Mouth-watering Brazilian Chocolate Balls Recipe

Hark, fellow food enthusiasts! I present to thee a wondrous treat straight from the heart of Brazil that shall tantalize thy taste buds and leave thee craving for more. Behold, the Brazilian chocolate balls recipe, a sweet confection that shall transport thee to the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

This recipe hath been passed down through many generations, made with simple ingredients readily available in thy kitchen. Therefore, fearest not if thou art not a master chef or if thou lacketh fancy kitchen gadgets.

The love and warmth of Brazil are woven intricately into this recipe that shall delight thee with its rich, creamy texture and melt-in-thy-mouth goodness. If thou desireth to indulge in a decadent dessert that is easy to make and shall impress thy guests at any gathering, then continue reading forthwith.

Come, let us embark on this sweet journey together as I guide thee through the steps required to make these delicious Brazilian chocolate balls!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Chocolate Balls
Brazilian Chocolate Balls

“What’s in a fudge ball? That which we call a chocolate by any other name would taste as sweet!”

My dear friends, let me assure you that you are in for a treat like no other, for I have the pleasure of introducing to you the Brazilian chocolate balls recipe – an exquisite dessert that is sure to leave your taste buds dancing with joy!

Why should you love this recipe, you may ask? Well, it is simple. This recipe contains all the necessary ingredients required for a heavenly tasting dessert – a creamy mix of condensed milk, cocoa powder and unsalted butter, rolled into delicious little balls that are then dusted with chocolate sprinkles.

Not only is this recipe beyond delicious, but it’s also quite easy to make. With simple ingredients such as dark chocolate, brewed coffee, powdered sugar and rum – this dessert recipe is a decadent combination of sweetness and richness that will melt in your mouth like butter on a sizzling pan.

This dessert pairs beautifully with coffee, making it ideal for morning tea or after-dinner indulgence. It’s also perfect to serve at parties or gatherings as each little ball serves as the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Incredible as it may seem, it’s true that more often than not, the best things in life come in simple packages; so why not try out this easy Brazilian Chocolate Balls Recipe for a scrumptious and unforgettable experience? Trust me when I say this – once you have tried these fudge balls, you won’t be able to resist adding them to your go-to list of desserts!

Ingredient List

 These Brazilian chocolate balls are the perfect treat for any occasion!
These Brazilian chocolate balls are the perfect treat for any occasion!

Here are the simple ingredients anyone would need to make the delicious Brazilian chocolate balls (brigadeiros) recipe:

Ingredients 1:

  • 14 oz of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 tbsp of Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder

Ingredients 2:

  • 14 oz of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Cocoa Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Sprinkles or any chocolate sprinkles of your choice

Ingredients 3:

  • 14oz of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter plus extra for greasing
  • A pinch salt
  • Chocolate Sprinkles or any toppings desired, such as grated coconut or chopped nuts

Ingredients 4:

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 tbsp/cubes of Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate, chopped or grated

You can also substitute some ingredients according to your taste and preference, just keep in mind that this may affect the overall flavor and texture.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in these delectable bites of rich chocolate goodness.
Indulge in these delectable bites of rich chocolate goodness.

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Before we start, let’s make sure we have all the ingredients on hand. For this recipe, we will need 14 oz. of sweetened condensed milk, 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup of brewed coffee. We will also need some dark chocolate for coating the balls later on.

Step 2: Making the Brigadeiro

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder, and brewed coffee. Stir constantly until all ingredients are combined, and the mixture starts to thicken (about 10-15 minutes). Be careful not to burn your mixture! Remember to stir occasionally to make sure everything is well combined.

Once the mixture is thick enough that you can see the bottom of the pan as you stir, use a spoon to scoop out some of the mixture onto a plate or tray. Allow it to completely cool before shaping into balls.

Step 3: Shaping The Chocolate Balls

To start shaping the chocolate balls, first coat your hands with butter to prevent sticking. To do this easily, you can melt a little bit of butter in a small bowl and then dip your hands in it as if you are dipping them in water. Once your hands are coated with butter, take a spoonful of brigadeiro mixture and shape it into small balls using your hands.

Step 4: Coating The Chocolate Balls

Once all of the fudge balls are shaped, it’s time now to melt some dark chocolate for coating each individual ball. Use a double boiler for melting the dark chocolate. For every cup of cup cocoa powder, use one tablespoon of melted unsalted butter plus three quarter tablespoon milk.

Dip each ball into melted chocolate until fully coated and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. Once all chocolate balls are coated, add a sprinkle of chocolate sprinkles over the top.

Step 5: Serving The Chocolate Balls

Finally, once all chocolate fudge balls are decorated, arrange them on a plate and serve at room temperature or chilled with your desired beverages ,especially dessert wine. These Brazilian Chocolate Balls are perfect for any occasion and is sure to melt in your mouth with just one bite!

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't be able to resist the creamy, chocolatey center.
You won’t be able to resist the creamy, chocolatey center.

Hark! Forsooth, I bring to thee several ways in which thou may modify this recipe to suit thine tastes and preferences. Tremble not, for it is a simple matter.

Firstly, shouldst thou wish to imbue these chocolate balls with a little more kick, mayhap thou couldst add a few spoonfuls of rum to the mixture as thou heat it up in the pan. This addition will surely lendeth the balls a warm and pleasant taste.

Nextly, shouldst thou desire a more intense coffee flavor, try substituting some of the sweetened condensed milk with brewed coffee. The resulting blend shall certainly satiate the palate with its rich and aromatic aroma.

Furthermore, if thy love for dark chocolate knows no bounds, then using cocoa powder instead of chocolate bars will imbibe the balls with an even deeper, more bitter chocolate taste. But be warned – this modification demands the use of additional powdered sugar to balance out the overall taste.

Lastly, shouldst thou seeketh variation in texture and presentation, mayhaps rolling the balls in chocolate sprinkles or coating them in melted dark chocolate would give them an alluring appearance and melt-in-thy-mouth experience that will undoubtedly please those feasting upon them.

In short: possibilities abound for those who wish to personalize this brigadeiro recipe according to their liking. With just a touch of creativity and experimentation, one can transform these heavenly fudge balls into any form that titillates thy appetite!

Serving and Pairing

 These Brazilian chocolate balls are easy to make and even easier to enjoy!
These Brazilian chocolate balls are easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

When it comes to serving these Brazilian chocolate balls, I suggest presenting them on a nice platter or cake stand. You can sprinkle some colorful chocolate sprinkles or shredded coconut over them for a visually appealing presentation.

These decadent fudge balls go well with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a glass of cold milk. You can also serve them as a dessert after a hearty meal or bring them as a party treat for any festive occasion.

Furthermore, you can get creative with the pairing combinations and serve them with fresh fruits like strawberries or raspberries dipped in chocolate. You can even heat up some dulce de leche and use it as a dipping sauce for these chocolate balls.

Whatever your preference, these Brazilian chocolate balls are the perfect sweet indulgence for any occasion. So, grab your favorite mug and enjoy the heart-melting taste of our homemade fudge balls!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with these irresistible treats.
Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with these irresistible treats.

Verily, this Brazilian Chocolate Balls recipe is best made in advance, for it allows the flavors to meld together and results in a batch of fudgy balls that are even more scrumptious. Although these fudge balls are quite sturdy and can sit at room temperature for a short period, they are best stored in the fridge or freezer for longer periods.

To make ahead, simply prepare the chocolate balls as instructed and let them cool to room temperature. Then, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze them for up to 2 months. Make sure to separate the layers with parchment paper so they don’t stick together.

When you’re ready to serve, take them out of the fridge or freezer and let them come to room temperature before serving. If you choose to reheat the chocolate balls, microwave them for 10-15 seconds at a low-medium heat. The chocolate will melt easily because of their creamy nature due to sweetened condensed milk and butter.

One recommendation is to serve these delicious Brazilian fudge balls cold or at room temperature, as they will have a richer chocolate flavor with a perfect texture that melts in your mouth without leaving any kind of oiliness. To add an incredible touch of fun and flavor, you may sprinkle your chocolate balls with some cocoa powder, powdered sugar or colorful chocolate sprinkles before serving!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These little balls of heaven will be a hit at your next gathering.
These little balls of heaven will be a hit at your next gathering.

To ensure that your Brazilian chocolate balls turn out perfectly, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. Here are some of my top recommendations to help you create fudge balls that melt in your mouth.

Firstly, when cooking the condensed milk and cocoa powder mixture, make sure that it comes to a full boil. This is important because it activates the cocoa powder and creates the right consistency for your chocolate fudge mixture.

Secondly, use high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the chocolate. Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao will give your chocolate balls a richer and more intense flavor.

Thirdly, let your mixture cool down before rolling it into balls. The mixture needs to be firm enough to handle without sticking to your hands but not completely hardened. I recommend letting it cool in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before rolling.

Fourthly, coat your chocolate fudge balls with cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles immediately after rolling them to prevent them from sticking together. You can also experiment with other coatings like coconut flakes or chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.

Lastly, try using rum or brewed coffee instead of water for added depth of flavor in your brigadeiros Brazilian fudge balls. Just add a teaspoon or two of rum or brewed coffee during cooking for extra decadence.

By following these tips and tricks, you can achieve perfect results every time you make Brazilian chocolate balls. Enjoy!


Hark! Thou art likely to have some questions regarding the Brazilian Chocolate Balls recipe. Fear not, for I, as your humble chef, shall provide thee with the answers you seek. Below are some frequently asked questions that I have compiled for thee. So heed my words and read on, my dear food lover!

What is Brazilian brigadeiros made of?

Over the years, the brigadeiro recipe has undergone some changes. Although eggs were originally one of the ingredients, the modern-day version requires only three simple ingredients – condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. These ingredients are mixed together and then rolled into small balls before being coated with sprinkles or another topping.

What is the difference between a truffle and a brigadeiro?

When it comes to Brigadeiros and truffles, there are some noticeable differences between the two. One of the significant distinctions is that Brigadeiros mainly consist of condensed milk, whereas truffles contain chocolate ganache. In terms of size, Brigadeiros are usually smaller than truffles, and they have a more squshy texture, while truffles are softer and are commonly prepared with cream.

What is brigadeiro in Brazil?

Brigadeiro is a well-known Brazilian Chocolate Confectionery that is adored by many. This tasty treat is a small, bite-sized delight that has a unique texture and taste that distinguishes it from other desserts like bonbons, truffles, cupcakes, fudges, or brownies.

What is the most famous dessert in Brazil?

One of the most sought-after Brazilian treats would have to be Brigadeiro – earning a well-deserved title as the national truffle of the country.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, there is no denying the delectable allure of Brazilian chocolate balls. These sumptuous fudge balls have a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is hard to resist. With simple ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder, this brigadeiro recipe is sure to dazzle your taste buds.

Give this Brazilian chocolate fudge recipe a try for your next party or special occasion. Impress your guests with the rich and creamy texture, distinctive flavors of rum and brewed coffee, and the added touch of dark chocolate sprinkles for a glossy finish. Trust me; it will be worth the effort.

Lastly, don’t forget to store these Brazilian fudge balls in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. They can stay fresh for about a week, even longer if stored in the refrigerator.

With this recipe, you’ll have everyone coming back for seconds, so be sure to make plenty. Let chocolate be the star of your next celebration with these Brazilian chocolate balls!

Brazilian Chocolate Balls

Brazilian Chocolate Balls Recipe

Chocolate, almonds, coffee and rum... what's not to like? The chocolate needs to be grated (it's not melted as in many other chocolate candy recipes), so keep it in the fridge for a while before you start working. Recipe was originally submitted to the Ruokala web site by Marita Skippari.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 25 chocolate balls
Calories 149.3 kcal


  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 50 ml strong brewed coffee
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoon rum (optional) or 1 -2 tablespoon other flavourful alcohol (optional)


  • Grate chocolate and return 1/3 of it back to the fridge.
  • Mix the remaining 2/3 of the grated chocolate with all other ingredients: ground almonds, coffee, powdered sugar and rum.
  • If you're not using the rum and the mixture feels very stiff, add a bit of milk or cream to it instead so you can work with it.
  • Roll the mixture into balls, then roll the balls in the remaining grated chocolate.
  • Keep the chocolate balls refridgerated.

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Serving: 893gCalories: 149.3kcalCarbohydrates: 22.8gProtein: 2.3gFat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 2.8gSodium: 2.4mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 19.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Brazilian, Candy, Dessert, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.