Ask the Chef: New years Eve Tradition with Brigaderios Brazillian Candy


Dear Chef Coco,

When I was young we used to visit relatives for the holidays in Brazil and they always served a nougat confection on New Year's Eve at the parties. Can you give me a recipe for these?

Sarah J.

Dear Sarah,

Brigaderios are a traditional Brazilian national treasure It's undoubtedly the national chocolate truffle of Brazil. The history of the confectionery dates back to the end of world war II where these little chocolate delights were made for fundraising for the candidate who was a Brigadier General at the time. The only problem was there was a dairy shortage due to post war times. No problem, the candy could be made with condensed canned milk, butter and chocolate.