So other than photographing pretty people and things, I spend a lot of my time cooking and I am always on Pinterest trying to find new recipes. (My Yum Yums board has almost 1,500 pins haha)

Anyway, I spend a lot of time cooking for my sweet boy Brian. Last week he worked some crazy amount of hours (90) with no sleep, so I decided to make him one his favorite treats to come home to. What you see here is the Brigadeiro that I made for him (aka chocolate fudge ball of heaven).

The treat is a staple of Brazil and you will never attend one of their parties and not find it. Since that is where my family is from, it is naturally one of my favorites also.

Although it is most commonly seen with the brown chocolate sprinkles around it, you can be creative and use different colors and kinds and it will still be just as good. For instance you could use white/sparkly sprinkles and it would make for a really cute table treat at a DIY wedding. 

Below is my recipe! It takes all of 15 minutes to prep and cook. and about 30 minutes to roll up if your good! well.. I suppose it depends on how many you want to make. I get about 30 nice sized ones done in that amount of time with all of the cooked ingredients. However, you can make a much larger amount with 2-3 cans, and with smaller balls (for party purposes).

The 4 magic Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder (or Nesquick chocolate powder)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or margarin
  • Sprinkles!

Because American condensed milk is not as sweet as Brazilian kinds, I always use Nesquick because it adds the little extra sweet that it needs. 

Topping Options:

  • chocolate sprinkles
  • shredded coconut
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • crushed oreo's


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa powder, butter and condensed milk.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes. (You'll know when its done, when the mixture is thick and you can start to see the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wooden spoon. The brigadeiro mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.)

  3.  Remove the saucepan from the heat, poor into a new bowl and let the mixture rest until it is cool. 


  1. Once it is ready, Don't forget to wash your hands and than grease them with Margin! If not, you may find yourself in a sticky situation (see what I did there? haha). 
  2. Scoop the mixture into small balls, about 3/4 inch in diameter, and roll to the perfect roundness with your hands (like play dough! )
  3. Then, roll through in the topping of your preference.
  4. Chill before serving.

I let them cool for about 30 mins in the fridge before I start to play with it. To tell if its ready, I take the bowl of melted contents and put my hand at the bottom. If it is still warm, than I put it back for another ten mins. If it is cool, you're good to go!  

If any of my dear readers try this recipe let me know what you think! and please feel free to share any tips of your own that you may discover while making it :)