Eduardo Gomes was a brigadier that run to president of Brazil in the 1940s. He was an handsome man that conquered the brasilian ladies of that time, that used to throw parties in its honor to promote his candidature. This sweet thing was born in one of these parties and named after the brigadier (brigadeiro in portuguese).
Because of the War there was a shortage of nuts, fruits and other products so the ladies created this truffle-like candy with chocolate powder that Nestlé has just introduced in the country. They also used sweetened condensed milk, very much apreciated in all South America.
As it was so easy the "brigadeiro" soon expanded to all the coutry and became extremely popular. It is probably the most knowned sweet in Brasil. There is no party today without a tray of these sweet little balls. Some people don't even bother molding them, they just eat it out of the pan with a spoon, then called "brigadeiro de panela" (pan's brigadeiro).
Althout I'm not from Brasil I grew up on this. I don't know anyone that would say no to one, everybody just loves them, specially kids. I made 2 huge trays for my little cousin's birthday and they were gone in less than nothing!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tbsp chocolate powder
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp strong coffee (optional)
Mix everything in a pan and take it over low heat stirring constantly with a spoon. Let it thiken until the spoon can leave a path in the bottom of the pan. poor into a buttered plate and let it cool down.
Butter your hands as well to mold little balls and pass them on chocolate or colorful sprinkles. Put On little paper cups and watch disappear.