The confection is an addictive cross between a truffle and a caramel, and it is really quite simple to prepare.
The recipe requires just three ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter.
The mixture is cooked in a saucepan over medium heat while stirred until it becomes very thick. The process takes 10-15 minutes.
After the mixture is thick, you’ll let it cool in the refrigerator before rolling it into balls and coatings.
The mixture is sticky, so grease the palms of your hand with a little butter before rolling into balls.
Coatings can include nonpareils, chocolate sprinkles, chopped toasted nuts, toffee bits, crushed pretzels or crushed Oreo cookies.
The recipe makes about two dozen brigadeiro, and it can be doubled.
Store the confections in the refrigerator in a sealed container.