Maria Brigadeiro


Well, I wrapped up Rio in a nice little sunga and was off to São Paulo. One thing I knew I needed to try at some point during my stay in Brazil, was a Brigadeiro (a chocolate bonbon). Now, you can find them just about anywhere, most cafes and juice spots will have them, but, I was holding out for a place that really looked like they knew what they were doing. Cue, Maria Brigadeiro in Pinheiros in São Paulo. 


I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But this shop was beyond adorable, smelled amazing, and offered one of my most favorite things, a glass window to watch all the magic happen. Voyeuristic, maybe. But amazing, always. 


They have a number of flavors to choose from, bringing a new dynamic to the brigadeiro. I went for two different flavors, first up was their Salted Caramel. This was a little ball of delight. Not only did it look beautiful with the delicate little coiled shavings, but it was creamy and flavorful with all of its salted caramelly goodness. 


Then, it was time for the OG, the Traditional Brigadeiro (condensed milk, and cocoa powder). Now, the Salted Caramel was really nice, but I had to give this round to the Traditional. It was so rich and creamy, with precious little chocolate tiles instead of the usual chocolate sprinkles. 


And can we talk about how delightful and impressive this packaging is? I know, I know, the book cover thing again. But, come on, you just want to pinch its cheeks, right?

The Shorts:
Name: Maria Brigadeiro
Location: Rua Capote Valente, 68 – Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, there are so many more flavors for me to try.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, its really a full experiences, more than just picking up some candy.


Savannah’s Candy Kitchen


If you have a sweet tooth, and find yourself in Nashville, look no further than Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. They’re the largest candy company in the Southeast, housing fresh, handmade confections.


Best known for their pralines, they’re producing them onsite with on-demand samples, and you can best believe I got one. They were sweet and delicious and melt in your mouth. They also make their popcorn right in front of your eyes.


You can also get samples of the popcorn, and, yeah, I did that too. It’s not just regular  popcorn, it’s fancy popcorn flavors like Chocolate Pecan Caramel Corn, and Pralines N Cream, just to name a few. 


In addition, you can find monster sized candy apples, with flavors for everyone. If you’re still searching for more, they have a variety of taffy flavors, fudges, gelato, and other chocolate confections. And if some of these are a little too sophisticated for the kiddies, there’s a wall of self-serve gummies, fruit and sour candies to load your bag up with. 

The Shorts:
Name: Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
Location: 310 Broadway Street, Nashville
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Do fish swim in water?
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, it’s pretty much a Southern candy Mecca.