HISTORY OF BRIGADEIRO
CREATING A BRAZILIAN ICON
THE NAME BRIGADEIRO
A SIGNIFICANT SYMBOL IN AERONAUTICS AND BRAZIL
Air Marshal Eduardo Gomes, or Brigadeiro, as he modestly, preferred to be called, was born in Petrópolis, on September 20, 1896. Brigadeiro achieved expressive accomplishments and participated in episodes that changed the history of Brazil. His first notable appearance was in the Revolution of the Lieutenants in 1922, when he refused to fight against the Brazilian population. In the 1930s, he participated in the creation and commanded the Military Air Mail, which later became the National Air Mail, an important integration tool in the country. He was a candidate for president of the Republic on two occasions, 1945 and 1950, when the traditional sweet “brigadeiro” appeared, nicknamed in his honor.
The Air Marshal was Minister of the Air Force on two occasions: from 1954 to 1955 and from 1965 to 1967. He remained active throughout his life, even in the reserve of the FAB, until he died on June 13, 1981. Even today, he is one of the great references of Aeronautics and Brazil.
THE ORIGINAL BRIGADEIRO
1939 – 1945
CREATING A NATIONAL ICON
The exact origin of the Brigadeiro treat is not entirely clear, but it is said that the dessert was invented in Brazil after World War II (1939–1945). During that time, it was difficult to find fresh milk and sugar to make any kind of desserts. Because of this, it was discovered that by mixing condensed milk and chocolate, the result would be a delicious sweet treat.
During Brigadeiro’s candidacy for president, his wife would serve these during their fundraising events. As voting came to a close, they soon began to call friends to come eat “Brigadeiro’s sweets” (Dochinho do Brigadeiro). Despite the great support they received, Eduardo Gomes lost the election. However, Brigadeiro’s sweets gained popularity and became a mandatory treat at parties.
Brigadeiro treats later gained the status of a Brazilian delicacy being served in the finest events. These delicious treats have become an iconic part of Brazilian culture and is made at home and served at kids birthday parties. Brazilians cherish Brigadeiros as they are a reminder of happy times spent with family and friends. Since the original chocolate flavor, Brigadeiros have been made in various other flavors by changing the ingredients or format.
Treats Brazil stays true to the original Brigadeiro recipe, creating various flavors with high quality ingredients. We are proud to bring this traditional Brazilian treat to the United States and the world. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.