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Brazilian Brigadeiros: A Chocolate Truffle You Must Try

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Mouth-Watering Brazilian Brigadeiros

Brazilian Brigadeiros are a chocolate truffle made of cocoa, condensed milk, butter, and chocolate sprinkles.

Brigadeiros are huge in Brazil and a must have at every party. They a perfect bite sized sweet treat.  It’s nearly impossible to have just one.

“Chocolate is one of the world’s most beloved discoveries, and when we need a quick boost of energy and endorphins, chocolate is the go-to treat.” – Marcus Samuelsson

Brigadeiros are the Brazilian beloved chocolate go-to treat.  Most Brazilians would express having fond memories involving Brigadeiros from childhood.  They are a national icon and enjoyed by all demographics of Brazilians — North, South, rich and poor.

Brigadeiros are fairly easy to make.  From scratch, they are made with love, a lot of patience, and hand rolled one by one.  They are growing in popularity around the world and can be found as a gourmet treat in the United States.

Who Invented Brigadeiros?

Apparently a group of female supporters of Brazilian Brigadier, Eduardo Gomes, a Presidential Candidate in 1945, created the chocolate balls and sold them to raise money for his campaign.  As a result, it was first known as the “Brigadier’s Candy” but later named “Brigadeiro.”

Brazilian Brigadeiros


There are a few versions Brigadeiros, but is is the most popular is this basic chocolate with chocolate sprinkles version:

  • 1(14 ounce) can condensed milk
  • tablespoon of butter (additional needed for hands to roll and to add to a buttered plate)
  • tablespoons cocoa powder (however, we use Nestle Nesquick and it does the trick)
  • Chocolate sprinkles (can also use coconut or sugar for toppings)
    Brazilian Brigadeiros


  • Cook over medium-low heat, stir the sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder.
  • Cook the mixture until it thickens (about 10-12 minutes) enough to show the pan bottom during stirring.
  • Pour the mixture in a buttered plate and let it cool to room temperature.

Brazilian Brigadeiros

  • Grease your hands with butter.
  • When mixture has cooled, take small amounts with a spoon and roll into 1 ½ inch balls.
  • If the balls don’t hold the shape,  it means that you did not cook enough. Cook additional five minutes and take out a small sample to drop into a glass of water.  If cooked enough it will hold it’s shape in the water.
  • Place rolled Brigadeiros in pretty colorful candy wraps.

Brazilian Brigadeiros


To mix things up, you can roll the mixture in coconut, sugar, or colored sprinkles and more.

The Brigadeiro mixture can also just be lumped in a bowl and spoon eaten with friends and family or used a topping for cakes and ice cream.  No matter how you serve it, Brigadeiros are a special treat from the heart of Brazilians and a hit at parties.

As a Brazilian-American family,  we traditionally make Brigadeiros for birthdays and at Christmas time. My nearly grown kids are sure to come running when they learn it’s Brigadeiro making time.

Does your family have any traditional desserts?  Please comment and share below.

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5 Replies to “Brazilian Brigadeiros: A Chocolate Truffle You Must Try”

  1. First of all, I love the name of your blog! As a 50 year old, it’s nice to see that folks know that we haven’t given up having fun and enjoying life! Secondly, these look yummy. Thanks for sharing a tasty recipe.


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