Chin chin

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Chin chin
A bowl of chin chin
Place of originWest Africa

Chin chin is a fried snack in West Africa.

It is similar to the Scandinavian snack klenat, a crunchy, donut-like baked or fried dough of wheat flour, and other customary baking items. Chin chin may contain cowpeas.[1] Many people bake it with ground nutmeg for flavor.

The dough is usually kneaded and cut into small one-inch (or so) squares, about a quarter of an inch thick, before frying.[2]


Chin chin is made of dough containing flour, sugar, butter, and milk. Optional ingredients include eggs, nutmeg and baking powder according to individual preference. The dough is cut into various shapes and sizes then typically deep fried in vegetable oil.


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  1. ^ Akubor, Peter I. (2004). "Protein contents, physical and sensory properties of Nigerian snack foods (cake, chin-chin and puff-puff) prepared from cowpea - wheat flour blends". International Journal of Food Science & Technology. 39 (4): 419–424. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2621.2004.00771.x.
  2. ^ Mepba, H. D.; S.C. Achinewhu; S.N. Aso; C.K. Wachukwu (2007). "Microbiological Quality Of Selected Street Foods In Port Harcourt, Nigeria". Journal of Food Safety. 27 (2): 208–18. doi:10.1111/j.1745-4565.2007.00073.x.