Inclusion Learning Centre: Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey Inclusions

Inclusion Learning Centre E-Course Topic Header: Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey Inclusions - includes image of spilt jar of honeycomb kibble
Value Tub of Honeycomb Ice Cream with loose inclusions beside
Value Tub of Honeycomb Ice Cream

Many people’s first experience with homemade Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey was part science experiment and part art as you cooked, mixed and cooled simple ingredients for a delicious light and caramel flavoured snack. Our technical team and years of experience with the sweet foam textured confection means that the FoodFlo team can provide formulations with control and precision around bubble size (fluffiness or firmness of the product) flavour (caramel, mint, lemon, or raspberry perhaps?) as well as even developing a version that is sugar-free.

4,6,8,10 & 15mm sized honeycomb balls
(L to R): 4mm, 6mm,8mm, 10mm, 15mm sized Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey balls

Honeycomb and Hokey Pokey are the same thing but called different names based on the region or country you are in. Kiwi’s (people from New Zealand) call is Hokey Pokey, while Australian’s, South African’s and some other countries refer to it as Honeycomb. In the UK it is often called Cinder Toffee, and in North America, it is often Sponge Candy or Sponge Toffee.

brittle vs fluffy honeycomb
(L to R): Brittle vs Fluffy formulations of Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey balls

As an inclusion, Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey gives you the opportunity to include a sweet crunch with just the right amount of flavour across a variety of texture options. Outside of the traditional kibbles (broken pieces, find “dust” or chunks), there is the randomly formed nature of Pieces, not quite a kibble, but with the smoother surface area of a ball to provide a hybrid option of kibbles and balls with popular characteristics of both categories of the hybrid inspiration. Honeycomb Balls uniform edge structure gives the most resistance to softening over other shapes in high moisture environments and is commonly used in ice creams or panned products.

Honeycomb / Hokey Pokey ball, piece and kibble side by side against a white background
(L to R): Honeycomb/Hokey Pokey balls, pieces, and kibble side by side for shape and edge style comparison.

No matter what your desired application, there is sure to be a honeycomb solution available, we even have sugar-free versions of the famous treat. Our team are here to help you discover them.

Further reading: – Honeycomb Inclusion Varieties/Shapes – Variety & Range of Honeycomb Balls – What is the difference between Honeycomb and Hokey Pokey? – Leavening agent – Wikipedia – Honeycomb Toffee – Wikipedia – Hokey  Pokey Recipe – The Truant Star, Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 147, 19 December 1927 – Papers Past, NZ National Library – Vanishing Baking Soda – Scientific American – The thermal decomposition of sodium hydrogen carbonate (or: Making honeycomb)

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