If you are one of those people with an incredibly sweet tooth and chocolate cravings, we would like to introduce you to Brigadeiros. The Brazilian chocolate pralinés get their name from Brigadier Eduardo Gomes who was an officer in the Brazilian air force. It is said that Brigadeiros were invented for his election campaigns when he was running for president for the first time in 1946.

Brazilian Brigadeiros (chocolate pralinées) with various candy toppings Today, Brigadeiros are a very popular candy in Brazil and have also spread across the ocean to Portugal. Brazilians often serve the sweet, little balls for dessert or as confectionery for birthday parties. As you can imagine, they are especially popular with kids! Apart from the original with chocolate sprinkles, many variations with different toppings have evolved since their invention. In general, Brigadeiros are a great sweet for any occasion. They are not only delicious but also very easy to make as they only contain three main ingredients: cocoa, butter and condensed milk.

Try the original for yourself with our delicious recipe or dare inventing your very own variations.



Food & Drinks // Brazil

Brigadeiros, brazilian chocolate pralinées with chocolate splinters


1 can condensed milk (sugared)

1 table spoon butter

1 ½ table spoons cocoa powder

chocolate sprinkles

small paper bowls for pralinés


Let the butter melt in a small pot

Take it from the stove and add the condensed milk and the cocoa powder.

Let the mixture simmer for approx. 10 mins at low heat while stirring it continuously (!)

When the mass does not stick to the pot anymore, rub your hands in some butter and form small balls out of the chocolate-mix.

Roll the balls in chocolate sprinkles and put one in each of the paper bowls.

Serve when they are still warm or put them into the fridge to serve cold.


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Brigadeiros by liknes, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
VanSweet – brigadeiro by VanSweet, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0