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When I was a kid, we visited my grandmother, who had a rather... different approach to the care and feeding of children. Specifically, she'd give us cans of condensed milk to munch on. (Also, goldfish crackers that she bought and then toasted in the oven with the It's a Dilly spice mix which now you can't get anymore so I can't make them anymore, which is a pity because they were like crack, but I digress.)


I really, really like sweetened condensed milk, but there is no way I'm going to sit and eat a whole can of the stuff, thank you. What I need is a recipe that includes condensed milk, and then I can just scrape the can after and have my little treat!


No tres leches, thanks. I love tres leches, but I'm the only one, and then what I'm doing is eating an entire can of sweetened condensed milk but with whipped cream and maraschino cherries and poured on a cake, and at that point I may as well have just eaten it straight from the can after all!

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You can make it into dulce de leche in a pressure cooker easy peasy.


I made some sort of Impossible Pumpkin Pie type thing once. I want to say it involved Bisquik and sweetened condensed milk.  (Yes, can you tell I'm a Whole 30 type of gal? ;) )


We've made this hot cocoa using sweetened condensed milk.  It's super decadent.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/63969/creamy-hot-chocolate/



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And now I want a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk!


I've never made them but I'm pretty sure those "7 layer magic bars" use scm. They're yummy but very sweet like a candy bar, imo.


Oh my, you reminded me of those.  I used to make them from Rose Birnbaum's Christmas Cookie book.  We'd use fancy (to us at the time) Ghiradelli chocolate.... white, milk, and dark.... plus coconut, nuts, and the layer of graham cracker crumbs/butter.  Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk on top and bake.   So so good.  I'd use reduced fat graham crackers and condensed milk LOL So I'd feel less guilty. 

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(Also, goldfish crackers that she bought and then toasted in the oven with the It's a Dilly spice mix which now you can't get anymore so I can't make them anymore, which is a pity because they were like crack, but I digress.)


Homemade It's a Dilly! http://www.thesinglegourmand.com/recipe/it-a-dilly/


For the leftover sweetened condensed milk, make Vietnamese coffee. :)

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I've been making Fluff's Neverfail Fudge since childhood and I'm not changing now!



I'll try it!


Weird thing. It turns out that the Eagle scm recipe page has a lot of Latino cuisine recipes and the Nestle scm recipe page has a lot of Middle East cuisine recipes. No real overlap. I wonder how that happened!

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Also, I thought Vietnamese coffee was one of those coffees made with egg instead of milk...?

No. It is made with condensed milk.

When I open a can of condensed milk, I make Vietnamese coffee until it is all used up. I buy my organic condensed milk from Trade Joe's. It is seasonal, so I stock up in November :)


Cold Vietnamese coffee recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/vietnamese-iced-coffee

Hot Vietnamese coffee recipe: http://www.mokabees.com/vietnamese-coffee-hot-iced/

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I make a 7 layer bar with it.  


1 c. Graham cracker crumbs

1 stick melted butter 


Mix above and press into pan




2 c. butterscotch chips

2. c. chocolate chips

1 c. cut up pecans

1 c. coconut


Cover in a full can of SCM and bake for about 20-25 min.




Cut into squares.


This is my favorite!

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Just buy it in a tube, and then you can squeeze out spoonfuls at a time :)

We used to have the coffee condensed milk tubes in high school! Yum. Study for hours hahaha.


I use it for Jelly Slice. http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/CWFs-Jelly-Slice-L669.html


My mother in law boils the tins to make this:


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I put it in my coffee.

I made these bars using sweetened condensed milk last week:


(I think someone linked them here.)


Growing up, we added evaporated milk and sugar to leftover rice for quick rice pudding....but as a (lazy) adult, I've found sweetened condensed milk works perfectly fine. :p

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Here are some ideas:


3 Ingredient Pumpkin Mousse:   https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/3-ingredient-pumpkin-mousse#reviews

Brigadeiros:  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/brigadeiros

Easy Granola Bars:  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/easy-granola-bars-5708c53433c74cc77dacf7ea

Frozen Lemon Pie Pops:  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/frozen-lemon-pie-pops-51174800

No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream:  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/no-churn-salted-caramel-ice-cream-56389941

Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gooey-chocolate-chip-sandwich-bars

Coconut Chocolate Bars:  https://www.chef-in-training.com/2013/04/coconut-chocolate-bars/


Honestly, none of these are much healthier than just eating it from the can, if that is what you like!


Like a lot of previous posters, I mostly use it in strong coffee/espresso for a quick version of vietnamese coffee. 

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My quick version of Pioneer Woman's Iced Coffee:

  • Brew 2 pots of very strong coffee (Folger's Black Silk is the smoothest for this)
  • Add 1 can sweetened condensed milk (yes, must leave some in the can to enjoy with a spoon)
  • When it is dissolved, I add ice to cool and weaken a little.

I either store this in the fridge for our own use over a few days or serve in a beverage dispenser for company.  Everyone loves this!


We also make our pumpkin pie with this.  1 can of sweetened condensed milk with 1- 15oz can of pure pumpkin.  Add some pumpkin pie spice -- easy, peasy!

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Easy Fudge!


One can sweetened condensed milk

One package semi-sweet chocolate chips


Microwave together in a bowl for 90 seconds.  Stir.  If it's melted, remove from microwave.  If it's not melted, continue zapping for 30 seconds at a time.


Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.   (You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil/extract or orange oil/extract.)


*Optional: Stir in any additions, such as nuts, dried fruit, caramel bits, coconut, pretzel bits, etc.  


Pour into an 8x8 pan lined with nonstick foil.  Let set, slice, and enjoy.


You can also use white chocolate chips and stir in a couple of cups of crushed Oreo cookies for a cookies-n-cream treat.  

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Key Lime or Lemon Pie


1 pie crust, baked just until done (10-12 min?)


1.5 cans (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1/2-3/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice

5 egg yolks


Bake in crust @325 degrees for 15 minutes.


(I double this since that makes an even 3 cans of the milk and no half can leftover.  A lot of recipes call for just one can per pie but that never fills my pie crust quite enough!  It works both ways.)

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Pumpkin Pie. I never empty the whole can in, so I have a few spoonfuls just for me :)

Aren’t you supposed to use evaporated milk in that?


I use sweetened condensed milk in that easy fudge where you just melt chips and Paula Deans banana pudding recipe that used the Pepperidge farm cookies. That thing is RICH.


ETA recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/not-yo-mamas-banana-pudding-recipe-1912976

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Yeah, my mama used to make dessert with sweetened condensed milk over fresh summer strawberries, and that's it. So I know the personal attachment to the stuff!


This is what I'm making for Thanksgiving this year: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/230132/chef-johns-pumpkin-pie/


I've also made key lime pie from the Joy of Cooking. Love it--custard-style pies are way better with SCM! But the notion of storing it up for my daily coffee--wow, y'all, this might reach new levels of nostalgia and decadence....





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This thread fascinates me. I had no idea that people eat scm plain. The thought of it is...quite revolting to me (to me!) and I have (or did before pregnancy four changed that) quite the sweet tooth.

I have never even considered licking the can or whatever when using it in a recipe. Once again I have learned something new from the Hive!

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