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ONE Ingredient Caramel Sauce/Dip


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Did you know you can make your own caramel dip or sauce using just one simple pantry item? This is a perfect treat to enjoy with apples this Fall and it’s super easy to make – all you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk!

One Ingredient Caramel Sauce/Dip

(Recipe from EagleBrand.com)

Stovetop Directions: Empty 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk into double boiler (or make your own double boiler by pouring milk into a Pyrex dish/measuring cup placed inside a pan of water!). Make sure the water level is above the level of milk. Cover and let simmer for 60-90 minutes over medium low heat until mixture becomes thick and brown in color. Stir occasionally. When done, remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Store any leftovers in fridge.

how to make caramel from sweetened condenced milk hip2Save This recipe makes a really yummy creamy dip! Great over ice cream as well. Enjoy! 🙂

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 42

  1. Brindha

    Looks yummy…. Thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome!

      • Rebe

        Oh Lina, my secret is out! My husband’s family had never heard of condensed milk, especially not the boiled variety. There is no good quality dessert in Costa Rica that does not call for condensed milk. It also makes one of the best frosting you can ever taste! You can also make chocolate frosting adding cocoa and butter. Yummy!

  2. Irina

    I think you can also put the unopened can of condensed milk in the slow cooker with water for the same results.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Irina, I know that method has been recommended in the past, but both Eagle brand and Nestle are very clear on their websites to never boil an unopened can for safety reasons. Thanks! 🙂

      • b

        I use the slow cooker and put the milk into a mason jar with the lid one.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Yes I’ve heard of that too. Great idea about putting it in a mason jar! Thanks!

        • JulieA

          I use this method as well. I’ve always been afraid of exploding cans!

      • cindi

        We’ve had cans explode doing this!!! However, we had left the house for a few hours and forgot to check the water levels. Didn’t stop me from boiling them in can again though, just have to make sure they are always well covered with water. There was actually caramel on the vaulted sky lights we couldn’t reach for years 🙂

        • CW

          Oh wow! Definitely not trying that lol 🙂

    • Abby

      Yes! No pan to wash!

  3. maflies1

    Wonder how long this would keep. Anyone know? Thanks very much for the idea, both for the caramel, and also how to substitute for the double boiler-since mine ran out of water and burnt the pan very bad.

    • Jo

      If you notice the water level getting low, add more. It will heat up quickly!

  4. amandA

    We have been doing this for years and have never had a problem!! If you put can in freezer it will keep for months. Then open each side with can opener and push out. It is amazing!!!

  5. amandA

    Actually we boil the can for three hours always checking the water level….perfect every time!!!

  6. Destinee

    Has anyone tried this to make caramel popcorn?

  7. Robin

    You can buy it already “boiled” in the can, too. With a graham cracker crust, a layer of bananas and the boiled sweetened condensed milk on top you’ve got a delicious pie!! (Don’t forget the whipped cream.)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  8. Starla

    Oh my, I just gained 10 lbs. reading these posts! Thanks a lot ladies!! 😉

  9. Barbara

    A double boiler consists of a bowl placed on top of a pan of simmering water. The bowl does not touch the water, but creates a seal with the bottom pan to trap the steam produced by the simmering water

    Read more: http://bakingbites.com/2009/09/how-to-make-a-double-boiler/#ixzz3CwP1ipvH

    THis is a bit difference from Lina’s instructions. My experiences is that the top bowl sits above the simmering water not in it. Thanks

    • Me

      Yeah, I was under the impression that a true one would not touch the heat directly (nor directly touch another pan that is directly touching the heat), but Lina’s instructions still work for this recipe and get us the results we want :).

      Thanks for the awesome recipe and the easy way to do it with things we have at home!

      I’ve always wondered why Nestle and Carnation say we cannot boil in the can, I wonder what the safety hazard is (exploding?).

      • Me

        Maybe chemicals getting in food?

      • dealhousewife

        saving their butts from a lawsuit!! 😀

        • e

          I know a lady who lost an eye when the can exploded.

    • Christi

      This is what I do too, works great for me

  10. Ann

    “Store any leftovers in fridge.”
    Leftovers HAHA 😉

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I know! In all honesty we ate like half of it by tasting before it was even done…whoops. 🙂

    • Meg

      exactly…when you make this you do not have to worry about ANY leftovers!!!

  11. llc

    If you ever have an old can of sweetened condensed milk in the panty it will turn into caramel. I just opened a can 2 years passed expiration and it was about half way there. I was making tres leches so I used it. I tasted it and it was yummy and turning that caramel color.

  12. April

    I love putting sweetened condensed milk in my coffee!! YUM

  13. Sandra

    Is dulce de leche the same thing as this?

    • Liz Morales

      Yep. Or Cajeta.. look up recipes for cajeta!!

    • Rebe

      Leche condensada cocinada, thats how we call it in Costa Rica. But different countries call different things dulce de leche, but even then, they are very similar.

  14. Jenifer

    I boil in the can. Pour into graham cracker pie crust and top with cool whip. Seal the deal with shaved chocolate on the top!

    • Darla

      I use 2 cans to fill a graham cracker crust then top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and pecan pieces! Delish! I’ve never had a problem boiling it in the cans. Actually just keep it at a low simmer and keep the water refilled. It takes about 2 hours to be really thick and brown.

  15. cindi

    they do sell this already turned into caramel in the hispanic aisle of most grocery stores. It’s tradition in our family to frost a yellow cake with this caramel for a birthday!

  16. wendy finley

    Add a tablespoon of real butter and a little bit of salt….makes it extra yummy!

  17. The New Mrs. Rowe

    My mother and grandmother boiled the unopened can for years. Well, I did it, forgot to keep it covered with water and BOOM. I was cleaning caramel off of everything in the kitchen forever!

  18. Anna

    You can oven baked it in the can but you have to put wholes for it vent

    • Anna

      You can oven baked it in the can but you have to put holes for it vent.

  19. Connie chestnut

    I use lighthouse caramel dip and blend a block of Philadelphia cream cheese

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