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Q: How do you caramelize Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk?

A: Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk transforms into a very decadent, rich caramel-flavoured milk after a process called "caramelizing". Try one of the methods listed below for perfect results, and remember... never heat in the can. Or you can easily add caramel flavour to your favourite recipes with our Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche Caramel Flavoured Sauce.

  • Shortcut method: Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche Caramel Flavoured Sauce
    For the perfect shortcut to your classic caramel desserts, try Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche Caramel Flavoured Sauce. It is the same consistency as sweetened condensed milk with the added taste of caramel. You can use it the same way you normally would use Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk to make your favourite baking treats.
  • Oven method:
    Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk into 8 or 9-inch (20 or 23 cm) pie plate. Cover with foil; place in larger shallow pan. Fill outer pan with hot water. Bake 1-1 1/2 hours* or until thick and light caramel-coloured. Remove foil. Cool and chill. Refrigerate leftovers. *Check water level in pan during baking time and refill if necessary.
  • Stovetop method:
    Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk into top of double boiler; cover. Place over boiling water. Over low heat, simmer 1-1 1/2 hours or until thick and light caramel-coloured. Beat until smooth, if desired. Cool and chill. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Microwave method:
    Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk into 8 cup (2 L) glass measure. Cook, uncovered, at Medium (50%) 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Reduce power to Medium Low (30%) and cook, uncovered, 12 to 16 minutes or until thick and light caramel-coloured; stir briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cool and chill. Refrigerate leftovers.

Watch a video on Caramelizing Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk.

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Q: Where can I find the recipes that used to be on the tins of regular and low fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk?

A: If you’re looking for any of your favourite recipes that used to be on our labels, you’ll find them on our website in the recipe section.

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Q: Can Eagle Brand® recipes be frozen?

A: We like to make desserts that can be prepared in advance and frozen. Especially around the holidays when it is a very busy time around my house. Here are some freezing tips for your desserts.

  • Use wraps that are moisture proof such as freezer bags or air tight containers.
  • We do not recommend freezing anything with a cream/custard filling, icing or frosting, fresh fruit or chocolate glaze. It is best to make these types of desserts the same day or a day ahead and enjoy them immediately.
  • For best results, freeze only fully baked cakes, cheesecakes, pies and tarts. Decorate with frosting, cream, fruit or chocolate, after thawing.
  • Confections such as our truffles and fudge are freezer-friendly. Place them in a freezer bag or airtight container and pop into the freezer.
  • It is best to eat all your frozen goodies within 6-8 weeks after freezing.
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Q: I opened a can of Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk and it was very thick and a light caramel colour. Is it still okay to use?

A: Absolutely! Changes in colour and texture occur naturally in sweetened condensed milk over time, and have no effect on its performance in recipes. Simply stirring the Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk vigorously with a spoon will help make it easier to pour. Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk keeps, unopened and at room temperature for 24 months.

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Q: What is the difference between Regular and Low Fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk?

A: Made with partly skimmed milk, Low Fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk has only half the fat of the regular version but you get the same smooth, creamy taste... and the good news is you can substitute "luscious" Low Fat Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk in most recipes! It will perform as well as Regular in cheesecakes, pies and tarts, bars, beverages and even ice cream. We do recommend however that you use Regular Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk for any confection recipe like fudge, Sunny Chocolate Easter Eggs, most candies and macaroons, recipes where keeping a shape is important. The best and easiest way to be sure, is to use what's recommended in the Eagle Brand® recipe. We'll give you a choice where there is one, and list only Regular Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk when that's what's recommended.

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Q: Eagle Brand® no-bake recipes are my favourites but I'm curious as to how the fillings thicken and set.

A: The answer is a delicious bit of science... Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk thickens "magically" when its precooked blend of milk and sugar is combined with an acid such as fruit juice (lemon and orange work best) or chocolate. The acids in these ingredients react with the Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk to create creamy fillings without cooking.

Another way no-bake fillings are thickened is by adding gelatin to Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk.

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