Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

Living in the country I try my best to keep a fully stocked pantry but that just doesn’t always work out, especially for things that are not commonly used like sweetened condensed milk.  I only make a few recipes each year that need this delectable ingredient, but when I need it I need it.    One day I ran out and quickly had to resort to driving 24 miles into town or figuring out how to make my own homemade sweetened condensed milk.  Guess which option I picked?

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

I vaguely at one time remember my mom telling me that it was just milk and a ton of powdered sugar.  I thought how hard could it be and so I hit the internet.  I found out quickly that my mom was wrong but she did set me on the right path in knowing that I could make my own homemade sweetened condensed milk.  Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing because I will let you onto a little secret that I LOVE this stuff.  It’s really like a creamy bite of heaven on a spoon that I can’t wait to lick after cleaning out the blender.  A very dangerous combination to know that I always have the ingredients on hand!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2⅔ cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  1. Combine boiling water and butter in a small saucepan and stir until butter melts.
  2. Combine melted butter mixture, sugar,vanilla and nonfat dry milk powder in blender until mixture thickens. This will take about 2 minutes.
  3. Store sweetened condensed milk in the refrigerator.
  4. **Makes 20 ounces. A normal can of sweetened condensed milk is 14 ounces.

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

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  1. says

    Very handy tip to know! I know from my own experience that it isn’t always possible to plan ahead for everything. In Japan we would put this on top of our green tea snow cones. I tried to resist, but once I was convinced to try it… Oh, my! It was heavenly.

    • Brandy says

      That sounds amazing and anything that gives me a reason to eat sweetened condensed milk is a good enough reason for me!

  2. Kasandria Reasoner says

    WOW! That looks so good and would be a good way to make some for recipes when the stores run out at holiday times throughout the year. THANKS!

  3. Jenna Wood says

    Do you know how many times I run to the store to buy sweetened condensed milk? This recipe will be a life saver the next time I get the urge to make tres leches cake!

    • Brandy says

      It’s so nice to know that I don’t have to run to the store if I don’t have it since it’s so seldom used.

  4. says

    Sometimes the best thing that can happen to us is when we need to figure out how to do things on our own. Seriously, it might take a little bit longer but it’ll save time and money in the long run, as well as give us knowledge on how to do things ourselves :) Go self sufficiency!

  5. says

    I can’t recall what it goes into – but I know that a lot of these ingredients we buy are easily made at home. I needed evaporated milk one day and did the same thing as you, turned to the internet and made my own.

    • Brandy says

      I can’t confirm yes or no Terri, however I would think that the base ingredients would set up without it. You might have to adjust the sugar needed in the recipe you are making.

      If you needed I would guess you could sub out the sugar for a granular sugar substitute but can’t confirm the measurements.

  6. says

    Well, while I didn’t have to run to town by driving 24 miles, I do have a 10 mile drive into our nearest grocery store! And, I needed sweetened condensed milk just the other day, so made that drive, which by the time I drove there, bought the stuff in the grocery store and drove home was easily an hour! So, this is a long way of saying “Thanks!” for the tip! Sharing on Pinterest for future reference!

  7. says

    Well blow me down! I never even thought of this but you are so smart to have a recipe.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

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