Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Cup (Brigadeiro de Copinho)

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In the past few years, our beloved Brazilian chocolate fudge balls, the famous Brigadeiro, has gotten a new version! This has happened recently, and I got to know about it during one of my visits there, and honestly, this is quite a genius!

Brigadeiro is an extremely popular Brazilian bonbon. Delicious, creamy, irresistible, decadent – I could keep going with more adjectives here – this famed dessert is also very easy to make! But there is a trick: rolling the mixture into little balls can take a long time. So, I guess to make the process faster – and possibly to jazz up the presentation – somebody had the idea of pouring the mixture into small dessert cups and serve it with a spoon. It looks like a mousse and it has the texture of soft fudge. And it is just as irresistible as the original version.

Cover the top with chocolate sprinkles (I like to buy the real chocolate sprinkles, not the fake sugary versions), or sprinkle with other delicious things: nuts, coconut flakes, or anything that you like to combine with chocolate (bacon?). Adults and kids will love it!

Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Cup (Brigadeiro de Copinho)

Makes about 20

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter on a medium sauce pan. Off the heat, stir until mixture is smooth. Place pan over medium-heat, and cook, stirring often until mixture starts thickening; about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and remain cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened up considerably, and large bubbles of air form on the surface (see Cook’s Notes); an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Add the heavy whipping cream and mix well until combined. Using a large spoon or ladle, pour the fudge into small dessert cups (see cook’s Notes). Cover top with chocolate sprinkles and transfer to refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Cook’s Notes:

1) Knowing the exact moment when the brigadeiro fudge has achieved the right texture can be a bit tricky. Usually, it takes 10 to 12 minutes, but it can take up to 15 to 17 minutes depending on the material of the pan being used. For that reason, it’s important to observe some other clues. I know that the mixture has thickened up and it is ready to be taken off the heat when I see that large air bubbles form, as well as, it sticks to the pan to the point that I can see the bottom quite a bit as I stir – it’s very important to stir constantly towards the end of the cooking process otherwise the fudge sticks to the bottom and burns.

2) When pouring the Brigadeiro fudge into the cups, keeping it nice and neat can be a challenge. Using a spoon or a ladle is fine, but from my experience, pouring directly from a mixing bowl with a spout into the little cups can be the fastest and cleanest way to get the job done.
Cover the top with chocolate sprinkles (I like to buy the real chocolate sprinkles, not the fake sugary versions), or sprinkle with other delicious things: nuts, coconut flakes, or anything that you like to combine with chocolate (bacon?). Adults and kids will love it!

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