By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer
August 25, 2015

Brazilian cuisine is really diverse and tasty as well. When it comes to sweets and desserts, there is a whole world of sugary goodness to explore. Below, we have compiled five Brazilian deserts for you to try if you get the chance.

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiros are among the most popular sweets in Brazil, especially at birthday parties. They are basically balls of condensed milk mixed with chocolate powder, which are then covered in chocolate sprinkles. Not only are brigadeiros delicious, but they are also very easy to make at home. If you want to try one but are not in Brazil, you can try making your own.

Tapioca

Tapioca is a type of pancake made with a particular type of flour. Tapiocas can be salty, but they can also be made into delicious desserts. They can be filled with chocolate, fruits, condensed milk and many other sweet fillings. Personally, I would recommend filling it with bananas and Nutella.

Quindim

Quindims are amongst the most traditional Brazilian pastries. This delicious treat, which came from the northeast of Brazil, is made from a mix of sugar, egg yolks and ground coconuts, and is usually presented inside an upturned cup. The quindim also has a larger version, which can serve many people, referred to as “quindo”.

Pudim de Leite Condensado

Different versions of this desert can be found in other countries with different names, but the Brazilian one is made with condensed milk, which makes it sweeter than most versions. The “pudim” is a traditional dessert in Brazil, and can be found in many restaurants and households. If you get the chance to try it, I would recommend not missing the opportunity.

Cocada

Cocadas are a traditional candy that can be found in many parts of Latin America, specially in Brazil. Made with eggs and shredded coconut, they usually have a chewy texture and a sugary taste, and come in a variety of colors. In Brazil, cocadas are mostly found in the northeast, sometimes being sold in the street by vendors. For candy lovers, it is definitely worth a try.

Paoca

The paoca is a Brazilian candy made with ground peanuts, cassava flour, sugar and salt. It is eaten mostly in the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo, but can be found all though the country. Paocas come mostly shaped like a cube or a cork, and have a dry texture and a sweet taste that many say is similar to peanut butter. Whether trying the artisanal or the industrially-made paoca, the experience is highly recommended.

Pamonha

Pamonhas are a sweet corn-based paste that can be found all through Brazil. There are many different recipes for pamonha, but the traditional one consists of grounded green corn, milk (or coconut milk), sugar, butter and cinnamon. Pamonhas are very popular, and are often sold inside corn husks or wrapped in banana leaves. They usually have a pasty texture and taste delicious.

You can contact Pedro via pedro@gringoes.com.

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By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer
August 25, 2015

So you have found your love in Brazil and wants to get married, but between you and your (hopefully) happy marriage, there stands a bureaucratic process for you to conquer. Do not be afraid, for we have written this article to guide you through the process. First, you need to gather the documents that you will be presenting at the cartorio (registry office). You should have a notarized copy of your spouse’s ID, an original and up to date copy of their birth certificate, your original birth certificate (certified by the Brazilian Consulate in the issuing country), receipt showing that the birth certificate has been legalized (GRU receipt), a translated copy of your birth certificate and passport, a declaration of non-impediment and a notarized ID copy of two Brazilian witnesses. You might also need to register your passport and birth certificate at the Cartorio de registros and bring a proof of address in Brazil.

In order for your spouse to get a notarized copy of an ID, they need to request a photocopy of an ID, which can be done in any cartorio at the cost of roughly R$5. They also need to apply for an up to date birth certificate from the state that they were born. As for your birth certificate, it needs to be recognized in Brazil, which can be done by sending it to the Brazilian consulate with a cover letter asking them to legalize it. Once you get your birth certificate back, you need to pay a fee at a branch of Banco do Brazil through a GRU form.

After you have gathered all the documents that are necessary, you need to go to the Cartrio de Registro Civil e Pessoas Naturais (Civil Registry), and apply for permission to marry. They will then give you a date and a time for you to pay a fee of roughly R$300, sign some forms and present two witnesses that know you well. On this day, you should show the officer that you have a basic understanding of Portuguese if you don’t want to hire a public translator. After this process is finished they will send the documentation to another official office for approval. Once the documents are approved, you will be notified and asked to sign another form, in which you need to list two godparents as witnesses and attach a certified copy of their identification to the form. After this is finished, you are finally allowed to marry on a date of your choice.

One thing to remember is that whether or not you chose to have a wedding ceremony, it is required for all Brazilians to have the civil wedding as well, whether in the registry office or elsewhere (at additional cost). At the registry office both the bride and the groom are allowed to have 8 people present, or 16 in some cases. Once this process is finished, you are finally married, and free to enjoy your marriage.

You can contact Pedro via pedro@gringoes.com.

Previous articles by Pedro:

16 Funny Brazilian Expressions
The Best Festivals in Brazil for the EDM Lovers – Part 1
6 Common Mistakes Foreigners Make Trying to Speak Portuguese in Brazil
Brazil: 10 Hiking Trails for Nature Lovers in the State of São Paulo – Part 1