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Çäkçäk (right) and Boxara käläwäse (left)
Place of originRussia
Region or stateTatarstan and Bashkortostan
Main ingredientsDough, optionally hazelnuts

Çäkçäk (pronounced [ɕækˈɕæk], Yañalif: Cəkcək, Tatar Cyrillic: Чәкчәк[1] or чәк-чәк, çäk-çäk; Tajik: чақчақ, chaqchaq; Kyrgyz: чак-чак; Uzbek: chak-chak; Russian: чак-чак, chak-chak; Bashkir: сәк-сәк, säk-säk, Kazakh "чак-чак", frequently anglicized as chak-chak (/ækˈæk/), is a Tatar sweet. It is particularly popular in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, and is recognized as Tatarstan's national sweet in Russian Federation.

Çäkçäk is made from unleavened dough cut and rolled into hazelnut-sized balls, which are then deep-fried in oil. Optionally hazelnuts or dried fruit (e.g.apricot and raisin) are added to the mixture. The fried balls are stacked in a mound in a special mold and drenched with hot honey. After cooling and hardening, çäkçäk may be optionally decorated with hazelnuts and dried fruits.

Traditional wedding çäkçäk is of bigger size and is often covered with candies and dragées. The biggest çäkçäk (4026,4 kg) was prepared on 14 June 2018 during the opening of FIFA fans in Kazan.[2]


  • If the dough is fried as noodles, çäkçäk is called Boxara käläwäse (Бохара кәләвәсе, [bɔxɑˈrɑ kælæwæˈse], i.e. Bukharan käläwä ).[1]
  • Kazakh shek-shek is similar to Boxara käläwäse.
  • Uzbek chakchak comes in half rounded balls, noodles and flakes types.
  • Tajik chakchak comes in both types, as balls and as noodles.

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  1. ^ a b "Чәкчәк". Tatar Encyclopaedia (in Tatar). Kazan: The Republic of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. Institution of the Tatar Encyclopaedia. 2002.
  2. ^ "Самый большой чак-чак в мире". www.pari.ru.

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