Brazilian Brigadeiros

Brazilian Brigadeiros

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.

Country: Brazil

Photo Credit: GQ Trippin'

Photo Credit: GQ Trippin’

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.

Dessert: Brigadeiros


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
Chocolate sprinkles



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.

Cooking Soundtrack:

Michel Teló: Ai Se Eu Te Pego, Bará Berê
João Lucas & Diogo: Panrampampam
Munhoz e Mariano: Camaro Amarelo
João Neto e Frederico: Lê Lê Lê
Humberto e Ronaldo: So Vou Beber Mais Hoje
Gusttavo Lima: As Mina Pira, Gatinha Assanhada, Eu Vou Tentando te Agarrar, Balada Boa

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Comments (20)

  1. Trish

    I LOVE that you included a soundtrack to go along with the cooking!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I always need music and when I cook, I have to make it an experience, otherwise, I get bored! 🙂

      1. Stef

        Just wanted to write the same. Love your soundtrack 🙂

        1. The World Wanderer

          Thank you! I still can’t stop listening to it. So much more fun to cook/bake when you’re dancing!

  2. @mrsoaroundworld

    yum! I miss these so much. We also have a version in Portugal and it is delicious!

  3. Mary Anne

    Love that you are trying new foods from around the world…wink wink…

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, well, now with you as my friend, I can only imagine where this is headed!!

  4. lola

    dare i say, your travel food posts are (sort of) inspiring me to cook. OMG did i just write that 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, well they are easy enough that you could attempt them. 😉 I am not the world’s best cook, but I love food, so we’ll see where this gets me. Practice makes perfect, right??

  5. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I love chocolate and since I can’t get these around here that I know, I will be making them myself! Thanks for sharing this delicious-looking chocolate ball!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Raul, these are amazing and easy enough to make yourself. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  6. Amanda Kendle

    DELICIOUS! – I love brigadeiro. I taught English as a second language for a few years here in Western Australia and we had lots of Brazilian students and they taught me how to make them – have been addicted since!

  7. Rachel

    This looks so easy to make and oh so yummy. I grew up on condensed milk so I am excited to try this. Loved reading about your adventures. Keep sharing!

  8. Mércia

    I live in Brasil and everybody loves brigadeiros here.

  9. Rosana

    Congratulations! I’m brazilian and I’m very happy and proud to see websites like you delivering the brigadeiro´s culture around the world. I´ts my favorite candy.

  10. Márcia

    Very good , I live in Brazil and here also the staff very loves these wonderful sweets that is the brigadiers , kisses .

  11. Alex

    Ei!!! Que bom que está compartilhando com o mundo nossas comidas! Uma vez um indiano ficou em minha casa e amou brigadeiros! Depois tente outros docinhos. :**

  12. Raquel Manes

    Congratulations, I love Brigaderos. I have to control myself.

  13. Cristela

    Muito bom seu site/blog, as dicas são maravilhosas, parabéns, gostei muito…bjos.

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