Today I will explain how this amazing dessert was invented , was not intentional but became popular among Brazilians and will now conquer America.
rigadeiro [bree-gah-de-roh] was first made in the 1940s. During the lean years around World War II, access to fruits and sweets were limited, hence the need to get creative with just a few simple ingredients—cocoa powder, unsalted butter, and condensed milk. Thanks to a few ladies in Rio de Janiero, Brigadeiro was born.
They named the candy after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a revolutionary, failed politician, and high ranking member of the Brazilian Air Force. (He held the office of, you guessed it, brigadier.) Gomes might be better remembered for his looks than for his politics, as his failed run for the Brazilian Presidency in 1945—technically the first year women could vote in the country—included the slogan “vote for the brigadier, who's good-looking and single.” He was supposedly far more dashing than his opponent, Marechal Eurico Gaspar Dutra, but Gomes's looks weren't enough to get him elected. (That said, there's no candy named after Dutra.)
Today, Brigadeiro has wide appeal in Brazil. And here you'll find all sorts of flavors—inspired by the original but taken into wonderful new places. All of them are gluten-free, and they all evoke memories of Brazilian birthday parties, the spirit of togetherness, and the simple joy of a bite-sized treat.
Hope you enjoy it!
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