Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

If at first you don’t succeed – try, try, again.

And that’s exactly what a reader encouraged me to do after she read about my failed attempt to make your own sweetened condensed milk.  She advised that she’s had good success with one of the same recipes I experimented with and shared some helpful tips.

I’m so glad she did because when I tried it again using her method, I too was rewarded with thick creamy homemade sweetened condensed milk instead of the runny mess that I had on my first attempt.

How to make homemade sweetened condensed milk

What did I do differently this time around?

I used a blender instead of a hand mixer.  You wouldn’t think it would make that big of a difference, but apparently it does.  I also used real butter which might have been a better option than the  margarine I used the first time.

The reader told me she puts all the ingredients in a blender and then blends it on high for one full minute.  She then puts the mixture in the refrigerator overnight and the next day she has thick and creamy sweetened condensed milk.

She was right . . . it worked!  Thank you so much to Debara for taking the time to share her experience and advice.

Here’s how to do it:

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • 1 Cup Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder

  • 1 Cup Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Water

  • 1/4 Cup Butter (1/2  a Stick) – Melted

Put the dry milk powder and the sugar in a blender.  Add the boiling water and the melted butter.

(At this point I stirred things together a little bit before blending)

Blend on high for one minute.

How to make homemade sweetened condensed milk

My blender has number settings from 1 to 14 and I briefly dithered over what to use for “High”.  I finally settled on  11  which is labeled “Smoothie”.

Transfer the mixture to a clean jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

– OR – you can use the method I used which is to put a canning jar on a blender.  Put all the ingredients together in a quart size canning jar with a regular size mouth opening (not the wide mouth) and screw it onto your blender.  Once the ingredients are blended, you can then simply unscrew the jar with its blended contents, put a lid on it, and pop everything into the refrigerator.

The next day you will need to stir the mixture again, and the final result should be a creamy thickened mixture of homemade sweetened condensed milk that’s about equal in size to a store bought can of sweetened condensed milk.

I tried mine out in a recipe for bars that I’ve been making for years and it worked perfectly!

Get the recipe here = = >  Magic Bars


This post is linked to: Inspiration Monday, Much Ado About Monday, The More the Merrier Monday , In and Out of the Kitchen , You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Create It Thursday


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    1. I have always used mine up in a recipe, right when I make it so I am not sure how long it will last in the refrigerator. I would think it would be OK for a week or so.

  1. Doesn’t your recipe make just a dab too much? Not that it would ever be a problem here, I love it in coffee!
    I use one cup powdered milk, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup boiling water and 3 TBSP butter. A minute in the Magic Bullet and Bingo! It’s ready to go. Equals one can of purchased sweetened condensed milk.
    I’m having so much fun looking at your posts!

  2. I would have never thought of making my own sweetened condensed milk. I am going to have to try this.

    Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party. I am so glad you stopped by.

  3. What a wonderful recipe! I never thought about making my own sweetened condensed milk. I’m going to give it a try this weekend using your new found tips. I found your post at More the Merrier Monday. Pinning