Brigadeiro, Beijinho, and more!

Beijinho Brigadeiro

These little pieces of heaven are very popular in Brazil and often made for parties or served as a dessert. There are many variations such as the brigadeiro traditionally rolled in chocolate sprinkles and the beijinho most often rolled in coconut flakes or granulated sugar, both pictured below. The texture of these candies is similar to fudge but with a distinct flavor that only condensed milk can provide. My personal favorites are those rolled in crushed pistachios but the possibilities are endless and the process of making them couldn’t be easier!

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro (chocolate version)

1 can condensed milk

2 tbsp. butter

3 tbsp. cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles or topping of your choice

beijinho

Beijinho (coconut version)

1 can condensed milk

2 tbsp. butter

1/2 cup coconut flakes or topping of your choice

In a medium saucepan, mix the ingredients that correspond to the type of candy you wish to make (all, except the topping).

Turn the heat to medium-low and with the help of a spoon, stir ingredients.

Continue to cook while stirring until the mixture thickens. Approx. 15 – 20 minutes. You will know when it’s ready when you drag your spoon across, mixture separates, and you can see the bottom of the pan for a few seconds.

Note: It is important to stir continuously to keep the mixture from burning. Don’t be tempted to test-taste with your fingers. It will be extremely HOT!

Transfer mixture to a bowl and let it cool at room temperature.

Once cool, you can begin to roll the candy using your hands. It helps if you rub a small amount of butter on the palms of your hands to keep the candy from sticking.  Roll them in sprinkles, nuts, or coconut flakes.  Enjoy!

My favorite rolled in pistachios

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