Brigadeiro is essentially a chocolate fudge made with chocolate and condensed milk, and you can make it with just a microwave. The brigadeiro was created after World War II, popularized by the presidential nominee, Eduardo Gomes. Although he did not end up winning the presidency, his ultimate success came from the creation of the brigadeiro as a part of his campaigning strategy. Its name comes from the military rank “brigadier” which was Eduardo Gomes’s military rank at the time. If you would like to make this college-kid friendly sweet - keep reading!
What you will need:
¾ of a 60-70% dark chocolate bar
One small can of sweetened condensed milk
A microwave, large bowl, and spoon
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: One hour
Serving Size: 10 brigadeiros
Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl and break up ¾ of the bar of dark chocolate into the condensed milk. If your microwave is smaller, or if you have a smaller bowl, you can split the recipe in half and do it in two parts.
Put the mix into the microwave for one minute, then take it out and mix until all of the chocolate is melted and evenly incorporated.
Keep putting the mix back into the microwave in one-minute increments, stirring in between each time - you will get a mix that looks very bubbly and airy, but once you mix, it should go back to a liquid. You will know you are done when the mixture has thickened enough that when you are mixing, the lines that the spoon leaves behind don’t immediately smooth out again. Be careful, because it should not be so thick that when you mix it, you can already mold it. Remember that it will harden significantly in the fridge.
Once you reach the desired texture, place the bowl into a fridge to cool off. (If it is a glass bowl, let it cool off at room temperature first). At this point, you can eat it with a spoon as soon as it cools off enough, but if you want the traditional shape, continue to the next step.
When it is cool enough to touch, form the chocolate into balls and coat with chocolate sprinkles.
This super easy Brazilian treat is great for any occasion, and I will probably make them for my friends on Halloween this weekend. You can store the ones you don’t eat in the fridge, but I almost never have any left over. Enjoy!