Brazilian Chocolate Treat
This is the best recipe to start this blog. I would say that is the number one Brazilian treat requested by my kids. And that does not surprise me, as when I was a kid, I always begged to have Brigadeiro.
Growing up, these were very common at birthday parties. But if we, my siblings and I, were lucky enough, mom would let us have some for an afternoon snack. Not that they are hard to make, by any means, although at that point, eating using spoons was not an option. We had to wait until the chocolate mixture cooled down and was properly rolled into quarter size balls.
Today Brigadeiro is served in many different ways (rolled, spoon, little cups…). There are also many variations of the original chocolate and condensed milk version. You can still find homemade Brigadeiro at birthday parties, but you can also find them at high-end bakeries.
Originally the chocolate balls were rolled in chocolate sprinkles, now they can be rolled into different things, like nuts, chopped specialty chocolates and rice crisps. The gourmet versions even include Sea Salt, Chili Pepper and some are even infused with mint or passion fruit.
Although I am sure that all of these combinations are delicious, I don’t think anything can be better than a tray of simply made Brigadeiro, especially when it’s a surprise.
To make these in Brazil, as far as I can remember, we just used Condensed Milk, a little bit of butter and Brazilian chocolate powder (Nescau by Nestle). Although you can sometimes find Nescau in some of the Latin Stores in the US, I prefer to use cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate as an alternative.
The trick is to cook the condensed milk (I usually use the Latin version), the cocoa powder and the chopped chocolate (or chips) constantly stirring until you can see the bottom of the pan whenever you stir. It takes time and patience.
When it’s done, just spread the mixture in a buttered shallow plate and wait until it cools down. You can also set it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. When it’s cooled, roll it into quarter-sized balls and into the chocolate sprinkles.
Note: Sometimes, specially in the summer months, the mixture stays a little sticky. If that happens just spread a little bit of butter in the palm of your hand and that will definitely help.
Enjoy it and make some memories. I guarantee you will get some smiles. YUMMY!!!
Brigadeiro Recipe Ingredients
- 1 (14 ounces) can of condensed milk (I prefer La Lechera by Nestle)
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if you prefer), about ½ cup
- ½ tablespoon of chocolate powder
- ½ tablespoon of butter and more to butter the dish
Brigadeiro Recipe Instructions
- Butter a 9 inches flat dish.
- Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan at medium heat. Using a wooden spoon stir the mixture until it bubbles and you can see the bottom of the pan as you stir.
- Dump the mixture into the buttered plate and spread. Leave it to cool for two hours. When it’s cool to the touch, roll the mixture into quarter size balls. Roll the balls into chocolate sprinkles. You can use colorful sprinkles, nuts, chopped chocolate or sugar.
- Arrange each ball into a bonbon paper. Enjoy.