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“Brigadeiro” Candies


30 min

“Brigadeiro” Candies

“Brigadeiro” Candies Photo 1


Desserts Candies


30 min


20 persons




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Author: Monica Feluchi

“Brigadeiro” candies were the first Brazil dessert cooked in 1940, when the assortment of candies and other delicious treats was extremely poor. They are named after the first BBC commander, Eduardo Gomes. The shape of these candies resembles that of truffles, although, their ingredients somewhat differ. The candies are easy and fast to cook, while their taste is so remarkable that your loved ones will ask you to cook the sweets over and over again! 


  • condensed milk: 400 ml
  • cocoa powder: 20 g
  • butter: 15 g
  • dark chocolate 75%: 50 g (grated)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Prepare right proportions of products in advance.

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  2. Take a pot and mix condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder there.

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  3. Warm the ingredients on small fire and keep stirring them to get smooth mass.

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  4. Boil until the mass becomes dense. As soon as chocolate mass will gets almost firm, take the pot off fire.  The whole process will not take it longer than 8-10 minutes.

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  5. Spoon the mass into the plate and let it cool down. Then form small round-shaped candies.

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  6. Finally, roll the candies in grated chocolate. You can choose white or dark chocolate to your liking. If you like soft candies, you can leave them in a cool place. To get firm candies, put them into the fridge. Bon appétit!


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History of the “Brigadeiro” Candies: Brigadeiro candies were invented in Brazil in 1940 when there was a shortage of sweets and desserts. These candies were named after the Brazilian Air Force Brigadier General Eduardo Gomes. Initially, they were made with just condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. With time, new variations were introduced, and now Brigadeiro candies are considered as one of the most popular Brazilian desserts.

Tips and Tricks for “Brigadeiro” Candies Recipe:

  • Use good quality cocoa powder and dark chocolate for the recipe.
  • Keep stirring the mixture while cooking to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Don't overcook the mixture. It should be thick and fudgy, not dry and crumbly.
  • Let the mixture cool down before shaping it into candies. If it's still too hot, it will be difficult to roll into balls.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out the mixture evenly, so all the candies are the same size.
  • Be creative with toppings. Grated chocolate, sprinkles, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes are all great options.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  • Place the candies on a pretty platter or in a decorative box.
  • Dust some cocoa powder or powdered sugar on the candies before serving for an extra touch of elegance.
  • Use colored wax paper or candy cups to give a festive look to your presentation.
  • You can also add some fresh fruits like berries or sliced bananas as a side dish to balance the sweetness of the candies.

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