“Food and Fun,” Friend, November 2019
A popular flavor of ice cream in New Zealand is hokey-pokey, or honeycomb toffee. Here’s how to make a version at home. Be sure to get an adult’s help.
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup or light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons baking soda
vanilla ice cream
Line a tray with wax paper. Measure the baking soda so it will be ready later.
Mix the sugar, syrup, and water in a large pot. Then turn the stove to low heat.
Let the mixture melt together. Do not stir!
When the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat to medium and let it bubble for three minutes (without stirring), or until it reaches 300°F (150°C).
Remove from heat. Quickly whisk in the baking soda for a few seconds and let the mixture foam up. Then quickly pour it onto the wax paper. Don’t flatten it with a spatula, or the bubbles will disappear.
Let the toffee cool at least an hour. Then break it into pieces and mix into vanilla ice cream.
Here are some fun words from New Zealand. Now find them in the word search! As a bonus, the puzzle itself is shaped like the country’s national bird: the kiwi.
gumboots: rubber boots/galoshes
haka: a ceremonial dance
hongi: a traditional greeting made by touching foreheads and noses together
kiwi: a flightless bird and a symbol of New Zealand
togs: swimming suits/swimwear
wop-wop: the middle of nowhere