DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk

5 / 5 (1 review)

My favorite new word just added to the Oxford English Dictionary is, “Selfie!”  Whether we are taking pictures or creating in our kitchens, we are hooking-up with others in style.  At Fabulessly Frugal we shared DIY/scratch recipes last week and got a great response.  Here’s another easy fix for all of you DIY, ‘selfies,’ who want to pull goodness from your pantry.

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk

I found some generic 14-ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk for around $1.75 each.  Brand names; “America’s Most Trusted,” (ha-ha), run well over $2.25 a can.  Stop paying for that fancy pot-top and start enjoying fresher no-can taste.

Grab your blender and whirl up some savings.  It just takes a few minutes and you will feel accomplished when you turn out beautiful no-bake cheesecakes, 7-layer bars, candies, ice creams, hot fudge sauce, Key lime pies, and tres leche cakes and more.  These are just a few of the ways I use it.  Think of all the cans of sweetened condensed milk you open each year.  You will fall in love, cash in hand, with this recipe.

A good hand mixer, hand blender, or food processor will do the job as well as a blender.  Add instant powdered milk, sugar, and butter to blender jar.  Start by pour in 1/3 cup of boiling water and blend.  Depending on how thick you like it, increase the water to 1/2 cup total.  If it’s still a little too thick, add a little more water until it reaches the consistency you need and want.  WARNING, there is a fine line here, add water really slowly!  A few times I’ve had to add a little more powdered milk and sugar because I thinned it too much.  Thank goodness it’s easily made right!

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk

Pour sweetened condensed milk into a jar and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Enjoy using it in all of your favorite recipes.


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DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk

5 / 5 (1 review)
Total Time: 5mins | Prep Time: 5mins
Serves: 1.5 cups


  • 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 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.


Gluten Free

Comments & Reviews

  • brooke

    I was JUST wanting to make a key lime pie and alas didn’t have any condensed milk and didn’t make it because of that! THANK YOU for sharing this GREAT tip!

  • Mary

    I’ve been making this for years, my friend gave me the recipe when I was lactose intolerant. I use powdered coffee cream instead of powdered milk.
    I prefer this to the canned variety.

  • Sarah S.

    Can I substitute regular milk instead of the powdered milk and water?

    • To be honest, I’m not sure about this one either, but it makes sense that the powdered milk is what makes it thick. I believe using regular milk instead of powdered milk would make it thin and not at all condensed.

      Give it a whirl and we’d love to have you report back!!
      PS-sorry this took so long to answer, Renee was out of town, and we wanted to be sure!

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