Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I needed some Sweetened Condensed Milk for a recipe that I was making and I thought I should go ahead and try making the milk from scratch. I am very glad I did because I fell in love with it! I think I have found that I am a lover of all things creamy he he he.

I have some experimental possibilities looming around in my head of some variations in making this recipe. I hope I can try them out in the future.

Believe me, you won’t want to buy store bought sweetened condensed milk …..ever….again ;)

I used a blender for this recipe which made it really easy. I loved that I didn’t have to use the stove and everything was so creamy.

1/4 cup Melted Butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup Instant Powdered Milk

1/2 cup Boiling Water

Pour everything into your blender and blend it together until it is smooth.

Be sure to scrape down the sides of the blender and blend again.

If it is too thick you can add a bit more hot water until you get the desired consistency. I didn’t have to adjust mine. It was pure heaven….

One cute glass jar to store it in ;)

If you are wondering, I did eat it by the spoonful :)

I have a new coconut recipe for my coconut series coming out next week in which I will be using this sweetened milk. I am so excited to get that recipe published as well ;)

I am sure you will have as much fun as I did in making your Sweetened Condensed Milk!

Happy baking!

  • 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) melted butter


1. Place the dry milk, granulated sugar, 1/3 cup of the boiling water, and the melted butter in a blender.

2. Blend all ingredients together until they are smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender occasionally to get all the dry ingredients incorporated.

3. Condensed milk typically has a thick, syrupy consistency, but if your homemade condensed milk is too thick to pour easily, add another spoonful or two of boiling water and blend to incorporate. Adjust the water until you are happy with the consistency.

4. Use your homemade sweetened condensed milk right away, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It will get thicker when it is refrigerated, but will loosen up when stirred and brought to room temperature.

~Adapted from About.com


  1. Maria May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I had no idea condensed milk could be made at home! This is definitely going in the files so I won’t ever have to buy it again for a recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • E. Ann May 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Maria, me too! Thank you for your visit and I hope you have great success! :)

  2. Joanne/Winelady Cooks May 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’m so glad there is no corn syrup in this recipe. I would never make anything that called for the canned ‘stuff’ but I will definitely use this for some of those recipes now.

    • E. Ann May 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you Joanne for your comment! I agree, corn syrup would be pretty bad, this recipe is amazing :)

  3. Pam May 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I feel just like Maria! I never even thought of making it at home!! I can’t wait to try it. I am thinking it will be a good deal less expensive to make. I can’t wait to try it. It looks really good. I love your beautiful pictures sweetie Wow!.
    Love you, Mom

    • E. Ann May 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      I love you Mom! You and Dad would love this! I hope you get to try this soon :)

  4. Sabrina Bailey May 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Do you know approximately how much this makes.

    • E. Ann June 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Hello Sabrina! Yes, for me it made approximately one cup and a half :)

  5. Roxy May 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hello, I just made a Key Lime pie today and it called for sweetened condensed milk. So of course I just opened a can of it and used it. Now next time I will be using my new home made version. Thanks so much!
    Would you like a slice of pie?
    Blessings, Roxy

    • E. Ann June 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      I would LOVE A SLICE Roxy! I am coming over!!! :)

  6. Colleen May 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    This is great! I knew it could be done, I just had no idea how. Now I know. No more icky canned stuff!

    • E. Ann June 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Colleen, Yes! As long as you keep powdered milk on hand, it is amazingly easy :)

  7. Li @ Words and Cake June 2, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I had no idea how easy it is to make homemade sweetened condensed milk – and I just happen to have some milk powder at home with this written all over it. Definitely going to be giving this a go, thanks for the recipe!

    • E. Ann June 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Hello Li! I am so glad you are going to try it! Let me know how it turns out! And hurray for powdered milk! ;)

  8. PJ June 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Glad to know I can make the condensed milk at home. At the holidays, I make a traditional Puerto Rican drink called coquito, which calls for a full can of the stuff and I always feel guilty serving it or giving it as a gift because of the corn syrup, etc. Now that I know I can make it from scratch with “real” ingredients, I will happily gift my friends and relatives with this wonderful drink. Thank you!

    • E. Ann June 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you PJ for your kind comment! I am so glad you will be able to do this now for your recipe! :)

  9. Donna Henderson June 24, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I have been cooking and baking for a very long time and was excited to see this recipe. I’am always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you so much. I was wondering if you could substitute the butter with margarine or a product I believe named Butter Buds. It replaces butter but tastes like butter.

    • E. Ann June 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      I would think so Donna. As long as it melts down and it is smooth, I would think it could work! Let us know if it does! :)

  10. Cindy November 3, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Can you make it with the NON instant powdered milk and if so how much do you use

    • E. Ann November 4, 2013 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Hi Cindy! I am not sure if it would work, but I would think so! If I was going to test it out, I would do the same amount in my recipe and then see how it works. If it is too thin, maybe add more powdered milk or if it is too thick add a little more water. Do let me know if you try it and how it turned out :)

  11. Holly January 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    You made my mouth water! The pictures are amazing. I now need to find a receipt that calls for sweetened condensed milk!

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you Holly!!! I know, I have a few that you can try. I just need to give you a phone call :) I love you sweet friend!!!

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you Holly!!! I love you sweet friend!

  12. Laura February 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I love the taste of it too. Every time I use it in baked goods, I slowly enjoy a tsp full. I will be making this.

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Me too Laura! And the homemade is way better!! :) I can’t go back to the can!

  13. Haseena February 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Is the powder milk a must for this recipe? Can it substituted?

    • E. Ann June 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      I am not sure Haseena. I have only tried with the powdered milk. If you do substitute it, let me know if it worked and what you did :)

  14. Kaylee June 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to make this! I didn’t know I could make this at home. I have storage questions.
    Do you refriderate after making?
    How long of an expiration?
    Can you can this yourself?


    • E. Ann June 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Hello Kaylee! Yes, it needs to be refrigerated and I am not sure exactly how long the expiration lasts, because I use it up so fast. But as long as you have it sealed nicely in a jar, it should last you a long time in the refrigerator. I don’t know about canning it :) Thanks for your questions!

  15. lyka October 10, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    is it okay if i use fresh milk?

    • E. Ann January 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      lyka, I don’t believe it will work as well with fresh milk. But I say it is worth a try! My only successful experience is using the powdered milk. Sorry I took so long in getting back to you.

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