Honeycomb is quite a common treat Down Under. It is often included in chocolate bars such as Crunchies and Violet Crumbles. Honeycomb is not actually honey at all. It is made from sugar and golden syrup (which is also made from sugar).
When honeycomb is combined with ice-cream, the result is hokey pokey. This is a fun way to eat vanilla ice-cream. One great thing about hokey pokey is that making the honeycomb is almost as fun as eating it.
It all has to do with the magical reaction when the baking soda hits the hot syrup. The mixture instantly foams up and that's what forms the little bubbles that make the honeycomb.
The whole process only takes about 10 minutes (although it needs to set for 30 minutes).
Hokey Pokey is New Zealand's favorite ice-cream flavor. They like it even better than Kiwifruit!
More delicious desserts...
- Grilled figs with honey ricotta
- Baked rice custard with vanilla poached plums
- Peach Melba meringue
- Grilled bananas with passionfruit and yogurt
- Sweet potato pie
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