Brigadeiro is a national truffle of Brasil served at almost all major celebrations. It is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter and apparently, was invented after World War II when it was very hard to find sugar, fresh milk, dry fruit & nuts (often needed to make most desserts).
Another version says that Brigadeiro was created by brigadier Eduardo Gomez and served at one of his presidential campaigns events.
Condensed Milk - 1 can (390-400g)
Cocoa Powder - 20g
Butter - 15g
Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
Coconut flakes/cocoa powder for decoration
Combine condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder and vanilla essence in a medium saucepan.
Cook stirring over medium heat until thickened (about 10 minutes). Once the mixture will start to pull away from bottom and side of the saucepan you know it's ready!
Remove from the heat and transfer to a shallow container. Let it cool completely. Refrigerate once cool enough to firm up faster.
Once cool enough use greased teaspoon to scoop the mixture and form into small balls (grease your hands with butter to make this process easier). Roll each ball in shredded coconut, sprinkles, coca powder or nuts.
Store in the refrigerator up to two weeks.