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A rainbow fudge balls sits in the middle of a plate of chocolate Brazilian truffles
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Brigadeiro is one of the most classic Brazilian desserts and party treat. This simple recipe is ready in no time and will satisfy all your sweet cravings!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cooling Time2 hours
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: brazilian dessert, brazilian fudge balls, brazilian recipe, brigadeiro, brigadeiro recipe
Servings: 16 brigadeiros
Author: Aline Shaw


  • 1x 14oz can of sweet condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate powder, such as Nescau or Nesquik
  • 1 Tbsp margarine or butter (plus more for hands)
  • Sprinkles


  • Add the condensed milk, the butter, and the chocolate powder to a medium saucepan and stir.
  • Cook over medium heat, for approximately 10 minutes, stirring repeatedly and scraping the sides and the bottom of the pan with a spatula to avoid burning.
  • The brigadeiro is ready when you scrape the bottom of the pan, and the brigadeiro takes 2-3 seconds to come back to its place, or when the mixture reaches 205F-208F - You can use a candy thermometer, or just a regular food thermometer to check.
  • Pour the hot brigadeiro into a dish or a plate, and let it cool - about 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, pour sprinkles in a deep plate or bowl.
  • When the brigadeiro is cooled, butter your hands, and scoop 1/2 Tbsp to Tbsp portions and roll little balls.
  • Roll the little balls in the sprinkles.
  • Keep them in a cool place or in the refrigerator until serving time.

Bom Apetite!!