• Sofia Quadra

Brigadeiros: Brazilian for Dessert

Updated: Feb 19

Most of us love eating desserts. That is why it is great to try not just the most common ones in our country but also foreign desserts, those originated in other parts of the world. María Belén Castillo, a sophomore at CSA, has brought to us the most famous Brazilian snack: brigadeiros.


Being a Brazilian descendant, Maria Belen decided to open her business known as “Xuxa’s Brigadeiros”, along with the help of her sister. The name comes from their nostalgic obsession with a Brazilian singer named Xuxa who impacted their childhood. The two sisters decided to start working on this project during quarantine with the idea that brigadeiros are something “different” for us here in Nicaragua.


Brigadeiros are bite-sized chocolate sweets, sometimes called bon-bons, truffles, or even fudge balls. They are traditionally made of sweet condensed milk, chocolate powder, eggs, and butter.


Maria Belen and her sister learned how to make brigadeiros from a very young age by visiting their grandmother, who taught them tips when preparing Brazilian snacks. They used to make batches for their family, but got creative when the quarantine began and decided to make more to sell. Now, the most popular brigadeiro on their list is the chocolate-flavored one.


Even though she might sometimes lose her patience when results don’t turn out as expected in the kitchen (just as it happens to every chef), Maria Belen has learned not to give up and instead tries her best to satisfy her clients’ desires.


With Instagram being one of the most prominent social media platforms nowadays, Maria Belen has been able to expand her business through artistic visuals of her products. Go take a look at @xuxasbrigadeiros on Instagram and order yours today! SPOILER: There are new products coming soon for the holiday season! Stay tuned.



The Perfect Balance

Photo credit: Mariana Castillo


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