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Recipe: How to Make the Best Chocolate Brigadeiro Truffles


I grew up with brigadeiros in Brazil, enjoying them at birthday parties, weddings and late nights with friends.  We’re obsessed with this delicious treat and there are dozens of recipes, each with their own twist.

Scooping brigadeiro into pan and paper cups

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How can I make brigadeiros at home?”
You’re in luck, because I’m sharing my recipe for the best brigadeiros ever. With just a few ingredients and the right technique, you can transform dessert into a special occasion. 

brigadeiro recipe - forming brigadeiro into chocolate truffle

In this video, I show how to cook the brigadeiro to achieve just the right consistency. In the second half, you’ll see how to roll it in your hands to make the perfect round ball.

This is my favorite recipe to use at home, so I’m excited to share it with you.

If you make it, be sure to tag #tinyBchocolate—I’d love to see your creation! <3

Making Brigadeiro truffles
This is my recipe favorite and I guarantee that you’ll love it!

Pro Tips

If the consistency is not perfect and it’s too soft to roll in your hands, don’t worry. Just enjoy it the traditional way: by spooning it directly from the bowl and eating it right there.

I used 70% dark chocolate, but you don’t have to. Pick your favorite or use what you have in your pantry.


– 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (395 g)
– 100 g of dark chocolate (70% or 85% cocoa)
– 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
– 1 cup of vermicelli chocolate sprinkles
– about 25 paper cups

Note: if you don’t have chocolate sprinkles or paper cups, you can buy them here.



  1. If you’re using a chocolate bar, break it with your hands in small pieces and add it to a medium size pot, then add the sweetened condensed milk and the butter.
  2. Cook on low heat, mixing with a wooden spoon or spatula until the brigadeiro is creamy and not sticking on the bottom of the pot. The time of cooking will vary according to your stove and size of the pot, and should be roughly 12 minutes.
  3. Pour the brigadeiro into a plate or  bowl and let it cool for about 2 hours. The brigadeiro has to be completely cold before starting to make the truffles. If you prefer, you can even let it cool down overnight.
  4. Before starting to roll the truffles, add the vermicelli (or any other topping of your preference) into a bowl. Add water into a small bowl to clean your hands. If you have small paper cups, make sure they’re separated and ready to be used.
  5. Add a bit of water to your hands. Spoon some brigadeiro and start rolling it into a ball. The ball can be any size, but we suggest roughly 1″.  Place it into the sprinkles, and roll as many as can fit in the plate.
  6. Clean your hands. Separate paper cups. Roll the brigadeiros into the vermicelli until the brigadeiro is completely covered in vermicelli, put them in a paper cup or on a plate.


Pro Tip
For a creamier brigadeiro, after the chocolate and butter are melted, replace the spoon or spatula for a whisk until the brigadeiro is ready. 

brigadeiro recipe

There are dozens of flavors and varieties you can create once you’re in your brigadeiro happy place.  Here are Brigadeiro Flavors that we love.

If you don’t feel like making brigadeiros but you’re craving some right now, we’re here for you. Just click the link below.


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