Growing up, my best friend was Brazilian; she immigrated to the States at an early age, and her family made sure to keep Brazilian culture in their lives. I remember staying at her house and listening Portuguese, learning about Brazilian bikinis, and sampling all different kinds of Brazilian specialties.
Still, my absolute favorite treat were these chocolate candies called brigadeiros, which were usually made for special occasions. It’s been years since I’ve had them, but they looked easy enough to make, so I set out to give it at try, and they came out just as good as I remembered them.
Brazil is a country I have yet to visit, but I have desired to set foot on its land since I was very young. Being a part of my best friend’s life and experiencing the culture, long before I ever started traveling internationally, sparked my desire to head to South America, and eventually the rest of the world. I know, in the next few years, I will make it to Brazil, but until then, I’ll enjoy what I can from the culture.
Often served at Brazilian birthday parties and celebrations, brigadeiros are a soft, sweet chocolate candy.
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon margarine
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1. Over medium-low heat, stir together sweetened condensed milk, margarine, and cocoa powder.
2. Cook and stir the mixture until it thickens, about 10 to 20 minutes. (Mine started to bubble as it thickened.)
3. Pour the mixture in a greased dish and let cool to room temperature.
4. Using greased hands, make one inch balls with the mixture.
5. Roll the balls in sprinkles.
My recipe has been adapted from this recipe.
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