Serious Chocolate: Brazilian Brigadeiros Recipe

Serious Chocolate: Brazilian Brigadeiros Recipe

Note: Please give a warm welcome to Melody Kramer, who will drop in every week with a sweet ode to chocolate. She kicks things off with a recipe for brigadeiros. Take it away, Melody!

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The 2016 Olympics are only seven years away—thankfully, you still have plenty of time to perfect one of Brazil's most delectable treats, the brigadeiro.

The brigadeiro is a chocolate truffle-like candy named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a Brazilian air force leader who ran for president several times during the 1940s. During his campaign, Brazilian women raised money for Gomes by selling sweet chocolate balls made with condensed milk, calling them brigadeiros for short.

Though Gomes lost the election, the treat remains a staple at Brazilian birthday parties and is one of the easiest to make. They're also incredibly rich and can be eaten straight up, or used as a topping on other pastries.


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoon chocolate drink powder
  • Chocolate sprinkles, mini M&Ms, coconut (optional)


  1. 1.

    In heavy saucepan, mix chocolate with condensed milk, stirring constantly under low heat. Add butter to mixture.

  2. 2.

    Stir until mixture no longer sticks to pan.

  3. 3.

    Pour mixture into a bowl and allow to cool completely.

  4. 4.

    If you'd like, place additional topping in second bowl. Take a small amount of chocolate from first bowl and roll into a tiny little ball. Coat the ball with second topping, if you'd like.

  5. 5.

    To store, place in sealed container inside your fridge. They'll stay good for two weeks.