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Puff-puff as it is called in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and in anglophone Cameroon. The name of this traditional snack varies throughout Africa. For instance, it is called buffloaf [bofrot] in Ghana, bofloto in the Ivory Coast, mikate in Congo, beinye in Cameroon, ligemat in Sudan or kala in Liberia. The prominence of this delicacy stretches even to the Eastern and Southern parts of the motherland, where it is mostly known as mandazi.

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 Here’s  a recipe on how to make chocolate puff- puff:

Chocolate Puff Puff – deep fried dough that is slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a touch of sweetness paired with chocolate sauce that is ready you to swoon over. A sweet version of the classic and popular African snack Puff Puff.



  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup butter 57 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour may need to add about 2 tablespoons if mixture too light
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Oil for deep frying
Chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup chocolate semi sweet and milk chocolate
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


1.Mix salt, sugar, water, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes

2. Melt butter with milk in the microwave

3. Add melted butter , egg and milk to the yeast mixture , followed by flour and cocoa powder and mix thoroughly with spoon or hands

4. Let the mixture rise for approximately 1- 2 hours

5. In a large, sauce pan pour vegetable oil into a pot, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter balls), and place on low heat.

6. Test to make sure the oil is hot enough by putting a ‘drop’ of batter into the oil. If it is not hot enough, the batter will stay at the bottom of the pot rather than rising to the top.

7. Using your hands grab a little bit of mixture at time and drop in the oil

8. When the oil is hot enough, use a spoon to dish up the batter, and another spoon or spatula to drop it in the oil, sort of in the shape of a ball.

9. Fry for a few minutes until the bottom side is golden brown.

10. Turn the ball over and fry for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown.

11. Use a large spoon or something like that to take it out of the oil. I usually place them on napkins right away to soak up some of the excess oil.

12. Melt cream, butter, and chocolate chips and mix.

13. Serve chocolate sauce with these puff-puff.


Recipe Credit: Immaculate Bites