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Caramel in a Can (Dulce De Leche)

Chef Bradly

"My delicious caramel in a can."
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4 h servings 211 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 can of caramel)

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  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; 5.7 g fat; 35.6 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g protein; 22 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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...

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

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 v...

Wow! I love this and it was so easy! I will be making this again for sure! Thank you!

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 s...

easier than doing it on the stove

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.

The Pioneer Woman shared this on her website several years back. I thought it was a very interesting thing.

My Home Ec. teacher showed our class how to make this in the mid 70s.