Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier; also known in some southern Brazilian states as negrinho, literally "blackie") is a simple Brazilianchocolatebonbon, created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, whose shape was reminiscent of that of some varieties of chocolate truffles. It is a very popular candy in Brazil and in Portugal and it is usually served as a dessert and at birthday parties.
The candy is made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder or some kind of powdered chocolate together. The mixture is then heated in a pan on the stove to obtain a smooth, sticky texture. One then puts the butter on one's hands and rolls the chocolate into balls which are covered in granulated chocolate; that is the way brigadeiros are served on holiday or any special occasion. It can also be consumed unrolled, with a spoon or used as a topping or filling for cakes, brownies and other pastries.
Beijinho is a variation that is often served together with brigadeiros at parties, and is prepared with grated coconut instead of chocolate powder.