Nongo Toddies & African Moon Pies
Lest you think life in Africa is all work and no chocolate, I give you Nongo Toddies and African moon pies. July 21 was my 28th birthday. I celebrated by eating far too many moon pies. You may be wondering the same thing my friend was: “how on earth did you get moon pies?! That’s hilarious! I thought you could only get those down south!”
Yes, well, they were a cheap, West African imitation called “Bifa Soft.” But they seemed a little like home at the time. And if one is good, a whole box is better.
Thankfully David doesn’t like African moon pies. But he does like “Toddy,” a chocolate malt drink mix we found at the local market. We call it Nongo Toddy since we live in Nongo, a neighborhood within Conakry. We mix it with milk powder and water. I add a scoop of instant coffee just for some kick.