This sweetened condensed milk recipe is a key ingredient that adds sweet creaminess to so many recipes.

Save a trip to the store, and make your own condensed milk with this easy recipe!

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • Making your own sweetened condensed milk is a fast, easy, and affordable way to replace the canned version in a pinch.
  • Sweetened condensed milk is what gives a classic key lime pie its creamy custard texture and the chewy crisp texture to magic cookie bars.
  • Make a batch or two of sweetened condensed milk and use it all week long to add decadent flavor to your morning coffee or as a quick drizzle over pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
ingredients to make sweetened condensed milk labeled: sugar, dry milk, and water.

Ingredients and Variations

Sugar – Regular white sugar is called for, however superfine white sugar will dissolve faster. Maple syrup will also work and will give the finished recipe a subtle caramel flavor. Swerve and Monk fruit are excellent sugar-free switches, be sure to read the package conversions.

Dry Milk – If you don’t normally drink milk, keep a can of powdered dry milk on hand to use in recipes like mashed potatoes. Non-dairy milks like soy, oat, almond, coconut, and cashew milk will also work, with soy milk producing the best results.

Variations – Feel free to add a splash of your favorite extracts like vanilla, brandy, or rum. Adding a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, gingerbread, or apple pie spice will intensify the flavors of your desserts. Swirl in some chocolate syrup to make a decadent dessert sauce!

How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

Just whisk, rest, and use in all your favorite desserts!

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Allow to rest and thicken about 10 minutes before using.
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Ways to Use Sweetened Condensed Milk

There are dozens of recipes that call for condensed milk, but some of our favorites are two-ingredient chocolate or vanilla fudge. Also fun beverages like creamy lemonade and homemade Irish Cream.

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Substitute For Sweetened Condensed Milk

The best substitute for sweetened condensed milk is evaportated milk. Both types are heat-treated until up to 60% of water is evaporated, making them shelf-stable for up to three years. While they both provide creaminess to desserts like cakes, pies, ice creams, and candies, sweetened condensed milk has sugar added for extra sweetness. So use evaporated milk if you must, and if you need the extra sweetness add some sugar or even honey.

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How to Store Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • Keep homemade sweetened condensed milk in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • For best results, bring sweetened condensed milk to room temperature before using.
  • Leftovers can be swirled into coffee, smoothies , or even overnight oats.

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Sweetened Condensed Milk

Make this easy sweetened condensed milk recipe with just 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 fluid ounces
Author Candace


  • ¾ cup sugar 150g
  • ¾ cup dry milk 96g
  • ½ cup hot water 130°F


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together (or use an electric mixer) sugar, dry milk, and hot water until no clumps remain, approximately 2½ minutes, and sugar and milk have dissolved. It should be smooth.
  • Allow to rest and thicken for 10 minutes.
  • Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge for 4-6 days.


  • To combine ingredients faster, an electric mixer can be used. 
  • Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 4-6 days.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 75 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 91mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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