Dulce de Leche Candy

Dulce de Leche candy photo

Elizabeth LaBau / The Spruce Eats

  • Total: 8 hrs
  • Prep: 0 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 pieces (3 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
425 Calories
12g Fat
72g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 pieces (3 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 10g
Calcium 376mg 29%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Dulce de leche candy is a traditional Central and South American favorite. This rich, creamy caramelized milk candy has only one ingredient and is so easy to make! Dulce de leche does have a long cooking time, however, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to make it!

This rich candy is good enough to eat on its own, but you'll love it in dulce de leche pecan ​bites, ​dulce de leche truffles,​ ​dulce de leche chocolate cups, or​ ​dulce de leche fudge.


  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Without opening, place the entire can of condensed milk in a large saucepan that extends at least several inches over the top of the can.

  2. Fill the saucepan with water, being sure to cover the top of the milk can completely.

  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and allow it to boil for four to eight hours. Four hours will produce a caramel-like sauce, while eight hours will give you a candy that's slightly sticky, but firm enough to cut. Adjust the time depending on your preferences and the type of dulce de leche you desire.

  4. As the dulce de leche cooks, check the water level every 30 minutes and add additional water when necessary to ensure that the can is always fully covered with water.

    It is very important that the can remain immersed in water. Otherwise, it could rupture and cause damage or injury.

  5. After eight hours of continuous simmering/boiling, carefully remove the can from the heat. Allow it to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.

  6. Once the can is completely cool, open both ends and gently push out the solidified caramel.

  7. Using a hot, sharp knife, slice the caramel cylinder into rounds, and cut each round into 6 wedges. This candy is best served in individual candy papers since it is sticky and a bit soft.

Recipe Variations

You can make this simple dulce de leche in a crockpot! Place the can of sweetened condensed milk in a crockpot and cover with water so that the can is submerged. Place a lid on the slow cooker, and cook the can on low for 8 to 10 hours. You can even do this overnight! This method has the great advantage that you don't have to worry about the water evaporating as it cooks.