The Sweet Taste of Suffrage

What do traditional Brazilian sweets have to do with women’s voting rights? The common denominator is Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who was a candidate for president in 1945, the first year that Brazilian women could vote. The Brigadier was a fan of these fudge-like sweets, which women sold as fundraisers to support him. Today brigadeiros are a beloved staple in Brazil as well as Spain, Chile and Portugal, and they’re winning over sweet teeth across America. We asked our own Julia Elmer, who spent a few years living in Brazil, to hunt down the best U.S. brigadeiros and she turned up these mouth-watering morsels handmade in St. Paul, Minn. Kitty Elshot and Leandro Mano, the owners of OBrigadeiro, start with chewy fudge rolled into balls and coated with all kinds of toppings. Chocolate sprinkles, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chopped nuts and powdered sugar create beautifully textured -- and irresistible-- chocolate spheres. Paired with a cup of coffee or for a birthday celebration, OBrigadeiro’s treats are a perfect way to enjoy another culture’s rich, chocolate traditions.

OBrigadeiro

Traditional Brazilian Candy

The Sweet Taste of Suffrage

What do traditional Brazilian sweets have to do with women’s voting rights? The common denominator is Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who was a candidate for president in 1945, the first year that Brazilian women could vote. The Brigadier was a fan of these fudge-like sweets, which women sold as fundraisers to support him. Today brigadeiros are a beloved staple in Brazil as well as Spain, Chile and Portugal, and they’re winning over sweet teeth across America. We asked our own Julia Elmer, who spent a few years living in Brazil, to hunt down the best U.S. brigadeiros and she turned up these mouth-watering morsels handmade in St. Paul, Minn. Kitty Elshot and Leandro Mano, the owners of OBrigadeiro, start with chewy fudge rolled into balls and coated with all kinds of toppings. Chocolate sprinkles, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chopped nuts and powdered sugar create beautifully textured -- and irresistible-- chocolate spheres. Paired with a cup of coffee or for a birthday celebration, OBrigadeiro’s treats are a perfect way to enjoy another culture’s rich, chocolate traditions.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kitty
    Kitty

    Oi!

    My name is Kitty. My partner Leandro and I are very happy that the Daily Grommet has chosen to feature Obrigadeiro, especially at the start of March which so happens to be Women’s History Month. You may ask why we are excited about that. Well, it is not only because we are excited to share our delicious Brazilian sweet with you but also because brigadeiros have a unique “girl power” story. Not only are they rich in taste but also rich in history…or should that be her-story? I hope that you like brigadeiros as much as we do. So, please tune in and learn more about our company and our products.

    Obrigado!

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 3:19 PM

    Hi Daily Grommet, thanks for the feature! It's only been 2 hours and we've already seen a flux of incoming orders! We are ready to answer any questions that come our way...

  • kate
    kate
    3/7/2011 3:55 PM

    Great story and these confections look out of this world delicious!

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 4:33 PM

    @kate: Obrigada Kate! We hope that you like them! They are quite unique!

  • Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg
    Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg
    3/7/2011 4:10 PM

    As a Portuguese/Brazilian-American, its wonderful to see treats from my family's culture featured on one of my favorite sites. Now lets get some Portuguese custard cups!

    Obrigado, Grommet & Kitty!

    Terry

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 4:36 PM

    @Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg: Teresa, when we started the company we too were surprised to find that even though brigadeiros are so common in Brazilian culture --after all they are a must have at every party or social gathering--it was relatively unknown in American culture. We will definitely work on the suggestion. Obrigada!

  • glorietta bay
    glorietta bay
    3/7/2011 7:32 PM

    I've tried these before and they are delicious. I'm wondering how long they stay fresh? Can they be frozen?

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 7:43 PM

    @glorietta bay: Oi Glorietta! Brigadeiros are very yummy! While they can last longer, we recommend a shelf life of up to 4 weeks. They are best consumed when fresh. With this in mind, every brigadeiro that we ship is freshly made to ensure that the taste and texture is of optimal quality when you receive them. We have heard that some folks freeze them; however we don't recommend that as it takes away from the unique gooey-ness of the brigadeiro.

  • beatriz souza
    beatriz souza
    3/7/2011 11:48 PM

    Parabéns / Congrats for the brigadeiros, Kitty! Born in Brazil, I never had to explain what or how they are like. Guess that's why I never related them to fudge - though I love both, of course. Me thinks that "brigadeiros" and "beijinhos" go together very well anywhere - how about that?...

    The best, abraço,

    beatriz souza

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/8/2011 11:45 AM

    @beatriz souza: Obrigada! Yes, it is always a challenge to explain the consistency of brigadeiros to those who aren’t familiar with them. There is nothing quite like them. Regardless, they are delicious! Interesting point about the brigadeiros and beijinhos – those two flavors happen to be the most popular ones among our customers. My personal favorite is the beijinho. I can never have just one…or two…

  • beverly saastamoinen
    beverly saastamoinen
    8/27/2011 6:49 PM

    I live in Ventura,California how would I order these brigadeiros.please reply and let me know. Thank-you

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/28/2011 12:21 AM

    @beverly saastamoinen: You are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. They are not shipping during the summer months because the brigadeiros won't stay fresh in the heat of the delivery trucks.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

OBrigadeiro

Traditional Brazilian Candy

The Sweet Taste of Suffrage

What do traditional Brazilian sweets have to do with women’s voting rights? The common denominator is Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who was a candidate for president in 1945, the first year that Brazilian women could vote. The Brigadier was a fan of these fudge-like sweets, which women sold as fundraisers to support him. Today brigadeiros are a beloved staple in Brazil as well as Spain, Chile and Portugal, and they’re winning over sweet teeth across America.

We asked our own Julia Elmer, who spent a few years living in
Brazil, to hunt down the best U.S. brigadeiros and she turned up these mouth-watering morsels handmade in St. Paul, Minn. Kitty Elshot and Leandro Mano, the owners of OBrigadeiro, start with chewy fudge rolled into balls and coated with all kinds of toppings. Chocolate sprinkles, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chopped nuts and powdered sugar create beautifully textured -- and irresistible-- chocolate spheres.

Paired with a cup of coffee or for a birthday celebration, OBrigadeiro’s treats are a perfect way to enjoy another culture’s rich, chocolate traditions.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kitty
    Kitty

    Oi!

    My name is Kitty. My partner Leandro and I are very happy that the Daily Grommet has chosen to feature Obrigadeiro, especially at the start of March which so happens to be Women’s History Month. You may ask why we are excited about that. Well, it is not only because we are excited to share our delicious Brazilian sweet with you but also because brigadeiros have a unique “girl power” story. Not only are they rich in taste but also rich in history…or should that be her-story? I hope that you like brigadeiros as much as we do. So, please tune in and learn more about our company and our products.

    Obrigado!

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 3:19 PM

    Hi Daily Grommet, thanks for the feature! It's only been 2 hours and we've already seen a flux of incoming orders! We are ready to answer any questions that come our way...

  • kate
    kate
    3/7/2011 3:55 PM

    Great story and these confections look out of this world delicious!

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 4:33 PM

    @kate: Obrigada Kate! We hope that you like them! They are quite unique!

  • Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg
    Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg
    3/7/2011 4:10 PM

    As a Portuguese/Brazilian-American, its wonderful to see treats from my family's culture featured on one of my favorite sites. Now lets get some Portuguese custard cups!

    Obrigado, Grommet & Kitty!

    Terry

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 4:36 PM

    @Teresa Rodrigues Blinkenberg: Teresa, when we started the company we too were surprised to find that even though brigadeiros are so common in Brazilian culture --after all they are a must have at every party or social gathering--it was relatively unknown in American culture. We will definitely work on the suggestion. Obrigada!

  • glorietta bay
    glorietta bay
    3/7/2011 7:32 PM

    I've tried these before and they are delicious. I'm wondering how long they stay fresh? Can they be frozen?

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/7/2011 7:43 PM

    @glorietta bay: Oi Glorietta! Brigadeiros are very yummy! While they can last longer, we recommend a shelf life of up to 4 weeks. They are best consumed when fresh. With this in mind, every brigadeiro that we ship is freshly made to ensure that the taste and texture is of optimal quality when you receive them. We have heard that some folks freeze them; however we don't recommend that as it takes away from the unique gooey-ness of the brigadeiro.

  • beatriz souza
    beatriz souza
    3/7/2011 11:48 PM

    Parabéns / Congrats for the brigadeiros, Kitty! Born in Brazil, I never had to explain what or how they are like. Guess that's why I never related them to fudge - though I love both, of course. Me thinks that "brigadeiros" and "beijinhos" go together very well anywhere - how about that?...

    The best, abraço,

    beatriz souza

  • Kitty
    Kitty – Special Guest
    3/8/2011 11:45 AM

    @beatriz souza: Obrigada! Yes, it is always a challenge to explain the consistency of brigadeiros to those who aren’t familiar with them. There is nothing quite like them. Regardless, they are delicious! Interesting point about the brigadeiros and beijinhos – those two flavors happen to be the most popular ones among our customers. My personal favorite is the beijinho. I can never have just one…or two…

  • beverly saastamoinen
    beverly saastamoinen
    8/27/2011 6:49 PM

    I live in Ventura,California how would I order these brigadeiros.please reply and let me know. Thank-you

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/28/2011 12:21 AM

    @beverly saastamoinen: You are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. They are not shipping during the summer months because the brigadeiros won't stay fresh in the heat of the delivery trucks.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.