Homemade Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk)

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Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk): super creamy, thick and pudding-like. Delicious straight out of the can, with ice cream or dessert.


  • 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • water


  1. Place 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk into a big pot right-side up OR you can place the cans on the sides if you don’t want to hear the bouncing of cans when they cook (You don’t need to remove the labels). Cover cans with room temp water, minimum 1” water above the cans. Bring the water to hard simmer, but not boiling over medium-high heat. Lower heat to lowest, but so that you still see little bubbling. Keep them cooking for 3 - 3 1/2 hours (I always do 3 1/2 hours that way it’s thick, dark in color and works excellent for any dessert). When the time is up, carefully remove cans from the hot water using a pair of tongs and allow them to cool to room temp – giving time to cool will let dulce de leche firm up. (I usually just let the cans sit in the hot water until the water cools and then take out). Refrigerate once cooled and not using right away. Enjoy!!