Brigadiers Candy

by Janet Meyers
(Hillsborough, NC)

This simple recipe for Brigadiers Candy was given to me by my mother many years ago and I make these candies every Christmas for my daughter and my friends.

  • 1 14 oz can (1 1/2 cups) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 2 oz.bottle (1/3 cup) small chocolate decorator candy

  1. In 2 qt. saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder and butter or margarine.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat with wooden spoon until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn mixture onto buttered plate to cool.
  4. With buttered hands, shape mixture into small balls about 2 tsps each. Roll in chocolate sprinkles.

Keep chilled. Makes 2 dozen

Thanks for sharing this great recipe Janet. They Brigadier candy sounds really yummy and not difficult at all to make.

I've also heard these candies called Brigadeiros after Brazilian Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. Apparently they were first made in the 1940's and are quite popular in Brazil

Happy Holidays!

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Apr 01, 2011


You can also make flavored sweets/brigadeiros. If you do not make it with chocolate it is plain/white sweets (brigadeiros) - you can mix dried fruits like dried bananas, apricot, peanut and others. You can also mix it with cream in small portions and make soft sweets(brigadeiros) for cups, filled with chocolate eggs and cakes in general.

Microwave Recipe:

1 can of condensed milk (395g)
3 tablespoons of powdered chocolate
1 tablespoon margarine
1 egg yolk (optional)

Mix all the ingredients and put it in a big bowl so that it will not spill over, as it burns easily.
Put in the microwave for 4 minutes in high potency, open and mix, and put it in for another 2 minutes, open and mix, and another two minutes and it will be ready.

White Sweets/Brigadeiros
1 can of condensed milk (395g0
1 tablespoon margarine
1 eggyolk (optional)

Be carefuk when making white sweets (brigadeiro) because it burns easily.
It is best to leave it 3 minutes in the microwave, open and mix and then put it one minute each time opening the microwave and mixing the sweets (brigadeiro).


Mar 29, 2011
Flavor Ideas for Brigadiers
by: Angie

Thank you Silmeri,

I've translated your comments to English so our English speaking readers can benefit as well from your suggestions. I'm not sure how accurate the translation it is, but this is what the translation page provided with a few tweaks...

You can also make the brigadiers with flavors. Brigadiers made without chocolate white, can mix dried fruit like bananas, raisins, apricots, peanuts, and others. You can also mix cream in small amounts for the soft, stuffed eggs and chocolate cakes.

Mar 29, 2011
by: Silmeri

Você também pode fazer os brigadeiros com sabores, se fizer sem chocolate fica brigadeiro branco, pode misturar frutas secas como banana passas, damasco, amendoim e outros. também pode misturar creme de leite em pequena porção e fazer brigadeiro mole para taças, recheios de ovos de chocolate e bolos. (Brasil)

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