Brazil's Favorite Sweet is Only 3 Ingredients

November 25, 2015

In Rio de Janeiro, where I grew up, Brigadeiro is not only the most traditional sweet, it's also the favorite one.

Brazilians grow up eating Brigadeiro, which are at every birthday party and pretty much any kind of celebration. I tried my first when I was around 2 or 3 years old. My mom told me that she gave me a small bite at my cousin's birthday party and, of course, I asked for more right away.

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My grandma Lucila is not a traditional baker or cook, but there are a few things that she likes to make and that she does like no one else. Her Brigadeiro, for instance: She takes so much time and has so much patience during the process, which makes her recipe special. On rainy days, my mom and I would watch movies and wait for my grandma's Brigadeiro; when the movie was almost over, the Brigadeiro was finally ready. But they were always worth the wait.

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It was from Grandma Lucila, the most special lady in the world, that I learned to make these treats. In my opinion, what defines a Brigadeiro is the consistency: It's something between a fudge and a caramel—really unique and very delicate. It requires patience and love to reach the perfect texture. The batter is slowly cooked until it's a velvety consistency, then it's hand rolled into a luscious rounds and covered with chocolate sprinkles or nuts.

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I started my own Brigadeiro company, My Sweet Brigadeiro, in 2011, after I came to New York on vacation. Soon after, I enrolled in a business course. I started making Brigadeiro as gifts for my friends. When I realized how much everyone loved them, I opened My Sweet Brigadeiro (and never returned to Brazil!). Our new facility and studio is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and we also sell our sweets to corporate clients and gourmet markets like Whole Foods. I created in order to serve customers in all fifty states.

At My Sweet, we use the highest quality ingredients: 100% cocoa, organic nuts, and sweetened condensed milk from a local producer. Every Brigadeiro is handmade to order.

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We make Brigadeiro, Brazilian favorite sweet.


Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
Look up littlespoonz Lea cosplay her dokabi one makes me nut too
Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
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Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
Shit storm period 🩸 ate my girlfriend out during it was very nostalgic taste felt like i lost another tooth
Denise P. January 6, 2019
These never turned out at all. The mixture never solidified so that I could make anything out of it. It went down the drain in the kitchen sink instead. Disappointed.
Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
Stfu bitch u know nun
Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
Nazi bitch ass stfu u scared
Hehdhhdh September 30, 2020
Didn’t mean to up vote