Brigadeiro is a very traditional sweet. It’s like a bonbon but more creamy and sweet. Usually the recipe is made with chocolate powder but I’ve made some changes as me and some friends abroad prefer it less sweet, so I put cocoa powder instead. If you like coffee taste, you can add a very little amount of coffee powder, just a suggestion.


  • 1 can of condensed milk (14Oz/397g) – recommend Nestlé Carnation
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder – recommend Cadbury Bournville or chocolate powder if you prefer
  • 1 full tablespoon of non salted butter
  • chocolate sprinkles – recommend Dr. Oatker


  1. Get a medium saucepan over medium heat
  2. Put the butter, condensed milk and the cocoa powder (in this order, one after other)
  3. Cook it non stop otherwise it’s going to burn on the base.
  4. Keep stirring until it’s very thick.
  5. When the mixture starts to “unglue” the saucepan, then it’s ready
  6. Leave it resting to cool the temperature enough to handle
  7. On a cup or bowl, put the chocolate sprinkles
  8. In order to not stick the balls to your hands, spread butter on both hands
  9. Start rolling and add butter every time it starts to stick, if the butter doesn’t work, wash your hands every time is needed
  10. After rolling each ball, put it and roll into the chocolate sprinkles bowl (if you don’t want to make a mess, use a teaspoon to help)
  11. Wait a bit to set down and…Voilà! It’s ready!

STEP 8 – Rolling on the sprinkles! The traditional one!!!

Obs. But you can be creative and use other kinds of sprinkles rather than the original as the photo above.