Last minute gift PANIC!

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December 22, 2013 by lovenellie

This time of year is fraught with stress, finding the end of the cello tape, remembering which cupboard in the house you have hidden the children’s presents ,worrying if the turkey that you have ordered is going to fit in the oven etc. etc. The last thing you need is the sudden realisation that you have forgotten a gift for Great Aunt Edina, fear not though everybody likes Hokey Pokey and its so easy to make and takes just minutes. It’s a good solution to the problem as most people have all the ingredients in their  cupboards so no need to dash out anywhere.hokey pokey with choc

Package it up in a funky tin or cellophane bag all tied up with a home-made label and nobody will ever know you forgot them, on the contrary you will look über thoughtful!!

So here goes.


  • 10 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 150g dark chocolate


  • 1. Grease or line a baking tray.
  • 2. Combine the sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and over a medium heat bring it to the boil, stirring constantly.
  • 3. Boil for 2 minutes, again stirring constantly.
  • 4. Stir in the baking soda, whipping the mixture up quickly.
  • 5. Spread the mixture onto the greased baking tray.
  • 6. Leave to harden and as soon as the mixture has cooled break it into pieces and place it in an airtight container.
  • 7. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over the pan of hot water until smooth.
  • 8. Dip each piece of Hokey Pokey into the chocolate and place on a sheet of baking paper until the chocolate has set.

My top tip.

When making Hokey Pokey it is important to pay careful attention to the sugar/golden syrup mixture, making sure that it doesn’t burn and stick to the bottom of the pan.  Equally important is getting the mixture into the greased tin as quickly as possible once the baking soda has been added.  The slower you move, the harder it is to work with.  Store the Hokey Pokey in an airtight container as soon as it has cooled and set otherwise it will start to go sticky.

tin hokey pokey

Personally I would be very happy with some Hokey Pokey on Christmas Day!

Over and out

Lynne xx


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