Rating: 4.47 stars
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

This is basically sweet, caramelized milk. It's so easy and so delicious. I like it better than caramel sauce on anything you'd use caramel sauce, such as on ice cream, toast, cookies, cakes, brownies, or to pour on people.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Wash the nail and pound it into the top of can of sweetened condensed milk to make 2 small holes on opposite sides of the top. Remove nail.

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  • Place the can of condensed milk into a small saucepan and pour in water to reach high up the side of the can. Bring water to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer milk in the can for 3 to 4 hours. Milk will slowly turn light to medium brown and become thicker as it cooks. Add more water as it boils down.

  • Remove lid from can and pour dulce de leche into a bowl. Whisk to break up any lumps and mix thicker caramel from the bottom into the rest of the syrup.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 26.7g; fat 4.3g; cholesterol 16.7mg; sodium 64.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
I took note of the caution about using metal cans as cooking utensils and decided to transfer the sweetened condensed milk into a ball canning glass jar. I left the top slightly loose for venting. I did everything else as written. It came out great. This offered three advantages, first I was able to see the progress of the test batch and avoided the danger of unwanted chemicals leaching into the Dulce De Leche, and finally, when it was finished it was already in its storage container! (Not that it was "stored" for very long!) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/03/2018
Never heat food in a can. Cans are lined with BPA and/or other toxic chemicals. Heating cans leaches the chemicals into food - particularly fatty foods like milk! The EPA and FDA both has publications informing people not to use cans in this way! Use a double-boiler to make this recipe. Read More
(28)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
I took note of the caution about using metal cans as cooking utensils and decided to transfer the sweetened condensed milk into a ball canning glass jar. I left the top slightly loose for venting. I did everything else as written. It came out great. This offered three advantages, first I was able to see the progress of the test batch and avoided the danger of unwanted chemicals leaching into the Dulce De Leche, and finally, when it was finished it was already in its storage container! (Not that it was "stored" for very long!) Read More
(30)
Rating: 1 stars
08/03/2018
Never heat food in a can. Cans are lined with BPA and/or other toxic chemicals. Heating cans leaches the chemicals into food - particularly fatty foods like milk! The EPA and FDA both has publications informing people not to use cans in this way! Use a double-boiler to make this recipe. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
This is excellent! It's helpful to have a large pan of simmering water on the stove to maintain the water level in the small pan without changing the water temperature. I simmered mine exactly for 3 hours because I wanted it somewhat thin to spread on top of a Tres Leche cake. 3 hours is a long time, but as long as I checked it often and maintained the water level to an inch below the top, it was as easy as it gets. It was so delicious that I had to stop myself from eating it right out of the can! Much better than anything in the store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2016
Great Recipe! I had a spare can of sweetened condensed milk. With the wonderful cross-filing system of Allrecipes, it was easy to find a recipe using that (one!) ingredient . Marysunshine1's suggestion of the extra pan of simmering water will ease the process and is especially good since we can nearly always use extra humidity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2019
Make sure your can is magnetic with a common fridge magnet to assure its safe to boil! Otherwise this recipe works great!!!!! I made it to put in my dulce de leche apple empanadas ?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
Just FYI, it’s pronounced “dool-say” not “dol-che.” Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/04/2017
I followed the recipe exactly with 2 nail holes on top and cooked the canned condensed milk for a little over four hours. When I open the cans they looked exactly like uncooked condensed milk just runny and not done at all! Very disappointed as I need this for my daughter's Spanish class today and we have nothing! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2017
I made it, and when it cools down its really thick but it works.... Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2015
Great recipe to know thank you for posting!! I've done this once already and nobody could believe how simple and delicious it is. Could save you that extra trip to the store!!! Read More