Brazilian Fudge: Brigadeiro

In an earlier post I raved about a Brazilian fudge, Brigadeiro, that I learned how to make while “studying” in Brazil this past summer. This simple chocolate bonbon will add an unexpected twist to your holiday dessert menu, so try it out! It’s only 4 ingredients:

  • 1 can- sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • granulated sugar or jimmies for rolling (optional)

How to:

  1. Begin by melting the butter in a sauce pan on low.
  2. Add in condensed milk and stir continuously, increase the heat to medium (rubber spatulas work best). Do not stop stirring, ever.
  3. Slowly add in one tablespoon of cocoa powder to the pan.
  4. Whisk mixture to evenly disperse cocoa.
  5. Continue to stir until the mixture is half its original size and thick enough that when you scrap the spatula down the middle of the pan, it will stay parted for a second. Let the mixture cool completely.
  6. To make brigadeiro balls, begin by greasing your hands with butter or oil. Your hands have to be very well-greased or you’ll have a gooey, sticky mess (literally) on your hands.
  7. Scoop out and roll into small balls, about 1 1/4 inches wide.
  8.  Roll in the sugar or jimmies.  Keep chilled or they will melt and become shapeless blobs.
  9. This recipe is incredibly versatile so you can make it your own by adding in flavors!


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