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Chocolate and Orange Brazilian Brigadeiros

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Brigadeiros are a delicious chocolate candy from Brazil.  They are easy to make and require just a few pantry staples as ingredients.  Add a hint of orange to make them an extra special treat!

chocolate candy balls coated in sprinkles

     You will not believe how easy these chocolate bonbons are to make.  All you need is sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and some sprinkles to finish them off.  A splash of orange may not be traditional, but it makes them extra delicious.  Follow this simple recipe to make yourself a decadent treat. They are great for parties or save them for yourself to indulge your sweet tooth a little here and there!

ingredients for brigadeiros in skillet ready to be cooked

       These yummy orange and chocolate treats are the convergence of two cravings.  I have been wanting to make something orange and chocolate for a while now.  Little Dude has been wanting to make brigadeiros ever since he learned about them in his Brazil package from Little Passports.

       We decided there was no reason we couldn’t satisfy both wants with one treat.  So we made brigadeiros with an orange twist!

       If you aren’t familiar with these Brazilian chocolate treats, they are a lot like a truffle.  The texture, however, is different.

orange and chocolate candies with orange napkin in background

      It is a little soft and chewier, less dense than the ganache of truffles.  They are super smooth and perfectly chocolaty.  Plus there is less concern about breaking or scorching chocolate.

      All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk, a little bit of butter and some cocoa powder.  We added a teaspoon of orange emulsion which added just the right amount of orange flavor.

       It really balanced nicely without overwhelming the chocolate.  If you want traditional treats, just leave it out.  Or feel free to play with whatever flavor you might like.

bite taken out of chocolate orange brigadeiro

     The chocolate sprinkles really are a perfect way to finish off your brigadeiro.  They are how you most often see them coated.

     This is another place where you could be creative though.  Try finely chopped nuts or coconut for something different.

chocolate sprinkle coated candies in little paper candy cups

Storing your brigadeiros

    Brigadeiros are best served at room temperature.  They can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days.

    For longer storage, put them in the refrigerator.  Chilled they can be stored for a couple of weeks.

     I have read that they can be frozen for up to three months, but I haven’t given that a try.  So I am not sure if the texture would be affected.  I’ll let you know what happens if we do it!

     Though they are unlikely to last that long if the people who live in your house know they are there! I kept seeing hands reaching for them at my house.

Yield: 24 Servings

Chocolate and Orange Brazilian Brigadeiros

small chewy chocolate balls rolled in chocolate sprinkles in mini cupcake wrappers

Brigadeiros are a delicious chocolate candy from Brazil.  They are easy to make and require just a few pantry staples as ingredients.  Add a hint of orange to make them an extra special treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon orange emulsion
  • chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, stir together sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder.  Add butter and warm over medium low heat.
  2. Stir constantly until it thickens, about 4-5 minutes.  It should be thick enough to hold the trail of your spoon for a few seconds as you stir.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the orange emulsion.
  4. Chill until firm.
  5. Grease your hands, then roll the chilled mixture into small balls. Roll the balls in sprinkles then place in small cupcake papers. 
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for a week or two. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Brigadeiros are a delicious chocolate candy from Brazil.  They are easy to make and require just a few pantry staples as ingredients.  Add a hint of orange to make them an extra special treat!

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