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When it comes to Brazilian food, brigadeiros are a national icon. Thick, sweet and delicious, these Brazilian truffles are made with condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder. Shaped into small balls and covered in sprinkles, you can pick up these treats at Brigadeiros do Tuiter in Rio de Janeiro.
Best eaten at - Brigadeiros do Tuiter, R. Voluntários da Pátria, 45-108 Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Crispy, deep-fried balls of goodness, coxinhas are one of Brazil’s favourite savoury snacks. With its name translating into “little chicken thighs” in Portuguese, these croquettes are stuffed with chicken and potatoes, formed into a triangular cone-like shape and deep fried. You can pick them up in bars all over the country.
Best eaten at - Comadre Coxinha, R. das Pernambucanas, 30 Graças, Recife
Similar in shape and appearance to brigadeiros, these sweet treats are another fan-favourite at Brazilian parties and celebrations. Meaning “little coconut kisses” in Portuguese, beijinhos de coco are made with condensed milk, butter and flaked coconut. Pick up some of these delicious coconut balls at Balas de Coco in Rio de Janeiro.
Best eaten at - Balas de Coco, R. Ana Neri - Riachuelo, Rio de Janeiro
Something like a cross between aranici and falafel, acarajé are a Brazilian fritter made using peeled black beans and onions. Rolled into little balls, crumbed and deep-fried, these delicious savoury balls are sometimes served with a spicy shrimp stuffing. Our favourite place for acarajé? Acarajé da Ciça in Rio De Janeiro.
Best eaten at - Acarajé da Ciça, R. do Mercado, 7 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Hailing from the Brazilian Coast, Moqueca de Camarão is a fragrant seafood stew. Made using prawns, coconut milk and lots of fresh herbs and spices, this orange-red stew is packed full of flavour. Grab a serving of Moqueca de Camarão and rice from Nomangue Caiçara in Rio de Janeiro.
Best eaten at - Nomangue Caiçara, R. Sá Ferreira, 25B Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro