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Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiro

These traditional Brazilian bon bons are fun and easy to recreate at home

”Let’s spin the globe and land on Brazil: home of the delicious brigadeiro, the national beloved chocolate treat. These fun and festive chocolate bon bons are easy to make and taste like chocolate caramels. You can find brigadeiros at most Brazilian parties — especially kids’ birthday parties — and thanks to this brigadeiro recipe, in your home too!”

This recipe is courtesy of Little Passports, a children's media company that creates monthly educational subscriptions for kids.


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Shaved coconut


In a pan over a medium flame, add half of the butter.

After the butter melts, add condensed milk.

In a small bowl or glass, dissolve cocoa powder in 1/2 cup of water. (This will help it dissolve into the milk.)

Add the cocoa-water to the pan and stir for 15–20 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Check the thickness with your spoon. When you drag your spoon through the middle of the pan, the mixture should stay separated for a moment before coming back together.

Once thick, spread the chocolate mixture (we’ll call this the “dough”) onto a small cookie sheet or plate.

Place in the fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.

Once chilled, use a spoon to scoop up small amounts of the dough into your hands and form balls. Don’t handle them too much or your body heat will make the dough stick.

Roll the balls in the sprinkles and/or the coconut and set them in mini cupcake papers to chill in the fridge.

Chill the balls for about 15 minutes.

Now they’re ready to eat!