Between my curiosity about Brazil after watching the World Cup last month and viewing some programs about international sweets on television, I decided to whip up some Brazilian sweets called Brigaderio. The confection is an addictive cross between a truffle and a caramel and they're really quite simple to prepare at home. The recipe requires just three ingredients: Sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter.
Combine the condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes, until very thick.
Once the mixture has cooled, it's ready to be rolled into balls and coated with your choice of coatings, -I've got nonpareils, chocolate sprinkles, chopped toasted pecans and toffee bits.
Butter the palms of your hands so the mixture doesn't stick and then roll some of the mixture into small balls. Now just drop it into a topping and roll it around to coat.
The recipe makes about two dozen Brigadeiro, but the recipe can be doubled. Store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container.