|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 pieces (3 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 72g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*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.|
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!
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- Serving Suggestions: chopped nuts, chopped toffee, shredded coconut
Gather the ingredients.
Remove the paper label and any glue/adhesive that remains on the can.
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.
Fill the saucepan with water, being sure to cover the top of the milk can completely.
Place the saucepan over medium heat, cover with a lid, and allow it to boil for 4 to 8 hours. Four hours will produce a caramel-like sauce, while 8 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.
As the dulce de leche cooks, check it every 30 minutes to make sure the water is simmering. Add additional water when necessary to ensure that the can is always fully covered.
After 8 hours of continuous simmering/boiling, carefully remove the can from the heat using tongs (preferably canning tongs as they have a better grip). Allow it to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
Once the can is completely cool, open both ends and gently push out the solidified caramel.
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. But feel free to roll it in your choice of chopped nuts, chopped toffee, or shredded coconut if you want to add a little crunch.
The Can Must Remain Covered in Water
It is very important that the can remain immersed in water. Otherwise, it could rupture and cause damage or injury.
Crockpot Method: 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 16 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.