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DIY Caramel Dip: Boil Condensed Milk In The Can – That’s It! (Amazing!)

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This is one of the coolest thing I have recently learned. Maybe I’m totally clueless but I had no idea that  Sweetened Condensed Milk turns into delicious caramel dip when boiled (in the can). Am I alone in this? Does everyone already know this or is it a new trick??


  • Boil an unopened can (or more) of sweetened condensed milk for about 1.5 hours (it’ gets a a bit darker the longer you boil – up to preference). That’s it! You can serve it right away or keep it in the fridge for later. Be sure to watch your water levels and add water as needed. You can also turn the can on it’s side for shallow pots. Be sure to let cool a bit before opening.

Eagle brand is just under $2 at my local Walmart and the store brand is around $1.50. You can also print this $.50 off Eagle Brand coupon to a save a little more. I would recommend boiling a couple cans, and storing them for later to get the most use out of that 1.5 hour boil.

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  1. My daughter has a recipe like this and we talked and I just don’t think the can is “safe” so we boiled it in a jar. 🙂 Delicious!

    • I am not usually someone who is overly cautious about chemicals, etc but I am interested in doing this for simple gifts for people in my office, and I don’t want to chance anyone getting sick since I have read that you can breed ecoli if you cook in the can. Diane, since you cooked it in a jar what type of jar did you use? I was thinking that a ball jar or canning jar would work just fine 🙂

  2. you dont have to boil it. They sell it already made. It’s called Dulce de Leche, also by Eagle Brand

  3. In Brazil, they do this varying times for its use. Less time for a Caramel that you pour over a cake that you poke holes in. More time for Caramels that you wrap up to eat like candy. The important part is to make sure the can is always completely covered by water or the can can apparently explode. Then it has to cool completely before opening the can.