One of the sweet treats I miss most from Portugal are Chocolate Brigadiers (this is a direct translation, and I use it because it sounds way cooler than something like “chocolate balls” šŸ˜‰ ). This sweet treat is traditionally served as a treat or side order when you go get your expresso at your local pastry shop. This recipe can be used in a dozen other different ways such as fill and cover a chocolate cake…

This recipe is easy enough to completeĀ and it can be a fun way to involve children as a playful task.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook and about 15 minutes to prep and roll the little Brigadiers.

Chocolate Brigadiers

  • Servings: 16 to 20
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 can of condensed milk (397g)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of chocolate powder (don’t be shy – fill them up). You can also use 100g of a cooking chocolate bar (high concentration of cocoa).
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Chocolate sprinkles (as much as needed)
  • Paper baking cases (small)


Add all the ingredients in a pot. Turn on the heat to medium. Stir the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes (this interval may vary depending on the type of pot used and the power of your stove).

NOTE – It is VERY important for you to keep stirring the mixture while cooking, otherwise it will burn.

When you look at the mixture and it feels it is “detaching” from the sides of the pot, your BrigadiersĀ areĀ cooked. (Check the video below to show you how cooked mixture looks like).

Let the mix cool down. When you remove the pot from the heat, the dough will feel soft, however, as it cools down, it will harden.

Once the mix is almost at room temperature you may start rolling the Brigadiers. Ensure you have the chocolate sprinkles on a plate and the small paper baking cases already spread to make the rolling easier.

Ensure you have your hands wet. This will avoid the dough sticking to your hands. Take one teaspoon full of dough. Place this dough on your hand and roll it until you have a perfect ball.

Roll this ball on the sprinkles and place it in the paper cup.

You may refrigerate it, but I think the BrigadiersĀ are at their best when they are at room temperature. Happy eating.


Posted by Rod Frade (@apubwithnobeer)

Occupational Therapist by day. Food passion by night. Mac User. Rugby addict. All opinions here are my own.

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