Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Candy)

by Erica Dinho on February 8, 2010

These popular Brazilian candies were named after an Air Force Brigadier named Eduardo Gomes. They look like truffles, are very simple to make and are rich and delicious. Valentine’s day is coming soon, so make these candies for your friends and family, they would love you for it :)

These Brigadeiros are my entry in the virtual food tour hosted by my friend Joan from Foodalogue.

Keep them refrigerated until ready to eat. Buen Provecho!



(About 12)

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 stick soft butter
  • 3 tablespoons a good quality cocoa powder
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan, over low heat and cook for abot 12 to 15 minutes. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Pour the mixture on a greased baking pan. Let it cool for at least 1 hour.
  3. With buttered hands, make equal size small balls with the mixture. Roll each brigadeiro in the chocolate sprinkles. Place in baking paper cups and store in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tangled Noodle February 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Ooo – I can never resist sweet treats! But ones that are so easy to make could be very dangerous indeed . . .


2 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 8, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Look fabulous….they would be a great V-day’s gift.


3 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Oh I want these for Valentine’s day! :) Looks so good!


4 Kim February 8, 2010 at 11:52 AM

They look like they would melt in your mouth! Delicious.


5 Sarah Naveen February 8, 2010 at 12:18 PM

That looks super yummy!!!


6 Ruth February 8, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Ive had these countless times in Portugal. I havent a sweet tooth but I cant resist them. This recipe is super easy and has made me crave them again! Going to have to try making them!


7 Bo February 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

oh my those really look delicious!!!


8 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie February 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

These are such yummy treats! I need to make them again very soon!


9 Juliana February 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Brigadeiros…we used to make them for parties…Erica, you just brought memories of my childhood :-)


10 Oysterculture February 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Brigadeiros are delicious! I love to have picnics and I always ask people to bring something that represents their culture, as we are a very international group. My Brazilian friend brings these beauties and they are always a hit!


11 Erica February 8, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Thank you guys!


12 Paula February 8, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Mmmm… I love brigadeiros! I discovered them living in Brazil and would always make them. Thanks for reminding me of them. I may have to make them again soon.


13 Faith February 8, 2010 at 7:47 PM

What gorgeous little candies! Absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day! :)


14 Vinolia February 9, 2010 at 4:21 AM

these cacao delights look enticing and delicious!!!


15 Joanne February 9, 2010 at 6:37 AM

These look like pieces of bite-sized chocolate heaven!


16 Sophie February 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Indeed, Erica!! easy yet so apart & so fab looking!!!


17 Erica February 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


18 Divina February 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I love this. I haven’t tasted it yet but I know I’m going to love this.


19 Joan Nova February 9, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Hope you made enough for everyone on the tour — these are sure to be a favorite!


20 grace February 9, 2010 at 4:40 PM

simple ingredients. quick-and-dirty process. the hardest part would be the waiting. :)


21 Chris February 9, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I have book marked this! I want to make this for the special weekend. This will be helpful since I can make it the night before.


22 Danielle February 9, 2010 at 7:52 PM

I could go for one (or more) of these right about now!


23 SilverMoon Dragon February 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM

They do look delicious! I was thinking of making these too, but we’ve had a string of 100F degree days, and I know better than to work with chocolate in a hot kitchen. Sooo tempting though… guess I better bookmark this for Autumn. (Just can’t resist lol)


24 tasteofbeirut February 10, 2010 at 8:54 PM

I think I am going to try these!


25 Erica February 10, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Thank you all for visiting!


26 Lara February 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Oh they look so good and sound so easy. Thank you for the recipe!!


27 Erika February 11, 2010 at 7:33 AM

They look great..


28 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

These look wonderful. I love making my own candies, so I will give these a try very soon!


29 Sara April 12, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I made these for my son’s party and everyone loved them. Thank you.


30 Tina January 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I tried making these with this exact recipe. It didn’t work and the mix is way too thin to make balls out of.


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