How to Make Iloka Snack

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Picture yourself on a vibrant street in northern Nigeria, where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of exotic spices and mouth-watering delicacies. Amidst this diverse tapestry of local flavors, there is one snack that holds a special place in the hearts of the Hausa people—the beloved Iloka. Similar to other traditional treats like Tuwon Madara and Gullisuwa, Iloka is an irresistible delight that captivates both young and old.

Iloka is a cherished snack deeply rooted in the culinary heritage of northern Nigeria. With its unique flavor and distinctive preparation methods, Iloka has won the hearts of many, especially children, who are enamored by its deliciousness.

One of the remarkable aspects of Iloka is its versatility. This delightful snack can be made using either powdered milk or condensed milk, providing a range of flavors and textures to suit individual preferences. Whether you prefer the creamy indulgence of condensed milk or the delicate richness of powdered milk, Iloka promises a delightful experience that satisfies even the most discerning palates.

Join us on a journey as we delve into the secrets of creating Iloka, unlocking the hidden techniques and ingredients that elevate this northern Nigerian snack to a level of culinary artistry. Discover the age-old traditions passed down through generations and gain insight into the culinary prowess of the Hausa people.

In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of making Iloka, from selecting the finest ingredients to mastering its preparation techniques.

So, get ready for an adventure as we embark on an exciting tour of Iloka—a delectable masterpiece that continues to dazzle the senses and bring joy to everyone who savors its flavors. Prepare to uncover the secrets of this famous northern Nigerian snack and witness the delight it brings, particularly to the ever-enthusiastic children who adore its irresistible appeal.

Let’s start, shall we?

How to Make Iloka with Condensed Milk

Equipment for Making Ilokat

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Food warmerYesGet ItGet It
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Serving trayYesGet ItGet It

Ingredient for Making Iloka

2 cups of condensed milk
1½ cups of vegetable oil or half a sachet of Semax butter


STEP 1: Place the cooking pot over medium heat and add the vegetable oil or butter. If using vegetable oil, heat it for 5 minutes; if using butter, melt it completely.

STEP 2: Add the condensed milk to the pot and stir using a rolling stick. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and turns golden brown.

STEP 3: Turn off the heat and prepare the warmer by rubbing a little oil inside it. Pour the Iloka into the warmer to prevent it from cooling quickly.

STEP 4: Grease the tray with a little vegetable oil. Open the warmer, take the Iloka with your hands, and mold it using your palms. Alternatively, you can mold it directly on the tray.

 STEP 5: Use scissors or a knife to cut the molded Iloka into desired shapes.

STEP 6: Your Iloka is now ready to be enjoyed!

How to Make Iloka with Powdered Milk


2 cups of powdered milk
½ teaspoon of vanilla flavor
½ cup of sugar
6 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 cup of water


STEP 1: Place a cooking pot over medium heat and add water, vanilla flavor, sugar, and a little oil. Allow the mixture to boil.

STEP 2: Gradually add the powdered milk to the pot while stirring with a rolling stick. Continue stirring until all the milk is incorporated.

STEP 3: At 3-minute intervals, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pot while continuously stirring. Repeat this process twice until all the vegetable oil is used. Gradually, the mixture in the pot will turn golden brown in color.

STEP 4: Grease a tray with a little vegetable oil and pour the Iloka mixture onto it. Allow it to cool slightly, then use your hands to spread it evenly.

STEP 5: Use scissors or a knife to cut the spread Iloka into desired shapes.

STEP 6: Your Iloka is now ready to be savored!

How to Serve

Iloka, like most snacks, is usually enjoyed on its own. It can be consumed at any time of the day.

How to Store

To ensure your Iloka remains fresh, store it in an airtight container away from moisture and out of reach of children. When stored properly, Iloka can last for a long time.

Health Benefits

In addition to its delicious taste, Iloka offers several health benefits. It is a great source of calcium, helps reduce the risk of obesity, promotes healthy skin, combats depression, and even has hydrating properties for the hair.


Now that you have learned the secrets of this delectable masterpiece that continues to dazzle the senses and bring joy to all who taste it, it’s time to make your own.

We hope you found this article helpful.

You can also explore how to make other snacks such as Coconut Candy (Kwakumeti) or Sinasir.

Happy snacking!

How to Make Iloka Snack

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