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Strawberry Time!

1 de July de 2009


It’s strawberry time!

And it’s also winter break at my daughter’s preschool… For the first time in my life, I’m living the full time mom experience. You know, she’s almost two – talking, dancing, singing, running, crying, laughing, fighting, falling, all at once!

Strawberries are her absolute favorites. I’ve bought some to make this bonbons, but the little hurricane ate them all.

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The reason I’m telling you all this is, in fact, to get some help! If you, more experienced mothers out there, happen to have any suggestions on how to entertain 20-month-old kids for a WHOLE MONTH, please drop me a line!

Now, back to business:

Strawberry Bonbons

These confections have a simple and delicious concept – strawberry covered in white brigadeiro covered again in chocolate. They demand a lot of work, but is totally worth it.

The strawberries must be washed and patted dry carefully – you don’t wanna poke them, or they will run juices and ruin the whole thing. Select the smaller, sweeter fruit for this recipe, and don’t let the little thieves still them. 🙂


  • 20 strawberries (small to medium)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 400g milk chocolate, to cover
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Prepare the strawberries

Wash carefully and pat dry the strawberries. Take the leaves out, but not the stems. If the stems are too long, trim them short. Leave it to air dry in a ventilated place.

Prepare the white brigadeiro

Butter a soup plate or platter. In a saucepan, mix the condensed milk and butter. Cook over medium flame, always stirring, till boil. Reduce heat. Stir constantly, scraping bottom and sides of the pan. When it thickens and pulls from bottom of the pan (about 105º/221F), it’s ready. It will firm a bit after cooled. Transfer to the buttered plate, let it cool completely. The cooled brigadeiro looks and feels like a soft fudge.

And here we go…

Place the sugar on a small bowl and set aside. Butter your hands a little and take small portions (about a teaspoon) of the brigadeiro dough and wrap each strawberry all the way through. Dip the base on sugar and reserve.

Line with parchment paper a tray big enough to hold all the strawberries. Melt and temper the chocolate.

Dip in the chocolate first the strawberries bottoms, one by one, and set on paper to harden. Then, dip the strawberries thoroughly very carefully,  lift it with a fork and let it drain a little to remove excess chocolate. Place them on the parchment paper and let the chocolate dry.

The bonbons are best eaten the same day they were made.

Strawberry on Foodista

23 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 de July de 2009 15:17

    ooooh … those strawberry bonbons look amazing ^^ … XOXO

  2. 1 de July de 2009 17:19

    Sweetened condensed milk, strawberries AND chocolate? Sounds like a triple threat to me!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      4 de July de 2009 13:08

      Thanks, Gine!
      Cathy, it IS a triple threat, but sometimes we have to take our chances, right? 🙂

  3. 2 de July de 2009 0:22

    These sound amazing! Oh I cannot wait until strawberry season to try these! These would be a great truffle to serve at a dinner party 😀

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      4 de July de 2009 13:12

      Lorraine, it is a very good choice for dinner parties, indeed – you’ve got your chocolate AND you fruit at the same time, and everybody is happy!

  4. 2 de July de 2009 4:38

    Wow. This recipe combines my three absolute favorite foods (i can eat condensed milk by the spoonfuls!). amazing! I’m totally going to try this the next time my mom buys strawberries! :]

    Good luck, two-year-olds are a handful!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      4 de July de 2009 13:14

      Kelley, please let me know if you try the recipe! Thanks for the good luck part – I’m gonna need it!

  5. 2 de July de 2009 12:32

    Yum yum. even better than chocolate strawberries. Great photos 🙂

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      4 de July de 2009 13:14

      Thanks, Anita!

  6. 2 de July de 2009 21:08

    Here’s my advice…enjoy! Laugh…or drink…your way through the tantrums! 😉 It goes WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to fast! That age is so frustrating sometimes, but it is about the cutest!

  7. thecookieshop permalink*
    4 de July de 2009 13:22

    You are so right, Bridget, the little creatures grow so fast! And she is the cutest, I’m having a lot of fun with her at home with me! And yes (I’m LOL here with the drinking suggestion) – sometimes mommy just needs a cocktail! 😀

  8. 4 de July de 2009 18:46

    These look great!!!

  9. 4 de July de 2009 19:57

    Oh these are gorgeous!

  10. 4 de July de 2009 23:41

    I can just imagine not only the sweet taste but the surprise to one biting in to one of these! YUM!!!

  11. oneordinaryday permalink
    5 de July de 2009 21:31

    Wow. What a stunning dessert!

  12. 11 de July de 2009 12:02

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this. They look amazing!

  13. 11 de July de 2009 14:56

    They look ssoooo great!

  14. 11 de July de 2009 16:16

    Oh my, that looks so delicious! I love strawberries fresh or all bundled up in condensed milk and chocolate. And your daughter seems to enjoy it a lot too. I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

  15. 23 de September de 2009 16:24

    This counts as the fruit group, not a dessert, right? Oh, I’m sure I’m gaining weight just looking through your delicious blog.

  16. 13 de April de 2010 20:49

    hey was wondering what the recipe is for the strawberry flavoured chocolate? Have been trying to find it forever!! please help!! thanks! you can email me at

  17. 8 de September de 2010 14:37

    Hello! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Strawberry Bonbons recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!


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