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This candy is named after a reknowned brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Army brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio. He later ran unsuccessfuly for the presidency in 1946 and 1950, during a brief breeze of democracy which blew after WWII. The name of the candy is that of his rank, Brigadeiro. Now, why would anyone name candy after an army general? Well, back in 1922, he was tall, dark-haired with blue eyes. AND SINGLE!!! Having been born half a century too late, I am left to dream about the general and eat candy. :-(( But you guys can enjoy the recipe. Later, Jazzbel Brigadeiro 1 can sweetened condensed milk -- (395g) 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 tablespoon butter -- softened 1 package chocolate sprinkles In a heavy saucepan, mix the milk, cocoa and butter. Stir to dissolve the chocolate. Put over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring and cooking until you are able to see the bottom of the pot when you tilt the pan(the mixture will just slide quickly). This should take 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a greased plate. Let cool. Butter your hands and roll the mixture into small balls and roll over the chocolate sprinkles. Variations: you can substitute the cocoa powder for 100g baking chocolate. If you want a lighter candy use powdered chocolate(such as quick). You can also put raisins or nuts in the center of the candy. You can decorate with powdered sugar instead, or cocoa powder.

Brigadeiro


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(posted September 17, 1997)

This candy is named after a reknowned brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Army brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio. He later ran unsuccessfuly for the presidency in 1946 and 1950, during a brief breeze of democracy which blew after WWII.

The name of the candy is that of his rank, Brigadeiro.

Now, why would anyone name candy after an army general?

Well, back in 1922, he was tall, dark-haired with blue eyes. AND SINGLE!!!

Having been born half a century too late, I am left to dream about the general and eat candy. :-((

But you guys can enjoy the recipe.

Later,
Jazzbel

Brigadeiro

1 can sweetened condensed milk -- (395g)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter -- softened
1 package chocolate sprinkles

In a heavy saucepan, mix the milk, cocoa and butter. Stir to dissolve the chocolate. Put over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring and cooking until you are able to see the bottom of the pot when you tilt the pan(the mixture will just slide quickly). This should take 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a greased plate. Let cool. Butter your hands and roll the mixture into small balls and roll over the chocolate sprinkles.

Variations: you can substitute the cocoa powder for 100g baking chocolate. If you want a lighter candy use powdered chocolate(such as quick). You can also put raisins or nuts in the center of the candy. You can decorate with powdered sugar instead, or cocoa powder.


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from New York, NY, United States wrote:6  0

For those of you having problems with the consistency and the stickyness factor, watch this youtube video: http://www.brazilian-food.com/brigadeiro-recipes/brigadeiro-recipe ... it helped me out A LOT!
5 starsJanuary 7, 2010


from Simi Valley, California, United States wrote:1  2

thank you for this! my boyfriend's crazy about brigadeiros, and i wanted to make them for him. now i have the recipe!
5 starsMarch 15, 2009


from panama, Panama wrote:8  4

I'm Brazilian living now in Panamá. Every time I prepare Brigadeiro people just go craze. Let me just tell you that the original recipe asks for one egg yolk. It makes it even more delicious. Try it!
5 starsDecember 5, 2007


from Glendale, AZ, United States wrote:7  1

Here is a quick way to prepare the recipe: Substitute the cocoa and butter for 16 oz semisweet chocolate. Chop chocolate and place in a large, microwave safe bowl with condensed milk. Microwave on high, stirring once or twice until chocolate is soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven and stir until completely smooth. If desired, stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla and walnuts. Then follow the steps to cool and shape them.
5 starsNovember 29, 2007


from Rio de Janeiro, United States wrote:12  5

I love brigadeiros, but let me tell you this story might not be right. It is rumoured that this name was created by someone who didn't like Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes very much... it's about the fact that he had lost one of his testicles during the war (he was shot). Then people during the elections called the candy "brigadeiro" because it doesn't need an egg and "egg" in Portuguese is a slang for "testicle".
5 starsMarch 1, 2006


from Canberra, United States wrote:11  4

Congratulations! That's the original recipe and by far the best one.
I live in Australia and everytime I make Brigadeiros people go crazy about it.
5 starsFebruary 15, 2006


from Cambridge, MA, United States wrote:9  6

I have always enjoyed brigadeiros made by my brazilian friends.
I never realized how easy it was to prepare! Thanks a million!
5 starsDecember 13, 2005


from Houstin, TX, United States wrote:7  4

I am from Brazil and I STILL dream about Brigadeiros. They are SUPER easy to make and melt in your mouth. The sprinkles are the traditional topping, but I prefer just rolling them in granulated sugar (a variation also often used in Brazil), my husband prefers roasted coconut. Not my favorite topping, but also very good.

I did not know the history of why it was named Brigadeiro, thanks for telling it.
5 starsDecember 5, 2005


from Hood River, Oregon, United States wrote:5  4

I visited Itacare, Bahia, Brazil this year and went by a little bakery everyday for my Brigadeiro fix. I didn't realize something this good could be so easy to fix.
5 starsJuly 11, 2005


from Auckland, New Zealand wrote:4  13

I have a homestay student staying with our family from Brazil, she made Brigadeiro for us and I am glad I found your recipe - delicious
5 starsDecember 14, 2004


from Wichita, Ks, United States wrote:6  10

I lived in brazil for 3 yrs. during my stay this will be one of the best candies i have ever tasted. and the best part it is so easy to make.
5 starsDecember 18, 2003


from New York, United States wrote:7  6

I'm brazillian and I've been studying english in New York. I'm always talking about brigadeiros to my friends. So as part of a project at my school, my teacher asked me to show how to prepare brigadeiro and also the history about this famous brazilian candy. Thanks for the recipe and the history that I didn't Know anything about it.
5 starsNovember 9, 2003


from Porto, Portugal wrote:5  8

Before knowing the story of "Brigadeiro" I wondered why it had that name and now that I finally know it, I can have a lot of pleasure when I eat Brigadeiros and in the meantime dream about the general! :))
5 starsOctober 10, 2003


from New York, New York, United States wrote:7  8

Five Stars!! This is a great recipe! thanks a million!
5 starsOctober 1, 2003


from NEPA, Pennsylvania, United States wrote:6  6

Brigadeiro is an addictive substance! I am so glad I have a recipe now so I can make it myself! Yummy! Gostoso demais!
5 starsAugust 2, 2003


from montrea;,qc, Canada wrote:9  6

i met some brazillians last spring and they made some brigadeiro...i loved it...thanks for the recipe!
5 starsJuly 6, 2003


from Orlando, FL, United States wrote:7  5

I have been looking for this recipe for a very long time, a friend of mine told me you could make it with eggs, but I wasn't very sure... Anyway, we are making this for our guests from London, and they love it!!!
5 starsApril 12, 2003


from São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil wrote:5  6

I´m an American Rotary Exchange Student to the state of Sâo Paulo Brasil. The first week I came here last August I fell in LOVE with brigadeiro! My host family and I always prepare it.. but because of laziness we don´t roll it into balls... we just pour i
5 starsMarch 7, 2003


from São Paulo, Brazil wrote:8  5

This is delicious! You can also add instant coffee (just half a teaspoon or to taste), or some honey and it's just delicious.
5 starsFebruary 12, 2003


from , Singapore wrote:5  6

A Brazilian friend of mine let me taste brigadeiro and I loved it. She then gave me the recipe, but without exact measurement. With your recipe, I was then confident to try. Very well done!
5 starsFebruary 9, 2003


from Pleasant Grove, UT, United States wrote:5  6

We lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil on a work transfer and had these all the time at birthday parties. I have been wanting to make them now that I am back in the States. Perfect! Thank you!
5 starsJanuary 30, 2003


from Cambridge, United States wrote:6  7

My friend from Brazil once made brigadeiro for a bake sale at school and I fell in love with it. I decided to make it for myself. It is so delicious and it only takes a few minutes! It is definitely worth while!!!
5 starsDecember 25, 2002


from L.A., California, United States wrote:7  9

I'm Brazillian and I really love this dessert. My grandmother once told me a ryhme about the Politician Brigadeiro. It goes like this,"Brigadeiro Brigadeiro, e melhor porque e soltero"!
5 starsDecember 20, 2002


from São Paulo, United States wrote:8  6

Just want to add that you can do Brigadeiros in the microwave.Use a large glass cookware and cook for 2 minutes in high. Stir and cook 3 more minutes. Stir well. Please, let it cool before tasting or you'll burn your tongue!
5 starsSeptember 2, 2002


from Dallas, Texas, United States wrote:9  6

I love brigadeiro, make it all the time and did not know about the history. Great recipe!
5 starsAugust 22, 2002


from San Jose, California, United States wrote:6  6

I had to make these 4 a project at school and needed information. I found it here. Thanx!
5 starsSeptember 27, 2001


from Mullins, SC, United States wrote:5  7

I cooked this for a project a my school and all of my friends loved it almost as much as I did.
5 starsSeptember 17, 2001


from Sao Paulo, Brazil wrote:15  6

very interesting this history about brigadeiro. I´m brazilian, I love brigadeiro but I didn´t know 0this history!! Thank´s..
5 starsJune 15, 2001


from Sydney, Australia wrote:7  6

Always loved brigadeiro.
Thanks for the history. I'll present (and prepare it) for my French class.
5 starsMarch 13, 2001


from Apex, NC, United States wrote:7  7

I'm brazilian and I din't know the history of the Brigadeiro, Now I cand eat the Brigadeiro knowing everything about it.
Very nice,
Ricardo Suzuki
5 starsDecember 19, 2000


 
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