About Chocolinho

About Chocolinho


Brigadeiros are Brazil's favourite chocolate treat, handmade fresh using the finest Belgian chocolate and hand-rolled in a selection of 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 have ever had before.

CHOCOLINHO Brigadeiros are individually handcrafted-to-order in Hertford by Raquel, who fondly remembers making them with her aunts and grandmother for every special family occasion.  Being health-conscious as well as a bit of a foodie, she has added her own personal touch to the recipe, replacing sugar-heavy condensed milk with her own homemade almond and coconut milk and low calorie natural sweeteners to create a uniquely rich and delightful chocolate confectionery that is low in sugar, vegan-friendly, gluten free and with no added guilt!

 

About Me

Hi there!  My name is Raquel.  I am 37 years old 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 and uncles and cousins around.  I remember my aunts and I used to always make brigadeiros for every party (which were very often), be it a birthday, a graduation or a wedding.

I met my husband David on a 2010 trip to Ireland (he’s Irish obviously) and we were engaged to be married in 2011.  However, I was still studying for my medical degree in Brazil and both he and I thought it was best if I finished my degree and qualified as a doctor before moving over here full time.  The next few years were very tough as we could only see each other every 4 or 5 months when there was a break in the academic term.  During those years David got a job in London and moved back there (he had lived there for around 5 years, before we met).  Finally, in 2015 I completed my degree at the Federal University of Pernambuco as a qualified doctor and moved to the UK to be with my husband with the aim to re-qualify my certification and become a doctor here.

Unfortunately (well, fortunately really), life had other plans.  In November 2016, our son was born, with his two little sisters following soon after in 2018 and 2019.  As a result, studying medicine and the long hours potentially ahead of me as a junior doctor took a backseat to the very real and very time-consuming job of being a full-time mum.  It was not made any easier by the fact that all 3 of our babies had some form of milk allergy, with our son being the most severe.  It was also during that time that I found myself falling in love with making brigadeiros again.  Luckily, all 3 of our children are completely clear of their allergy now but I still remember having to read the back of every single food package to make sure there was no milk in it (it’s amazing how many things have milk in them, tablet sweeteners, hair serum, even some baked beans!).  With that in mind, I started to develop an inclusive confectionery that will not only allow people with severe dietary restrictions to enjoy, but also be healthier than conventional confectionery (low/no sugar, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free etc). 

Now, after many months of testing, I am happy to say I have perfected the recipe and I am delighted to be able to share my guilt-free brigadeiros with everyone else, as well as my team of exacting taste-testers (my husband and kids)!  Try them for yourself, I think you will be surprised to discover something so sumptuous that's also low in sugar, vegan and gluten free and made with all natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives!

Raquel xxx