Desserts Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Plus Other Sweet Treats, Too

Got an extra can of sweetened condensed milk in your pantry or kitchen cabinet? Here's a list of several desserts and other sweet treats you can make with it.

In case you didn't know, sweetened condensed milk is made by combining sugar and milk through a special vacuum process. Through this process, it has special properties that allow it to thicken without heating if combined with an acidic fruit juice like lemons. Plus, just heat some sweetened condensed milk and you get caramel.

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    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    classic magic cookie bars recipe
    Claire Cohen

    Besides the sweetened condensed milk, this recipe calls for chocolate chips, pecans, and flaked coconut. Add other mix-ins to switch-up the flavor!

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    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Diana Rattray 

    Truffles aren't difficult to make anyway, but using sweetened condensed milk makes it even easier. This recipe calls for only a few ingredients, but feels like a very decadent treat.

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    Key Lime Pie

    Key lime pie recipe

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    A classic Key Lime Pie is a refreshing summer dessert that looks impressive, but really requires very little heavy lifting.

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    Better Than Sex Cake a.k.a. Better Than Robert Redford Cake

    Better Than Sex Cake
    Diana Rattray

    This extremely creamy cake was made with ingredients I already had on hand. If you're into cream and chocolate, you can guess why this Better Than You-Know-What Cake cake got its name.

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    Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

    Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream With Wafer
    Samantha Wesselhoft Photography/Getty Images

    This homemade ice cream recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which adds sweetness and a satisfying, custard-y mouth feel. Blueberries are overabundant during the summer months—right when you're craving ice cream the most. Serve on top of Angel Food Cake for a heavenly combo.

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    Chocolate Silk Pie

    Chocolate Silk Pie
    KidItamae/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Looking for a new favorite cream pie? I think this pie may be it. This recipe for Chocolate Silk Pie goes way beyond those chocolate pies made with a pudding mix.

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    Tres Leche Cake

    Marian Blazes

    Tres Leches Cake, a favorite Mexican dessert, is made with a mixture of 3 milks: heavy cream, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk.

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    Million Dollar Pie

    million dollar pie

    Leah Maroney 

    This decadent pie combines canned pineapple, toasted nuts, and shredded coconut into sweetened condensed milk for a rich flavor that is hard to resist. This particular recipe calls for store-bought graham cracker crust, but making your own is easy as, well, pie!

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    Coconut Pecan Frosting

    German Chocolate Cake
    Carroll Pellegrinelli

    This coconut pecan frosting goes perfectly on a German Chocolate Cake it is decadent and easy to prepare!

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    Caramel Flan

    The Spruce

    Traditional Spanish flan is the perfect way to use sweetened condensed milk.  It's silky texture and unique caramel flavor create the perfect sweet dessert. 

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    Foolproof Chocolate Fudge

    super easy sweetened condensed milk fudge
    Diana Rattray

    This super simple fudge calls for just five ingredients making it perfect for beginners. Enjoy as-is or add optional nuts or other mix-ins to create a custom flavor.

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    Soft and Chewy Caramel Candy

    Soft Caramels
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    The creamy chewy flavor of these caramel candies are a hit will all sweets lovers. Dip the caramels in chocolate to add another layer of decadence to these classic treats.