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New Zealand Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Recipe


Known for its kind hospitality, very friendly people, crystal clear blue waters and lush green mountains, New Zealand has been on my travel list for awhile. It’s been on my husband’s because they shot the breathtaking Lord of the Rings Trilogy there! After watching this absolutely gorgeous video, I know I need to see it in person one day soon. I would love to spend a few days eating, shopping and exploring the metro areas of Auckland and Wellington and then off to the countryside to take it ALL in.

What a beautiful world we live in, right? And not to take away from the vast scenery of New Zealand (because really what compares?!), but I heard of a very popular flavor of ice cream in New Zealand called Hokey Pokey. Pretty much everything I’ve read and what people have said is that it’s a staple flavor at every ice cream shop in New Zealand and it’s something you MUST try when you’re there. I am one of those people who searches for the local faves when traveling, especially sweets! So in honor of New Zealand and my future vacation there (not booked, but fingers crossed!) I decided to make a homemade Hokey Pokey ice cream recipe and OH MY GOODNESS is it AMAZING! It makes you want to do the Hokey Pokey, turn yourself around and eat more! The photos don’t even do it justice. It’s a super creamy vanilla based ice cream that I adapted from Jeni’s recipe and it’s mixed in with a homemade honeycomb. The honeycomb creates a delicious, rich caramel taste with a light crunchy texture. When the honeycomb is mixed into the ice cream, some of it melts and creates the most delicious swirl throughout the ice cream. I really can’t tell you all enough how much you need to make this recipe! I promise you won’t be disappointed! New Zealand, I’m coming for you and your Hokey Pokey.

Hokey Pokey Honeycomb Recipe
1 cup caster sugar (super fine sugar)
1/2 cup golden syrup (find this at Whole Foods or online)
3 Tablespoons baking soda

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set closely to the range where you’ll be melting the sugar and syrup.

Place the sugar and the syrup in a medium sauce pan and stir until the mixture melts. It will become thick first, but as it heats it will melt into a gooey syrup. It takes about 5 minutes.

Once the mixture is bubbling and richer in color, like a dark golden brown add in the baking powder and whisk quickly. Immediately pour the mixture on to the parchment paper while it’s still fluffy.

Let it sit for about 15 minutes then bash it to pieces! The inside will resemble a honey comb. Leave some thicker ones for an extra crunchy ice cream texture!

Creamiest Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons cream cheese
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons whole milk and corn starch to make a slurry and set aside.

In a medium pot, add in the rest of the whole milk, heavy cream, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring and watching closely. Boil for about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and add in the cornstarch slurry, vanilla bean paste and extract.

Return back to the heat to boil for another few minutes until the mixture is thicker in texture.

Take it off the heat to cool gradually, whisk in the softened cream cheese and salt. Whisk until all of the lumps from the cream cheese are out and mixture is smooth.

Pour into a heat proof bowl and cool in the freezer for about 25 minutes.

Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the machine’s directions.

When the ice cream is almost finished, pour in 2 cups of the crushed honeycomb and watch it mix!

Pour into a container and place in the freezer until it’s ready!

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7 responses to New Zealand Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Heather
    March 25, 2015

    Yummy! I was so excited when New Zealand Natural ice cream came to Los Angeles several years ago, only to discover that they decided to leave out the chunks of hokey pokey in the American recipe. I don’t know if that’s still true as the downtown location has since closed, but I am happy you posted this recipe!

  2. jen
    March 29, 2015

    Your photos just keep getting better. Never thought to make honeycomb myself. Ryan loves it! I think I will order ingredients today to make this. Do you have an ice cream maker recommendation?

  3. Dianne Barnden
    March 29, 2015

    Hi there
    yes New Zealand is the place to be.
    Let me know when you do come here, we would love to host you and show you the sights of Wellington.

  4. March 31, 2015

    Is the second ingredient on the ice cream recipe sugar? It says ” 1 tablespoon plus.” I’m buying ingredients to make this (and an ice cream maker. haha). Can’t stop thinking about it. Looks so good!

    1. Eden
      March 31, 2015

      Oh my goodness!! Thank you Jen! I noticed a few mistakes in there and I have know idea what happened!! It’s all fixed now and should be great! As for an ice cream maker, I have this one and love it!!

      1. Jodi
        December 22, 2017

        Is it baking soda or baking powder for the pokey? It’s listed both ways…

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