I’m always seeing videos and pictures of brigadeiro. 

EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT my mouth is watering. It always looks so good to me, so I wanted to learn how to make it.

These were so chocolaty, so fudgy AND soooo easy to make, everything about them is so good.

All of the brigadeiro on a plate, after they had been rolled in the sprinkles.

Video Tutorial

What is brigadeiro?

If you’ve never heard of it, let me try giving a quick explanation.

Essentially, brigadeiro is a Brazilian sweet.

It only takes a few ingredients to make, the main ingredient is condensed milk.

These ingredients are cooked until the mixture thickens, then this is left to cool. Once it has cooled, it is formed into balls. Then from what I’ve seen, they’re usually rolled in sprinkles.

When it comes to the taste, I feel like it’s hard to describe. It kind of like chocolate truffles but fudgier. So imagine the texture of truffles and fudge put together.

They’re very good, and also very different to anything I have had before. I love them.

1 brigadeiro, with a bite taken out of it.

Ingredients needed to make this

Like I mentioned, making these is very easy. You only need a few ingredients.

These are the ingredients you will need:

  • Condensed milk
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cocoa powder – unsweetened cocoa powder is always best to use when making desserts.
  • Salt – from what I’ve seen, most brigadeiro recipes don’t have salt in them. I like to add salt to every dessert I make though, I feel like it helps enhance the flavours and cuts the sweetness a little. But you could leave this out.

And that is it. You just heat all these together until the mixture becomes thick and has a fudge like texture, then let it cool in the fridge for about an hour. 

The brigadeiro mixture in a pan, being cooked.

A few tips

Sieve your cocoa powder

Before you add all the ingredients to your pot or pan, make sure to sieve your cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder can be very lumpy sometimes. We don’t want lumps in our brigadeiro, so make sure to sieve it.

Constantly stir

Whiles you are heating the mixture, there are 2 things to remember,

You want to constantly stir, and you want to keep your heat on medium.

This mixture can burn, so keeping the heat on medium and constantly stirring will prevent this from happening.

Let the mixture chill

Rolling the mixture into balls will not work if you don’t leave it in your fridge to chill first.

The mixture will be way too soft at first, you will not be able to roll it into balls. So make sure to chill it.

It’s best to chill it for about an hour.

A close up of the brigadeiro on a plate.

Storing the brigadeiro

If you don’t manage to finish these all at once, the best way to store them is in an airtight container.

Add them into a container, then you can either leave them at room temperature for 2-3 days, or if you want to keep them for longer, they can stay in your fridge for up to a week!

Here are some other recipes I posted recently, you should try these too:


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Makes: About 10-14 (for my video and the pictures I doubled this recipe, that's why I had a lot more)

  • 1 can condensed milk

  • 20g unsalted butter

  • 30g cocoa powder

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • Plus some chocolate sprinkles


  • In a pot or pan, add all the ingredients. Place this onto medium heat.
  • Keep heating this, whiles stirring, until the mixture thickens and it has a fudge like texture.
  • Add this into a bowl and leave in your fridge to set up, this should take about 1 hour.
  • Once it has set, get about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and use your hands to roll this into a ball. If the mixture is sticking to your hands a lot, you can either lightly grease your hands with some butter, or instead just wet them with water.
  • Roll this ball into the sprinkles, then repeat this until you have used all of the mixture.
  • Now they're done, enjoy!