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.
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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