brigadeiros fun party food

If you’ve ever joked that you were “sitting around eating bonbons”—and then wondered what the heck bonbons are—let me introduce you to brigadeiros.

I’ve seen these little chocolate confections on Pinterest and when I finally read the recipe, I couldn’t believe how simple they were. And after last month’s macaron projects, I was ready to try something simple.

Brigadeiros are a Brazilian treat made from condensed milk, cocoa, and butter. That’s it! Of course there are a million recipes online, but I tried this one at Tasty.

brigadeiros cooking

Combine a can of sweetened condensed milk with (sifted) cocoa and butter, and heat on low while stirring constantly. The mixture will get thicker than pudding and will start to pull away from the pan. This took about 15 minutes for me.

brigadeiros mixture spread out to cool

Spread the mixture onto a greased plate and refrigerate for couple of hours, until it’s cool enough to work with. In the meantime, prepare your coatings.

sprinkles for the brigadeiros

I didn’t have the recommended chocolate sprinkles, but fortunately I had all sorts of nonpareils and other sprinkles.

brigadeiro rolled in nonpareils

Once the brigadeiro mixture has cooled, use a teaspoon to scoop up a piece and roll between your hands. You can rub a bit of butter on your hands to keep the mixture from sticking, then roll the ball in sprinkles. I made them half the recommended size, so I ended up with about 24 of them.

finished brigadeiros

Place the completed brigadeiros into paper candy wrappers and serve at your next party—or, you know, indulge when you’re just lounging around and need a bonbon.

The result

We think that they taste like chocolate pudding—a very thick, sticky pudding. Or maybe brownie batter. They also remind me of the soft centers of candy truffles, which makes me think they’d be delicious enrobed in dark chocolate. (Is it possible to have too much chocolate?) Chopped nuts and coconut would also make delicious coatings for these candies. They are so simple to make that they would be a fun project to do with kids, too.

Have you ever made brigadeiros? Let me know if you try them! What did you think?

brigadeiros: party food fun