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Brazilians definitely have a sweet tooth! In the evenings, when the sun goes down, the shops shut down, and the locals and visitors pour onto the streets of Brazilian towns, the streets welcome the presence of these delicious looking dessert carts. Selling everything from cheese cakes, to chocolate cakes like the traditional Pave, to chocolate (brigadeiro) and coconut (beijinho de coco) truffles, they are exactly what you want to stumble along on your way from dinner!

Brazilian dessert cart

Brazilian dessert cart on the street in Ilha Grande, Brazil

My favourite? Beijinho de coco, coconut kisses, made with sweetened condensed milk, butter and of course, coconut!
Hello, sugar high!

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