Dulce de Leche in the Slow Cooker


I have been reading about this for years. Every so often I think, oh I should try this to see how it tastes and if it really works. The other day was a perfect lazy day with the kids so I decided to give Dulce de Leche in the slow cooker a try.

Verdict:

When I made this I had no other plans for it other than making it. I thought we would taste it and then decide what to do with it. My kids were funny putting it the whole can in the slow cooker.  They kept asking me, “Are you sure we don’t open it and just put the condensed milk in the slow cooker?” I guaranteed them this would work, well I hoped it would work.

It worked! After 8 hours in the slow cooker, you can cook it up to 10 hours if you want a darker sauce, we carefully opened the can and each tasted a bit. The kids immediately wanted it over ice cream once they realized it tasted like caramel sauce. Then they started to get creative – as a frosting over dark chocolate cake, make it into cookies, or stir a bit into their morning coffee.

This would be delicious as part of a dessert for a dinner party, teen gathering, or even just a fun experiment with kids.

This was a hit. Seal leftovers in a container and store up to three days in the refrigerator.

Dulce de Leche in the slow cooker

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Enough water to cover the can in your slow cooker

Directions:

  1. Remove label from can. Place sealed can on side in slow cooker. Make sure can is completely submerged in water. Cover.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Carefully remove can from water with tongs. Do NOT touch can! It will be scalding hot! Let can cool before opening with can opener. Serve as desired.

 

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! I have never heard of this before. I’m heading to the store to try it! Thanks!! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you like it!

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  2. mistimaan says:

    Very nice recipe 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    I had not thought it was that easy. Btw. I tried out the breakfast sliders (I think that was the title) and they were amazing!! Will make them more often. Very yummy!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Made the “real” way it is much more difficult. This is just a cheater method.

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        But one we all can handle… lol!

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Yes!

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  4. Blue Sky says:

    I have wanted to try this for awhile too! Thank you for sharing the recipe and the results!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      You are welcome! Glad I could help.

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  5. I throw a can of condensed milk in a simmering water bath for about three hours. The can has to be covered with water all the way. Voila!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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      1. It was a science project in school. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  6. This is so interetsing Marci! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Unique!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks, Lynn!

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  7. I’ve always wimped out of trying. Might have a go at this if I can convince myself it won’t be a fatal dose of sugar. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is sugary. After storing in the refrigerator it does get a bit grainy if you don’t reheat it. If you try it hope you like it!

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      1. I’m sure I’ll like it. I’m just concerned I might like it too much!

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          😉 Got it!

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  8. Julie Yates says:

    I have always been curious as to if this would really work. Thanks for giving it a go and documenting the experience. I love Argentine cookies with dolce de leche filling (alfajores) especially the shortbread kind. Now I’ll have to give those a try!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It does work. Not “exactly” the same as making it from scratch but close enough for us.

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  9. Cooking the can in the slow cooker? Brilliant!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  10. Lacey says:

    Crazy but also very cool.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. That it is!

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