This is a really easy to make truffle-like snack that tastes exactly like a Snickers bar!
Brigadeiros are a common Brazilian snack that’s usually made out of condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter, and coated in chocolate sprinkles.
I chose to substitute the chocolate sprinkles with some toasted peanuts though. Because I like peanuts.
I really recommend coating the brigadeiros in nuts! I’ve previously made brigadeiros the traditional way (coated with chocolate sprinkles), and although it was nice, it basically tasted exactly how you’d expect it to taste. Not much flavour complexity to it.
But adding the peanuts mixed with large flaky salt just adds that extra bit of savouriness and occasional burst of saltiness, which really makes this a treat.
The brigadeiro mixture can also be used as cake frosting! Which presents a whole world of possibilities.
- 15g butter (1 tbsp)
- 397g sweetened condensed milk (14 oz/1 can)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of (any) salt
- Pinch of large flaky salt
- About 1 tbsp alcohol of choice (Optional. I used some chocolate flavoured rum lying around)
- About 100g chopped nuts (I used a mixture of 70% peanuts mixed with walnuts and almonds because that was the cheapest around)
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the condensed milk, cocoa powder, alcohol, and pinch of salt.
- Stir constantly for about 10 mins. The mixture has reached the right consistency if it can “peel” off the bottom of the pan. In other words, when you scrap a wooden spoon through the bottom of the mixture, it should leave a clear mark.
- Pour the mixture over a buttered plate. Let cool for 1-2 hours.
- Meanwhile, toast the chopped nuts together with a pinch of large flaky salt. You can either do this in a frying pan over medium heat or in the oven, maybe at around 180°C for 10-15 mins, until fragrant and browned.
- After the brigadeiro mixture has cooled, roll the mixture into balls with buttered hands.
- Coat each brigadeiro with the chopped nuts.
- You can store it at room temperature for a couple of days, but keeping it in the fridge helps it keep its shape better and can help it last for a week.
- It’s also easier to shape the brigadeiro after refrigeration.
- Buttering your fingers is really important to stop the mixture from sticking to your hands.