Hokey Poky Ice Cream Cone


August Ice-Cream Cone Poem



Paul B. Janeczko

 Food Fight, edited and illustrated. by Michael J. Rosen. Harcourt Brace & Co, 1996. p. 37.

food fight

In looking for images of ice cream cones, I found a reference to…..

The Hokey Poky

Now, I’m probably not the only one who wants to know what is the connection between  ice cream, cone and  Hokey Poky.

Honestly,  What’s it’s all about?????

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In New Zealand there’s an ice cream called Hokey Poky.

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Hokey Poky ice cream is vanilla ice cream with pieces of honeycomb toffee.

But that’s not all…..

Hokey Poky was also slang in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for ice cream vendors – it would seem especially Italian Ice cream vendors. Hmm, My people.

Before there were cones, there were penny licks. A penny lick is the dish the ice cream was sold in. You licked the ice cream and gave the bowl back. The bowl was washed/rinsed and used again…I would just like to add “grimace icky yuck’ here. Hence the invention of the CONE. And not a moment too soon.

Penny Lick Glasses

Penny Lick Glasses

The first ice cream cone was produced in New York City in 1896 by Italo Marchiony, an Italian immigrant who was granted a patent in December 1903 for “small pastry cups with sloping sides.” The bottoms were flat, not conical. Ice cream and more Italians…There are other cone invention stories. But this is the earliest patent.

The earliest patent for a cone was somewhat like this....but of, course, there's MORE

The earliest patent for a cone was somewhat like this….but of, course, there’s MORE

Of course, although it’s totally unfounded, the very invention of ice cream has been attributed to another Italian – Catherina de Medici…which is nonsense, but the idea that the French had no good food until an Italian girl brought it over to them ….fantasy fiction is not such a recent invention after all.

Catherine deMedici

Catherina de Medici


Notice the HOKEY on the cart. This is in England on Brighton Beach

It would seem that the Hokey Poky dance may have been invented independently of ice cream and Italian vendors.hokey poky keep calmHokey poky danceOne more ice cream image….

Walls and Ice Cream are also connected - long lost family????

Walls and Ice Cream are also connected – long lost family????


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One response to “Hokey Poky Ice Cream Cone

  1. “Hokey Pokey” would sound very naughty and randy in Britian, so they sing it as “Hokey Cokey” with a slightly different tune. I miss the pokey, but of course I’m realizing writing this that pokey has an additional meaning here. And WOW re that Wall’s Icecream, that’s what the giant Unilever brand is called here, wonder if there’s a connection to you there too! 🙂

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