There are certain words that have a unique relationship with certain occasions. For example, if I say “brigadeiro”, what does come to your mind? Well, if you have to read this post in English, the answer must be “nothing”. But ask any Brazilian and I’m pretty sure the answer will be “birthday party”.

These sweets are mandatory in any birthday party (at least for children). You can roll them over chocolate sprinkles and serve in paper cups or just grab a spoon and eat out of the pan (so no need for sprinkles here). Leaving abroad, I try to disseminate this Brazilian tradition by giving “brigadeiros” as birthday presents for friends and everyone seems to like it 😉 These batch in particular was to celebrate B’s birthday. He deserves it!!



  • 1 (14 ounce/ 397g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine condensed milk, cocoa and butter. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened and you see the bottom pan (about 10 minutes). Tranfer to a greased plate and let rest until cool enough to handle. Grease your hands with butter and form into small, rolling over the chocolate sprinkles to cover it. Serve in small paper cups or just eat out of the pan.
Yield: 40 small or 25 medium

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