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Brigadeiro, national truffle of Brazil.
|Place of origin||Brazil|
|Creator(s)||Brigadier Eduardo Gomes|
|Serving temperature||Cold, chill and sometimes warm/hot when consumed with a spoon|
|Main ingredient(s)||Sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder|
|Variations||Melted brigadeiro, almond brigadeiro|
Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier; also known in some southern Brazilian states as negrinho, literally "blackie") is a simple Brazilian chocolate bonbon, created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, whose shape is reminiscent of that of some varieties of chocolate truffles. It is a very popular candy in Brazil and in Portugal and it is usually served as a dessert and at birthday parties.
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The candy is made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder or some kind of powdered chocolate together. The mixture is then heated in a pan on the stove to obtain a smooth, sticky texture. One then puts the butter on their hands and rolls the chocolate into balls which are covered in granulated chocolate; that is the way brigadeiros are served on holiday or any special occasion. It can also be consumed unrolled, with a spoon or used as a topping or filling for cakes, brownies and other pastries.
Beijinho is a variation that is often served together with brigadeiros at parties, and is prepared with grated coconut instead of chocolate powder.