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Brazil is a large country and the cuisine varies from state to state. Brigadeiro however, is a type of chocolate bon-bon very popular from north to south and from east to west. All Brazilians love it and I think most people would too. There are many variations to the recipe, this is the original one.


  • 2 cans of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Chocolate sprinkles or crushed nuts to roll sweets
  • Packet of very small paper cases


  • Put first three ingredients in a thick saucepan (Teflon and non-stick saucepans are not suitable).
  • Bring to the boil and then lower the heat stirring constantly for 15 to 20 minutes. Yes it is a long time but it is worth it!
  • When the mixture thickens and starts to loosen from the bottom of the pan it is ready.
  • Turn off the heat and keep stirring for another minute.
  • Pour mixture in a greased glass container and allow to cool down completely, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • When cool, grease your hands with butter and roll 1 teaspoon at a atime of mixture into small balls.
  • Roll the balls in chocolate sprinkle and place in paper cases.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Caution: Residents should not be involved in the cooking of this recipe for safety reasons. They may be able to assist rolling out the sweets at the end. If you are unsure how to do it, go to YouTube and search for "How to make brigadeiro". Some people learn better by seeing rather than by following instructions.

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Susan 15th Sep 2019 Activity Director
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Riva 14th Sep 2019 ESL Teacher
I teach ESL (English as a second language) to mostly older immigrants. Therefore, these activities are perfect for seniors, and all age groups, to practice English:
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Talita 16th Sep 2019
Thanks so much for your feedback Riva!
Sharon 26th Jul 2016 Activities Coordinator
About how many balls does this recipe make?
Solange 1st Aug 2016 Diversional Therapist
Hi Sharon, I usually make 20 balls but you can stretch by making smaller balls, say to 24 balls and then just rolling into the chocolate sprinkles and placing in a plate instead of the paper cases. Best wishes.
Louise 6th Dec 2015 Divisional Therapist
Such a great idea and Thankyou for this site it is so helpful,Next year I will be traveling around the world with all our residents every month and will be choosing 1 country where we will be cooking with residents and eating it as well for their lunch or afternoon tea,our facility will be decorated up with all that country's artifacts and costumes.cheers
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