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Brigadeiro (Brazilian Chocolate Truffle)

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Brigadeiro is the name given to the traditional Brazilian chocolate truffle, or bonbon. It is probably the most common sweet treat on birthday parties in Brazil, and it is a favorite among kids and adults! Decadent and creamy, this super-easy-to-make chocolate dessert seems like a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. 

To give it a “Valentine’s Day look”, I rolled the balls in sprinkles that came in the valentines colors: pink, red and white. They turned out super cute! 

If you want to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, without much effort at all you can make this bonbon and enjoy the extra kisses you will get later ;)

Makes 20 to 25 units

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate sprinkles for decoration (Valentine’s Day colors)

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the butter, sweet condensed milk and cocoa powder. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens; about 10 minutes (you should 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, or transfer to refrigerator (it will be easier to roll if the mixture is cold).

Grease hands with butter or cooking spray. Take small amounts of mixture (about 1 ½ teaspoon) and roll until a ball forms. Roll the ball over chocolate sprinkles and place on small candy cups. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until serving.

Cook’s Notes:

Make sure you follow these guidelines to be successful -

1. Constantly stir;
2. Cook on medium heat, lowering the heat to medium-low if needed;
3. Make sure the mixture is really thick before removing from heat. Being able to see quite a bit of the bottom of the pan while stirring is the best way to tell the balls will not fall apart;
4. Let it cool completely before rolling it (or refrigerate for a couple of hours or over-night);
5. Grease your hands as many times as needed (this will ease the work and the balls will turn out pretter).

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So good!!!! These ones will be enjoyed at my 4-year-old Valentine's Day party at school.

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