DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (Made From Scratch and Easy!)

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Easy sweetened condensed milk recipe and substitute

Did you know you can make your own sweetened condensed milk?!

For real, I thought you could only get sweetened condensed milk in cans from the grocery store. With this recipe I was doubtful at first, but a few minutes later I was amazed and pleased! Lo and behold, there in my blender was that sweet, thick, magical ingredient – sweetened condensed milk. Super easy – only took a few ingredients and a few minutes!

How to make an easy homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe or substitute!


Generic brand 14-ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk are often priced around $2 each. Brand name cans are more than that! Save yourself some money and start enjoying the fresh no-can flavor with this sweetened condensed milk recipe. Plus, it is a great way to utilize the instant dry milk that many people keep in food storage.

dry instant milk sugar butter and water to make sweetened condensed milk recipe

What amazing desserts do you create with sweetened condensed milk? Here are some of the delicious ways that I use it…

Recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk:

Now I’m hungry! Think of all the cans of sweetened condensed milk you open each year. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make your own!

easy and fast sweetened condensed milk substitute

A good hand mixer, hand blender, or food processor will do the job as well as a blender. Just throw all the ingredients in there. 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 the additional water gradually! A few times I’ve had to add a little more powdered milk and sugar because I thinned it too much.

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

sweetened condensed milk recipe alternative substitute

The yield will vary depending on how much water you add, but plan on getting at least 1 cup. One cup of this homemade sweetened condensed milk has a volume of 8 ounces, but by weight it is about 9.3 ounces, in case that helps anyone. 🙂

Sweetened condensed milk substitute recipe

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DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (Made From Scratch and Easy!)

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 mins
Yield: 1 cup | Serves: 1 cup


  • 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) butter, melted


  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.


The yield will vary depending on how much water is added.

Meal Type: Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, Tips, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: Copycat, Mexican, No Bake

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?

    • Becky

      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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