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|Place of origin||Brazil|
|Creator||Brigadier Eduardo Gomes|
|Serving temperature||Cold, chill and sometimes warm/hot when consumed with a spoon|
|Main ingredients||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. It is a very popular candy in Brazil 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, then rolled into balls, which are covered in granulated chocolate. It can also be used as a topping or filling for cakes 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.
There are a number of versions of the origin of the name. The most popular is that it was named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, whose shape was reminiscent of that of some varieties of chocolate truffles