Alewa sweet/candy

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Alewa sweet/candy

Serves 5
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Region Nigerian
As a kid i loved Alewa sweet, especially the colored ones. But there has always being a void in my heart not knowing how its made. As there seems to be no single detail online on the process of making it. You only hear some say its dangerous, its technical its made with this or that but no method. This void kept getting bigger especially when i see Mallams hawk it once in a while. I bought from one a certain day and asked him how its made but there was language barrier as i don't speak hausa language and I let him go but i was frustrated at myself and planned to kidnap the next mallam i see selling it πŸ˜‚. Then recently i met another one and the language barrier was about to set in again. And i told myself ehn! If i hear it! πŸ˜‚. I just quickly called my barrow guy and interpretation began. And we fixed a date for me to visit their preparation site 😁. Oh! What gladness filled my heart. I could not sleep well, i kept watching my alarm for 6am. I even dreamt about me visiting the place. And in the dream i was told the 2 major ingredients are bromite and lo. Like what de heck is that! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. And then! Morning came and i went and met these friendly mallams who kept calling me to come and fold the hot caramelized sugar 😲. It was a fun experience and that void in my heart got filled as i gave my parting gift and said farewell. Even though they asked that i come back for 3 days training πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.Why the long story? Yes! Because this is the first time the recipe of Alewa would be posted on the internet 😁. So this is how Alewa is made CAUTION!!! Be very careful with the hot sugar syrup!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 150ml water

Note

As a kid i loved Alewa sweet, especially the colored ones. But there has always being a void in my heart not knowing how its made. As there seems to be no single detail online on the process of making it. You only hear some say its dangerous, its technical its made with this or that but no method. This void kept getting bigger especially when i see Mallams hawk it once in a while. I bought from one a certain day and asked him how its made but there was language barrier as i don't speak hausa language and I let him go but i was frustrated at myself and planned to kidnap the next mallam i see selling it πŸ˜‚. Then recently i met another one and the language barrier was about to set in again. And i told myself ehn! If i hear it! πŸ˜‚. I just quickly called my barrow guy and interpretation began. And we fixed a date for me to visit their preparation site 😁. Oh! What gladness filled my heart. I could not sleep well, i kept watching my alarm for 6am. I even dreamt about me visiting the place. And in the dream i was told the 2 major ingredients are bromite and lo. Like what de heck is that! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. And then! Morning came and i went and met these friendly mallams who kept calling me to come and fold the hot caramelized sugar 😲. It was a fun experience and that void in my heart got filled as i gave my parting gift and said farewell. Even though they asked that i come back for 3 days training πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.Why the long story?
Yes! Because this is the first time the recipe of Alewa would be posted on the internet 😁.
So this is how Alewa is made
CAUTION!!! Be very careful with the hot sugar syrup!

CAUTION!!! Be very careful with the hot sugar syrup!

You can choose to add any food color of your choice at the stage of folding the syrup on the concrete slab.

pure sugarcane juice can also be used in place of sugar and water.

ginger and mint can also be added for flavor and taste.

 

Directions

what you need
Step 1
you would need:
a concrete or marble worktop
Metal spatula
a steady metal hook hung above head level (I improvised with a metal rod in this case)
Step 2
Add the sugar and water and set on the fire
Step 3
Leave to boil until the color just begins to change and it starts to thicken and begins to bubble on-top. (it is very important you pay attention to this stage or you get it all wrong)
Step 4
Lightly wet the marble top with water and pour the hot caramelized mix out thinly on-top. (be very careful)
Step 5
Then wait for 10seconds
Step 6
And deep the spatula in water and start dragging the mixture from out to the middle (be very careful)
Step 7
Drag until it all comes together
Step 8
Then quickly move this very hot mass to the hook and wrap it around it.
Step 9
Then start pulling gently while wrapping it around the hook.
You have to continue doing this and very fast before it gets too hard and cold because as you knead and wrap it hardens really fast. You have to knead for more than 5minutes
Step 10
The color would start changing and then change to pure white. Knead some more and twist when it has gotten too hard to knead anymore.
Step 11
Then transfer to a flat surface lined with kitchen roll or parchment paper.
Step 12
Then wait for 2minutes and cut to pieces

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this. i noticed you used your hands to twist. I thought you said it was hot? Im sha going to try it, and following you on insta now.

    • Thanks so much Dee, yes it’s super hot!! But it’s your hand you must use to pull until you have some sugar pulling gloves

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