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The national truffle of Brazil

Type Confectionery
Place of origin Brazil
Serving Cold, chilled, warm/hot when
temperature consumed with a spoon
Sweetened condensed milk,
Main ingredients
butter and chocolate
Cookbook: Brigadeiro Media: Brigadeiro

The brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier); is a common Brazilian delicacy, created in 1940. The
brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover
the outside layer. The information regarding when and where the brigadeiro was invented is

The history[1] of the origin of the name is accompanied by some controversies. One version
explains that the dessert was invented in Brazil after World War II (19391945). During that
time, it was difficult to find fresh milk and sugar to make any kind of desserts. Because of this, it
was discovered that if one mixed condensed milk and chocolate, the result would be a delicious
sweet treat.[2]

The brigadeiro[3] makes up a big part of the Brazilian culture and is said to be a national icon. It
is a democratic dessert that many people can enjoy. It can be made in the north or the south,
eaten by rich or by poor, men or women, children or adults.
Generally made in Brazilian[4] homes, the brigadeiro can be eaten straight from the pot while one
watches TV, which is why it can sometimes be called "spoon brigadeiro". The most common
form of this dessert is in small balls covered in chocolate sprinkles and in a small cupcake mold.
This dessert is normally served at kids birthday parties and is eaten after the birthday cake. The
brigadeiro can also be served in different reunions, especially when friends get together. This
dessert can also be served when someone is going through a heartache. The brigadeiro has a
sentimental value to all Brazilians. Eating a brigadeiro is said to give people a familiar sensation
because it is a way to remember happy times spent with family and friends. The brigadeiro can
also be eaten at work and used in work-related baby showers.

The gourmet brigadeiro has a touch of sophistication. Instead of using grainy substances, one can
use pistachio, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. There are over 50 flavors in stores that are called
brigadeiro "boutiques". The mixture can vary, but the good quality ingredients, fresh products
and elegant presentation are key to making it a gourmet dessert. They can be served in cups, jars,
small pots, tubes, spoons and small boxes that resemble small jewelry boxes. The brigadeiro has
grown and achieved the status of a gourmet dish.[5]

Other types
With the gourmet brigadeiros,[6] more sophisticated flavors were invented from the original that
only needed powdered chocolate. Some other types include:

With dry foods: Almonds, pistachio, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts

With fruits: Strawberries, oranges, lime, passion fruit and coconut

With alcoholic beverages: Wine, whisky, Baileys and cachaa (famous Brazilian liquor)

With tea: dilmadeiro, punning on the Sri Lankan tea brand Dilmah and marking the 2016
impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Roussef (actually invented in Valparaso by
Australian-Chilean Pete Leihy following Chile's 2016 victory in the South American
Cricket Championship in Itagua)

Others: Belgium chocolate, white chocolate, powdered milk, Nutella, Ovaltine, peanut
butter and peppers.

Chokladbollar rolled in shredded coconut
Place of origin Sweden
Oatmeal, sugar, coffee, cocoa,
Main ingredients
Cookbook: Chokladboll Media: Chokladboll

Chokladboll ("chocolate ball") is a type of unbaked pastry that is a popular Swedish

confectionery. The most common term for the treat used to be "negerboll" ("negro ball"), though
this term has fallen out of use.

The chokladboll is usually slightly smaller than a golf ball. The chokladboll consists of oatmeal,
sugar, cocoa,[1] vanilla sugar, butter, and sometimes a small amount of coffee (some like to mix
in a splash of cream to make them creamier and softer), which is mixed to a compact mass. Balls
are formed and then rolled in nib sugar, shredded coconut,[1] or sprinkles. Chokladboll can be
eaten immediately, but it is usually first chilled in a refrigerator.

Because of its simple recipe, it can be quickly made by anyone and is popular at children's
parties and as homemade candy.


Close-up view of chokladbolls

The most common term for the pastry used to be "negerboll" ("negro ball").[2] It was coined in an
era when there were virtually no black people living in Sweden. It is rarely used in print today,
but occurs in colloquial speech. The issue of whether or not "negerboll" is the appropriate term
for the pastry has been the subject of media debate. The Swedish word "neger" (roughly
equivalent to English "negro") was considered neutral a few decades ago but is today usually
seen as offensive, and the use of "negerboll" is therefore not recommended by Swedish language

The most common term today is chokladboll. The variant with shredded coconut can also be
called kokosboll ("coconut ball"). The term "havreboll" ("oatmeal ball") occurs, but mostly refers
to a variant of the chokladboll that contains little or no cocoa. A well-known form of
chokladbollar manufactured by Delicato is sold under the brand name "Delicatoboll".

In 2003, a bakery owner from Sjbo was reported to the Swedish Ombudsman against Ethnic
Discrimination for using the word "negerbollar" on a sign in her bakery shop. However, the case
was dismissed since the woman reporting it did not consider herself personally insulted.

The word "chokladboll" was first added to the Swedish Academy's glossary Svenska
Akademiens ordlista in 2006. Before it was listed only as "negerboll". In the 2013 edition, the
pastry can be found under both names but with a comment that the "chokladboll" is the
recommended term.[3]

See also
Similar sweets exist around the world.

Rum ball