Gourmet Brazilian inspired confectionery business aims to impress this Valentine’s Day

Brazilian inspired artisan confectionery business Brigadeiros Gourmet is aiming to grow its presence in the UK with a distinctively South American flavoured Valentine’s Day offering.

The enterprise was founded by Katia Hickmann, a carioca (long-standing Rio de Janeiro resident), who is aiming to impress British consumers with her traditional brigadeiros treats.

She developed her line of fine confectionery came after two decades away from her native home, living in the UK, and set about a new venture making and selling her fine chocolate-based cake offerings.

Brigadeiros come in a number of different colours and flavours: they are little balls, almost truffle-like and a little light fudge in consistency, made by hand with swiss cocoa, condensed milk and double cream.  They were first created back in the 1940s and vary in offerings, from milk chocolate to dark, milk and white, white, Ovaltine, biscuit, Oreo, pistachio, walnut, lemon, coconut, dulce de leite, and peanut.  They’re decadent and moreish, and within seven months of launching to the UK, has garnered a fiercely loyal following.

Katia has been baking and cooking since she was 11, taught by her mother Dona Gildinha, who was a baker.  Her little company also makes and sells the most stunning occasion cakes – from bright, outrageously gooey ‘wow’ cakes (cakes with a Perspex film that when removed allows the gooey cake toppings to fall down around the cake – too good for words) as well as Naked Cakes, Traditional Cakes and Volcano Cakes, with the option of choosing the size, flavour of the cake (choose between sponge, chocolate sponge or carrot cake) and the topping and filling – which, of course, will be made from brigadeiros.

She also makes next-level brownies (traditional, or with nuts), New York-style handmade cookies (Classic, Double Chocolate or Red Velvet). For Valentine’s Day, Katia has developed a  box of brigadeiros topped with fresh, seasonal British flowers. (16 brigadeiros plus the flowers). For more information, visit brigadeirogourmetuk.com

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