Caramel Sauce with Sweetened Condensed Milk

I originally saw this method on Pinterst and thought this is absolutely insane!  I would never have dreamed of putting a sealed can of sweetened condensed milk in a boiling or simmering pot of water.  Not only did it sound dangerous but another thing I questioned was; why would this create a caramel sauce?  So I did my due diligence and found several reputable sources that also gave instructions for doing this very thing.

Caramel Sauce from Sweetened Condensed Milk
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Caramel sauce can be make by simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk. This can be Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk or any generic brand you like.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Varies
  • Can of Eagle BRAND sweetened condensed milk or equivalent
  1. Fill a pan of water and heat to a simmer.
  2. Lower your can(s) into the simmering water. Ensure the water level is above the cans and stays above the top of the can(s). Failure to do so could result in a dangerous and messy can explosion.
  3. Simmer the can(s) for 3 hours.
  4. Remove can(s) and let cool.
  5. After (and only after) the cans are cool open and enjoy the creamy caramel sauce on ice cream or in dessert recipes.



Here’s how it all starts:

caramel sauce from sweetened condensed milk

Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Caramel Sauce


Next, remove the labels and Simmer completely submerged for 3 hours:

Always make sure the water level stays above the cans or you could have a dangerous and messy can explosion.


After the 3 hours of simmering, let the cans cool completely then open :


Scoop out your newly made caramel sauce and enjoy:

Caramel sauces is a nice dark caramel color.


Here’s the delicious finally:

Ice cream awesomeness. Plain and simple.