20 / Hokey Pokey

In late 19th-century United States and Britain, Italian street vendors sold a type of ice cream known as hokey pokey. By at least the early 1890s it was available in New Zealand as a chewy form of toffee, and advertised as ‘Hokey Pokey, Penny a Lump’. In the 1940s the Meadowgold Ice Cream Company of Papatoetoe, Auckland, began making hokey pokey ice cream, blending honeycomb toffee with vanilla ice cream. It proved a popular flavour, and from the early 1950s was produced by Tip Top. Shot through with crunchy nuggets, hokey pokey ice cream remains a best seller today, with children and adults alike enjoying the rush experienced from striking gold – perhaps a reflection of our gold-mining history.

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