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The national truffle of Brazil
Alternative namesNegrinho (in Rio Grande do Sul)
Place of originsão paulo
Serving temperatureCold, chilled, warm/hot when consumed with a spoon
Main ingredientsSweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder

The brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian dessert, created by a confectioner from Rio de Janeiro, Heloisa Nabuco de Oliveira.[1][2] It is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles covering the outside layer.

The brigadeiro[3] is a popular confection throughout the country, especially for festive events. Brigadeiros are commonly made at home, and also found in bakeries and snack shops. A brigadeiro It is generally shaped into small balls covered in chocolate sprinkles and placed in a small cupcake liner; the mixture may also be poured into a small container, and eaten with a spoon, and this is known as a brigadeiro de colher (literally, "spoon brigadeiro"). In recent years, flavor and coating variations on the traditional chocolate brigadeiros have become popular.[4]

The origin of the name "Brigadeiro" is linked to the presidential campaign of Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, UDN candidate for the Presidency of the Republic in 1946.[5] Heloísa Nabuco de Oliveira, a member of a traditional carioca family who supported the brigadeiro's candidacy, created a new confection, and named it for the candidate; the doce de brigadeiro (brigadier's sweet) became popular, and the name was eventually shortened to just "brigadeiro." [6]Despite the support received, Eduardo Gomes was defeated, and the election was won by then General Eurico Gaspar Dutra.

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  1. ^ Motter, Juliana (2010). Livro do Brigadeiro. Panda Books.
  2. ^ "A 'brief' Brigadeiro History".
  3. ^ "Brigadeiro".
  4. ^ "Jovem deixa duas faculdades para 'encontrar seu caminho' e vender doces gourmet em Campo Grande". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Muito bem organizadas as manifestações no Dia da Paz". Diário de Cuiabá. Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "The Political Lore of an Iconic Brazilian Sweet".

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