Brazil’s famous chocolate fudge balls

By Eat More Chocolate Team      

April 21, 2015

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Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is more than just a chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. Brigadeiro is the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ (docinho) of Brazil.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • 20 mins

    10 mins

    30 mins

  • Yields: 28 Servings
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Directions

Mix the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter together.

Stove: Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The brigadeiro mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.

Microwave: Pour mixture into a deep microwaveable bowl. If 900 watts, let cook on full power for about 6 minutes -- removing and stirring at least every 2 minutes, or until thick enough to be rolled (remember that when it cools down, mixture will be thicker). While it is cooking, do not leave the microwave unattended because mixture will rise and possibly bubble over, making a mess. Every time it rises, pause until mixture settles back down. If 1100 watts, cook at 80 % power. Double batches take more time to cook.

When brigadeiro is ready, remove either from the stove top or microwave, mix in the vanilla extract and spread mixture onto a greased plate.

Let cool to room temperature before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands. Use a ½ Tablespoon as measurement.

Then, dredge gently in the chocolate vermicellis until totally covered, and place into paper bonbon cups.

Notes:

Brigadeiros can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The mixture can be also stored, covered well, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, brought to room temperature, and rolled into balls.

Source: http://www.frombraziltoyou.org/brigadeiro-brazil-chocolate-fudge-truffles/

Ingredients

1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup baking cocoa powder

2 Tbsp unsalted butter (softened) plus extra to grease plate and hands

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Chocolate vermicelli or good quality chocolate sprinkles

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