CONFECTION AFFECTION: Brazilian Brigadeiros getting local love

They’re fudgy, but not fudge. Sort of like truffles, but not quite. Brigadeiros are a unique hybrid native to Brazil, and they’re finding a place in Las Vegas.

Patricia Swolensky started her Sweet Fairy Brigadeiros business four years ago, but the Brazilian grew up serving the treats at every festive occasion. While planning a birthday party for her son, she made some to share with friends.

“It was a big hit,” she said. “That’s when I got the idea to share one of the sweets that are very popular in Brazil.” She started with milk chocolate, then made coconut with plum, chocolate with peanuts, salt with caramel, then pistachio. Some are rolled in shaved chocolate, some in chocolate pearls, some in coconut.

To make them even more festive, Swolensky — who studied design in New York after moving to the U.S. 20 years ago — created flower shells to hold them. The food-safe paper shells are imported from Brazil or made by her from fabric in a variety of colors. Four-piece box, $12; 50-piece box, $140.

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