Talk:Hokey pokey (disambiguation)
Generic Name for (American?) Ice Cream Vendors?
There seems to be web search evidence that "hokey pokey" was a generic name for ice cream sold by street vendors in the late 19th century. In the U.S. at least. SportWagon 20:15, 26 October 2005 (UTC)
I added a link to the ice cream page, which mentions hokey pokey. The use of hokey pokey in NZ refers primarily to a type of ice cream containing hard lumps of toffee in it. The use to refer to sponge toffee is later, AFAIK. Hokey pokey was also used in the West of Scotland to mean ice cream in the mid-20th C. See this page on Italian immigrants to Scotland, for example: http://www.scalan.co.uk/Italians.htm Neil Leslie 08:51, 7 January 2006 (UTC)
I have heard caramel corn (specifically, caramel popcorn with peanuts) referred to as "Hokey pokey" by persons from the United States northern plains states.
Perhaps an editor with knowledge of the linguistics and snack cuisines of this vicinity could add an appropriate passage to this disambiguation page and the Caramel corn article.