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Image in close up. Small candies of the "Macarons" type, white and dark, with varied multicolored fillings.

Photo: Whopie, La Vie em Douce/ disclosure. Foto: divulgação.

The most diverse styles of gastronomy can be found in São Paulo. But amid the capital’s busy life, nothing better than to delight yourself with a pretty looking snack that melts in the mouth, to sweeten our days with its aromas and flavors.

Homemade brigadeiros (typical Brazilian treat made from chocolate and condensed milk) have rewarded Brigadeiro Doceria e Café with the recognition as the best candy shop of São Paulo in 2010. Bia Forte’s establishment, in Pinheiros, has expanded and now has a branch on Rua dos Pinheiros, two units that offer chocolates filled with Brazil nuts or grapes as highlights, as well as the chocolate mousse trifle with condensed milk syrup and almonds, and the famous Suplicy coffee, an exclusive recipe of the place.

For those who seek to sweeten the palate with more sugary delights, though, Carole Crema’s La Vie em Douce is a great option: all the sweets are covered with sugar layers, among which whoopies stand out, an exclusive recipe that consists of a round sandwich made with a soft dough and several fillings, as does the chifron cake, a tall chocolate dough covered with bitter chocolate syrup, brigadeiro or berries.

Image in close up. Piece of cake with two layers of white cream filling with one of nuts between them. It is topped with peanut butter and dark chocolate fillets.

Paçoca cake. Photo: Amor aos pedaços/ disclosure. Foto divulgação.

Famous for being one of the precursors in the confection of gourmet brigadeiros in the capital of São Paulo, at the Maria Brigadeiro candy shop the kitchen is right next to the reception desk, where snacks such as the Brazilian candies line are made, with flavors such as coffee, coconut, cashew nut and artisanal cachaça (distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice), with different packages, like “PMS relief”, which mimics a pharmaceutical packaging box.

Founded in 1982, in Consolação, Amor aos Pedaços is one of the most widely known candy store networks in São Paulo for being a pioneer in the selling of cakes in pieces, per kilo, to the consumers. With stores spread all over the city, their products are handmade, like the Paçoca Cake, a novelty that mixes chocolate dough with layers of paçoca (typical Brazilian candy made out of ground peanuts and sugar), chocolate syrup and pé-de-moleque (peanut brittle) cream, with light cognac coating.

With 21 stores in the capital, Ofner is considered the most traditional confectionery in São Paulo. Its artisanal production which is more than 59 years old offers several sweets in the most varied versions: liquid, bonbon, cakes, in bars, ice-creams… Ofner stands out for its classics, like the milk chocolate secret recipe, and for their novelty recipes, like the Whisky ice-cream.

Serviços

Brigadeiro Doceria e Café
Address: Padre Carvalho Street, 91 – Pinheiros; Rua dos Pinheiros, 230 – Pinheiros
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Rua dos Pinheiros: every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Phone: (11) 3813-6656/ (11) 3774.7612

Maria Brigadeiro
Address: Capote Valente Street, 68 – Pinheiros
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: (11) 3085-3687

La Vie em Douce por Carole Crema
Address: Rua da Consolação, 3.161 – Jardins; Pedroso Alvarenga Street, 514 – Itaim Bibi
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (11) 3088-7172

Amor aos Pedaços
Check stores adresses and their opening hours on the website.
Phone: (11) 4097- 5877

Ofner
Check stores adresses and their opening hours on the website.
Phone: (11) 3889- 9598

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