This candy is amazingly easy to make, hosts only THREE ingredients, and if you happen to be invited to any birthday parties in Brazil this week, you can bring some and be the most popular guest. Really! Brigadeiro is a traditional truffle-like candy that is made for birthday parties and special events all over Brazil.
We have some really good friends from Brazil who invited us over for dinner the other night, and I wanted to give them something I knew would be enjoyed. I was informed by their 10 year old son that this was the best he had ever eaten.
So, here is how you, too can make 10 year old Brazilian kids very happy:
Are you ready?
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa, butter and condensed milk.
- Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes after it begins bubbling. The mixture will begin to join together and lift from the bottom of the pan. This is a good sign. Keep whisking!
- Remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. If you don’t, you will suffer BURNING sensations for your impatience. Trust me. And if you are foolish enough to handle before sufficiently cooled, do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT lick the burning candy off your burning fingers. Do you sense a THEME here? Let. Them. Cool.
- Butter your hands and form into small balls.
These can be rolled in coconut, chopped nuts, dusted with cocoa powder or powdered sugar, etc., etc., etc.
Store in a cool place (aka: refrigerator).