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Brazilian brigadeiros

Try this super simple recipe and make some traditional Brazilian sweets.

You will need

  • Pans
  • Spoons
  • Bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Ingredients (see below)

Before you begin

  • It’s up to you where you do this activity – you could take the recipe and make it work however you’re meeting at the moment, whether that’s online or face-to-face indoors or outdoors.
  • If you’re meeting face-to-face, check out more detailed guidance for completing your risk assessments.
  • If you’re meeting online, check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online. If you’re not sure how to cook over Zoom, check out our top tips. Don’t forget to give people plenty of notice to get their ingredients and equipment ready.
  • You could ask the group to find out some information about other Brazilian traditions or foods to share during your meeting too.


Make some brigadeiros


  • 1 can condensed milk
  • Four tablespoons cocoa powder
  • One tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 50g chocolate sprinkles

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Serves: 6

  1. Add the condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder to a pan and mix everything together.
  2. Light your stove and put the pan on to heat the mixture. Stir it well so that the ingredients dissolve.
  1. When it’s ready, pour the mixture out into a bowl and let it cool.
  1. When it’s cool enough to handle, spread your hands with a little margarine or butter and form the brigadeiros (the balls) one by one.
  2. Roll each ball in the chocolate sprinkles and arrange them on a plate.
  3. Eat and enjoy!


This activity was about being an international citizen and learning about different foods, festivals and culture in another country. Ask everyone to think about the session and share some of the things they’ve learned. The activity was also about trying new things, had anyone tried a traditional brigadeiros before? What did everyone think of the ones they made together?

In Brazil, brigadeiros have a historical memory – but they’re also a popular part of many celebrations. What foods do people associate with special occasions? People could think about birthday cakes, Diwali sweets, or sheer khurma at Eid. Does anyone have a special celebration food that other people may not have heard of? Sometimes people come up with their own traditions. If you made your brigadeiros in an online meeting, challenge everyone to share them with their family or friends after the meeting’s ended. If you made them in a face-to-face meeting, why not make a few extra for everyone to take home? Ask everyone to find something to celebrate with the people they share their brigadeiros with. Maybe they could share some of the things they’ve found out about Brazil too.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.

Fires and stoves

Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.


Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.