Chocolinho Brigadeiros are individually handcrafted-to-order in Hertfordshire by Brazilian-born Raquel, who fondly remembers making them with her aunts and grandmother for special family occasions. She is delighted to now be able to share the chocolate delights from her home country of Brazil with the UK.
Brigadeiros are Brazil's favourite chocolate treat, freshly handmade using the finest chocolate and hand-rolled in a selection of sprinkles, nuts and various other delights. Each sumptuous bite is a hit of intense chocolate with a firm but yielding texture. They are Brazil's best-kept secret and unlike anything you would have ever tried before.
My name is Raquel and I come from a city in Brazil called Recife which is located just below the Equator. My husband says it is paradise because the temperature varies between 25 and 30 degrees all year round (hardly anybody even owns a jumper, never mind a coat!). I grew up in a large extended family, typical of Brazil, so I always had aunts, uncles and cousins around me. I fondly remember always making brigadeiros with my aunts for every party (which were very often), be it a birthday, a graduation or a wedding.
Having spent many years studying medicine and gaining my degree I moved to the UK with my husband with the aim to re-qualify my certification and become a doctor here. However, the potential long hours ahead of me as a junior doctor took a backseat to the very real and very time-consuming job of becoming a full-time mum. It also meant I now had a family of my own to share these chocolate delights with and to create our own memories together. Thus, Chocolinho was born and now I can share these wonderful treats with everyone else too!
What Makes Brigadeiro Chocolates So Special?
A Brigadeiro is a composition of sweetened condensed milk, a good quality cream and the finest chocolate (up to 75% cacao) to a perfect balance of sweetness. You can also find other flavours and different variations to the traditional Brigadeiro.
The process of making a Brigadeiro is cooking and mixing all these ingredients to a specific time and temperature. After a few hours, the mix is completely cold and each chocolate is hand rolled into fine sprinkles. Texture is key for a perfect Brigadeiro, creamy like a truffle but a little chewy like a caramel and intense as a fudge.
No other chocolates or truffles are the same as a Brigadeiro and if you've never tried it, it will be a new chocolate experience that you will want to try again and again!