Brigadeiro, a famous Brazilian treat, is such an easy candy to make, and tastes delicious. It is sweet, chewy, decadent and slightly addictive. The recipe I use is one I found years ago in an international recipe book.
This recipe makes approximately 40 Brigadeiro
2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14 oz each)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted*
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder*
1/3 cup chocolate candy sprinkles
Grease an 8″x8″ or similar size pan with a little butter and set aside. Sift cocoa powder into a non-stick saucepan, then add sweetened condensed milk and butter. Turn heat on to medium, and stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. As soon as it starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring until the mixture is thick and begins to pull away from the pan, about 15 to 20 minutes. When you can run the spoon from one edge of the bottom of the pot, through the center and to the other edge, and the candy is thick enough to stay separated for a couple of seconds, it is thick enough.
Remove from heat and pour into the prepared pan. Refrigerate or let stand until the candy is cool enough to easily handle. Meanwhile, place the NESQUIK or chocolate sprinkles in a shallow dish – I use a pie pan. Once the Brigadeiro candy is cool enough to handle, scoop up teaspoon sized amounts, and with buttered hands, form into balls. Roll the balls in the NESQUIK or chocolate sprinkles and place in mini paper baking cups.
Store the Brigadeiro, covered, in the fridge up to one week. Remove from fridge and let them come to room temperature before serving.
*A note about sifting the cocoa powder: I find that if I do not sift the cocoa powder, it will sometimes clump in the milk and butter mixture. As it’s heating, most of the clumps will dissolve, but not all of them. Some recipes suggest to combine the cocoa powder with a small amount of water before adding it to the milk but I have not tried this.
*You can also roll the Brigadeiro in crushed nuts or shredded coconut, or, an alternative to the NESQUIK is to combine unsweetened cocoa powder with powdered sugar (sift together to combine).