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Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Flan (Brigadeirão)

If Brigadeiro (The famous and infamous Brazilian Fudge Balls)  is GOOD, imagine a brigadeirão (a family-size Brigadeiro)… I know, it’s not just you. My mouth is watering like crazy just thinking about it! 🙂


When I told my six-year-old daughter that I intended to make brigadeirão, her eyes popped wide open and her whole face could not hide her excitement. What can I say, the girl is crazy for chocolate, especially brigadeiro-type fudge.

But she really jumped up in excitement when I told that I’d serve it at her tea party. Yes! Tomorrow afternoon I’ll have a house full of girls dressed up in costumes who will enjoy tea, sandwiches, and my brigadeirão, followed by a nail spa, a make-your-own jewelry session, a movie with popcorn, and of course a sleepover.


I am excited for them but since I’ll be the one serving everyone and providing everything else that they need (Lord have mercy!), I think I am the one who will end up the happiest  to have such a treat to nosh on.  I’ll really need it… 🙂

Well, whenever you’re having a tea party, a potluck, a family meal, or simply must satisfy a chocolate craving, then brigadeirão is the right dessert. Why? Because it’s inexpensive, simple to make, and  VERY indulgent.  Just prepare yourself to provide the recipe to everyone else or send them to take a look here.

Good luck, either way!


P.S: issues this warning – Brigadeirão is extremely addictive!

 Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Flan


Serves 12

Segment: Brazilian Cuisine


For the Brigadeirão/flan:

14 oz (about 400 ml) sweetened condensed milk

14 oz (about 400 ml) whole milk

1 (250 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup (83 ml) sugar

1 tablespoon (15 ml) plus 1 teaspoon (5 ml) all-purpose flour** or 1/2 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon (15 ml) plus 1 teaspoon (5 ml) unsalted butter, melted

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract

A dash of salt

Unsalted butter to grease the pan

Chocolate sprinkles to decorate (Choose a good-quality one. Preferebly, Guittard or Cocoa Barry. Since I did not find any of those, I used chocolate vermicelli)

** You can use a gluten-free flour, if desired.

For the Vanilla Sauce:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 vanilla pod

1 tablepoon sugar


Pre-heat the oven to 350º F (180º C). Grease a 8 in (20 cm) ring pan

Blend together well the condensed milk, the whole milk, cocoa, sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and salt.  Pour mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake in Bain-Marie for about 40 minutes. Let cool on a rack and refrigerate for about 2-4 hours. Unmold carefully, drizzle with the vanilla sauce (recipe follows), and sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles on top.

Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthwise. Scrape with a teaspoon. Mix with the heavy cream and sugar, and bring to a simmer. Pour into a cup, let cool down, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 – 24 hours.

Note: A special thanks to our friends, The Sepulvedas, for permitting their girls’pictures be featured here. We love y’all!

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13 Responses to Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Flan (Brigadeirão)

  1. Nydia August 21, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    OMG…Brigadeirão…I have years without eating it, I just cannot remember when was the last time I had one. Everything that is made with chocolate can be my favorite, mine and my family’s.
    The tea party is so excited, look at the girls…!!! Of course, I can understand you, have your house with al that girls could be a little amazing…!!!

    • Denise Browning August 21, 2012 at 1:18 am #

      Thanks, Nydia! It was a challenge because they are very active, but turned out to be a blessing. The girls had a lot of fun and I have to confess that me too. 🙂
      The Brigadeirao was over quickly. I just think that I ate a little too much. What can I say? I definetely love chocolate! See you soon at your blog. xx

  2. Luciana September 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Olá Denise, obrigada por visitar meu blog. Fiquei muito contente com seu comentário.

    Esse brigadeirão é dar água na boca. Suas receitas são maravilhosas! Adorei seu prestigio cheesecake.


    • Denise Browning September 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Obrigada, Luciana! Eu de vez em quando faço esse brigadeirão porque além de ser rápido, é realmente uma delícia. Aqui em casa nós amamos ele. Obrigada também por visitar o meu blog!
      Como eu havia dito, adoro as suas fotos, e as suas criações são mesmo de dar água na boca. Eu adooooooro um doce!! :):)

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    I am officially craving chocolate now!

    • Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Thanks, Laura! I am glad that you like my brigadeirão!!!

  4. Cristina April 12, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    Minha querida, è a primeira vez que entro no Seu site e que faço Brigadeirao.
    Uma pergunta: eu cozinhei 40 min a 180graus. Deixei esfriar e estava
    Morno quando EU resolving tentar desenformar e estava liquido por dentro e cozido por fora. O que EU faco? Cozinho mais um pouco e repito como a receita?
    A parte luquida eh normal?

    • Denise Browning April 12, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      Olá, Cristina!
      Desculpe mas eu só vi o seu comentário agora.
      Assim que sai do forno, você deixa esfriar na forma ã temperatura ambiente e depois põe na geladeira (ainda na forma) por pelo menos de 2 a 4 horas (ou mais). Somente quando o brigadeirão tiver gelado é que você desenforma com cuidado (passe uma faquinha nas beiradas da forma para soltar mas com cuidado), como instruído na receita. Isso não é feito um pudim de leite condensado que primeiro desenforma para gelar. Para o brigadeirão, primeiro gela e depois é que desenforma pois a consistência é de um fudge.
      Se você cozinhou no forno por 40 minutos a 180 graus C, o cozimento é suficiente sim mas não para desenformar ainda morno. Gele ele na forma e depois quando tiver bem geladinho, você desenforma com cuidado para não quebrar.
      Um bom domingo pra você.

  5. Rafael May 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    Denise, eu vou salvar o seu site aqui. sempre eu tento fazer alguma coisa brasileira com a minha mulher, mas nunca sei direito como explicar as medidas. ela estava com vontade de comer brigadeirao mas moramos longe da loja brasilieira mais proxima. esse vai ser nosso santuario para receitas brasileiras. muito obrigado.

    • Denise Browning May 23, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Obrigada a voce por sua gentileza. Espero que voces experimentem e gostem. A minha familia eh louca por brigadeirao e tudo mais feito com brigadeiro.
      A qualquer tempo que voces tiverem alguma duvida sobre uma receita, substituicoes, medidas ou ingredientes, ficarei feliz em ajudar. Um abraco pra voces dois.

  6. Denise Browning March 18, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I big thanks to Jennifer from Mother Thyme for her nice words and for making the baked version of my churros shine!!! Beautifully done, Jennifer!


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