These sweet little candies are a traditional treat for birthdays and celebrations in Brazil.
The traditional decoration is a clove, but since they’re not edible and not to everyone’s taste, you may want to substitute for another decoration.
You will need:
- 1 can (397g/14oz) Sweetened condensed milk
- 150g Sweetened/flaked coconut
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Petit four cases
- Extra coconut/sugar to decorate
- A little vegetable oil
- Heat the milk, coconut, butter and vanilla extract in a heavy pan over a low heat for 15 – 20 mins. Stir very regularly and continuously near the end until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan.
- Spread out on a baking sheet or a plate and leave for 5 mins or until cool enough to handle.
- Grease hands with vegetable oil and roll mixture into truffle sized balls. I made 32 out of this mixture.
- Roll in sugar or coconut and place each ball in a petit four case.
- Decorate with the traditional clove or anything else which takes your fancy. We used pink balls since that was what was in the cupboard
- Store in the refrigerator. See steps in photos
- The mixture gets a little stiff near the end of the cooking time and will stick easily so it may be a good time for an adult to take over. Kids will probably have had enough of stirring by then anyway!
- This mixture will catch on the bottom of the pan very easily so keep a close eye on it. If you do burn the bottom, take off the heat and transfer the mixture which isn’t burnt to another pan before carrying on cooking.
- You’ll need to re-grease your hands about 4 times when making the balls. Re-grease when the mixture starts sticking to palms.
- Roll each ball in the sugar/coconut as soon as you’ve rolled it so the coconut/sugar will stick better.