A Brigadeiro is a soft sweet, or candy, made from sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder, with chocolate sprinkles as a topping…LOTS of chocolate sprinkles! They are usually formed into small one-bite balls, and are rich, somewhat like a chocolate truffle and incredibly sweet. Just the way Brazilians enjoy their sweets.
For a quick energy fix, try a Brigadeiro…and some fresh juice!
And why is this little sweet called a Brigadeiro, you ask? Well, according to Wikipedia…
“The name of the candy is a tribute to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. In the years 1946 and 1950, the military Brigadeiro was a candidate for the presidency. The candidate won status in Pacaembu, a neighborhood of São Paulo, organizing festivals to promote his candidacy.
The delicacy made from milk, eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate (later made with condensed milk) was so much appreciated that, in the party campaign, they were made to raise funds.
As the party of supporters were highly crowded by the population, they immediately began calling friends to go eat the “candy of Brigadeiro”. Over time the name of “Brigadeiro” was eventually given to this particular Brazilian sweet (later made with condensed milk).”