The Sweet Treat to Presidency

Updated: May 16, 2021


Brigadeiro are scrumptious dulce de leche caramel bonbons. This beloved confection of Brazil is made from sweetened condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder which is heated in a saucepan until it thickens and becomes a sticky caramel. Once it cools, it is rolled into a ball and dipped in multicolored or chocolate sprinkles.

The iconic bonbon was named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a 1946 presidential candidate. It was created to win voter support. (He lost). Since then, brigadeiro has become a staple in Brazilian homes and served at children’s parties.

Any presidential candidate that makes a candy tasty as brigadeiro has my vote!


Sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce can)

Chocolate milk powder like Nesquick (1/4 cup)

Butter (2 tbs)

Chocolate and/or multicolored sprinkles

  1. In a medium saucepan, pour sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce can), chocolate milkpowder (1/4 cup), and butter (2 tbs). Stir with a silicone spatula until smooth.

2. Over medium heat, stir continuously until it thickens and you can see the bottom of

pot for 2-3 seconds when you drag the spatula across the bottom of the pan.

3. Transfer and spread onto a greased plate and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Shape the chilled mixture into balls.

5. Roll balls in chocolate and/or multicolored sprinkles.

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