Having some nostalgic throwback moments right now 😀 😀 :D. One Of my most vivid childhood memories has to do with this popular local sweet. It wasn’t the type of sweet you’d find in supermarkets or stores but on the streets where it goes by different names such as ‘sweet alagbon’,’Chalbin mallam’, ‘Black Tofi’, ‘gulisua’ etc. Back then as a kid, my friends and i usually hung strings of baba dudu around our necks as ‘Bullets’ when playing ‘police and thief’. The Teevee stations usually started around 4pm in those days so we always had enough time to play. Those were the simple days when you could actually do a whole lot with 1 naira and below so buying this sweet was no biggie as a kid…lol!. Baba dudu is a dark brown rock hard candy made with coconut milk and sugar then wrapped in transparent nylons and made into strings. Its got a sweet bitter taste but really addictive.
• 1 small sauce pan
• 1 small Pot
• A wooden spatula/whisk for mixing
• 2 Transparent nylons
Step 1: In an empty pot, Boil the coconut milk till most of the liquid evaporates leaving the concentrate
Step 2: On medium heat, place the sugar in a separate sauce pan and heat to melt.
Step 3: Next, gently pour the coconut concentrate into the melted sugar and mix to incorporate
Step 4: Leave to cook till the mixture turns dark chocolate brown
Step 5: Gently turn off and leave to cool for a very short while. This is done so it wouldn’t burn the nylon.
Step 6: Open up the nylon and scoop the hot candy into it leaving spaces in between. This should be done quickly because as the candy cools, it hardens.
Step 7: Roll up to seal the content and leave to cool further and harden.