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Sweetened condensed milk recipe

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By Food Writer - Deanna Martinez-BeyPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
Sweetened condensed milk

What is sweetened condensed milk, anyway? I have an answer for you. It is milk that has had about sixty percent of the water removed. Then, it has sweetener added.

You may be wondering... Can I drink sweetened condensed milk since it is milk? No! I would not drink it from the can. Sweetened condensed milk is thick and sticky and does not make good drinking material.

It is, however, perfect in specific baking recipes.

Why would one need to make their own sweetened condensed milk? Maybe you ran out...Or perhaps you are trying to save money... Maybe you prefer to make your foods from scratch. Whatever your reason, here is a super simple recipe:

Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 cup powdered milk

2 Tbsp. powdered milk

Add all ingredients into a non-stick pan.

Heat until it boils.

Cook until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Use right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

This recipe is equivalent to 1 store-bought can.

Now that you know what sweetened condensed milk is, what it tastes like, and how to make your own, let's take a look at the difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. I often get asked if they are the same, what the difference is, and are they interchangeable in recipes.

Evaporated milk is sweetened condensed milk without any sugar added. They are both shelf-stable and can be interchanged. However, since evaporated milk is unsweetened, you will have to add a sweetener to your recipe to make up for that difference.

You can use a cup for cup substitution with both kinds of milk. The consistency will be similar, but if you are subbing evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk, the sweet, caramel flavor will not be there. On the other hand, if you are subbing sweetened condensed milk for a recipe that calls for evaporated milk, it will be much sweeter, which may not be the ideal substitution.

You may be wondering about heavy cream and if you can use evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk in the place of that in recipes. You can! Just remember if you use sweetened condensed milk to reduce the sugar you add to your recipe.


If you are a coffee drinker, both sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk can be used for creamer in your coffee.

If you are a tea drinker, you can add either one to your hot tea as well.

Essentially, evaporated milk is the unsweetened version of sweetened condensed milk.

Making your own sweetened condensed milk is a healthier option because canned varieties use low-quality milk and high fructose corn syrup.

After making sweetened condensed milk or opening a can of it, you can store it in the refrigerator for five days, then discard it.

Sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk have a thicker consistency than regular milk.

If you are using sweetened condensed milk to replace regular milk, use this as your guide: One cup of milk is equal to one-half cup of sweetened condensed milk and one-half cup of water. Essentially, you are adding the water back in that has been removed.

You will see coupons for sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk in the Sunday paper as we get closer to the end of the year Holidays. Make sure you clip them and stock up! Both kinds of milk are, as I mentioned, shelf-stable and will last quite some time in your pantry.

Dollar Tree often keeps both kinds of milk in stock as well. Again, I recommend stocking up on a few to have when you need them.


About the Creator

Food Writer - Deanna Martinez-Bey

I am an author, blogger, foodie / baker, copy editor, photographer, and social media manager. When I am not writing I enjoy running, watching the Food Network, sleeping, coffee, chocolate, and hugs.

You can find my books on Amazon!

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