Friday, April 20, 2012

Gourmets 50 Most Influential Women in Food # 44 Nigella Lawson—Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey
Nigella Lawson is number 44 on Gourmets list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Food. I’m sure there is not a foodie around who has not heard of her. She came to fame in the U.K., with a  flirtatious personality and a relaxed approach to cooking, which has won her fans from all over the world. She has said of herself, "I am not a chef.  I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater.”
Nigella was born in 1960. Her father was the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and her mothers family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire.  After graduating Oxford University, she started to work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic. She later became the literary editor of The Sunday Times. 
Lawson published her first cookbook in 1998, How to Eat. It sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. Her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.
In 1999 she began to host her own cooking series, Nigella Bites. The Nigella Bites series won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award. She came to the U.S. to host the food Network’s Nigella Feasts in 2006, followed by a three part BBC Two series, Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, in the U.K. Later she did yet another series for the BBC Two called Nigella Express. This show was still being produced in 2011.
Between her cooking shows, cookware sales and her cookbooks; Nigella has built a multi million dollar business.  She has sold more than 3 million cookbooks worldwide! 
I decided to make Nigellas Hokey Pokey, also called Honeycomb Candy. I made two batches of this in less then 30 minutes. It came out quite good.  If I wasn’t watching my weight this week I could have eaten it all!

Ingredients for the Hokey Pokey…I used Lyle's Golden syrup
Sugar and syrup bubbling up…now whisk in the baking soda
Pour onto parchment paper to cool
Broken up pieces of Hokey Pokey
This was so delicious!

Hokey Pokey (Honeycomb Candy) - Nigella Lawson


    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup or 4 tablespoons dark corn syrup
    • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda


  1. Stir sugar and syrup together in a cold pan. Put over medium-high heat; from this point, do NOT stir, but only swirl the pan. Cook until golden and thick, and bubbles are beginning to mount.
  2. Turn off heat and add baking soda. Whisk vigorously. Pour onto a silicone liner (Silpat) and let stand 15 minutes. Smash into large pieces.


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  1. Oh this looks like fun - I have never heard of it. Now I crave it!

  2. adorable name! looks so interesting, I want to crumble it and put it in a cookie!

    also where did you find the golden syrup? i scoured my whole foods to no avail . . .

  3. I've seen Nigella make this on her show. It looks tasty. Great post!

  4. Nigella Lawson is one of my favorites. Hokey Pokey sounds quite tasty and easy to make - my favorite type of recipe:) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. We call this sponge toffee and is a special treat usually served over the holidays. Why not make it all year round!!

  6. What a fun treat to make for this week's event. Sounds dangerously good.

  7. I used to love honeycomb when I was little. Here's a tidbit, in Spain they color it black so it looks like coal, and at Christmas they give it to children who have been naughty.

  8. I enjoy Nigella Lawson - you can tell how much she enjoys food. What a cute name for a treat and it looks like a simple, yet delicious candy.

  9. Kathy, my husband would really love this. It is a recipe I have never tried and I'll have to remedy that. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  10. What a fun snack, Kathy, and your honeycomb candy looks perfect, the bubbly centre looks just like a honeycomb :)

  11. Add peanuts and you have peanut brittle! I've wanted to try this recipe for a while now. Looks like another way to use up the rest of my golden syrup!

  12. What a fun recipe. It so reminds me of the peanut brittle I used to make and give as Christmas gifts when I was a kid. I definitely want to give this a try since I've become enamored of Lyle's golden syrup since first tasting it. Love your detailed photos!

  13. Hi Kathy, oh yummy, I'll bet it's all crunchy and sweet! Your grandchildren will love this one. I may try it at Christmas time, a nice gift in a jar for the neighbors.