WHAT IS BRIGADEIRO?
A genuine sweet delicacy of Brazilian-flavored childhood memories. Traditionally, it plays a special part in children’s parties and different celebrations including weddings, baptisms, graduations, anniversaries, or simply an afternoon tea with friends. Today, with full costume, the gourmet version can be a special touch to any moment, event or celebration, only limited by your imagination.
According to historians in Brazilian cuisine, the recipe was created between the 1920’s and 1930’s when Nestlé opened its first factory in Brazil, having as its main product, condensed milk. However, the name of the candy only really emerged in the 1940s, and was named after a Brazilian aeronautical brigadier candidate for presidency of Brazil, called Eduardo Gomes.
MEANING OF THE NAME BRIGADEIRO
The reason behind the name of the candy is actually credited to Eduardo Gomes’ voters that created the slogan “vote for brigadeiro who is single and handsome.” The brigadeiros were given out at his party campaigns as his favorite sweet. Brigadier Eduardo Gomes did not win the elections, but despite the defeat, he became very famous among women due to being “handsome and single”. And in his honor, the chocolate sweet made with condensed milk was finally baptized with the name of Brigadeiro.