Dulce de Leche

My homemade Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche (pronounced “DOOL-se de LE-che” ) simply means candy of milk or milk candy in Spanish.It is a rich and decadent sauce or syrup, similar in flavor to caramel. Dulce de leche is especially common in the desserts of various South American countries, including Argentina and Uruguay. I’m not that expert in Latin America kinda dessert but I’m a huge fan of  Dulce de Leche Frappuccino Ice blended coffee from Starbucks. Too bad that they no longer serve that. Dulce de Leche makes a nice cheesecake flavor and it is great on almost every dessert ; pancakes, bananas, cakes, ice cream, waffles and even bread. To make this sauce on your own, the process is simple but takes a long time…. you have to be patient! There are few methods on how to make your own Dulce de Leche but this is the simplest.


1 can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Pierce 2 holes in the can with can opener on opposite sides. Do not skip this step coz without the hole the can may bulge and there is the danger of it exploding.
  2. Place the can in a small pot and fill it with enough water up to one inch from the top of the can. You will definitely need to add more water during the cooking process.
  3. Place the pan on a medium heat stove until it simmer. Lower the heat to hold the water at a simmer. Let it cooks until it reaches the consistency that you want i.e
    • A soft Dulce de leche takes about three hours.
    • A firm Dulce de leche will take up to four hours
  4. Remove the can with a tong and place on a rack to cool. Open the can carefully and pour into a bowl and store in the fridge.

Vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche


2 thoughts on “Dulce de Leche

  1. Thanks so much for the recipe Ni. We too are big fans of Dulce De Leche. From now on, dah tak payah la we all kirim kat sape2 yg pegi Buenos Aires lagi…

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