Brigadeiro – Brazilian Chocolate Delight!

Yey! This is my first post, and I couldn’t start my blog without one of the two most exiting things for me: chocolate and making kids happy! So I decided to share with my little girl’s 4K classmates and teacher, a fun tradition from our home country, Brazil. Every October 12th, we celebrate children’s day and Our Lady of Aparecida’s day. Children in Brazil know well about this date since they receive gifts and treats from their family . They also get to have fun going to many events designed just for them.

So, I decided to make some colorful brigadeiro [bree-gah-de-roh] and send it to my daughter’s school for a fun and delicious children’s day celebration. Oh boy, and they loved it!  Their teacher was so happy, she told me how different the treat was and how the class enjoyed it. I was happy to know, brigadeiro is a staple in every Brazilian birthday party and always a success among kids.

Here is how they turned out for this unexpected school function and below, you can find the recipe I used so you can give it a try if you want. It is easy to make and guaranteed to be a success in your celebration.

Brigadeiro Recipe

Total time: 1 h 

Prep: 15 min   |   Cook: 15 min   |   Yield: about 10 brigadeiros   |   Level: easy

You will need:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for greasing hands
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Mini cupcake paper cups


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the cocoa, and condensed milk.
  3. It is important to never stop stirring while cooking, so cook, stirring, until thickened for about 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. You can tell that the brigadeiro is done when  you can clearly see the bottom of the pan when stirring. The consistency should be firm enough to stay together.
  5. Pour it directly into a dish and let cool to room temperature.
  6. Lightly grease your hands with butter and roll about a teaspoon of brigadiero between your palms to form 1 1/2-inch balls.
  7. Roll them in your favorite chocolate sprinkles and place them into small paper cups.

Print: Brigadeiro Recipe


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