Ah, brigadeiro…What would my childhood — and adult life, too– have been without it?
How to explain it to other mortals that so far haven’t had the pleasure of trying brigadeiro (s)?
Well, I will try!
Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is more than just a chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. It is the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ (docinho) of Brazil. From north to south, it is a national passion.
It was created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who once ran for president of Brazil.
This delicious fella — meaning the ‘candy’– is often served at birthday parties, but can also be found at almost any type of party. It is typically rolled into balls which are covered in granulated chocolate; at least that is the way brigadeiros are usually served at children’s birthday parties. However, it can also be consumed unrolled, with a spoon (Brazilian pregnant women are well aware of that!) or used as a topping or filling for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and pastries.
The truth is, no Brazilian kid’s party is complete without these fudge balls — including my own children’s here in the U.S. It is so ridiculously simple to make it, and yet so incredibly addictive, that it has been permanently imprinted into my psyche and into that of all the other Brazilian grownups whom I know too.
Why? Because it is so good, and as unforgettable as a mother’s love…
Ah, dear reader, happiness is on the way…
Have a delightful weekend filled with these beloved fudge balls!
And here is the video on how to make brigadeiros:
By the way, these are perfect for Easter.
They are perfect for Christmas as well:
I hope you try brigadeiro (s)!!! Brigadeiro is the bomb! Brigadeiro is quick and easy to make, and super decadent as well! Brigadeiro, brigadeiro, brigadeiro…I love you!