Sweetened Condensed Milk

Condensed Milk.  From Scratch.  #winning


Sweetened Condensed Milk

Yields 14 oz.

Total Time:  8.5 hrs.

Cook Time:  2.5 hrs.

Cool Time:  6 hrs.



  • 24 oz. whole milk
  • 8 oz. granulated sugar (approximately 1 cup)



  1. Whisk the milk and sugar together in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over low heat until the milk has reduced by half, begun to thicken, and darkened in color; whisking occasionally.  This will take about 2.5 hours.
  3. Pour into a container to cool.  Once completely cool, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight – it will continue to thicken as it chills.

So what exactly is condensed milk?   It’s just milk that has been reduced by removing some of the water.  It becomes “sweetened” once sugar is added.

This recipe is so easy and really fun to make.  And the best part… only 2 ingredients:  milk and sugar!


Add these to a saucepan and whisk to combine.  Turn the heat on low and let it go!


This will cook down and begin to thicken in about 2.5 hours.  Whisk this occasionally as it reduces.  Cooking it low and slow will prevent the milk from scorching.

Once the milk has reduced by half and thickened, it’s ready!  Notice that it has also darkened in color.


Pour this into a container – I like using mason jars.


Allow this to cool before covering.


Place this in the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours before using.  As this cools, it will continue to thicken.

Just look at this consistency!


This is now ready to use in your favorite recipe!  Next time you need condensed milk, I hope you’ll give this a try!






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