This candy is named after a renowned Brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Air Force brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio. He later ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1946 and 1950, during a brief breeze of democracy which blew after WWII in Brazil. The name of the candy is that of his rank, Brigadeiro. Now, why would anyone name candy after an army general? Well, back in 1922, he was tall, dark-haired with blue eyes. AND SINGLE!!! The Brigadeiro campaign slogan was “Vote no Brigadeiro que é bonito e é solteiro”. Or the other version “Brigadeiro Brigadeiro, e melhor porque e solteiro”. Today, brigadeiro candy is a must have in any birthday party and kids love them.