Brigadeiro with Brazil Nuts
Brigadeiro with Brazil Nuts

Brigadeiro with Brazil Nuts

“This candy was named after a renowned Brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Air Force brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio. He later ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1946 and 1950. To promote his campaign, a special candy prepared with milk, eggs, chocolate and butter was distributed. The name of the candy is that of his rank, Brigadeiro. Now, why would anyone name candy after an army general? Well, back in 1922, he was tall, dark-haired with blue eyes and single. The Brigadeiro campaign slogan was “Vote for Brigadeiro: he is handsome and single.” Well…he wasn’t elected, but introduced into Brazilian culture a very traditional candy which to this day is still served at birthday parties.”

Vinícius Riqueto de Oliveira, Corporate Affairs
Country: Brazil
Region: Latin America
Category: Dessert
Cargill Ingredients: Olive Oil, Chocolate


1 can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of olive oil
5 ounces (150 grams) of genuine dark chocolate or semi-sweet baking chocolate (Note: Use chocolate bar or chips, not cocoa powder)
½ cup (100 grams) of chopped Brazil nuts into small pieces (also known as “castanha do Pará – or other nuts if you prefer)
¼ teaspoon of cardamom (powder)
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon (powder)

  1. In a thick saucepan, add the olive oil and condensed milk. Cook over medium-low heat. Add the chocolate, cinnamon and cardamom. Continue stirring until your brigadeiro starts to pull away from bottom and side of saucepan. Finalize by adding the nuts.
  2. Pour into a dish and let cool. Grate some chocolate and nuts on top and serve!
  3. Note: Alternatively, rub a little butter or margarine on your hands (it’s a great hint!). Take small amounts of the mixture to form one inch balls. Decorate them with grated chocolate or crushed nuts. Serve in individual bon bon paper cup liners - ideal for parties.

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