Hokey pokey (ice cream)
New Zealand-made hokey pokey ice cream, sold in Japan
|Place of origin||New Zealand|
|Main ingredient(s)||Vanilla ice cream, honeycomb toffee|
Hokey pokey is a flavour of ice cream in New Zealand, consisting of plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee - known as "hokey pokey" in New Zealand. The original recipe until around 1980 consisted of solid toffee, but in a marketing change Tip-Top decided to use small balls of honeycomb toffee instead.
"Hokey pokey" was a slang term for ice cream in general in the 19th and early 20th centuries in several areas — including New York and parts of Great Britain — specifically for the ice cream sold by street vendors, or "hokey-pokey" men. The vendors, said to be mostly of Italian descent, supposedly used a sales pitch or song involving the phrase "hokey pokey", for which several origins have been suggested, although no certain etymology is known.
The name may come from the term "hocus-pocus", or it may be a corruption of one of several Italian phrases. According to "The Encyclopedia of Food" (published 1923, New York) hokey pokey (in the U.S.) is "a term applied to mixed colors and flavors of ice cream in cake form". The Encyclopedia says the term originated from the Italian phrase oh che poco - "oh how little". Alternative possible derivations include other similar-sounding Italian phrases: for example ecco un poco - "here is a (little) piece".
Related uses 
- Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Man) (1975) is a song by Richard & Linda Thompson.
- Hokey Pokey's Ice Creamery is an ice cream company in Corning, New York.
- Hokey Pokey is referenced in the Mike Leigh movie "Topsy Turvy" by Richard Barker as he leaves Richard D'Oyly-Carte's office on a very hot day, saying "I am going out for a little Italian hokey pokey and I care not who knows it."
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- The Mavens' Word of the Day: hokey
- Tracking down the origin of hokey pokey
- Longwhitekid: An Exploration of the History of Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
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