Makes: 24 truffles • Time: 25 minutes, plus 30 minutes cooling

Brigadeiro is one of the most common desserts in Brazil—they’re served or sold in almost every restaurant, store, and home! Similar to a chocolate truffle, brigadeiro is also sweet and coated with chocolate sprinkles. Use the traditional topping or our suggestions below to to make your own beautiful—and delicious—array of sweets at home.


  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 Tbsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Monama Brazilian nuts spread (or butter)
  • Chocolate sprinkles, crushed nuts, cocoa powder, or crumbled Santa Helena paçoquita, for topping


1. In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and nuts spread. Stir until the mixture thickens, 10 to 15 minutes (do not burn the sugars). Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2. Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop the mixture into small balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and shape into spheres using your hands. Roll the balls into the toppings.

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