Caramel in a Can (Dulce De Leche)


My delicious caramel in a can.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
1 can of caramel


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)


  1. Remove label from the can of condensed milk. Place unopened can in a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker. Pour water into the slow cooker until the can is completely covered with water. Put lid on the slow cooker.

  2. Cook on High for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, making sure the can is always covered with water. Remove hot can with tongs; allow to cool until safe to handle, at least 25 minutes. Open can and pour contents into a lidded bowl. Stir in vanilla extract.

Cook's Notes:

The longer the milk cooks, the darker the caramel will be.

Do not attempt to open the can while it's still hot, as the hot dulce de leche may spit out because of the pressure inside the can.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
6g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 186mg 14%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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