Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is more than just a chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. It is the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ (docinho) of Brazil. From north to south, it is a national passion.
It was created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who once ran for president of Brazil.
1 tablespoon butter
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup cocoa powder
In a pot over low heat, melt the butter, condensed milk, and cocoa powder, stirring continuously until you can see the bottom of the pot for 2-3 seconds when dragging a spatula through.
Pour onto a greased plate, then chill for 1 hour.
Shape and roll the chilled mixture into balls.
Roll the balls in chocolate sprinkles.