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|Place of origin||Brazil|
|Serving temperature||Cold, chilled, warm/hot when consumed with a spoon|
|Main ingredients||Sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate|
Brigadeiro Portuguese pronunciation: [bɾiga'dejɾu] (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. According to N' Cup Chocolate, "Many people have used the term caramel-truffle-fudge to describe these rich goodies."
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The candy is made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder or some kind of powdered chocolate together. The gourmet version of brigadeiros use high-quality ingredients produced by premier chocolate-makers, such as Godiva and Teuscher. 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 or other topping options. 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.
What Makes Brigadeiros Special
Nowadays, these chocolates are highly associated with gourmet bonbons covered in various toppings, such as almonds, pistachios, coffee and even passion fruit. Simple elegance and incredible flavor make brigadeiros the perfect, bite-sized delicacy for parties and gatherings of any size - from casual birthday parties to sophisticated weddings to corporate meetings.
Among the many benefits, N' Cup Chocolate summarizes:
- Variety of toppings - nuts to fruits
- Good gifts
Brigadeiro and Ice-Cream
In the beginning of 2015, Häagen-Dazs announced a partnership with My Sweet Brigadeiro to create a special ice-cream inspired by the brigadeiro, Tres Leches Brigadeiro.