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Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls)
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Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls)

Brigadeiro is a simple chocolate ball recipe. Kids and adults love these gluten-free, egg-free chocolate treats that you can make with only 4 ingredients.

Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls)
We weren’t lucky enough to try the original Brigadeiro recipe, but we kept seeing it online over the years, so we had to try it. This recipe was created for our partner SPAR with four simple ingredients from their store. These chocolate balls are fudgy, milky, creamy, and incredibly easy to make. They are coated in chocolate sprinkles that add texture and make them even more fun.

Brigadeiros - fudgy chocolate balls

These chocolate balls are divine, and we cannot wait to make them more often from now on. This is why we adore them:

  • creamy, fudgy, milky, rich chocolate balls
  • beautifully coated in chocolate sprinkles
  • shaped into two-bite-sized balls
  • the mixture for these chocolate balls is cooked, and we can keep them in the fridge for up to 7 days
  • they are perfect for celebrations, or we would serve them as a sweet treat with coffee or tea
  • no flour added, egg-free, and gluten-free

Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls)

Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls)

Essential ingredients and tips for preparation

We bought all the ingredients in our local store. We will only need these four simple ingredients (and there's no sugar) to make these chocolate balls.

Butter - adds a bit of flavor and helps these balls to keep their shape.

Sweetened Condensed Milk - use your favorite. We bought the canned Nestle sweetened condensed milk.

Cacao powder - we used unsweetened cacao powder because we didn't want to add additional sugar. However, we saw many people making these with hot chocolate powder, so if you wish to make these even sweeter, feel free to use that too.

Chocolate Sprinkles - we used our favorite chocolate sprinkles, and you can do the same. We love bigger sprinkles for these chocolate balls to add texture and shape.


  1. Place these chocolate balls in the fridge before shaping them. This way, the mixture will become easier to shape and coat in chocolate sprinkles.
  2. Keep the Brigadeiro balls in the fridge. Before serving, place them at room temperature, so they become fudgy and creamy.

How to make Brigadeiro at home (video)

Check this quick video to master this Brigadeiro (Chocolate Balls) recipe at home.




Feel free to store Brigadeiro in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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Thanks to Spar Slovenija for all the amazing ingredients and for sponsoring this post. 

Lets get cooking!

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  • make the mixture

    Place a pan over medium heat. Add the butter and cook until the butter melts. Add the condensed milk and stir to combine. Sift the cacao into a small bowl. Reduce the heat and add the cacao. Cook for about 6 - 8 minutes while regularly stirring for the mixture to thicken. The mixture is ready when you can see the bottom of the pan for 2-3 seconds when dragging a spatula through the bottom.

  • cool the brigadeiro mixture

    Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

  • coat with sprinkles

    Add chocolate sprinkles to a deep plate. Grease your hand with butter. Scoop a teaspoon of the mixture and shape it into a small ball. Repeat the process until you use all the mixture. Coat the balls in chocolate sprinkles and arrange them on a serving plate. Keep refrigerated until serving. Ten minutes before serving, take the dessert from the fridge.


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