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a jar of dulce de leche

Dulce de Leche (1 Ingredient Caramel Sauce)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Learn how to make your own Dulce de Leche with one simple ingredient and a few super simple steps. You will be using this thick and luscious caramel sauce on everything!




  1. Prep the can of sweetened condensed milk. Remove the label and clean any residue off the can before submerging on it’s side in a pot filled with boiling water, making sure it’s covered completely with a several extra inches of water. The can must be covered with water at all times or it can explode.
  2. After a minute, turn the heat to low and cover the pot. Set the timer for 4 hours, making sure to check the pot regularly to make sure the can is fully submerged with water, adding more if needed.
  3. Let the can cool before opening. Use a pair of tongs to carefully move the can from the hot water to a heat resistant surface to cool. This will take several hours (at least two), so be patient. Once it’s cooled to room temperature, open the can and enjoy the dulce de leche anywhere you enjoy using caramel! Store in your fridge in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks.