The website wasn't quite sure why the dessert was named after a general, but the author said it might have been because he was yummy ;) Someone else said this might not be entirely accurate, and said "it is rumoured that this name was created by someone who didn't like Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes very much... it's about the fact that he had lost one of his testicles during the war (he was shot). Then people during the elections called the candy "brigadeiro" because it doesn't need an egg and "egg" in Portuguese is slang for "testicle".
The recipe that Lu gave me actually calls for eggs, but if you want to "honor" Brigadeiro Gomes' fallen egg, you may leave out the yolks.
What You'll Need
1 can condensed milk
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons chocolate (Nesquik, or something similar. Cocoa powder, if you want a stronger chocolate taste)
1 tablespoon butter
What You'll Do
Mix everything together in a heavy saucepan over low heat and stir until the mix detaches from the bottom of the pan.
Shape into balls and roll in chocolate sprinkles.
Refrigerate before eating.