Cook over medium-low
heat, stir vigorously the sweetened condensed milk, margarine and cocoa powder.
Cook the mixture
until it thickens enough to show the pan bottom during stirring.
Pour the mixture in
a greased dish and let it cool to room temperature. Take small amounts of the
mixture with a teaspoon and make 1 ˝ inch balls.
Roll the balls over chocolate jimmies to decorate.
Hint: Grease your
hands with margarine to make the balls easily.
If the balls don't
hold the shape and flat down like coins, it means that you did not cook enough.
Cook additional five minutes, take a small sample and dip it in a glass with
cold water. If you cooked enough, this sample should hold the shape after
cooling down in the water.
The cheapest , low
grade sweetened condensed milk is the best to make the brigadeiro because they
have more starch on them, which helps the candy to hold the shape.
In US, buy the sweet condensed milk from the Walmart brand "Great Value",
cook this brand for 20 minutes in medium heat stirring continuously and your
brigadeiro is with the right consistency.