You may be wondering what exactly is a Brigadeiro? Well, I am here to give you the full details on this delicious bite-size Brazilian treat. It may look like many of the scrumptious mini desserts we are used to but it’s not a bonbon and it’s not a truffle.
They are completely different in their preparing methods, taste, consistency and textures. The main ingredient is condensed milk rather than any sort of cream. Brigadeiros are found at all celebrations in Brazilian culture. They are traditionally chocolaty balls covered with chocolate sprinkles (so basically bite-size balls of chocolaty heaven), but in more recent years they have expanded to include a variety of flavors and toppings.
Luciano Brilho is the young American-Brazilian entrepreneur who has brought Florida ( and lucky for us, Miami ), it’s very first brigadeiro specialty shop, Oh My Gosh! Brigadeiros. Currently there are only three others in the country – two in New York and one in Los Angeles. When Luciano was 18 he moved to Kansas City to play soccer but suffered from an unfortunate knee injury two years later. Instead of returning to Brazil he decided to stay in the States, where he earned his degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at St. Thomas University. It was there Luciano realized he was very passionate about winning the hearts of Americans and that was when he decided to introduce Miami to the wonderful world of the brigadeiro. This sweet treat was a large part of his childhood and he knew it would be a hit.
Oh My Gosh! Brigadeiros opened its doors just over a year ago in the heart of Coral Gables not too far from Miracle Mile. This quaint little shop is cranking out some amazing combinations of these classic Brazilian delights. With 20 flavors and counting on the menu it is definitely hard to pick one, luckily they have boxes fit to satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth. The more you buy the better deal you get which makes them perfect for parties or as host gifts.
The “Oh My Gosh” is their signature flavor and easily the most popular. It has a creamy condensed milk center wrapped in a milk chocolate coating covered in chocolate pearls. I’ll have to agree, it was my favorite of the day!
In a close second was the Caramel Dulce De Leche Crunch – so creamy, so caramelly, SO good! They even have fruity flavors such as Key Lime, Orange Almond, and Passion Fruit for those who aren’t as obsessed with chocolate as I am. Luciano and his team are thrilled with the response they’ve received from the community in the past year and will soon be expanding to include custom cakes as well as ice cream and maybe even some savory cheesy goodies in the future. I will definitely be on the lookout for those new additions.
They are currently serving Nespresso coffee and the must have Cappuccino Brigadeiro which features a NUTELLA and chocolate candy rimmed mug – let’s not even get me started on how quickly I dove into that. Do yourself a favor and run, don’t walk to OMG Brigadeiro!
You won’t regret it, these 2 bite desserts are perfection and I bet you can’t eat just one!
2771 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145