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
Servings: 8 servings
- 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