Today we made brigadeiro!

This week we are inspired by Brazil! We made a sweet treat called brigadeiro. This dessert is a lovely candy made with condensed milk, butter, and flavoring then rolled in garnish. Traditionally the candy is made with chocolate and rolled in chocolate sprinkles. 

The brigadeiros we made are chocolate espresso rolled in dark chocolate sprinkles and a milk-and-cereal rolled in crushed fruity cereal. 

I like that this treat can be made softer like a spread or cooked longer to make a fudge-like treat. The biggest secret to making the candy is knowing when to take the pan off heat. Look for the candy to pull away from the walls of the pan when you tilt the pan. Our video shows this process- take a look!


  • One 14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 4 Tablespoons total for flavorings
    • Chocolate espresso:
      • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
      • 2 Tablespoons espresso powder
    • Cereal-and-milk
      • 4 Tablespoons powdered creamer


  • Add the condensed milk, butter, and flavorings to a cold pot.
  • Put the pot on medium heat and stir. Once the butter begins to melt, stir constantly. Stir for about 10 minutes, and mixture will darken slightly and thicken.
  • As the mixture thickens the candy will begin to hold when you pass the spoon across the bottom of the pan before covering the bottom of the pan again. Once this starts to happen, tilt the pan every few stirs until the candy pulls from the walls of the pan. 
  • Depending on how long you let the mixture cook once it pulls from the pan will be how spreadable or how fudge-like the candy will be once cooled. For a spreadable candy, pull it immediately once it pulls from the pan. For a thicker candy, continuing stirring for one or two more minutes to let the candy cook a bit longer. 

  • Once off the heat, pour the candy into a plate or baking pan to cool. Wait for the candy to cool to the touch.

  • Once cool butter or oil your hands to prevent any sticking and roll about a Tablespoon of the candy into balls. Once rolled, place the brigadeiro into a bowl with the garnish and lightly roll and pat the garnish into the candy.
  • Eat immediately or cool before serving. 

Music credit: Bossanova