What is a Brazilian Brigadeiro?
The Brazilian Brigadeiro (bree-gah-day-do) is a delicious chocolate soft truffle that has been one of Brazil’s favorite treats. Chocolate sprinkles, coconut, pistachos, almonds, lemon zest, are some of the many flavors used to cover each artisan Brigadeiro truffle. Although Brigadeiros take hours to prepare, they quickly melt in your mouth before you can say ‘Brigadeiros.'
But, why such an interesting name? How did the Brigadeiro become popular? Okay, let's take a sweet bite into History. There are many different stories shared in the streets of Brazil. Some Brazilians say it started in 1946 when a good-looking Brazilian politician and Air Force Brigadier, Eduardo Gomes, was running for the Brazilian presidency. To appeal to the female population, in his presidential campaign, he used the slogan “Vote for the Brigadier who is good-looking and single!” In order to raise funds for his campaign, his supporters started selling these delicious soft chocolate truffles.
Interestingly, Brazilians immediately started calling the candy 'Brigadeiro.' History shows that Gomes lost the election, but our delicious Brazilian Brigadeiros are always winning people’s taste buds and hearts by the minute.
Where Can I Find Brazilian Brigadeiros?
If you visit Brazil, you will find Brigadeiros in most bakeries and candy stores. However, if you are not planning to take such a long and expensive trip to find such an amazing treat, BeSweet Desserts offers a variety of authentic Brazilian Brigadeiros for very good price. If you live in the Lyncburg, VA, areas, you can visit the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturdays and get your Brigadeiros directly from our sweet people. However, if you are far away from the beautiful city of Lynchburg, you can visit the BeSweet website besweetdesserts.com and order your decadent Brigadeiros. They will be delivered to your home just in time for your party of one or a hundred. You will love them.