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Sweet Candy!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 stick of butter or margarine (you can use only 1 Tbls. and it will still work out)
2 heaping Tbls. Nestle Quik or 1 Tbls. Nestle Quik and 1 Tbls. of Hershey's cocoa.(I actually even use Suchard breakfast chocolate when I can get it from Switzerland)


These are also known as Negrinhos in Rio Grande do Sul. These sweets are made with condensed milk and chocolate and belong to that marvelous category of Brazilian 'docinhos.' They are perpetual favorites with children and adults alike. I don't think I've ever seen a Brazilian birthday party without them and when I make them for my husband's office parties, they are a huge success with Americans, too! Now the name. Don't ask me why, but they were named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a very famous Air Force commander from the forties. Actually, a considerable number of Brazilian desserts are named after a famous personality!
A little cultural note- Have you noticed how many Brazilian recipes are made with condensed milk? It came to Brazil from Switzerland over a hundred years ago. It's made my Nestle and because the label featured the picture of a milkmaid, the cans became known as the 'maid milk' and that's what condensed milk is called to this day!

In a heavy saucepan, mix chocolate with condensed milk and add the margarine. Cook in low heat stirring constantly until you can see the bottom of the pan. Continue to stir for another two minutes. Pour onto a plate and let cool completely before you form the little balls. I usually leave it in the cupboard until the next day. Butter your hands slightly to form the little balls. Roll the balls in chocolate powder or jimmies and put them in small paper cups!

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Recipe Origin: Brazil
Submitted by:
Sheila Thomson

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