Marie Biscuits Choco Bars/Balls

palha italiana-choco barsI think this is a Brazilian recipe, it is called “Palha Italiana”, an alternative for our famous “brigadeiro”, the only difference is that in this recipe we use Marie Biscuits, and you can make it in bars or balls. But if you want only the brigadeiros, just follow the recipe but don’t use the biscuits and roll the balls in chocolate sprinkles. I love this recipe, I think that I love it more than the brigadeiros. Everybody love it, it is perfect for a kids birthday, but be careful because they will disappear very quickly and everybody will ask for more…haha.

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Marie Biscuits Choco Bars/Balls


4 tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate drink mix (like nesquik)
1 tbsp butter
1/2 (100g) pack Marie Biscuits coarsely crushed
1 can condensed milk


In a heavy saucepan, mix the condensed milk, cocoa and butter. Stir to dissolve the chocolate. Put over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until you are able to see the bottom of the pot when you tilt the pan,(the mixture should slide quickly). This should take 10-12 minutes.The longer you leave it to boil, the thicker it gets. Crush the biscuits and add to the pan and stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Flatten mixture into a greased plate. Allow to cool before cutting to desired size and then roll in sugar.

A alternative is to instead of coarsely crush the biscuit you can crush biscuits finely to make a fine powder and then butter your hands and roll the mixture into small balls (size doesn’t really matter but the smaller they are the more you get) and roll in sugar.

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