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!
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
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
Sweetened condensed milk is made with just four ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.
milk – for the milk you can 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 as a dairy-free sweetened condensed milk. The flavor will change based on the milk that you use.
sweetener – use your favorite sweetener here. You can use granulated sugar, honey, maple syrup or any other favorite. I have even tested it with Splenda as a sugar-free sweetened condensed milk. The sweetener that you use will change the flavor. For example, if you use maple syrup the sweetened condensed milk will have maple undertones to it (which is delicious, by the way!)
butter – I used salted butter when I make this recipe but you can use whichever butter you have on hand or prefer. 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 Sweetened Condensed Milk?
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, you’ll be so surprised at how easy it is, I think!
How Long Does Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk 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 and 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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Here’s my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe
- 2 cups whole milk dairy, almond, cashew, oat, etc.
- 3/4 cup sugar granulated or cane, honey, or maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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.
Use your favorite heat-safe sugar substitute in the appropriate amounts for the recipe.