Sisi Pelebe (Groundnut Candy)

Sisi Pelebe (Groundnut Candy)

I often wonder why this groundnut candy is called “Sisi Pelebe”. Sisi Pelebe loosely translates as “Skinny Lady” which is funny, because these sweet treats will certainly not leave you skinny.

Sisi Pelebe is definitely on top of the list of my guilty pleasures, along with Baba Dudu Coconut Sweets, Coconut Candy , Donkwa. You will find them along with other sweet treats on many major streets of Lagos. At the stalls where Lagos street snacks and treats are sold you will find the following coconut candy balls, shukushuku, toasted coconut flakes, kulikuli, baked chinchin, noodle chinchin, gurundi, sugared peanuts, baked coconut balls, kokoro, sisi pelebe, sugared coconut bites, cookies… If you have guests visiting from outside town you should treat them to these delicious treats.


  • 1 cup coarsely ground roasted groundnut
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • *¼ tsp Salt (optional)


  • In a clean pot on medium-low heat, melt sugar slowly till it comes to a comes to light caramel colour
  • Turn the heat down, and stir in the coarsely ground, groundnuts. Stir it in properly
  • Stir until well incorporated
  • On a lined tray, pour the hot paste and let it spread. You should try to get it to a ¼ inch thickeness.
  • As it cools, use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to score the cooling candy. This helps to cut the candy into shapes before it is cool. If you wait till it is cool to cut, it will break into shapeless shards.
  • When cool take the candy apart and store in an airtight container.

Enjoy your sweet indulgent, groundnut candy.

Sisi Pelebe

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