Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot

Hubby loves all things caramel, so I knew that I had to try this recipe for him at some point. Dulce de Leche is a milk-based caramel that goes great over ice cream, with apple slices, or just straight off a spoon.

I have made dulce de leche for some cupcakes in the past using a stove top method to heat the sweetened condensed milk. It turned out great, but this time I wanted to try it in the crockpot. I popped two cans in the crockpot, filled it with water, and set it on low before bed one night. Nine hours later, I turned it off and removed the cans. Once they were cool to the touch, I opened them to find this golden delicious caramel. I’ve been storing it in the fridge and we have been thoroughly enjoying the awesomeness that happened while we were asleep.

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Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot


2 cans sweetened condensed milk


Remove labels from cans and place in crockpot. Fill crockpot to the top with water.

Cover and cook on low 8-9 hours. Let the cans cool in the crockpot for a few hours.

Remove cans from crockpot and allow to cool to the touch before opening the cans.

Recipe as seen on Cupcake Project, originally from A Year of Slowcooking

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3 Responses to “Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot”

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    Paula — February 16, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Wow, how very interesting. When my jar of store-bought Dulce de Leche runs out, I really think that I’m going to try this. Thank you for posting.

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    Sheila zech — September 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    want to try this soon. How long will it last in the refrigerator?
    Can it be canned in a water bath to preserve?

    • beantownbaker — September 28th, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

      I have always used it immediately. I would assume you can preserve it in a water bath…

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