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Desserts Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Plus Other Sweet Treats, Too

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Got an extra can of sweetened condensed milk in your pantry or kitchen cabinet? Here's a list of several dessert and other sweet treats you can make with it.

In case you didn't know it, but sweetened condensed milk is made by combining sugar and milk through a special vacuum process. Through this process, it has special properties that allow it to thicken without heating if combined with an acidic fruit juice like lemons. Plus, just heat some sweetened condensed milk and you get caramel.

Nutritional Facts of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1. Bar Cookies

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I was cleaning out my pantry one day and came up with this recipe for Bar Cookies. Besides the sweetened condensed milk, I used-up all the little leftover bags of chips, semi-sweet, white, milk and butterscotch, nuts and so on.

2. Easy Chocolate Truffles

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Truffles aren't difficult to make anyway, but using sweetened condensed milk makes it even easier. If you don't count what the truffles are rolled in, there are only three ingredients in this recipe for Chocolate Truffles.

3. Key Lime Pie

2010 Key Lime Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Key Lime Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
You don't have to worry about eating uncooked eggs with this recipe for Key Lime Pie, because it uses sweetened condensed milk.

4. Better Than S-- Cake a.k.a. Better Than Robert Redford Cake

2010 Better Than Sex Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Better Than Sex Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
This extremely creamy cake was made with ingredients I already had on hand. If you're into cream and chocolate, you can guess why this Better Than You-Know-What Cake cake got its name.

5. Creamy Strawberry Gelato

Creamy Strawberry Gelato in Shot Glass Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Creamy Strawberry Gelato in Shot Glass Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Gelatos are typically made with whole milk, like this recipe. Rarely does a gelato have sweetened condensed milk in it. Regardless, traditional gelato or not, this recipe makes a lusciously smooth and creamy Creamy Strawberry Gelato.

6. Chocolate Silk Pie

2010 Chocolate Silk Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
2010 Chocolate Silk Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Looking for a new favorite cream pie? I think this pie may be it. This recipe for Chocolate Silk Pie goes way beyond those chocolate pies made with a pudding mix.

Making Chocolate Silk Pie with Photo Instructions

7. Tres Leche Cake

2010 Tres Leche Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
2010 Tres Leche Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Tres Leches Cake, a Mexican favorite, is made with a mixture of 3 milks: heavy cream, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk.

8. Russian Fudge

2010 Fudge-Filled Insulated Glasses Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
2010 Fudge-Filled Insulated Glasses Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
This easy-to-make recipe for Russian Fudge is made in the microwave.

9. Kumquat Cream Pie

2010 Kumquat Cream Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Kumquat Cream Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
I never tried kumquats until my in-laws bought a house with a kumquat tree in the backyard. They have a wonderful sour taste that goes perfectly in this Kumquat Cream Pie recipe.

10. Coconut Pecan Frosting

2010 German Chocolate Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 German Chocolate Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
When I made this Coconut Pecan Frosting recipe for my German Chocolate Cake, my family, most especially my daughter, fell in love with it. She was right too. There was just something about all of that butter mixed with coconut and pecans. Yummm...my!

11. Flan Cake

2011 Flan Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
2011 Flan Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Flan Cake is an ooey-gooey version of a caramel cake. Thanks to Turptoo for posting this recipe.

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