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Tidbits of Brazil: Brigadeiro

Posted in 12 February 2014

In a spoon, rolled, in a cup, with or without chocolate chips, with chestnuts , filled with strawberries, you name it! Amongst us Brazilians it is the star of the parties, an absolute success with the kids and us adults too!

Could anyone imagine a party without brigadeiros? It’s like pasta without parmesan, you get the feeling there’s something missing.

It’s a delicious treat, national unanimity! The recipe is easy to make and easier to eat, just check it out:


-1 can of condensed milk

-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

-1 tablespoons of margarine

-1 cup of chocolate chips (granulado)


In a saucepan, pour the condensed milk with the cocoa powder and the margarine. Mix well and cook over medium heat stirring all the time until the mixture loosens off the saucepan (around 10 minutes).

Remove from heat and pour it in a bowl previously greased with butter and let it cool.

Spread some butter on the palm of your hands, take a spoon sized ball of the mixture and roll it  to make a ball. Then roll them into the chocolate chips until they are all covered.

Serve them in small paper molds.

Tip: You can replace the chocolate chips with chopped chestnuts, shredded coconut, white chocolate. Use your imagination. It’ll be delicious anyway!

For those who don’t want to cook and don’t want to wait to be invited to a birthday party (and you will! Brazilians love to entertain)  to try the brigadeiros, you can run  to one of the many brigaderias around São Paulo (and probably run back home to burn some of those calories). Here are some of the most famous brigaderias in São Paulo:

- Maria Brigadeiro:

Rua Caopte Valente, 68, Pinheiros.

- Brigadeiro by cousins:

Rua Cardoso de Almeida, 1371, Perdizes.

- Anusha Chocolates:

Rua Comendador Miguel Calfat, 420, Itaim Bibi.