StreuselWho can resist a sweet ball of dark chocolate candy covered in sprinkles or nuts?  Not me.  This month we are bringing you candy!  We’ve made candy before, this is nothing new.  We even like to give it as gifts but never have we devoted a whole month to it!

I couldn’t resist this recipe from Epicurious for Brigadeiros!  It’s super simple.  I changed it a little by adding Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, more salt and more vanilla.

This candy is a brazilian favorite created after WWII by Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes’ campaign to help raise funds for his unfortunately unsuccessful presidential campaign.  Milk was in short supply so condensed milk was used instead.


These brigadeiros taste like a softer version of the tootsie roll and with a nice crunchy outside (my favorite was the swedish pearl sugar) they are quite addictive!  I also rolled them in ground almonds, gold sugar and granulated sugar.

brigadeiros and toppings

brigadeiros and variety   chocolate gooey candy

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  • Author: streusel
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 candies 1x


14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/3 c. Hershey’s special dark cocoa

2 T. unsalted butter

1/4 t. salt

1/2 t. vanilla

sprinkles or nuts or different sugars for rolling candies


  1. Combine the milk, butter, cocoa and salt in a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat. 
  2. Continue whisking and let the candy heat until bubbling and then turn down to low heat.
  3. Continue whisking for about 20 minutes or until candy is thick and slides around the pan.  It will be thicker than brownie batter.
  4. Scrape the candy into a buttered 8 x 8 dish and refrigerate for at least an hour.  I refrigerated mine overnight, covered with plastic wrap.
  5. If only refrigerated an hour, scoop the candy into teaspoon size balls and roll in sprinkles or nuts or other smaller candies.
  6. If refrigerating over night, let come to room temperature and then cut into chunks with a sharp knife and form each cut piece into a ball and roll in sprinkes or nuts, etc.
  7. Roll in topping right away after forming for best sticking results!


  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: brazilian


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