Sweetened Condensed Milk

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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sweetened condensed milk is the product obtained by partly evaporating the water from milk and adding a sweetener, usually sugar. The condensed milk created by modern canning technology was long preceded by Indian sweets made from milk boiled down to a thick concentrate, sometimes with sugar added partway through the cooking. The same idea may have independently given rise to the Norman confiture de lait and some Iberian precursor of today’s Latin American dulce de leche, but documentation is sparse.