Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more! 

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This homemade sweetened condensed milk is a recipe that I hope you love as much as I do. It isn’t an ingredient that we use a lot in cooking, but when I do, I like to turn to this homemade version. It is perfect for making homemade ice cream, fudge, pies, and so much more!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk in a glass jar with a teaspoon

What is Sweetened Condensed Milk?

Sweetened condensed milk is a milk that has been heated to remove any water from the milk. This reduces the milk by at least half and thickens the consistency of the milk into a thick liquid.

How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

This homemade version is made with just four ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.

milk – Use your favorite milk. You can use dairy or dairy-free milk options based on your personal preferences. I have tested and loved using almond, cashew and even oat milk for a dairy-free recipe. The flavor will change based on the milk that you use.

sweetener – Use your favorite sweetener. You can use granulated sugar, honey, maple syrup or any other favorite. I have even tested it with Splenda to make a sugar-free version. The sweetener that you use will change the flavor. For example, if you use maple syrup, it will have maple undertones to it (which is delicious, by the way!).

butter – I use salted butter when I make this recipe but you can use whichever butter you prefer or have on hand. It adds a silkiness and so much richness to the recipe and enhances it in my personal opinion. If you prefer not to use it, you can omit it from the recipe.

vanilla extract – the vanilla extract adds so much depth to the condensed milk.

Can I Use this Recipe in Place of Store-Bought?

Absolutely! I’ve tested the recipe time and again to make sure that it yields just the right amount to use for recipes that call for a can of store-bought.

That way, it removes any guesswork from using this homemade recipe in place of the standard can from the grocery store. It is equal to just a bit over a cup, 1 1/4 cups each time I’ve made it. Once you make your own, I think you’ll be so surprised at how easy it is!

How Long Does it Last?

Once made, store in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. If frozen, just thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then shake vigorously in an airtight container with lid on or pour into a larger container and whisk until smooth and consistent throughout.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Key Lime Pie Recipe

Easy Fudge Recipe

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Here’s my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

4.96 from 65 votes
This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 ounces

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups (454 g) whole milk, dairy, almond, cashew, oat, etc.
  • 3/4 cup (148.5 g) sugar, granulated or cane, honey, or maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon (4.7 g) vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Whisk together milk and sweetener in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisking often, bring to a low simmer. Continue to simmer, whisking often, until milk has reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Once reduced, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool completely and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

Makes 1 1/4 cups.
Metric conversions and nutrition calculations use whole dairy milk and granulated sugar. 
To make sugar-free: Use your favorite heat-safe sugar substitute in the appropriate amounts for the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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320 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Hi – This came out thinner than I would have expected. I used Lactaid whole milk and sugar. I reduced to the correct volume, as it measured about 12 oz, like the can would contain. I did not put it in fridge after making, as I used it (after cooling) in a recipe for key lime pie. Would fridge time have helped? Or, do you think I should have reduced further?

    1. Jennifer, I haven’t made it with 2% milk but others have commented that they have. It does take longer to reduce.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. Where I live, all of the sweetened condensed milk (and evaporated milk) Is mostly palm oil, which doesn’t work well in recipes. Is it possible to can this to make it shelf stable, either with a water bath or pressure cooker?

    1. Marshall, I haven’t tried to can this. However, once made, you can store in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. If frozen, just thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then shake vigorously in an airtight container with lid on or pour into a larger container and whisk until smooth and consistent throughout.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this before,then lost my recipe, so I had to replace it.
    thank you I love the sweetened condensed milk.

  4. I just made this with oat milk and syrup and it doesnt take anything like sweetened condensed – will the flavor change as it cools and thickens or did I do something wrong?? Thank you!!!

    1. Carie, you didn’t do anything wrong. As I state in the post for this recipe, the flavor of the sweetened condensed milk will change based upon the type of milk and sweetener you use.

  5. 5 stars
    Hello, I just made my condensed milk with homemade oat milk and noticed that there is top and bottom separation. Do I just shake this together or is there a need to discard any of the separation?

    1. Whitney, oat milk has a higher protein content than cow’s milk and can cause the milk to separate when heated and then cooled. I would use an immersion blender or regular blender to mix the sweetened condensed milk together thoroughly before using. I hope this helps.

    2. Monsterra, you can use this sweetened condensed milk just like you would canned sweetened condensed milk in any recipe. I hope you enjoy!

  6. Could I double the recipe with the same results? I’d like to save time and make more at once then freeze for later use.

    1. Loreena, you can double the recipe. It just takes longer for it to simmer and reduce. Hope you enjoy!

    2. Molly, you can freeze the sweetened condensed milk for up to three months. If frozen, just thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then shake vigorously in an airtight container with lid on or pour into a larger container and whisk until smooth and consistent throughout.