How to make a Brigadeiro – Chocolate Brazilian Candy

My husband lived in Brazil for two years. He came back with stories about soccer, rice and beans, and Brazilian soda. But my favorite of his stories was about a delicious, chocolate candy called a brigadeiro. This delicious little candy is like a mix between a truffle and a tootsie roll. It’s perfectly soft and gooey and tastes amazing.



  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 heaping T cocoa powder (and by heaping… I mean HEAPING)
  • 1T butter
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Start by mixing the cocoa powder and the condensed milk in a medium-sized sauce pan. After they are mixed, add the butter and put the pan on a burner with the heat on medium.


Cook and stir this constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts coming loose from the bottom and sides of the pan. This takes about 10-15 minutes. This is my attempt to take a picture of a steaming pot while stirring constantly. My goal was to show you exactly how the mixture should look when it’s done. You may have to use your imagination on this one…



Now pour the entire mixture in a (lightly greased) pan until it’s cool enough to handle..


Once it’s cool to the touch, roll the chocolaty deliciousness into balls,


and roll the balls in sprinkles. Set them on wax paper to cool. To make your life easier, rub your hands with a little softened butter before rolling the balls. You may find rubbing your hands with butter strange, but it’s a lot better then trying to roll these little guys while they stick all over your hands. Though I’ve had worse problems than chocolaty hands…




About the sprinkles: Get the smallest sprinkles possible. The big ones don’t flatter the brigadeiros. I purchased a massive bag of Ghirardelli chocolate sprinkles at a candy shop a while ago that are perfect. They will be delicious no matter what, but try to get small, thin sprinkles.


In Brazil, they serve these in little paper cups. I just use mini cupcake wrappers and they look adorable. Almost too adorable to eat… but not quite.



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