Its history is bedevilled by accusations of plagiarism, but the original seems to have been that composed by Jimmy Kennedy in the UK in , which was referred to during the War years variously as the cokey-cokey , the okey-cokey and the hokey-cokey. Following the first appearance of this item, messages from the other side of the globe told that the variety of ice cream sold under that name in New Zealand, consisting of vanilla ice cream with pieces of crunchy honeycomb toffee in it, is the second most popular flavour in the country.
Its name might be an allusion to the hokey-pokey ice cream sold in the UK, though how it came to refer to a type of toffee is unclear, but there are New Zealand examples on record with that sense back to , well inside the era of the hokey-pokey men.
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