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a bottle of sweetened condensed milk

2 Ingredient DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Puerto Rican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This DIY sweetened condensed milk recipe requires only 2 ingredients and less than an hour of your time. It’s a delicious sweetener to use in coffee drinks and a variety of different desserts.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar


  1. Whisk together ingredients and bring to a simmer. Whisk the milk and sugar together in a saucepan, bringing to a light simmer over medium heat.milk and sugar in a pot over on a stove
  2. Reduce and simmer. Adjust the heat to a low and continue to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, whisking regularly until the mixture has reduced by half and is thick and light yellow in color. a whisk stirring sweetened condensed milk


My top tip in making this recipe is to keep an eye on the stovetop, checking your milk every 5 minutes or so. Doing this and whisking things around prevents milk solids from clumping and delivers a creamy smooth end result.

The end result will continue to thicken as it cools and in the fridge, so look for a texture that coats the back of a spoon to determine when the milk has thickened enough.

Keywords: sweetened condensed milk