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Brigadeiro – Brazilian Chocolate Bonbon


Brigadeiro is one of the most beloved sweets in Brazil. Easy to make and very popular in birthday parties, kids and adults love it! Creamy in the inside and crunchy in the outside, this bonbon is sometimes called Brazilian truffle and it is a must-try for chocolate lovers.

Makes about 30 units


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (16 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate sprinkles, for rolling


In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the butter, condensed milk and cocoa powder. Cook, constantly stirring, until the mixture thickens and you can see large air bubbles forming on the surface; about 10 minutes (you must be able to see quite a bit of the bottom of the pan.) Remove from heat and transfer to a plate. Let it cool to room temperature.

Grease hands with butter or cooking spray. Take small amounts of mixture (about 1 teaspoon) and roll into a ball. Roll the ball over chocolate sprinkles and place them on small size candy cups. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until serving (I like to serve chilled).

Cook's Notes:

Brigaderio is a traditional sweet from Brazil and it is like a bonbon, or a sweeter truffle. It is not hard to make, but you should make sure you follow some very important guidelines to be successful:

  1. Constantly stir;
  2. Cook on medium heat;
  3. Make sure the mixture is really thick before removing from heat. Being able to see quite a bit of the bottom of pan while stirring is the best way to make sure the balls will hold their shape;
  4. Let it cool completely before rolling (you can even refrigerate for a few of hours);
  5. Grease your hands as many times as needed (this will make the work less messy and you will turn out with perfect little balls.)

Brigadeiro also makes a great filling and top for cakes, brownies, and cup cakes.

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