If you grew up in Nigeria, then at some point or the other as a child, you must have had a fair share of a variety of local sweets and snacks. Here are 7 Nigerian snacks you must be familiar with that will give you nostalgia and take you back to your childhood.
1) Kuli kuli
There is no need to explain why this made it to our list. This snack made from groundnut has been around for a very long time; with its variance in shape and size.
Despite the hardness of Kuli Kuli, as children, we’d still love to sink our teeth inside and relish the sometimes spicy groundnut taste. It is commonly paired with soaked garri and sugar or simply enjoyed by itself.
2) Baba dudu
Baba dudu is that kind of candy you can’t get enough of. This darkish brown candy, which is usually very hard, is made out of sugar and coconut milk; the mixture is then transferred into a transparent nylon and made into strings.
The bitter-sweet candy is addictive and was called different names such as sweet alagbon, Chalbin mallam, and black Tofi.
It was a treat for every child back in the day, and children would buy rolls of it on their way back to school, and it was very common to hang them around your neck, tearing them off the string one after the other.
3) Sisi Pelebe
Sisi Pelebe, a Yoruba phrase loosely translates to “skinny lady,” describing the slender shape of this memorable candy.
This snack is made from sugar and roasted ground; a favourite among kids, not minding how it could get stuck in the teeth as you chew into it.
4) Coconut Candy
Coconut candy is a snack common to many cultures worldwide, but specifically in Nigeria. You must have had a taste of two variants as a child; honey-coated coconut candy and sugar-coated coconut candy.
Both are packed with lots of sweetness and are very addictive. They were usually sold in transparent nylons, packaged in twos or threes.
This crispy, spicy and delicious snack is essentially a deep-fried mixture of yam flour or maize flour, garri and sugar.
This snack which is often rod-like was a hit while growing up; then, the only worry was having to wait till the following day to get some more kokoro.