Nutella lovers beware! This simple, yet decadent fudge reminded me of a hazelnut kissed caramel when I first tasted it. So delicious!
What is a Brigedeiro?
The origins of this recipe come from Brazil. In Brazil, they make a condensed milk fudge which is called Brigadeiro.
Traditional Brigadeiro is a chocolate fudge, made with cocoa, condensed milk and butter, but there are other variations as well.
It is a very popular treat served at parties and there are many shops that specialize in various flavors of Brigadeiro in Brazil.
Consistency and taste
The consistency when it is first made is soft and chewy, with a hint of Nutella. It’s no surprise since it is made with sweetened condensed milk!
I do have to admit that the taste of this fudge was not what I was expecting at all. I guess I was expecting more of a fudgy chocolatey bite, but this had a softer, lighter chocolate flavor.
This recipe piqued my interest because I absolutely love Nutella, and I was very curious about making fudge with sweetened condensed milk.
With only 3 ingredients (not counting the sprinkles I used to decorate them) it was a pretty easy recipe as well, and I had all ingredients on hand here at home.
Bonus: It’s gluten free
To get started, heat up the sweetened condensed milk, Nutella, and butter in a pan on the stove at medium heat for about ten minutes or so until it becomes thick and glossy.
Then cool the fudge before rolling into small balls.
I refrigerated it for about 30 minutes.
The recipe suggests coating your hands with butter to keep the fudge from sticking, but I had no problems and did not use the butter.
Once formed into a ball, roll the fudge in your desired decorating sugar or sprinkles, or get super creative and roll it in nuts, crushed cookies, coconut or whatever you would like.
Store in the refrigerator if not eating right away.
I personally liked the recipe much more immediately after it was made rather than after it had been refrigerated overnight. Once refrigerated, it changed the consistency completely, and bringing it back to room temperature did not change its new consistency. It actually was more like a fudge once refrigerated, and more like a Nutella kissed caramel before.
That said, living in a warm climate like I do, if I left these sitting out they would melt like a snowman and turn into a pile of mud-looking Nutella fudge. So you be the judge of where to store your Nutella fudge!
Brigedeiro – A Delicious Brazilian Nutella Fudge
- 14 ounce Can of Condensed Milk
- 4 tbsp Nutella
- 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 cup Sprinkles (optional)
- Place the condensed milk, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan.
- Over medium heat, stir mixture without stopping, while it slowly comes to a boil.
- Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium low. Continue to stir while it cooks.
- Don’t stop stirring the mixture, or the fudge will stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Cook mixture for about 10 minutes.
- To test if the fudge is ready, simply tilt the pan and if the mixture comes off from the bottom of the pan, you’re good to go. Mixture will look shiny and firm. If you run a spatula on the bottom of the pan, fudge will take about 5 seconds to come together again. You are looking for a very thick stage.
- Remove fudge to a buttered plate. Let it cool down until it gets to room temperature and then stick it in the fridge.
- Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so until it has cooled completely.
- With buttered hands, scoop a small amount of Nutella fudge and roll between your palms to form a small smooth ball. Coat fudge in sprinkles if desired. Put in small baking cups.
- Continue until you’re done with all the fudge. There should be about 20 balls depending on how big you make them.
- Store the Nutella fudge in the fridge for up to 15 days.
- You can also store it in the freezer for up to 2 months, make sure it’s well packaged. To thaw it, simply place it in the fridge a couple hours before serving.
- You can vary toppings that you roll the fudge into such as nuts, coconut, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or your favorite sprinkles.
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