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Brazilian candy

Brigadeiros Brazilian Candy

Theresa St. John
Brazilian candies created in honor of Brigadier General Brigadeiro Edward Gomes during WWII. - Gluten-Free
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian


  • 2 14 oz cans of condensed milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped fine
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the condensed milk, butter, heavy cream, and corn syrup.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring often.
  • Once it begins to bubble, add the semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder.
  • Whisk well, so there are no pockets of cocoa powder.
  • Reduce heat and continue to cook, whisking constantly until it is a dense fudge-like batter. This should take between 8-10 minutes. If undercooked, it will be too soft. If you overcook, it will be too chewy. Pay attention; it will be perfect, when you can tip the pan and the mixture slides to the side, in one soft piece.
  • Slide the mixture into a bowl – DO NOT scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Leave out on the counter so it can cool to room temperature.
  • At this point, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  • Scoop the mixture by the teaspoonful. Roll in hands to form balls. They should be the size of a small truffle.
  • Place your chosen topping in a bowl. (see notes on toppings)
  • Roll a few of your candies at a time, making certain they are covered completely in sprinkles.
  • Store in airtight containers.
  • Brigadeiros will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 1 month. (Take my word for it, they will not make it that long)


Tais dreams up new flavors of these scrumptious treats, every day it seems. Below, you'll find a tempting list to try yourself.
Classic Flavors:
White, Vanilla, Traditional (Milk Chocolate), Noir, Black and White, Neopolitan. Samba, Expresso Coffee, Cappuccino
Walnuts, Toasted Almonds, Pistachio,
Lemon, Banana, and Cinnamon,  Coconut (Coconut Kiss), Cranberry, Pineapple and coconut, Prune Delight, Apricot Delight.
Creme Brule, Guava Cheesecake (Romeo and Juliet), Cherry Cheesecake, Passion Fruit, Smore's, Oreo Cookies, Carrot, Pumpkin Spice, Sweet Potato,