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A Brazilian treat commonly served at birthday parties.
by: The Food in My Beard
Updated Oct 28, 2014
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  • 1 can (11 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Sprinkles
  • Nonpareils
  • Peanuts
  • Pretzels
  • Reese's Puffs™ cereal


  • 1
    Mix the three ingredients and put over low heat.
  • 2
    Cook for 15 to 20 minutes stirring often until mixture has thickened considerably and a thick trail follows your spatula when you scrape the bottom of the pan. Make sure to stir often so the bottom doesn't burn.
  • 3
    Cool mixture.
  • 4
    Form small balls and coat with topping of your choice.
  • 5
    NOTE: Mixture is super sticky and takes a few tries to get the hang of working with. It helps if your hands are damp, but not wet.
  • 6
    Store in the fridge to prevent balls from flattening out, or serve immediately.

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More About This Recipe

  • Brigadeiro is a Brazilian treat often served at children's birthday parties.

    On first glance, they look like chocolate truffles. But they are oh so much more. They have a deep chocolate flavor, but because of the sweetened condensed milk, they have a chewy caramel texture that results in a unique experience after popping your first one.

    I say first because it’s pretty much impossible to have just one of these guys! Especially with all these different toppings. Gotta try ‘em all!

    Most of my recipes use lots of ingredients. So I always like when I can make something with only three.

    After cooking for about 15 minutes, it thickens a lot. Stir often to prevent burning!

    This doesn’t really pour, you need to scoop it out.

    Let cool on a plate for at least half hour.

    Meanwhile prep your toppings.

    This stuff is super sticky so watch out! After rolling a few you should get the hang of it. A slightly damp hand is helpful to prevent sticking – but not too wet!

    Roll it in the toppings. Chocolate sprinkles are the traditional coating.

    These brigadeiro are so tasty and the texture is something I have never really experienced from chocolate. I think my fave was actually the Reese’s one, but the pretzel was a close second.

    Video How-To

    Here's a quick video that shows you how to make brigadeiro (by Youtube user kooktocook):

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    Dan Whalen knows that in Brazil a party ain’t a party without brigadeiro. He has been blogging for over 3 years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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