My delicious caramel in a can.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs 30 mins
additional:
25 mins
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 can of caramel
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

211 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 35.6g 12% DV; fat 5.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 22.2mg 7% DV; sodium 83mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2017
I was born and raised in Guadalajara México. We never bought any caramel my grandfather made it all the time used La Lechera brand. He made it on stove top I still make it till this day now my teenagers and adult daughter are making it; and use it on toast pancakes top ice cream with it. It s the best and only caramel! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2017
I was born and raised in Guadalajara México. We never bought any caramel my grandfather made it all the time used La Lechera brand. He made it on stove top I still make it till this day now my teenagers and adult daughter are making it; and use it on toast pancakes top ice cream with it. It s the best and only caramel! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
I normally make my own caramel with sugar, butter, and cream, but this is certainly a nice and easy shortcut. I didn't add anything at to the first can, but the second has just come out of the slow cooker, and I'll try adding some sea salt and vanilla to it. I'm using it in coffee, and I find it blends more easily if I heat the caramel in the microwave first. It's quite thick, and I'm thinking it will work splendidly on top of a cheesecake. Edit: The first can I cooked according to this recipe, while for the second I tried 8 hours on low. I don't care for the flavor of that one at all, leaves a funny aftertaste. I'll stick to the faster cooking on high in the future. Also, I swirled some into my cheesecake batter before baking, and it produced a very tasty cheesecake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2017
Do it all the time. In a saucepan tho on top of the stove. I've never seen this done outside Newfoundland. Finally someone caught on. LOL Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2018
I too have done this for years but on the stovetop and without the vanilla. I don t however use it as caramel. I ve always used it as a caramel flavored frosting for cakes. Either way it s very simple and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2018
This worked perfectly. I worried the whole time as to whether or not it was working. When I opened the can I prepared myself for it to not be done or to be overcooked. But it was perfect. My slow cooker is 5 quarts so I upped the time to 4 1/2 hours since I had more water to heat up. I tried it first without the vanilla and then decided to add it. You do have to stir it all together in a separate bowl quite a bit becuase the consistency is jelly like on top and thicker at the bottom of the can. Keep stirring until it is nice and smooth. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2019
The first 2 times I made this exactly as the recipe said. The caramel was so delicious it was hard not to eat it with a spoon! However, even after removing the label that picking the glue off the can, it left a sticky ring in my pot. Now I make dulce de leche in the instant pot. I put the sweetened condensed milk in a small mason type jar and seal it up. No mess! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2018
Wow! I love this and it was so easy! I will be making this again for sure! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2018
In West Tennessee we made this in the late '40s in a sauce pan of boiling water. For safety we punched several holes in the top with an ice pick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2018
Very nice caramel and very easy... although next time I'll try to remember to wash as much of the label glue from the can as I'm able because it got all over the can and stuck to the crock pot where the water level was. Not a big deal to clean up but I figure it would be a little easier to do it before hand. I don't know if it was just my crock pot or maybe I had too much water but it didn't even start simmering until the last hour and came out a little light and thin for what I wanted so I think I'll try a little longer than 4 1/2 hours next time. Read More
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