Friday, March 14, 2014

EASY CrockPot Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche is a sweet, creamy, milk caramel sauce that is perfect for drizzling over desserts, stirring into coffee or eating straight off the spoon! All you need in order to make this sweet sauce is a crockpot, a mason jar and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

If you're looking for more traditional caramel sauces, check out our Homemade Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce and Bourbon Caramel Sauce for more delicious ideas!

This rich, creamy sauce is the first step towards an absolutely fantastic ice cream recipe. So, get a jar in your slow cooker today and be ready to make the ice cream soon!

EASY Crock-Pot Dulce De Leche
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk *
optional: 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Open the sweetened condensed milk and stir in the salt, if you want a salted caramel flavor. Pour the milk into a mason jar and top with a lid. Screw the band on the jar enough that it won't fall off, but not finger tight. Fill the crockpot with water to just below the band. Set the temperature to LOW and cover with lid.

Let it cook for 6-8 hours, then check the color of the jar. (The lid on my crockpot is clear and I was able to watch it darken through the day.) After about 6 hours, the milk will have turned golden brown, thick and creamy. As you continue to cook it, the dulce de leche will darken and become thicker. I wanted mine to be pourable when warm, so 6-7 hours was perfect.

Remove the jar from the crockpot and set aside to cool. Let it cool at least 1 hour before opening the jar. (I've heard that the hot dulce de leche will explode out at you if you open it too hot!) Serve over ice cream, cake or brownies, while the sauce is still slightly warm or store in the refrigerator until ready to use. The sauce will thicken when refrigerated and can easily be reheated in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Enjoy!

* Want to make yours 100% from scratch? Milk + sugar = sweetened condensed milk. Here's a recipe to show you how that's done!


  1. I've seen this or I guess heard of this done before... but have not tried it yet myself. Now that you are talking ice cream though.. think I might need to pick up some sweetened condensed milk tomorrow when grocery shopping :)

  2. That looks delicious!!!

  3. I made this one time and the jar lid started swelling and leaking before it was finished. Scared me to death! So now I use the oven method - but am sure there was some sort of error on my part. I see you didn't submerge your jar - where my method said to cover completely with water. This looks great and I know it is tasty! Have a lovely weekend.

  4. This is just too too much! I would be eating it with a spoon straight from the jar - can't wait for the ice cream!

  5. Lovely flavor, but you can buy it done which is not shabby and considering the price of eletricity, it probably is quite a bit less expensive!

  6. Dulce de leche, one of my favorite sweet treats. Now I can make it at home, thanks to your recipe.

  7. Dulce de leche always sounds like some kind of masked wrestler to me ;)

  8. I make this in the cans that the sweetened condensed milk comes in. Take the paper off the can(s) and put it in a pot covering it with water and boil it for 3 hours. Do not let the water uncover the cans while they boiling, add more water throughout the cooking time. Take the can(s) out of the boiling water and put them in the refrigerator for about 2 hours and then open them and it is made. I do not put the salt in it because I like it better without it. It makes the best caramel I've ever tasted. I frost butter cakes with it. It's a southern treat.