Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Truffle) Sweet Caramel Chocolate – What is brigadeiros? A supper sweet caramel chocolate treats from Brazil. Some people named it Brazilian Truffles. Brigadeiros was Tiananmen ala Brazil, it’s rich in chocolate and caramel. Brigadeiros consists of sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. Yupp only 3 items. Chewy texture and chewy, my son told me the shape such as candy caramel. Caramel flavor of Brigadeiros comes from sugar in sweetened condensed milk heated reply that produces the chewy texture.
“The name of this cake is taken from the name of a famous politician in Brazil the year 1920, the Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was a Brigadier General of the air force which was first known for his role in halting the communist coup d ‘ état in Rio. For the campaigning, she distributed a special cake made from milk, eggs, chocolate, and butter. The name of the cake is taken from his rank, Brigadeiro. The campaign slogan is Brigadeiro “select Brigadeiro: he is handsome and single.” But … even though it was not elected, he introduced to the culture of Brazil a candy that is very traditional to this day still is often served at a birthday party.
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- chocolate sprinkles, to decorate (or jimmies)
Cook over medium-low heat, stir vigorously the sweetened condensed milk, margarine and cocoa powder.
Cook the mixture until it thickens enough to show the pan bottom during stirring.
Pour the mixture in a greased dish and let it cool to room temperature. Take small amounts of the mixture with a teaspoon and make 1 ½ inch balls.
Roll the balls over chocolate jimmies to decorate.
Hint: Grease your hands with margarine to make the balls easily.
If the balls don’t hold the shape and flat down like coins, it means that you did not cook enough. Cook additional five minutes, take a small sample and dip it in a glass with cold water. If you cooked enough, this sample should hold the shape after cooling down in the water.
The cheapest , low grade sweetened condensed milk is the best to make the brigadeiro because they have more starch on them, which helps the candy to hold the shape.
In US, buy the sweet condensed milk from the Walmart brand “Great Value”, cook this brand for 20 minutes in medium heat stirring continuously and your brigadeiro is with the right consistency.