Jul 22, 2019 @

 favorite yummy nigerian snacks

I brought back some of my best, yummy Nigerian snacks on a recent visit, in addition to some very hot pepper because despite what you might have heard, “spicy” Spanish food is practically non existent. At least not in the way you think. You order something spicy and keep wondering where the heat is! . I want to share with you some of my all time favourite and definitely yummy Nigerian snacks. Some look easy to make too, so if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try this at home. I haven’t written about food in a while. Feast your eyes on some savoury and best Nigerian treats.

Favorite Yummy and Best Nigerian Snacks:

Coconut Balls (Shuku Shuku):

all time favorite nigerian snacks

Yummy ball :-). I love this Nigerian snack so much. I eat it so much when l have a chance that l sometimes get a cough, not to mention a jaw ache.

Without a doubt, this is my all time favorite snack. It’s made with coconut flakes, sugar and egg yolk. I have seen various recipes online. However, most don’t look like the one from the street vendor. I suspect there is honey in the mix somewhere. All l know is, it tastes absolutely delicious. I can never stop eating it when l go home.

Plantain Chips:

yummy nigerian snack..plantain chips

Plantain i any form is the best! As long as it’s ripe. I’m not fond of the unripe ones in Puerto Rico. I much prefer the Madura (ripe) from Latin America which is like ours.

This is again, without a doubt, my favorite snack :-). Yes, I know l just said that up above, but l can’t decide between the two. You know that my favorite food in the world is plantain (dodo), one of my nicknames growing up as l’ve said in an older post with my favorite Nigerian meals. This is plantain cut in slices and fried. It is then sprinkled with salt and sometimes pepper depending on which type you get. This reminds me of Tostones, the Puerto Rican snack as the plantain tends to be harder.

Boli is definitely one of the best snacks for Nigerians:

Boli is one of the best Nigerian snacks

Boli..with peanuts on the side, ready to go. This is a top Nigerian snack. Nothing beats one straight from the grill and eating it on the go! Insanely delicious.

Boli is yet another spin on the lovely dodo. This is plantain that is roasted on an open fire till it’s charred on the outside. You can serve and eat it as is, or you can make boli-bopa. The plantain is sliced sideways and layered with peanuts. Trust me it’s good. I, however like it better dipped in olive oil, salt and pepper mixture. My mouth is watering as l type. It’s music to any Nigerian’s ears when they hear the shouts of the street vendors selling “boli-bopa” :-).

Dodo Ikire: An amazing Nigerian snack

Dodo Ikire is an amazing and delicious snack from Ikire.

This is the food of the gods in my opinion. Ambrosia what? :-). It is so sweet and delicious. If you ever get a chance to try it, make sure you do! You will not be disappointed.

Yet another way to make use of ripe plantain. This is a regional treat and a specialty of the township of Ikire which is located in Osun State, home of the Sacred Grove. The ripe plantain is mashed and fried in palm oil as opposed to vegetable oil. It’s mixed with onions, pepper and salt. To retain the moistness, it needs to be put in a plastic bag as soon as possible. This brings back such fond memories for me. My uncle used to bring them to me and my cousin in boarding school as he would pass Ikire on the way to our high school. Absolutely delicious.

Meat Pie:

meat pie is one of the best treats in Africa as a whole

Life is good with meat pie and Malta! This is definitely in my top 3 yummy Nigerian snacks

This is a delicacy that is shared with the Carribbean. Goes by the name of Jamaican beef patty among other things. It reminds me of a pot pie. It’s also made with chicken, but my preference is for the beef. It contains ground beef, onions, carrots, pepper and potatoes. It does have a similarity also to empanadas, the difference being spice and other condiments.

Suya: (perhaps the ultimate favourite Nigerian yummy snack)

Suya is an amazing and one of the best yummy snacks in Nigeria

Hot Suya

Mention Suya to a Nigerian and watch their face light up :-). This originated from Northern Nigeria. It is beef skewers coated with peanuts/ginger/onion and secret ingredients as the taste varies.  My favorite kind is spicy (rubbed with pepper) and is almost always served wrapped in old newspapers. I’m not sure why, but boy.. is it delicious. For some reason though, it’s only sold at night.

Puff Puff: A delicious Yoruba snack

favorite Nigerian snacks puff puff

Doughy and Delicious Puff Puff is another Nigerian favorite snack. You’ll find it any party, wedding, birthdays..etc. :-)

This is straight up deep fried dough! Need l say more. I could eat a million of it in one seating. It’s that good :-). This is served at pretty much any sort of party, from weddings, to birthdays and graduations. It is a universal and beloved snack in Nigeria.

Fan Ice Milk:

One of the most loved Nigerian treats is Fan ice milk

As a kid, you can’t wait to hear the cry.. “Fan Ice” from the vendor on the bike. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like this awesome snack from Nigeria.

I know this is not food per say, but l love this drink. As a kid, you live to hear the words “Fan Ice Cream” from the uniform clad sellers on bicycles. This delicious drink is make from milk, sugar and crushed ice among other things. Federico loved the chocolate flavored one while l have always been partial to the vanilla one. It is so, so good. We had one everyday the whole time we were at home. The best part is trying to get the last drop out of this hard to tear container. You end up ripping it apart and licking the inside :-).

Once we went out and took my mother’s carer with us. I insisted on buying her one after much cajoling on my part (it’s just not done). She was so grateful and the look on her face when she tasted it was priceless. All three of us were in the car making these sucking noises (you have to squeeze). We were kids together for a few minutes.


Malta is a staple for Nigerians. Delicious and full of vitamins.

Malta is full of vitamins, mainly B so it’s good for you. I have seen people mix it with soda, milk etc..but l like mine straight up and cold.

Not only is it a country, it is also a most excellent non-alcoholic drink chock full of vitamin B. It has a very strong taste and might be an acquired taste, but l love it. It contains barley, hops and water with a slight carbonation. It is also something shared with Caribbean as well as Asian countries. You can find this in most U.S grocery stores too. It has a lot of calories so l don’t drink it as much as l would love to. I remember my mother had to keep it under lock and key when l was young. Only my skinny sisters were allowed to drink it ;-) :-). A lot of athletes drink this for energy.

These are my all time favourites that l consider the best and yummiest Nigerian snacks. There are plenty more, like Chin Chin which always reminds me of those crunchy snacks they give at some Chinese restaurants, only better :-).

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What are your favorite snacks? Have you ever heard or eaten any of these? How tasty do they sound and look?