© Owlbbaking, LLC. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from owner is strictly prohibited. Click here for round-up feature consent.
Brigadeiro is a delicious chocolate confection that is staple in Brazil! These homemade, fudge truffles are super simple and only require 4 ingredients. They are soft, chewy and deliciously chocolatey. You'll be amazed at how easy this brigadeiro recipe is!
What is brigadeiro?
Brigaderio, beigadeiro, brigadario, brazilian brigadero, brigadeieo.... the names go on and on!
The way I describe brigadeiro to everyone is...imagine the fudgiest, smoothest, most delicious chocolatey, caramely candy ever. That is what brigadeiro is. One bite and you can easily understand why this is an adored treat in Brazilian culture!
If I were to compare it to anything, I would say brigadeiro is like thick, chocolate caramel, but it's soft and doesn't get stuck in your teeth at all. This candy has a silkiness & creaminess; it is just absolutely divine. Heavenly. You will be making all the yummy sounds!
Just take a look...
The traditional version is all chocolate, rolled in chocolate sprinkles but this candy can be made using all kinds of flavors and coatings. I've seen brigadeiro made with fruit flavors, liquor, with white chocolate... I think pretty much anything goes!
Since I'm a brigadeiro newbie, I stuck with classic chocolate but I did experiment with some chopped roasted pistachios and shredded coconut too. Of course, you can use any sprinkles you prefer too!
How to make brigadeiro
Aside from this dessert being insanely tasty, brigadeiro is ridiculously easy and fun to make.
You only need 4 ingredients to make brigadeiro -
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Chocolate sprinkles (I recommend Dutch Chocolate Sprinkles, and other delicious things like chopped nuts or coconut to roll them in)
You'll also need...
That is IT!!!
I've seen a few different recipes out there that call for a pinch of salt but I just used salted butter and the flavor is on point. You could always throw some flaky sea salt on the tops too!
This basic recipe is all you need to get you to brigadeiro bliss
The ingredient list is small, but brigadeiro does require some attention. You need to cook the mixture on low heat for a good 12-15 minutes to achieve the correct consistency. You have to stir it over the stove for the entire time, do not walk away.
I repeat, do not walk away from the stove!
It's really not too bad considering there are no other steps needed to make the actual candy part, so I consider it a win!
I actually had a great time standing over the stove and cooking the candy, it's relaxing! I put on my favorite podcast and it gave me time to add that extra ounce of love and care into the recipe.
Once the mixture is ready, you pour it onto a greased plate and chill it in the fridge for about 2 hours until it firms up.
From there, roll up little balls and give them a coating in sprinkles.
How to make the best brigadeiro
Cook the mixture low and slow and ALWAYS BE STIRRING. You must continually scrape the sides and bottom to prevent burning. Keeping an eye on how the mixture looks at each stage of cooking is key.
The second factor is (and probably overlooked often) the sprinkles.
Sprinkles matter! If you are making classic, chocolate brigadeiro, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND picking up these Dutch chocolate sprinkles.
The regular, waxy, brown sprinkles have zero flavor and are just not as good. Dutch chocolate sprinkles add a whole other layer of chocolate flavor making the best brigadeiro.
How to know when brigadiero is done cooking
If you watch the video in this post, you'll notice that I frequently drag the spatula through the middle of the mixture. I do this so that I can test how quickly the mixture comes back together when I drag my spatula through it.
Brigadeiro is done cooking when you drag the spatula through the middle of the pan and the sides do not move much at all. It should be fully thickened and should stick well to the spatula and be hard to shake it off. At the same time, it should also pull away from the sides of the pan.
Once that happens, cook for another minute or so and pull off the heat.
Once your brigadeiro is made, you need to let the mixture chill in the fridge. This makes it easy to roll into balls.
When ready, roll into small balls (about 1 tablespoon or so, I just eyeball it) and roll tight in between the palms of your hands. Then, roll into the chocolate sprinkles.
Pop into your cute little candy cups and serve!!
How to store brigadeiro
If you're making the truffles, you need to keep these in the fridge. At room temp, they soften and begin to melt a little. They won't melt completely, but they'll become very sticky and messy. They will last about 5-6 days in the fridge if they are well sealed (but I doubt they will last that long!)
I read that some people eat brigadeiro in a small bowl with a spoon. In that case, leaving it out at room temp would be safe, but best to consume within 2-3 days.
You can also freeze the mixture for up to 2 months, defrost and then roll them into balls. But honestly, this recipe is so quick to make, it's best to just make them fresh!
I encourage you to give this recipe a go. I cannot believe it took me THIS LONG to make brigadeiros! They're SO GOOD and I can't wait to make them again!!
- 2 tbsp butter (I like to use salted, but you can use unsalted too)
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
- 1 c chocolate sprinkles (or chopped nuts or coconut)
- Grease a plate with a very light spritz of nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a nonstick skillet (a 10"skillet works nicely, you can also use a nonstick pot) on low heat, add the butter & the sweetened condensed milk. Then add the sifted cocoa powder while stirring quickly to avoid clumps.
- Stir continuously with a heatproof spatula, scraping the sides and bottom of the pan until the mixture thickens significantly, about 12-15 minutes. It's done cooking when you drag your spatula through the middle and the mixture doesn't really move, it should be fully thickened. It should hold shape when you glide your spatula through. It will stick to the spatula and be hard to shake off. The mixture should also pull off from the sides of the pan.
- Pour the mixture onto the greased plate and allow to cool on the counter for 10 minutes. Then, place in the fridge for 2 hours.
- When you're ready to roll the candy, pull off about 1 tablespoon size pieces and roll in between the palms of your hands. Toss in the bowl of sprinkles or other toppings to coat. Roll in your hands again to ensure that the sprinkles stick well.
- Place in candy cups and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Store the truffles in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe by Owlbbaking
- Cook Time: 15
- Category: Candy
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: Brazilian
Keywords: brigadeiro, brigadeiro recipe, no bake chocolate candy