
  • Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.


Warning (see pics at bottom of this post):
What makes it work:
The recipe works better if you use 3 T of corn syrup rather than 4.
You need to wait. Do not touch the mixture in the pot for even longer than the 3 minutes the recipe recommends. I waited about 6 minutes the second time. It will look like it is starting to burn.
Don't spread the mixture after you pour it on the parchment - just pour it and leave it.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 236mg | Sugar: 21g